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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Review

Using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Record Mode

Flip the power switch and the GF2 is ready to start taking photos immediately.

Like the other Micro Four Thirds cameras in Panasonic's line-up, the DMC-GF2 focuses very quickly (only the GH2 is faster). With the 14 mm kit lens, the camera locked focus in 0.2 - 0.5 seconds. I didn't get a chance to use the 14 - 42 mm kit lens with the GF2, but based on past experience, I expect AF times starting at 0.2 sec at wide-angle and topping out at around 0.8 sec at telephoto. Low light focus times are under a second in most situations. Do note that legacy Four Thirds lenses will not focus nearly as quickly as a Micro Four Thirds lens.

I didn't find shutter lag to be an issue, even at the slower shutter speeds where it sometimes crops up.

As for shot-to-shot speeds, you'll be able to keep taking pictures as fast as you can compose the next one, at least until you fill up the buffer memory (which takes some work). Adding the flash into the mix increases the delay by a fraction of a second.

There is no way to delete a photo immediately after it is taken -- you'll have to enter playback mode to do that.

Now let's take a look at the lengthy list of image size and quality options available on the DMC-GF2. It's so long because the camera supports four different aspect ratios!

Aspect ratio Resolution Quality Approx. File Size # images on 4GB SDHC card (optional)
4:3 Large
4000 x 3000
RAW+Fine 22.2 MB 180
RAW+Standard 19.0 MB 210
RAW 15.4 MB 260
Fine 7.0 MB 570
Standard 3.5 MB 1130

Medium
2816 x 2112

RAW+Fine 19.0 MB 210
RAW+Standard 17.4 MB 230
Fine 3.9 MB 1020
Standard 2.0 MB 2000
Small
2048 x 1536
RAW+Fine 18.2 MB 220
RAW+Standard 16.7 MB 240
Fine 2.5 MB 1620
Standard 1.3 MB 3170
3:2 Large
4000 x 2672
RAW+Fine 20.0 MB 200
RAW+Standard 17.4 MB 230
RAW 13.8 MB 290
Fine 6.5 MB 620
Standard 3.3 MB 1220
Medium
2816 x 1880
RAW+Fine 17.4 MB 230
RAW+Standard 15.4 MB 260
Fine 3.7 MB 1090
Standard 1.9 MB 2110
Small
2048 x 1360
RAW+Fine 16.0 MB 250
RAW+Standard 14.8 MB 270
Fine 2.4 MB 1670
Standard 1.3 MB 3170
16:9 Large
4000 x 2248
RAW+Fine 17.4 MB 230
RAW+Standard 14.3 MB 280
RAW 11.4 MB 350
Fine 5.7 MB 700
Standard 2.9 MB 1380
Medium
2816 x 1584
RAW+Fine 14.8 MB 270
RAW+Standard 13.3 MB 300
Fine 3.4 MB 1180
Standard 1.7 MB 2310
Small
1920 x 1080
RAW+Fine 12.5 MB 320
RAW+Standard 12.1 MB 330
Fine 1.1 MB 3540
Standard 600 KB 6700
1:1 Large
2992 x 2992
RAW+Fine 17.4 MB 230
RAW+Standard 14.8 MB 270
RAW 12.5 MB 320
Fine 5.3 MB 760
Standard 2.7 MB 1500
Medium
2112 x 2112
RAW+Fine 15.4 MB 260
RAW+Standard 13.8 MB 290
Fine 2.9 MB 1360
Standard 1.5 MB 2680
Small
1504 x 1504
RAW+Fine 13.8 MB 290
RAW+Standard 12.9 MB 310
Fine 1.2 MB 3260
Standard 700 KB 6030

That's quite a list! And there's one image size I didn't include, which is 2 Megapixel or less, and only used when the optional 3D lens is attached. One nice thing about the GF2 is that the focal length remains the same regardless of the aspect ratio (though I don't think this is true for 1:1). The camera can take a RAW image alone, or with a JPEG of the size of your choosing. I explained the benefits of RAW earlier in this review.


