As with all new technology.. there are always some glitches
As far as picture quality (the lens does work with the exception of the two things mentioned) I have been very happy. I do feel like adding a few steps of sharpness helps the images (custom picture settings are available for user to define), but I am wondering now if that may also be the lens issue.
Excellent image quality, straight-forward handling and quick performance
So while the Nikon D5300 doesn't add that many new features to the year-old D5200, what it does add makes it a unique product at the mid-range price-point, offering something genuinely different to the likes of the Canon EOS 650D, Pentax K-5 II and the Sony A65. The combination of a free-angle screen, great video mode, high-quality stills and new connectivity options mean that the Nikon D5300 is a worthy winner of our Highly Recommended award.
1080p60 HD video mode, Excellent image quality
The Nikon D5300 is what's often referred to in the technology world as an 'evolutionary' upgrade. Nikon has abandoned the D5200's optical low pass filter, which might have been considered revolutonary a year ago, but now looks, to borrow a fashion industry term, 'on trend'. That's not to say it's frivolous or unwarranted, given that it improves the D5300's image quality with no apparent drawbacks (Moire wasn't an issue in any of my test shots) it's absolutely the right move.
Built-in Wi-fi addition, Good build quality
Although the Nikon D5300 certainly isn't perfect, with the lack of a touchscreen and a high price-tag at launch two noticeable issues, it's among best DSLRs on the market and is certainly worthy of consideration if you're in the market for an upgrade from your first DSLR, CSC or advanced compact.
Built in Wi-Fi and GPS, Improved ISO performance
The Nikon D5300 takes the tried and tested Nikon D5x00 series and updates it with a new more compact body, upgrading the screen in the process to a larger 3.2inch version and adding built in Wi-Fi and GPS into the mix. Along with this the 24 megapixel sensor now features no optical low pass filter, which will give improved image quality when shooting with high quality lenses, and we would recommend using prime lenses to get the best out of the camera.
Solid performance, good value, Nikon nails it again!
This camera may be the best APS-C in its class so far. After Nikon's quality control issue with the full-frame D600 (sensor oil spot problem), Nikon may be able to win back its trust with this new release, again aimed at enthusiasts and amateur photographers. Being an amateur photographer for years and have invested quite a sum in Sony, Canon and Nikon bodies and lenses, I myself settled with Nikon in personal preference.
Design is easy to use and comfortable to handle
The ultimate irony of these cameras is this: when the D5100 first came to market we awarded it both Camera of the Year, and Budget DSLR of the Year. It was just such an amazing deal, with rare levels of performance at the price point. But after two years and little improvement for the D5200, this great camera didn't hit us with the same impact its predecessor did. Like we've said countless times in the review, the D5200 is a fine camera, but it's not $300 finer than the old one.
Good still and video image quality
The D5200 is a nice little camera with no glaring deficiencies and would make a fine first DSLR for someone moving out of the compact digital ranks. It would be a great follow-on camera for someone who's cut their teeth on an earlier model Nikon DSLR but doesn't want to go all the way to the prosumer D7100. I'm just left wishing Nikon had added a few more external controls and some weather sealing.
Undoubtedly a great all-round DSLR
The new Nikon D5200 may not reinvent the wheel in any way, but it is undoubtedly a great all-round DSLR that's well-suited to a lot of different users and experience levels, exactly what a mass-market camera should be, and judged on that criteria, the Nikon D5200 is once again a very worthy winner of our Highly Recommended award.
Impressive 39-point AF system, Continuous shooting speed of 5fps
Costing £649 body only, or £719 with the 18-55mm VR kit lens, the D5200 currently costs around £320 more than the equivalent D5100 package. The developments to the D5200's internal specification - most notably the 39-point AF system and 24.1MP sensor - result in a truly impressive specification for a consumer model. It delivers stunning image quality and is a pleasing camera to use, but is it really worth the additional £300 or so?
