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Panasonic Lumix GF5 Review

By on May 27, 2012
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An all-around excellent four-thirds camera that stands among the top of its class.

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Good: Excellent image quality that captures details and true to life colors; Strong sensor; Solid build design that doesn't feel cheap; Interface is efficient and easy to understand; Loaded with features for the casual user; Great quality of lenses.
Bad: High ISO ranges in low light lead to noise and loss of detail; Lack of viewfinder and hotshoe.
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Introduction

When it comes to the micro four-thirds camera market, there is a lot of competition from major companies including the Sony NEX line-up that has proven to be quite robust in the market. The concept of using diverse interchangable lenses with a lot of different focal lengths and aperture settings means that you aren’t limited in your photography scope with the camera and the experience comes much closer to an actual DSLR.

Though Panasonic has always been a strong force in the small camera market, they’ve been doing even better with  this segment. With the Lumix GF5, Panasonic once again aims to make a dent in the market just like their earlier GF3 did.

The GF5 is a very impressive camera at the top of its range that provides excellent image quality, a compact and efficient build design that complements it and an overall camera that’s a god-send for anyone looking to make the jump from small point and shoot cameras to something compact yet powerful in terms of image quality.

 

Features

While the GF3 gained a lot of praise for its design and features packed into a small body, Panasonic was smart to not mess up what was already working for them and instead work on improving the core mechanics of the camera for this new version. It packs a 12.1-megapixel Live MOS image sensor four-thirds, Venus Engine VII HD2 processor, a 3′ inch touch screen LCD with an impressive 920,000 resolution, a built in pop-up flash, records at 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) in AVCHD, 4fps continuous shooting,  support for RAW and an ISO range of 160-12800, some snazzy creative filter effects. It comes in black and white, and the two lenses we had available to play around with were the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 lens and the 14m F.25 prime lens.

Another thing of note here is the 0.09 seconds, which is actually the fastest auto-focus in any camera in the market as per Pansonic’s research which is very impressive.

Key Features

  • New 12 megapixel Live MOS sensor
  • 3inch 920k touch screen
  • 0.09 second AF (compared to 0.1 second GF3)
  • Venus Engine 7HD II – Offers increased ISO, High Dynamic Range, Multi Noise Reduction
  • Expanded ISO range ISO160 – ISO12800
  • Full HD Video recording with stereo sound and MP4 1080 now available
  • 4fps continuous shooting (compared to 3.8 on GF3)
  • Built in pop-up flash
  • 14 Creative Effects, 23 Scenes with guides
  • Rotation detection
  • Metal buttons on rear of camera – Additional display button
  • Metal surround around lens mount
  • Black or White body
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