This menu is the gateway to the virtual mode dial or the main menu

The DMC-GF2 has an easy to use menu system that should be familiar to anyone who has used a Panasonic camera in recent years, aside from the "gateway" screen that you can use to change the shooting mode, or jump to a specific menu. Unlike the rest of the operations on the camera, the main menu can only be operated with the four-way controller or the command dial, and not the touchscreen. The menu is divided into five tabs, which include still, movie, custom, setup, and playback options. Keeping in mind that not all of these options are available in every shooting mode, here's the complete list:

Record Menu
  • Aspect ratio (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1)
  • Picture size (Large, medium, small)
  • Quality (Fine, standard, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, RAW)
  • Face recognition (On, off, memory, set) - described earlier
  • Focus mode (AF-S, AF-C, MF) - single, continuous, or manual focus
  • Quick AF (on/off) - activates the AF system when the camera is held steadily; reduces focus times at the expense of battery life
  • Metering mode (Multiple, center-weighted, spot)
  • Flash (Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill flash, fill flash w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction)
  • Redeye removal (on/off) - digital redeye removal
  • Intelligent Resolution (Off, low, standard, high, extended) - see below
  • Intelligent Dynamic (Off, low, standard, high) - see below
  • ISO limit set (Off, 200, 400, 800, 1600) - how high Auto and Intelligent ISO will go
  • ISO increments (1/3EV, 1EV)
  • Long shutter noise reduction (on/off) - reduce noise in photos with slow shutter speeds
  • Extended tele conversion (on/off) - see below
  • Digital zoom (Off, 2X, 4X) - reduces image quality and is best avoided
  • Burst rate (Low, medium, high) - told you about the burst mode earlier
  • Auto bracket - also described earlier
    • Settings (Single-shot, continuous)
    • Step (3 shots/0.3EV, 3 shots/0.6EV, 5 shots/0.3EV, 5 shots/0.6EV)
    • Sequence (0/-/+, -0/+)
  • Self-timer (2 or 10 secs, 10 sec w/3 shots)
  • Picture Adjust - see below
  • Color space (sRGB, AdobeRGB)
  • Stabilizer (Off, mode 1, mode 2, mode 3) - mode 1 always has the IS system going, mode 2 only activates it when a photo is taken. Mode 3 only stabilizes up and down motion, fur use when panning the camera

Motion Picture Menu - will cover these in the next section; showing the unique items only

  • REC mode (AVCHD 1080i, AVCHD 720p, Motion JPEG)
  • Rec quality
    • In AVCHD 1080i mode (FSH/17 Mbps, FH/13 Mbps)
    • In AVCHD 720p mode (SH/17 Mbps, H/13 Mbps)
    • In Motion JPEG mode (HD, WVGA, VGA, QVGA)
  • Continuous AF (on/off)
  • Wind cut (Off, low, standard, high) - useful for shooting outdoors
  • Mic level display (on/off)
  • Mic level adjust (1 - 4) - manually adjust the microphone level
  • Flicker reduction (Off, 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120) - reduces flicker or striping in movies, presumably due to fluorescent lighting
Custom Menu
  • Custom setting memory (C1, C2, C3)- save current camera settings to the custom spot on the virtual mode dial
  • Quick Menu/Fn button (Quick Menu / Function) - whether pressing this button opens the Quick Menu, or adjusts a setting you choose in the next option
  • Function button set (AF/AE lock, preview, aspect ratio, quality, focus mode, metering mode, Intelligent Resolution, Intelligent Dynamic, extended tele converter, Picture Adjust) - define what the Fn button does, if you've activated it
  • Histogram (on/off) - when you turn it on, you get to place it wherever you want
  • Guide line (Off, 3 x 3, cross, custom) - the last option lets you put a pair of guide lines wherever you darn please
  • Exposure metring (on/off) - whether a guide showing the aperture and shutter speed is shown on the LCD in P/A/S/M mode
  • Highlight (on/off) - whether overexposed areas of a photo "blink" in post-shot review
  • AF/AE lock (AE, AF, AF/AE) - what happens when you press this button
  • Direct AF area (on/off) - allows you to move and resize the focus point(s) with the four-way controller
  • Focus priority (on/off) - whether a photo can be taken without focus lock
  • AF-assist lamp (on/off)
  • AF+MF (on/off) - whether you can manually focus after autofocus is complete
  • MF assist (on/off) - frame enlargement in manual focus mode
  • MF guide (on/off) - whether that semi-useful focus distance gauge is shown
  • iA button switch (Single press, press and hold) - how much work is required to activate Intelligent Auto mode
  • Movie button (on/off) - enable or disable the dedicated movie recording button
  • Rec area (Picture, movie) - set the angle of view on the LCD for stills or movies
  • Remaining display (Shots, time) - whether you see remaining shots or movie recording time on the LCD
  • Play on LCD (on/off) - whether images are always played back on the LCD when the optional EVF is attached
  • Touch quick menu (on/off) - enable or disable the touch-based Quick Menu
  • Defocus control (on/off) - whether you can use the background blur feature using the touchscreen
  • Touch shutter (on/off) - whether you can take a photo by touching an area on the LCD
  • Touch guide (on/off) - whether descriptions of the touch features are shown on the LCD
  • Touch scroll (Low, high speed) - how quickly you swipe through images in playback mode
  • Dial guide (on/off) - tells you what the command dial does in P/A/S/M mode
  • Menu resume (on/off) - whether camera goes back to where you left off in the menu system
  • Calibration - use this if the touchscreen is acting up
  • Pixel refresh - removes dead pixels from the sensor
  • Sensor cleaning - manually run the dust reduction cycle
  • Shoot without lens (on/off) - whether you can take a photo without a lens attached; used with the two Leica adapters

