Panasonic launches two new generation LUMIX models
GH2 and GF2 hit the Middle East market with option of 3D lens
Panasonic has launched two new cameras, the DMC-GF2, an interchangeable lens system camera and the LUMIX DMC-GH2, the latest member of the New Generation System Cameras, in the Middle East.
The new generation DMC-GF2 is approximately 19% smaller and 7% lighter than the DMC-GF1.
The DMC-GF2 is also equipped with a built-in pop-up flash, which is designed to prevent vignetting due to the short distance between the flash unit to the interchangeable lens. Vignetting is when there is a reduction of an image's brightness or saturation at the periphery when compared to centre.
The GF2 has a 12.1-megapixel high speed Live MOS sensor and high performance Venus Engine FHD, designed to help improve picture quality at resolutions of full HD 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) in AVCHD.
The GF2 is available in black, silver, white, red and pink.
"The GF2 is a perfect fit for anyone who is looking for a compact camera that is capable of taking exceptional pictures with ease," said Hitesh Ojha, senior manager, Sales and Marketing - AV Categories, Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE.
"The camera's operation is extremely easy to understand for any level of users with the adoption of touch control via the new GUI [Graphic User Interface] designed for DMC-GF2. Together with the simple button components including the dedicated buttons for movie recording and iA [Intelligent Auto] mode that lights during activation, users can operate the camera intuitively with ease and comfort," he said.
The camera also features touchscreen technology which can switch the camera between shooting modes, it also has iA mode which is designed to scan the scene in the lens and automatically select the correct shooting modes.
The camera has a manual shooting mode for the more advanced photographer, which is designed to allow the user to manually change the aperture settings and shutter speed for more artistic shots.
The DMC-GF2 can record high-resolution full HD 1920 x 1080 movies at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL), or smooth HD 1280 x 720 movies at 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) in AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format. The HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720 can also be selected as an alternative movie recording format in addition to QVGA, VGA and WVGA, which is more compatible with PCs.
The camera saves images in AVCHD on SD Memory Cards, designed to b=make pictures and video easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV with dynamic HD resolution. The user can insert the SD card into the VIERA Image Viewer (SD Memory Card slot) on a VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray DiscTM Recorder / Player to play the content. Alternatively, an optional HDMI mini cable can be used to output still and motion images recorded with the DMC-GF2 directly to the TV for easy VIERA Link operation.
The camera comes with a variety of interchangeable lens choices, including a 3D option.
The DMC-GH2 is a more professional camera which features world's fastest level Light Speed AF of approx 0.1 second.
The new generation LUMIX G Micro System combines a downsized body and comes complete with the Venus Engine FHD, which is designed to have advanced signal processing capabilities in both photo and movie recording.
Furthermore, the GH2 is also capable of shooting 3D still images, with Panasonic's digital interchangeable lens.
"The DMC-GH2 comes with a 14mm-140mm HD Lumix lens for consumers to be able to shoot clear pictures and High Definition videos," said Ojha, senior Manager, Sales and Marketing - AV Categories, Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE.
"The new DMC-GH2 is packed with features that allow customers to get creative and to take high quality videos and photos with ease including shooting in 3D."
The GH2 is designed to also record cinema-like 24p movie at maximum bit rate.
The camera comes with an EX Tele Conversion function designed to enable the user to virtually extend the zoom beyond the original limit in both photo and movie. The simultaneous HDMI output while recording images is convenient for even professional users to monitor images on the separate screen.
With touch-control shooting and a free-angle Intelligent LCD and the newly developed Multi Aspect Wide Screen LVF (Live View Finder), the DMC-GH2 is designed to be easy and comfortable to use.
There are now 11 interchangeable lenses available for the LUMIX GH2, including new single focal length lens LUMIX G 14mm, telephoto zoom lens LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm, MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300) and 3D lens LUMIX G 12.5mm.
The DMC-GH2 also has iA mode, which automatically picks the best scene mode for the shots being taken. The iA mode is available in both photo and video modes.