Here are some more test shots from the Lumix GF2. After using the camera for a bit more, I am getting more used to the controls and what to pay attention to on the screen.
We went to visit the Richmond Animal Protection Society again and what is better than having these lovely animals as my models?
The f2.5 aperture on the 14mm pancake lens can produce nice blurring effect, it is quite effective.
The metering algorithm in the Lumix camera is not too bad. I was focusing on the cat in the background and it did a great job adjusting the exposure to it.
The focusing sometimes takes a bit of getting used to. The 14mm lens has a minimal focusing distance of 18cm and it is easy to forget when switching between cameras.
The Lumix GF2 has proven to be quite a capable little camera. It is a lot faster than a point-and-shot camera. The startup time, the focusing time, the shutter lag are a lot better than the point-and-shots. However, it is still not as good as a DSLR. The noise level is still a bit higher than I thought. Maybe the Sony NX series can produce better results in that regard. The size of the Lumix GF2 is very compact and I could fit it snuggly in my jacket pocket, though I would probably get some kind of a strap and hang it around me instead of putting it in my pocket. The controls are quite intuitive. The touch screen saves quite a few buttons but there are still the essential ones on the back of the camera: ISO, WB, Shutter modes and Focusing modes. The video recording button is right next to the shutter button, quite handy as you don’t need to switch the camera into a different mode. Just press the video record button and off it shoots videos. The camera has a nice metal finish but is also quite slippery to hold. I almost dropped it once ^^; I definitely will not recommend using it without some kind of a strap. The jog-dial on the back of the camera is a bit small and makes scrolling a bit difficult. In program mode, the jog-dial allows you to scroll left and right to change the shutter speed/aperture values, and pressing it will toggle between the exposure compensation and the shutter speed/aperture settings. Sometimes I ended up pressing the jog-dial while scrolling the shutter speed, and ended up changing the values of the exposure compensation instead.
Overall, I am very happy with the Lumix GF2. It is definitely pricier than a point-and-shoot. It is also a bit bigger than a point-and-shoot. However, it is nicely priced in between a point-and-shoot and a the latest generation entry level DSLR. With the speed and compact form factor, it has quickly become one of my favorite cameras.