 

Setup Menu

  • Clock set
  • World time (Destination, home)
  • Travel date - the day and location of your trip get stored in the photo metadata
    • Travel setup (Off, set) - set the departure and return dates for your trip
    • Location (Off, set) - store your destination name
  • Beep (Muted, low, high)
  • Volume (0-6)
  • Monitor/viewfinder - adjust the brightness, contrast/saturation, and blue/red tint of both of these separately
  • LCD mode (Auto, mode 1 - 3) - the mode numbers represent brighter, standard, and darker
  • Economy
    • Sleep mode (Off, 1, 2, 5, 10 mins) - auto power off
    • Auto LCD off (Off, 15, 30 secs)
  • Auto review (Off, 1, 3, 5 sec, hold) - post-shot review
  • USB mode (Select on connection, PictBridge/PTP, PC)
  • TV aspect (16:9, 4:3)
  • HDMI mode (Auto, 1080i, 720p, 480p)
  • Viera Link (on/off) - whether the camera can be operated from the remote control of compatible HDTVs
  • 3D playback (3D, 2D) - turn this on when connected to a 3D television
  • Calibration - for the touchscreen
  • Language
  • Version display
  • File number reset
  • Reset - return the recording and setup/custom settings to defaults
  • Format memory card
Playback Menu
  • 2D/3D settings -only shows up when you're connected to a 3D TV; I have no idea what the options are
  • Slideshow
    • Show (All, picture only, video only, 3D only, category selection, favorites)
    • Effect (Natural, slow, swing, urban, off) - transitions and effects
    • Duration (1, 2, 3, 5 secs)
    • Repeat (on/off)
    • Sound (Off, auto, music, audio) - choose whether background music or movie audio is played
  • Playback mode (Normal play, picture play, AVCHD play, Motion JPEG play, 3D play, category play, favorite play) - a quick way to filter through the items on your memory card
  • Title edit - type in a comment for a photo
  • Text stamp - stamp the shooting date/time, name (of person, baby, or pet), location, travel date, or title onto a photo; photos will be downsized to "small" size
  • Video divide - chop a movie in half; good for removing unwanted footage
  • Resize - downsize a photo
  • Cropping - trim a photo
  • Aspect ratio conversion (3:2, 4:3, 1:1)
  • Rotate image
  • Rotate display - whether portraits are automatically rotated
  • Favorite (Off, on, cancel) - tag a photo as a favorite
  • Print set (Single, multiple) - tag a photo for printing to a DPOF-compatible photo printer
  • Protect (Single, multiple)
  • Face recognition edit (Replace, delete) - update or remove data for a recognized face

I'd like to touch on a few of those options before we continue to the photo tests.

One of the new features on the DMC-GF2 is called Intelligent Resolution. Simply put, this system applies different amounts of sharpening to the various subjects in your photos. It'll sharpen the edges the most, go a bit easier on textures, and leave smooth gradation areas (like the sky) alone. It's off by default, but there are four levels you can choose from, from low to extended (super high). Here's an example (and be sure to view the full size images!):

Intelligent Res Off
View Full Size Image
Intelligent Res Low
View Full Size Image
Intelligent Res Standard
View Full Size Image
Intelligent Res High
View Full Size Image
Intelligent Res Extended
View Full Size Image

As you can see, things get a little bit sharper as you increase the Intelligent Resolution setting. Strangely enough, things get soft again at the "extended" setting, and I verified this in multiple photos. Sounds like a bug, to me. Anyhow, it doesn't hurt to turn this on to the low or standard setting if you want sharper photos, though do note that continuous shooting speeds are reduced.