Produces detailed images, Excellent ISO performance
When we reviewed the D5100 in April of 2011 we were impressed and gave it our highly recommended award. The biggest change on the D5200 is the upgrade to the 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, with the D5200 producing 5 star quality images. The D5200 can also shoot at a faster rate of 5 fps in continuous shooting.
The D5200 is compatible with a number of accessories such as the Wireless Mobile Adapter (WU-1a) allowing sharing of images with mobile devices.
Good picture quality, vari-angle LCD screen, decent autofocus system with motorised lenses
We love the D5200's low-mid sensitivity shots which are among the best in class, and the 39-point autofocus sensor is quality too. But a lack of the usual array of Nikon quick-access DSLR buttons, no touchscreen, banding hidden in shadow areas of raw files and poor movie clips hold the model back. The new sensor is a double-edged sword that brings both good and bad to the table from what we've seen.
Love this Camera!!!
I am a proud owner of the Pentax K-5 and very happy with everything about it. I just received the Pentax K-5 II and tested it out. I tried it in a low light situation and the images are better. In addition, the LCD screen on the back of the camera is much better and I can better determine if the image is tack sharp or not. I would highly recommend to spend the extra amount and go for the K-5 II instead of the K-5 at a discount.
Vastly improved autofocus in low-light shooting
Photographers buying their first top-tier DSLR will have a tough choice ahead, but Pentaxians are likely to stick with the home team. If you're looking to upgrade from a K-7, K20D, or K-x and don't shoot in low light or with fast primes (brighter than f/2.8), the K-5 is a great choice and a real money-saver. But if you just love shallow depth of field and need the flexibility to shoot in extremely dim light, the K-5 II is your answer.
Image quality is excellent
The K-5 II's image quality is excellent, producing noise-free images all the way from from ISO 80-800. Noise starts to become apparent at ISO 1600, with a little more noise and smearing of fine detail at the higher settings of 3200 and 6400, while the fastest speeds of 12800, 25600 are suitable for smaller prints. The incredible headline-grabbing top-speed of 512000 is frankly unusable - Pentax should have followed Nikon's lead and stopped the range at 25600.
Good detail and dynamic range (even better in Raw)
A good, solid, weather-sealed camera with a tried-and-true sensor, the Pentax K-5 II remains a solid digital SLR that's easy to recommend. With a decided bent toward enthusiast users, the Pentax K-5 II pairs well with the company's line of Limited lenses, and is good to have along with a Weather Resistant lens on a rainy day.
Solid build, Ease of use, Decent sensor
Like its predecessor, the Pentax K-5 II succeeds where it matters most. It produces high image quality (although its resolution scores are a little low), boasts strong autofocus performance, high build quality and is easy to use. It is a pity we can't add the camera's exposure metering to the list of superlatives, because capable though it is, the few occasions where overexposure does occur can frustrate.
However, the biggest problem the Pentax K-5 II faces is the old Pentax K-5.
Impressive AF in low light
First and foremost, the Pentax K-5 II represents a relatively minor upgrade over its predecessor, the K-5. It's worth noting though that the original K-5 was a pretty impressive DSLR, so the lack of any great sweeping changes isn't necessarily a bad thing. The main improvements the new model does bring to the table are with regards to AF performance and the viewability of the LCD screen, both of which make a noticeable difference.
Fast operation, Outstanding colour reproduction
The Pentax K-5 II is a rugged, magnesium alloy bodied, weatherproof, well designed and high quality camera with a kit zoom that is really very good indeed, and provides a package that looks very exciting against its rivals. It is more compact, arguably slicker in operation and provides the highest standards at a relatively low price level. There's not much to dislike, so the K-5 can be totally recommended.
Excellent control over image noise
The Pentax K-5 II follows its predecessor by two years with an almost identical specification which hides the most sensitive autofocus system yet. The new SAFOX X AF system is sensitive down to -3 EV which is beyond any available digital camera. The simultaneously-launched K-5 IIs which lacks an anti-alias filter is the only DSLR to top the image quality of the original K-5. The K-5 II lands right between them.
