Panasonic G2 vs Panasonic GF1

by Enche Tjin on June 30, 2010

Got a question recently from reader about G2 vs GF1. Fortunately, I’ve reviewed two of this cameras recently, so I have a pretty good idea about how they differs.

Panasonic G2 is the newer than GF1, it has touch screen technology and improved image quality in high ISO above 1600.

panasonic-g2-gf1-frontPanasonic is optimized for portability, so it is very compact. It is bigger than bulkier than regular compact camera, but it is still significantly more compact than the smallest DSLR in the market.

Panasonic G2 advantages

  • Touchscreen LCD (for auto focus or change setting)
  • Slightly better image quality in low light situation
  • Protruding pistol grip
  • Swivel LCD screen
  • Built-in Electronic viewfinder
  • More dedicated buttons and switches

Panasonic GF1 advantages

  • Smaller and lighter

As you can see, G2 out compete GF1 in feature set. However, Panasonic GF1 is much more compact and light (check out the pictures) especially with 20mm f/1.7. If you plan to travel a lot and want the lightest camera possible, then GF1 is the obvious choice. However, if you are serious in photography and plan to carry many lenses and accessories every time you go for a photo shoot/hunting, then Panasonic G2 will be a better choice.

Features Panasonic G2 Panasonic GF1
Image 12 MP – four thirds sensor 12 MP – four thirds sensor
Portability High Very High
Video HD 720p HD 720p
Viewfinder Built in electronic viewfinder, 1.44 million dots Optional electronic viewfinder
LCD Screen 3″ 460k touchscreen 3″460k
Size and weight 4.9 x 3.3 x 2.9 in.

(124 x 84 x 74 mm) 618 g with battery and kit lens

4.7 x 2.8 x 1.4 in.

(119 x 71 x 36 mm) 285 g without battery and kit lens

ISO up to 6400, Recommended up to 800 up to 3200, recommended up to 800
Price $799 with 14-42mm kit lens $799 with 20mm f/1.7,
$740 with 14-45mm kit lens
Continuous shooting 3.3 fps 3 fps


Panasonic G2 with 14-42mm lens and GF1 without lens

Panasonic G2 with 14-42mm lens and GF1 without lens

Panasonic G2 with 14-42mm and GF1 and 20mm f/1.7

Panasonic G2 with 14-42mm fully extended & GF1 and 20mm f/1.7

G2 has swivel and touch screen LCD

G2 has swivel and touch screen LCD

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