Previous Panasonic cameras had a feature called Intelligent Exposure, which was used to brighten up the dark areas of your photos. On the GF2 that feature is now called Intelligent Dynamic, and it's supposed to help with clipped highlights, as well. In Intelligent Auto mode this feature is always on, while in the manual modes it's off by default. There are three levels of I.E. to choose from in the manual modes: low, standard, and high. Here's an example of Intelligent Exposure in action:

Intelligent Dynamic Off
View Full Size Image
Intelligent Dynamic Low
View Full Size Image
Intelligent Dynamic Std
View Full Size Image
Intelligent Dynamic High
View Full Size Image

As you can see, the shadows get brighter as you go from "off" to "low" and then "standard". The standard and high settings look about the same, and I believe that when you select a certain Intelligent Dynamic setting, you're choosing the maximum you'll let the camera use, and in this case, it didn't think more enhancement was necessary. While the feature does bring out shadow detail, it doesn't do much to reduce highlight clipping, an issue which is common on Four Thirds-based cameras.

The Extended Tele Conversion feature is similar to what was called Extended Optical Zoom on previous Panasonic cameras. By lowering the resolution of the camera, you can get extra zoom power, without the loss in quality that is associated with digital zoom. The most you can get is 2X worth, and you'll need to drop down to the small (3 Megapixel) resolution in order to get that. In movie mode (at 720p and lower resolutions) you can get anywhere from 3.1X to 4.2X more zoom power.


Adjusting saturation in the color Picture Mode set

The Film Mode feature found on other Lumix G-series cameras has been dumbed down on the DMC-GF2. Instead of having multiple Film Modes to choose from (including custom options), the GF2 features just two "Picture Adjust" sets -- one for color, and another for black & white. For both of these you can adjust the contrast, sharpness, saturation, and noise reduction levels.

Now let's move on to our photo tests. I took these with a variety of lenses, so look under each photo to see which one I used.


Lens used: Panasonic F3.5-5.6, 14 - 45 mm OIS (NOT the 14-42 kit lens)

The DMC-GF2's photo of our standard macro subject turned out beautifully. The colors are nice and saturated, the subject is very sharp, and there's no sign of any noise. Some cameras have trouble with the white balance in our studio, but not the GF2.

The minimum distance to your subject will depend on what lens you're using. For the 14 mm kit lens, the minimum distance is 18 cm, while the 14 - 42 mm lens is a bit further away, at 30 cm. Serious macro shooters may be interested in the new F2.8, 45 mm Leica macro lens, which has selectable focus distances of 15 and 50 cm.


Lens used: Panasonic F4.0-5.6, 45 - 200 mm OIS

The night test shot, taken with my personal Panasonic 45 - 200 mm lens, turned out fairly well. Unlike the macro shot, things are a bit more yellow than I would've liked. While the camera brought in plenty of light, there's a fair amount of highlight clipping to be found. The buildings are fairly sharp (though there's a bit of a drop-off around the edges), and noise was not visible. There is some mild purple fringing around the lights along the waterfront, which is a bit odd, as the camera is supposed to remove it automatically (I guess nothing's perfect). By the way, you don't have to use manual controls to take photos like this -- the camera's Intelligent Auto mode will use the proper settings for a long exposure, and it even knows if you're using a tripod!

Now, let's use that same night scene to see how the GF2 performed at higher sensitivities in low light situations.


ISO 100

ISO 200

ISO 400


ISO 800


ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

Everything is very clean through ISO 400. When you get to ISO 800, you start to see some detail loss, though you still should be able to make a midsize print at this setting. Things really start to go downhill one stop higher (at ISO 1600), so you should definitely be thinking about shooting RAW at this point. The two highest sensitivities are not usable in their JPEG form -- especially ISO 6400.

Let's see if we can't make those ISO 1600 and 3200 photos look better by shooting in RAW and doing some basic post-processing!