Image quality, Colour reproduction
Pentax has followed up its highly regarded K5 with an equally impressive consumer dSLR. With good image quality and great interface design in both the hardware and software, it's a very enjoyable camera to use. Although a little more expensive than some direct competitors, it's well worth serious consideration.
Generally impressive image quality
For those with prior lens family affiliation, your decision is already made. Almost all the praise we have for the Nikon D600 also applies to the 6D. We think the autofocus system does lag behind - only by a little - but enough to make this camera a slightly inferior choice for action photography. Otherwise, the Canon EOS 6D is tied for the best entry point for new full-frame photographers, and yes, represents a fantastic value, even at $2100.
Outstanding pictures in both good and bad light
Compared to the 5D Mark III's official price of £2999 / $3499, the 6D is something of a bargain at £1799 / $2099, especially as it delivers very similar image quality to its big brother. The only fly in the ointment in terms of price is the Nikon D600, which due to being released earlier now typically undercuts the 6D by a couple of hundred pounds / dollars. Still, the EOS 6D should also drop in price once the novelty has worn off.
Tough, moisture and dust resistant body, Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
The Canon EOS 6D is an extremely capable and well-designed full-frame digital SLR that provides a clear upgrade choice for anyone looking to graduate from an APS-C model to a full-frame DSLR. It combines excellent image quality with superb high ISO noise performance, has an AF system that works in very low light levels and adds built-in GPS and Wi-Fi features in a tough, moisture and dust resistant body that's lighter and more compact than other full-frame bodies.
Excellent detail in raw file output across ISO range
The EOS 6D ticks off many of the things an APS-C DSLR owner could want in a full frame upgrade: great image quality, excellent handling, light weight and a sub-$2100 price tag. The challenge for Canon, of course is that the 6D does not exist in a vacuum.
Enthusiast-centric controls, Remote control via Wi-Fi
All things considered, the Canon EOS 6D is an excellent choice for the enthusiast and club photographer looking for a full-frame DSLR. These users will find that they have just about everything they need, and a bit more besides.
It may take them a while to get to grips with the subtleties of the camera's AF system, and they will have to remember some of the basics of metering when using the iFCL evaluative system in high contrast conditions, but they will appreciate the end results.
Excellent image quality, Excellent high ISO performance
The Canon EOS 6D feels like it's an improvement over the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and gives most of what you get with the 5D Mark III, but with the addition of GPS and Wi-Fi, as well as the excellent 20.2 megapixel sensor for improved noise performance, but with a fraction of the price of the 5D Mark III, making this an excellent camera for those wanting a full-frame Digital SLR.
Full-frame image quality, EOS Utility wireless shooting via computer has potential
The EOS 6D delivers the image quality, but is paired with a focus system that's a game of two halves: it's great in low-light, but lacks the extended number of AF points that we'd like to see. A partially restricted viewfinder is also a downside, while the likes of Wi-Fi and GPS, "nice" though they are, would have been better off replaced by a more detailed core spec. Some good points and some lessons to be taken from Canon's budget full-framer.
Image quality, Full frame sensor, Built in wifi
It isn't pocket money, but the EOS 6D nonetheless puts full-frame features within reach of the more ambitious enthusiast photographer. I'd have happily swapped the GPS and Wifi for more autofocus points, but it's nonetheless a great body that captures great colours and very detailed shots.
Top Notch Entry Level Camera w/ Advanced Features
In conclusion, the Sony A37 hits the mark for the intended audience. It will provide good performance in typical shooting scenarios of amateurs. However, as you move into the creative realm of photography (think fashion and fine art), you will encounter some difficulty pushing the gear envelope. At higher ISO's you will experience significant noise and will need to move to prime or fast lenses and flash to get the ISO down.
