Testing The Video Quality of the Panasonic GF2

The more I play with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, the more I like it. This DSLR in a compact body could very well be the ultimate digital camera for bloggers. It can easily fit into a jacket pocket or purse and the picture quality is beyond anything a normal digital camera can produce.

My GF2 came with a 14mm f/2.5 Prime lens. This wide angle lens is very good for taking low light shots and has a depth of field which allows me to blur the background (or foreground) and focus on the main object. Speaking of focus, I can do that with the 3″ touch screen display – just tap what I want to focus on and the camera does it. You can also take pictures by tapping on the screen.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 with the 14mm lens sells for $699 at Amazon.com. It is also available with a 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens or body only. When you take into a account that this camera can replace a DSLR and a HD camcorder, it becomes a bargain.

The Lumix GF2 offers full HD video in AVCHD format. It also has stereo microphones to record audio. The video quality is pretty amazing. The Prime lens does an amazing job capturing all the details in the frame. Below is a video I made using the GF2 and 14mm lens (make sure you watch in HD). I have other lens coming and I will be testing those. For now, I am extremely pleased with what Panasonic has been able to do.

Panasonic Lumix GF2

45 thoughts on “Testing The Video Quality of the Panasonic GF2”

  1. Graham Lutz says:

    Holy Crap…This is great for $699!

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Agreed! The quality is stunning. I will surely consider this camera if I decide to upgrade to a more expensive camera.

      1. Hey John,

        I agree with Ian, the focus at a distance or on a close subject is amazing.

        Will you bring the camera to the next Pho in Vancouver? I sure hope so.

    2. Yes, it’s also good for video!! Really cool Camera.

      1. I need a new camera, maybe I’ll get this one.

  2. Graham Lutz says:

    I’m just excited by how much video quality you can get for little money. It all makes video blogging, webinars, and eCourses that much easier.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      With lower barriers to entry, there’s really nothing in the way when it comes to making money online… Other than hard work, persistence, intelligence, and a little luck!

  3. This one is looking pretty cool.

    So now this one take the place of canon ?

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, it replaces the Canon. Micro Four-Third is the future of digital cameras. Panasonic and Olympus (and Sony) got the jump on everybody. Canon and Nikon are playing catch up.

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        Sony doesn’t have Micro Four-Thirds, but they have their own compact system camera (NEX).

        Side note: I think you mean 14-42mm for the kit zoom lens and not 14-45mm, right?

      2. Allen Walker says:

        Wow. Definitely a camera to consider. :O

        1. I think that Panasonic has overall very reliable products. This camera is impressive and I’ll definitely consider buying it.

          1. So rite now which one you are using … noticed in dot com pho that you are not using regular digital camera.

  4. Kate Kutny says:

    The video quality looks very good John. And the price kicks butt. I love this Panasonic camera. I need to get one soon!

  5. Looks like a great deal for $699. Will try and get one when it comes to my place (India).

    1. Its compact, its comfortable and above all price is also reasonable.

      India is a big market and country is having young population as well … so I am sure Panasonic will release this product soon in India.

  6. The camera quality looks pretty good.But definitely not worth $699.I would price at a high of $299 or $399.That is all I would pay for it.

    Thanks For Sharing Though,
    Bradley Nordstrom

    1. John Chow says:

      The 14mm lens on the camera cost $399. I would love to see you reproduce the same video with a $399 digital camera. Maybe in another year or two, you can but not right now.

    2. Michael Kwan says:

      If you want to go cheaper and stick to M4/3, you can look at the last-gen GF1. I have the Olympus E-PL1, which is cheaper than the GF2 too. Same kind of picture quality, but doesn’t have the touchscreen, etc.

      1. If the picture quality is same than I won.t mind to the absence of touchscreen.

  7. Fazal Mayar says:

    The new technology cameras are definitely of good quality. Im thinking of getting one for less then 400-300 $ camera.

  8. Kirk Taylor says:

    This is an awesome camera. I had the pleasure to take some pictures with it at the Thunder BBall game, but John didn’t use any of them. If they turned out, I would be even more impressed with this camera!

  9. christina says:

    my friend bought panasonic mobile its looks nice but this is the first time we are buying an panasonic product

  10. anitha says:

    panasonic clarity will looks nice

  11. PPC Ian says:

    I can’t get over the quality of your video, John. That is one sweet camera! 🙂 Also, your huge back yard with boat dock is absolutely awesome. That’s the dot com lifestyle for you!

    1. You have got to love that boat!!

      1. Hey Ian,

        John has shown pictures of the backyard before. The camera is great. I also enjoyed watching the second video in Japanese.

  12. jasmine says:

    its resolution is really amazing. what is the resolution .

  13. fas says:

    John what about the Nikon Coolpix P7000, I heard it also takes shots like a DSLR!

    1. John Chow says:

      It doesn’t have an interchangeable lens. That’s the advantage DSLR had. You could change lens. The new micro four-third cameras like the GF2 takes away that advantage.

      1. fas says:

        So a compact that shoots like a DSLR is what the GF2 is!

        1. John Chow says:

          Pretty much. 🙂

    2. I gotta have a camera will interchangeable lenses. Been the no lens change way and it doesn’t work for higher end photography.

  14. Radman says:

    Nice camera, but for the price? I guess the lens has a lot to do with it. I’ll see how it compares to the Nikon I just ordered – it ran just under $300 with all the goodies (i.e., battery, t-pod, memory, etc.).

    If your really interested in video why not by the real thing (camcorder/video cam)?

    1. John Chow says:

      I want a camera that can do both pictures and video, not video only. And yes, the lens greatly affects the camera price. Many of the lens cost as much or more than the camera itself.

      1. How many extra lenses would you need do you think, John?

        1. John Chow says:

          I’m thinking of picking up the 20mm f/1.7 and a 14-140 zoom lens.

  15. I love the touch screen focus idea, but the camera price is a little steep when you consider other models on the market – still being one of those people who buy their products 6 months after launch so they are cheaper I can wait for this one 🙂

  16. Wanted to check again … but video loading is taking time …

    Any one facing same problem ?

    1. fas says:

      Nope it loads just fine.

  17. william says:

    good enough video images taken by this camera

  18. Abhik says:

    Awesome video quality..
    Panasonic Lumix GF2 digital camera is a full hd?

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, it records video in full 1080 HD.

  19. clarity looks nice would like to buy an mobile on panasonic

  20. guru says:

    WOW! beats the need to ever have a camcorder with quality like that. The color reproduction is very good and the stills are awesome, infact the quality is as good as a camcorder of the same price range.

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