ISO 1600

JPEG, straight out of the camera

RAW -> JPEG conversion (Adobe Camera Raw)

RAW -> JPEG conversion + NeatImage + Unsharp Mask
 
ISO 3200

JPEG, straight out of the camera

RAW -> JPEG conversion (Adobe Camera Raw)

RAW -> JPEG conversion + NeatImage + Unsharp Mask

The ISO 1600 photos definitely gets a nice improvement when you shoot RAW. Sure, the images are grainier, but it's better than smudged details, right? The ISO 3200 photo looks better than the JPEG when post-processed, though I'm not sure if it's usable for much. As you might imagine, the ISO 6400 photo was beyond repair.

We'll see how the DMC-GF2 performed in normal lighting in a moment.

While the DMC-GF1 didn't have redeye problems, the GF2 is the complete opposite -- it's really bad. I can't help but wonder if the positioning of the flash on the GF2 (which puts it closer to the lens) has something to do with this. In theory, the camera's dual redeye reduction system (pre-flash and digital) should take care of it, but it didn't work in any of my test photos (though your mileage may vary). If you do end up with redeye like this, you'll have to fix it on your computer, as there's no removal tool available in playback mode.


F2.5, 14 mm kit lens


F3.5-5.6, 14 - 42 mm kit lens (from the DMC-G2 review)

Both of the GF2's available kit lenses produce mild-to-moderate amounts of barrel distortion. The camera automatically corrects for this distortion, so if you're using a third party RAW editor, things may look a lot worse. The 14 mm pancake lens has some blurring around the edges of the frame, but its real problem is strong vignetting (which doesn't show in the test chart, for some reason). I was surprised to see this much vignetting -- I always assumed that the camera was correcting for that, as well. The 14 - 42 mm kit lens should perform a lot better -- I didn't have issues with corner blurring or vignetting back when I tested it on the DMC-G2.

Now let's take a look at our studio test scene. Since the lighting is the same every time, you can compare these samples with those from other cameras I've reviewed over the years. While the crops below give you a quick idea as to how much noise is present at each ISO setting, viewing the full size images is strongly recommended. And with that, let's begin!


ISO 100

ISO 200

ISO 400


ISO 800


ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

Everything is buttery smooth through ISO 400. Noise levels stay low at ISO 800, but I did notice a slight drop in color saturation. Noise starts to become more visible at ISO 1600, and colors get a bit more dull, but you can still making midsize or large prints at this sensitivity. Details start disappearing at ISO 3200, so this is a good point at which to stop, or switch to RAW for better results. The ISO 6400 image has substantial detail loss, and I don't recommend using it that setting, as least when shooting JPEGs.

Can the ISO 6400 and 12800 photos be saved? Here's what I was able to come up with after about a minute or two of post-processing in Photoshop:

ISO 3200

JPEG, straight out of the camera


RAW -> JPEG conversion (Adobe Camera Raw)


RAW -> JPEG conversion + NeatImage + Unsharp Mask
 
ISO 6400

JPEG, straight out of the camera


RAW -> JPEG conversion (Adobe Camera Raw)


RAW -> JPEG conversion + NeatImage + Unsharp Mask

No doubt about it -- shooting RAW and doing 30 seconds of post-processing definitely yields better results at the highest sensitivities on the DMC-GF2. If you're shooting at ISO 3200 or above (or ISO 1600 in low light), it's definitely worth the extra effort to use RAW.

Overall, the photo quality on the DMC-GF2 was very good, though I was disappointed with the 14 mm kit lens, which produces photos with soft corners and strong vignetting. Photos taken with my own 14 - 45 mm lens (which, again, is different that the 14 - 42 mm lens being bundled with the camera) were much better. The two biggest camera-specific photo quality issues relate to exposure. The camera had a tendency to underexpose by about 1/3 stop, so either bracket or keep a close eye on the photos you've taken. Like other Four Thirds-based cameras, the GF2 does tend to clip highlights, and there's not a whole lot you can do about that. The camera produced photos with vibrant colors, and generally handled artificial lighting well. With a decent lens attached, image sharpness was average for a camera in this class (not too sharp, not too soft). Noise levels are low through ISO 800 in low light and ISO 1600 in normal light, as the tests above illustrated. I didn't find purple fringing to be an issue, save for some minor aberrations in the night shot.

Don't just take my word for all this, though. Browse through our DMC-GF2 photo gallery, maybe printing a few of them if you can, and then decide of the GF2's photo quality meets your expectations!