5.5FPS continuous shooting speed puts it above competition
The Sony Alpha A37 is a fairly standard upgrade for the company's entry-level SLT DSLR lineup. It replaces the A35 with some basic upgrades to control, a new image sensor, but a largely unchanged design. The A37 is aimed largely at beginners, with most of its features designed for those adapting to DSLRs from point and shoots.
Image quality is excellent
The Sony A37 is a compelling entry-level DSLR camera with features, still and video image quality, and overall performance that beat its main rivals. Only the small, low-resolution, non-articulating LCD screen detracts from an otherwise outstanding camera that will more than satisfy the needs of its target audience. The A37 marries most of the core features of its bigger brother, the A57, with the more diminutive body of its predessor, the A33, resulting in the cheapest SLT camera to date.
Excellent image quality, Excellent value for money
The Sony Alpha A37 adds a tilting screen compared to the A35, although unfortunately it's smaller and a lower resolution than the A35 - this is partially made up for by the increase in viewfinder resolution, which is now 1.44million dots.
The Sony Alpha A37 is an extremely capable Digital SLR / SLT that produces excellent images with bright saturated colour and very good detail.
Has an arm-length list of features
The A37 is a patchwork of other Sony SLT cameras past and present. Its ultimate goal: to be as budget as possible. And it achieves that with bells on.
But not only is it affordable, the A37 is also a great camera. The continuous autofocus system will outdo anything at a similar price point, and the same can be said for movie mode's swift autofocus (just a shame it's 50i, not 50p). Then there's the 7fps burst shooting mode that's unrivalled for this kind of money.
Shooting 1920x1080 pixels Full HD video
As this a budget model costing a very reasonable £499 with the 18-55mm standard zoom supplied on test, we don't get the top plate function window found on semi pro models, but we are provided with a shooting mode dial crammed with 12 manual and automatic picture enhancing controls, including panorama and 3D stills option. Again this is more than we'd normally expect at this price point. Add in colour-rich, well-defined images and smooth 50fps video capture and you can't go wrong.
Seamless continuous autofocus in videos
Overall, the Sony Alpha SLT-A37 offers a good feature set, fast autofocusing and a useful tilting screen. Features which impressed us include its swift continuous autofocus performance in videos, the focus-peaking mode and inclusion of a 3.5mm microphone input port--aspects we think should appeal to aspiring videographers. Despite its smaller and lower-res screen, we think the A37 a worthy purchase and provides good value for money for shutterbugs looking for their first dSLR.
Ease of use, Affordable price
We'd recommend the 16.1 megapixel Sony SLT-A37 as a good option for anyone considering a step up from a humble snapper to a budget priced DSLR in the hope of a marked improvement in picture quality. This 'SLT' is more fluid to use than most DSLRs - we're not burdened down by a lot of controls we won't often use and all the essentials are here, recognisable from most compact cameras.
Ability to continuously auto-focus during movie recording
In summary the new 650D / Rebel T4i is the most complicated yet friendly mid-range Canon DSLR yet, truly a camera that you can grow into as your photography skills develop. It only misses out on our highest Essential award because of the still slow Live View auto-focusing and a small price increase over the 600D, but is more than deserving of our still-coveted Highly Recommended award.
High image quality with good balance between detail and noise reduction in JPEG output
With the EOS 650D, Canon faced the challenge of taking an already successful camera line and finding a way to offer more than a token upgrade without stealing too much thunder from its higher-spec'd DSLRs. By maintaining what has long been very good image quality for both stills and video shooting and addressing operational handling with a remarkably well-executed touchscreen implementation, the latest addition to the Rebel lineup carves out a niche as one of the more enjoyable to use entry...
Image quality and high ISO performance
Although it has an 18 million pixel sensor, Canon's EOS 650D/Rebel T4i doesn't use the same CMOS device as other cameras in Canon's range. It uses a new Hybrid CMOS sensor that is designed to facilitate a combined phase detection and contrast detection autofocus system that operates during video recording and when Live View is activated.
