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Panasonic's new mirrorless ILC, the Lumix GF5, features the same sensor as its predecessor, the GF3, but with contrast-detect AF. Its many filters and presets, along with intelligent auto options, should make it ideal for the amateur users. If the Lumix GF3 is anything like its predecessor, it should also deliver impressive image quality. Read on to find out just how the Lumix GF5 fares through our comprehensive review. The Lumix GF5 has an aluminum body has a rectangular shape with a circular shape on the top portion. On the right hand side of the camera you will find a pronounced bulge which acts as a palm grip allowing one-handed operation of the camera easily using three fingers with the index finger on the shutter. Other than the lens-release button on the left hand side and the auto-focus lamp on the top left hand corner, the front portion of the GF5 is pretty clean. Coming to the rear side, you get a 3-inch 920k-dot touchscreen LCD. The thumb-rest on the top right hand corner protrudes just enough to improve the grip on the camera while making photographs. Below the thumb-rest you have navigation wheel surrounded by circular buttons.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is a small and stylish compact system camera that features a FourThirds sized 12.1-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, Venus Engine VII HD2 processor, 0.09 second contrast-detect auto-focusing, built-in pop-up flash and a 3 inch touch-sensitive LCD screen with a resolution of 920k dots. The DMC-GF5 also offers full HD movies at 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) in AVCHD format with stereo sound and full-time auto-focus, 4fps continuous shooting, 14 different creative filter effects, RAW support and an expanded ISO range of 160-12800. The Panasonic GF5 is available in black or white in a kit with the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 lens for £579.99 / $699.95 or £449 with the standard Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 lens. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is virtually identical to the previous GF3 model that it replaces. It's just a little bit larger at 107.7 x 66.6 x 36.8mm and a few grams heavier at 225g without a lens attached or battery inserted, making it one of the smallest and lightest compact system cameras on the market.
In refreshing its modestly-sized, modestly-priced touchscreen mirrorless camera, Panasonic has wisely left the sensor resolution unchanged. Instead, the Panasonic GF5 brings lower noise levels, performance improvements, and some worthwhile improvements to UI and ergonomics. Pros: Small body pairs nicely with compact, retractable Power Zoom lens. Extremely fast autofocus. Worthwhile improvements in image quality. Touchscreen overlays can now be hidden. Cons: LCD panel is prone to fingerprint smudges. Weak flash, and no hot shoe. Modest burst performance, and very limited buffer for raw shooting. Noise levels and dynamic range still lag competition. Price and Availability: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 started shipping in the US market from May 2012. Available body colors include black, white, and red. Two kits are offered, both including lenses: a 14-42mm standard zoom kit priced at about US$600; and a 14-42mm power zoom kit priced at around US$750. Panasonic GF5 Review by Full Review: 10/28/2012 With the Lumix GF5, Panasonic reaffirms its commitment to a small, consumer-focused compact system camera with limited controls and a touchscreen interface. After the introduction of last year's GF3, there was quite a bit of foment among enthusiasts who thought it was too small, and too consumer-focused. This resulted in a quick about-face, as Panasonic seemed to hastily prepare the GX1 from the 2009 blueprints of the GF1, with only a few minor tweaks to set it apart.
Back last year, Panasonic presented the GF3, a lens-switching mirrorless camera specially designed for novice users. Its replacement, the GF5 (4 is unlucky in Japanese culture), looks like more of a software update than a hardware update, boasting improved touchscreen handling and enhanced performances but no major additions to the spec sheet. From the outside, the GF5 still looks very similar to the GF3. While keen-eyed readers may spot the arrival of a Disp. button or a slightly flatter flash, the main modification is a higher handle, which makes room for your middle finger and improves general grip. That said, the GF5 is still a very small camera, so anyone with larger hands might have to bunch their fingers up a bit. Build quality is good but, logically, it's not quite on par with the higher-end GX1. The only thing you could really criticise in the Panasonic GF5 is a slight wobble to the flash—something that's difficult to avoid given its longer arm and the camera's compact design. The GF5 has been treated to a new screen, doubling the resolution to VGA. Viewing angles are good and the display is generally comfortable to use (in spite of some glitches and judder in low light).
The GF5 is the fourth in Panasonic's range of small-bodied 'GF' Micro Four Thirds cameras, and sits below the G3 in the current lineup. The differences between the GF5 and its predecessor are relatively few, and we doubt they'll prove significant enough to tempt any GF3 users to upgrade. But they do combine to make the new camera a more attractive proposition to compact upgraders than the GF3. The GF3 wasn't well terribly well received by photo enthusiasts at launch. In part this was because it continued the process of repositioning the GF series as a super-point-and-shoot, rather than a GF1-style enthusiast's camera. Since then, however, those needs have fulfilled by the GX1, while the arrival of Olympus' PEN Mini and Nikon's 1 J1 have made it clear that Panasonic isn't alone in believing there's a market for a small, simple and inexpensive mirrorless camera. With the benefit of this context, the GF5's role is clear - to put large-sensor image quality into the hands of people looking to upgrade from their compact camera. With this in mind, Panasonic is pushing a kit that bundles the GF5 with its extremely compact retractable X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS power zoom lens.
Panasonic has seen great success with the Lumix GF3, with its small size and beginner-friendly user interface appealing to a wide variety of users. So how does its successor, the Panasonic Lumix GF5, shape up? We spent some time with it to find out. Aimed pretty squarely at novice shooters rather than enthusiast photographers, the Panasonic GF5 manages to pack some pretty serious punch into its ever so small body. Panasonic claims that its all new 12 million pixel sensor is capable of delivering the same image quality as its bigger brother, the 16 million pixel Panasonic G3. Making an appearance just 18 months after the debut of the GF3, not only does the Panasonic Lumix GF5 offer an improved sensor, but it also includes a new Venus engine for fast performance, a redesigned user interface and some new filters and effects.Buying guideBest compact system camera 2012: 20 reviewed and ratedErgonomics have been slightly reworked, with metal buttons replacing the plastic ones found on the Panasonic GF3, and the handgrip from the more advanced Panasonic Lumix GX1 being attached to the camera.
The Panasonic Lumix GF5 is an entry-level Micro Four Thirds camera that is the successor to 2011's Panasonic GF3. The GF5 features a new 12-megapixel image sensor, image processing engine, improved handling, and updated user interface. The GF3 will remain in Panasonic's 2012 lineup for the time being, with the GF5 likely replacing it as the entry-point to Panasonic's MFT line later this year. The GF5 will be kitted with Panasonic's 14-42mm lens, with kit options also available that include the 14mm f/2.5 lens and the 14-42mm powered zoom lens from Panasonic. While price and availability were not immediately available, Panasonic stated the likely kit price with the standard 14-42mm lens would be $599.99 at launch. The Panasonic GF5’s design is nearly identical to last year’s GF3, save for a few key changes. It does receive some spec upgrades in the form of a redesigned image senor and a higher resolution LCD screen, though the outward design is practically the same. One big addition is the new rubberized grip, which is more pronounced than the slight protrusion found on last year’s GF3 (and the GF2 before it). This improves the handling significantly on the GF5, even if the camera’s actual size and weight are nearly identical to the GF3 that it is succeeding.
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