Movie Mode

The movie mode on the Lumix DMC-GF2 has improved significantly since the GF1. You can now record videos at 1920 x 1080 at 60i (though sensor output is 30p) with Dolby Digital stereo sound. The AVCHD codec allows for continuous recording until your memory card fills up, though note that cameras sold in Europe will stop recording just before the elapsed time hits 30 minutes. There are two bit rates to choose from at the Full HD resolution: 17 Mbps and 13 Mbps. At the highest quality setting, an hour of video will take up about 8GB, so make sure you have a large memory card (and a fast one, too). You can also record at 720p60, though again the sensor is only outputting 30 frames/second. The same bit rates are available at this lower resolution.

If you don't want to deal with the AVCHD codec, which can be difficult to edit and share, you can switch over to Motion JPEG instead. There are four resolutions to choose from: 1280 x 720, 848 x 480, 640 x 480, and 320 x 240, all at 30 frames/second. There's a file size limit of 2GB when using M-JPEG, so your videos will end after approximately 8 minutes at the 720p resolution.

The DMC-GF2 can focus continuously while you're recording (assuming that you're using a Micro Four Thirds lens), so you can zoom in and out, or follow moving subjects without issue. If your lens has an image stabilizer, it can be used as well. You can boost the total zoom power by 3.1X or 4.2X in movie mode (at 720p or below) using the Extra Tele Conversion function I told you about earlier.

The GF2 does not offer any manual controls in movie mode -- it's a fully automatic experience. You can force a shutter speed of 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, or 1/120 by using the flicker reduction feature, though. The GF2 does let you adjust the microphone level manually, and there's a wind cut filter, as well.

I've got three sample movies for you. The first two were taken at the 1080/60i setting, with the wind filter set to "standard". You can still hear the wind noise, but hey, it was a windy day. Sample number three was taken at the 720p60 setting on a sunny and wind-free day. All three were converted with Toast Titanium 10, and I've linked up the original MTS files so you can convert them yourself, if you wish.


View converted movie (13.6 MB, 1920 x 1080, 30 fps, QuickTime/H.264)
Download original MTS file (16.1 MB)


View converted movie (17.2 MB, 1920 x 1080, 30 fps, QuickTime/H.264)
Download original MTS file (19.1 MB)


View converted movie (16.3 MB, 1280 x 720, 60 fps, QuickTime/H.264)
Download original MTS file (18.9 MB)

Playback Mode

The DMC-GF2 has a pretty standard playback mode, with the touchscreen features really setting it apart from the competition. Basic playback features include slideshows (complete with transitions and music), image protection, favorite tagging, DPOF print marking, thumbnail view (in various sizes), and playback zoom. When you're zoomed in with that last feature, you can press the command dial inward and then use the four-way controller (or your finger) to move from photo to photo, keeping the zoom and location intact.

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Touch features in playback mode
Animation courtesy of Panasonic

The touchscreen is perhaps the most useful in playback mode, at least in my opinion. To move between photos, just swipe with your finger. If you want to use the playback zoom feature, just tap once on the photo, and it's enlarged by 2X (you can zoom in further by tapping the screen again). Once you're zoomed in, you just drag your finger around to pan around the image. You can also scroll through thumbnails by dragging your finger up or down.

Like Panasonic's consumer cameras, the GF2 offers a calendar view of your photos, so you can quickly navigate to photos you took on a specific date. You can also filter photos by file type (still, AVCHD, M-JPEG, 3D), category (which is assigned according to the scene mode used), and whether an image has been tagged as a favorite.

Images can be rotated, resized, and cropped right on the camera. You can print the date, time, location, travel date, custom text, and even the age of your kids or pets onto your photos, which is far beyond what most cameras can do (though note that the images will be downsized). There's also a feature which allows you to change the aspect ratio of a photo. Sadly, there's no redeye removal tool, which sure would come in handy on the GF2.

The DMC-GF2 has the ability to edit movies, known as video divide. This lets you trim unwanted footage from the beginning or end of a clip.

By default, the camera doesn't give you a lot of information about your photos. But press the display button and you'll see more info, including an RGB histogram. If a registered face, baby, or pet are in the photo, information about them will be shown, as well.

The DMC-GF2 moves through photos instantly when using the four-way controller. With the touchscreen, it'll show up as quickly as you can swipe your finger from side-to-side.

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