Touch-screen adds to user experience
The Canon EOS 650D is the first mid-range DSLR to offers touch-screen functionality and is all the better for it. While Canon has implemented the technology well, it hasn't made it obligatory to the camera's general operation. Autofocus performance has seen a fairly major improvement too, with the While other changes are more incremental they do make the EOS 650D a more enjoyable camera to use than its predecessor.
Excellent image quality, Excellent colour reproduction
Video is improved thanks to stereo sound and continuous AF, although this is still generally quite slow compared to mirrorless cameras, and the noise of the lens focussing is easily picked up by the internal microphones. In fact, the manual recommends the use of an external microphone if this is something you want to avoid.
Produces great quality shots
The 650D's improved autofocus system (as per the 60D) is a big step forward and the HD movie mode makes best use of the new touchscreen technology. The camera's 18-megapixel sensor produces great quality shots direct from camera, but the limitations at higher ISO settings and small buffer when shooting raw files in burst mode are sticking points.
Very fast in shot-to-shot performance and burst mode
Canon's EOS 650D is for users who want fast speed out of an entry-level digital SLR camera. It can pump out photos to the tune of five frames per second, making it perfect for budding sports and action photographers who don't want to spend more for an enthusiast-level body. It's an easy camera to use and get the hang of and Canon has included a touchscreen so that you can have more choice as to how you control the camera's settings.
Dedicated video switch
The Canon EOS 650D comes as an update to the 600D, which was announced early last year. The highlight of the 650D is its touchscreen display which makes it the first shooter in the dSLR segment to sport such a feature. This new 18-megapixel entry-level dSLR boasts better shooting performance and enhanced video controls with a duo of STM lenses. According to a Canon representative, the 600D will still be sold alongside the 650D.
Continuous AF in video
The Canon EOS 650D is packed with cool features, including a multi-touch touchscreen, full high-definition video with improved video controls and a faster auto-focus with better noise performance. It's a serious package for new SLR users -- but Micro Four Thirds and other lens-swapping cameras offer similar features for less money.
Excellent image quality, Great high ISO performance
We've come to expect follow-on cameras to generally out-do the camera they're replacing features-wise, and the 60D follows suit in most cases compared to the 50D. Sensor resolution is up and an HD video capability exists where none did before. The 3.0-inch LCD monitor is movable and viewfinder coverage is improved, albeit only 1% and only to 96% overall.
Compositional advantage of a tilt and swivel LCD
Canon's robust enthusiast targeted EOS 60D is a more consumer-friendly version of the 50D it replaces. It slots into the current range between the Canon EOS 550D, of interest to those stepping up from a compact, and the semi-professional Canon EOS 7D.
Shoot both still pictures and HD video clips
A DSLR camera for photo enthusiasts who also want to be able to record Full HD video clips.Replacing the popular EOS 50D, Canon's new EOS 60D sits between the EOS 550D and EOS 7D and appears to have the same sensor as its 'siblings'. The company is clearly aiming this model at photo enthusiasts, adding some new features that will attract those upgrading from an entry-level DSLR or Advanced digicam, the most visible being a vari-angle LCD monitor.
Excellent balance, great choice of lenses
The EOS 60D costs a pretty penny, but you'll be rewarded with fine handling, Canon's superb selection of lenses, and excellent video capabilities. We wish the user interface was a little less awkward and some of the key features present in the older 50D had been retained, but you'll get great photos and videos with the EOS 60D.
It features good imaging specs, improved battery life and HD video
This camera performs well with its DIGIC 4 technology, and the Canon EOS 60D professional DSLR camera is a solid choice for anyone looking to take high-quality pictures. We are disappointed that the speed has dropped to 5.3 images per second, while the 50D shoots 6.3 images per second.
New OLED-based TruFinder
Much though I'm sure Sony would like me to agree with them that the A77's EVF finally matches all the desirable characteristics of an optical viewfinder, I'm afraid that time hasn't yet arrived: While great progress has been made, even the A77's OLED display doesn't come close to providing the dynamic range of a purely optical system. Likewise, update lag during continuous shooting is still at least somewhat an issue.
