As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9) and the Lumix DMC-GH1) and Nikon (such as the D80 and the 1 J1)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a touch screen, can focus continuously while recording movies, slightly more lenses available (108 lenses vs 55 lenses) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.2 fps vs 60 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9)

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9)
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9) (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9) (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • No external flash support
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/500 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9) and DMC-GF2

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (107×65×33 mm) vs Mid size (113×68×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.3"

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus PEN E-PM2
1 year newer
$284 (body only)
$320 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PM2 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the E-PM2 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PM2 and DMC-GF2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×64×34 mm) vs Mid size (113×68×33 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH1 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH1 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (124×90×76 mm) vs Mid size (113×68×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the DMC-GH1 and DMC-GF2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
10 months newer
$832 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 3.2 fps
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the J1 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • No touch screen
  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the J1 and DMC-GF2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (106×61×30 mm) vs Mid size (113×68×33 mm)
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
7 months newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF3 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF3 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-GF3 and DMC-GF2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Fairly small: Compact (108×67×33 mm) vs Mid size (113×68×33 mm)

Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000
1 year newer
$360 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX1000 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 12 MP

Significant disadvantages of the NX1000 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 55 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the NX1000 and DMC-GF2

  • Fairly small: Mid size (114×63×37 mm) vs Mid size (113×68×33 mm)
  • Light weight: 222 g vs 310 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), has a touch screen and lets you preview your photos on the screen.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (12 MP vs 12.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has much more startup delay (1000 ms vs 600 ms) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism).

Nikon D80

Nikon D80
4 years older
$266 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D80 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D80 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12 MP
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the D80 and DMC-GF2

  • Inexpensive: $265.79 vs $106.29

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
similar age
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 12 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Mid size (113×68×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-GF2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $329.00 vs $106.29

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
4 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A100 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Longer battery life: 750 shots vs 300 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A100 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12 MP
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the DSLR-A100 and DMC-GF2

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 1.3"

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
5 months newer
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 12 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs Mid size (113×68×33 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.3"
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the D5100 and DMC-GF2

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $372.11 vs $106.29

Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x
1 year older
$1,495 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-x (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less shutter lag: 97 ms vs 337 ms
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the K-x (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs Mid size (113×68×33 mm)

common strengths of the K-x and DMC-GF2

  • Very small: Prosumer size (123×92×68 mm) vs Mid size (113×68×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.3"

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
1 year older
$637 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 108 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • No live view

common strengths of the D3000 and DMC-GF2

  • Very small: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Mid size (113×68×33 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 1.3"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has interchangeable lenses, is much less expensive ($106.29 vs $1,330.59) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.2 fps vs 11 fps), lacks and external mic jack and is older (november 2010 vs july 2012).

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the XZ-2 iHS (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-2 iHS (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the XZ-2 iHS and DMC-GF2

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Have touch screens
  • Great battery life: 340 shots vs 300 shots

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
2 years newer
$1,331

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 300 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the S120 and DMC-GF2

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Have touch screens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year newer
$392

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots faster: 11 fps vs 3.2 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and DMC-GF2

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 300 shots
  • Support external flash

Ricoh GR Digital II

Ricoh GR Digital II
3 years older

Significant advantages of the GR Digital II (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Much longer exposures: 180 seconds vs 60 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the GR Digital II (vs the DMC-GF2)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the GR Digital II and DMC-GF2

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Long exposures: 180 seconds vs 60 seconds