The lack of a physical mode dial and the usage of touchscreen buttons mean a critical change for traditionalists. Luckily, the touchscreen implementation of the Lumix GF2 did not suffer the fate of those old touchscreen devices that has poor feedback and slow response time. Response is decent and the on-screen buttons are big and well-positioned. The screen uses resistive technology and requires pressure-sensitive touch for on-screen navigation
The standard live-view screen of the GF2 includes mode-change, Quick Menu, tap-to-focus enabler and the "display details" buttons. The Quick Menu (Q. Menu) button allows you to customize various settings in a fashion that opens up your favourite functions in a menu by the tap of the button. With a decent touch interface, it will do no justice to the camera if Panasonic did not include a tap to focus and positioning of the focus point.
Panasonic's Lumix GF2 is capable of recording videos up to 1920×1080 resolution at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) in AVCHD format. Not a surprising feat as most users prefer to shoot in 1280×720 resolution at 60p so that they can upload to YouTube.
For better compatibility, it is able to record in motion jpeg formats in high definition (HD), VGA and QVGA resolutions. Recording starts with a press of record button located at the top of the camera.
Panasonic has incorporated optical image stabilising (OIS) technology onto their lens and not the body which means that you will need a proper grip of the camera when using lens that do not have OIS or relying on a fast shutter.
Intelligent Auto (iA)
This mode is no stranger, it exists in other Panasonic's cameras and boasts the ability to utilize various technologies from ISO control, exposure optimization and many more to produce the final photo. Users leave the mode on and go about with the usual photography session without worrying any settings going wrong. We did this on several runs and were very satisfied with the results it brings.
You are probably thinking that we will miss this out: the Panasonic Lumix GF2 is able to capture 3D videos, with the help of a 3D compatible lens. We will not go into this as Panasonic has not provided a 3D lens to test with the review model.
Panasonic uses a 1010mAh battery for the GF2 as compared to its predecessor (1300mAh). A little disappointing as this means lesser shots per full battery run. And no, the GF1 battery is not compatible with the GF2 due to its bigger size.