Fantastic grip design that is firm and comfortable
Holding the A77 in your hand, it's clear that the camera is the sum of Sony's tinkering with their DSLRs the last few years; the controls are more refined, the technology as impressive as ever. Sony's camera design process has clearly advanced beyond what what will look good on a spec sheet, with a clear focus on usability for the high-end shooter be they professional or enthusiast.
Big, bright ultra high resolution EVF
The SLT-A77 builds on the foundations laid by the SLT-A33 and A55. If there were any doubts that a camera with a fixed semi translucent mirror and continuous live view could outperform traditional SLRs then Sony has laid them to rest with the A65 and A77. Some features are pivotal, not least of which is the ultra-high reolution OLED EVF.
The A77 is a well-designed camera which spans the mid-range and semi-professional categories. Its headline features - high pixel count and blazingly fast continuous shooting - will attract a lot of interest, but of greater utility in day to day use are its effective ergonomics, reliable systems and excellent full-time live view system and full-time AF.
Extremely fast continuous shooting (12fps)
The Sony Alpha A77 is an enjoyable camera to use that is capable of producing some excellent photos, with great colour, detail and extremely solid exposure performance. Reds are extremely vibrant and colourful and the camera produces excellent JPEG output straight from the camera, even on default settings. Noise control is very good with low noise right up to high ISO settings. The cameras also offer continuous focus when using the video mode.
Newly developed Exmor CMOS sensor
Although the entry-level dSLR segment is getting overcrowded these days, consumers only have a handful of models to choose from in the midrange, semi-professional segment. Canon has its 7D and 60D while Nikon's is doing well with the lower midrange D7000 as its aging D300S awaits an update. With the A77 sporting a newer and potentially more capable sensor, Sony may have the lead in this category, in some areas at least.
Continuous auto-focus when HD video recording
The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 is the successor to the well received A700 Sony model of DSLR cameras. The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 has a 24.3 megapixel sensor and a high-res OLED electronic viewfinder. This DSLR body can be paired with Sony's newly released 16-50mm f/2.8 lens for optimal photo quality.
Blistering 10fps shot-to-shot speed
Regardless, the NEX-7 sports an impressive array of features for a camera of any size, and we're excited to see if its final image quality can live up to the camera's robust spec sheet. Once we get our hands on a final production model we'll let you know if the NEX-7 is even more than the sum of its parts, or just another paper tiger.
Compact, well-built, easy-to-hold body
Overall, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 is a pricey, yet excellent mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Whether we're talking performance, photo quality, or features, the NEX-7 does just about everything right. The one thing that may bother some folks is the user interface, so you'll definitely want to try the camera out in person if you can. Even with the complex interface, the NEX-7 is still a camera that I can highly recommend.
Excellent built-in viewfinder
The Sony NEX-7 is a fantastic compact system camera that firmly delivers on its early promise, delivering a remarkably customisable camera that really can be configured to suit many different users. The combination of an excellent built-in viewfinder, handy pop-up flash, tiltable LCD screen and a high-resolution APS-C sensor, all in a light and compact body, simply can't be beaten.
Big, bright ultra high resolution EVF
Ever since the NEX range was launched, photography enthusiasts have been waiting for a model that would exploit its potential to the full and the NEX-7 finally delivers on that promise. What makes the difference is the outstandingly good electronic viewfinder and the three dial control system augmented by navigation and AF/MF/AEL buttons.
Exceptionally 'deep' feature set including Auto HDR and Sweep Panorama
When the NEX-7 was first announced, it looked as though Sony had gathered together a set of enthusiasts' wish lists and built a camera to exceed them all. From the compact 'rangefinder style' body with its built-in electronic viewfinder, through the high resolution sensor offering 24MP stills and Full HD 60p video, to the triple-control-dial interface, it ticked all the right boxes on paper. There's little doubt that the NEX-7 is one of the most exciting cameras of 2011.
Very good dynamic range
Despite the occasional shortfall, the NEX-7 is a very pleasant camera to use, especially when you've customised it to your particular way of shooting. The built-in OLED viewfinder is a real bonus, providing a bright, clear view, and having a hotshoe and input for an external microphone both add to the flexibility of the system. Overall, the NEX-7 is a very interesting camera due to its high specification, and it should win over some purely because of that.
Highest specification mirrorless camera
The NEX-7 is an exciting product that gives manual controls, dials, and buttons, on the camera. These are physical, real buttons, that you can press and feel. Even more than this they are customisable to give you the control you want. Without doubt this is the highest specification mirrorless camera available yet.
Overall, I had a great time with the little Panasonic GF2. Although it doesn't quite catch up to that of Sony's aggressively styled NEX-5, the Panasonic GF2's new body is noticeably more compact than that of the GF1. It's extremely nimble and compact -- still a little too large to slip into a pair of slacks without looking like you have a camera in your pocket (I did get looks), but the design has never been more sportcoat or jacket-friendly.
Though we still really like Panasonic's GF series, there are several trade-offs to take into account before you buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2. Its raw-format images look extremely good, but JPEG shooters looking for best-possible photo quality may get frustrated by image artifacts.
good overall color accuracy
The instant the Panasonic GF1 hit the market it seemed that people began anticipating the GF2's release. What would Panasonic change? How would they improve one of the most popular cameras in their model line? Instead of a sequel to the GF1, the GF2 is better described as a re-imagining of the GF series: same image quality, but intended for a wider, less experienced audience.
With a simplified design, touchscreen operation, emphasis on its Intelligent Auto mode andÃ¢??
Good AF and shutter reaction times
The mirrorless/interchangeable lens class shows no sign of slowing down as Panasonic and Samsung are both introducing their second generation offerings while speculation is that Nikon is about to enter the fray.
Panasonic's GF2 represents a measured approach to upgrades over the GF1: video goes to the full HD standard, 1080i; a 3D capture capability is offered via a new 12mm 3D lens and a touch screen operation with new user interface round out the major differences in the new camera.
Very good photo quality
In conclusion, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a good choice for those looking for an interchangeable lens camera (though I'd pass on the 14 mm lens). It offers very good photo quality, an easy-to-use interface, Full HD movie recording -- all in a body that fits in the palm of your hand. If you're a current GF1 owner (like me) thinking of upgrading, I'd probably hold out for the next model, which will hopefully bring back some of what Panasonic took away on the DMC-GF2.
Cheaper than the GF1 was on launch, the new DMC-GF2 takes Panasonic's compact system cameras in a new direction, aiming to appeal to a wider base of users who are looking for DSLR-like results from a simpler and more compact design. While it's certainly not a logical upgrade for current GF1 owners, the GF2 deserves to make a big leap forward both for Panasonic and for the Compact System Camera market as a whole.
Well implemented touch screen controls
In removing many of the GF1's physical controls and replacing them with a touch screen, Pansonic has widened the appeal of the GF2 to those looking to trade up from an advanced compact. The risk, of course, was that it would alienate enthusiasts who, above all, want the same kind of control and handling as provided by a DSLR.
Compact body with relatively large imaging sensor
The GF2 is a very different camera to its predecessor, which can confuse the fact that it's a camera very well suited to its target market. It offers both beginners and experienced photographers a simple but powerful control method (we'd say it trumps both the Olympus E-PL2 and the Sony NEX-3 and -5 in this respect), albeit one that requires a leap-of-faith to embrace the touchscreen control. Sadly, however, the underlying camera technology is starting to show its age.
n the final analysis, while the GF2 is an excellent camera in its own right, it doesn't feel as revolutionary as Panasonic's first attempt in the GF1. But if it draws a wider audience to Micro Four Thirds and its inherent benefits - smaller bodies and smaller lenses, yet results comparable (if not an exact match for) the DSLR 'big boys', then we're all for it.
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