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.

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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As we mentioned earlier, the camera has a good amount of creative filters built into it that you can apply in-camera much like the app Instagram for the iPhone and Android. It makes sense since unlike a DSLR, the buyer of such a camera is more of a casual user and these effects can end up making the image more pleasing to see without the need of importing them all into Photoshop. There are some which allow you to use HDR and add more dynamic range to the image, while others give it a more retro vibe or vignetting around the images. You can see a few samples that we managed to snap in Jumeira below.

As you can see in the image below, it pops out much better than the original but at the same time there’s a level of artificiality to it because you can’t really control it so well compared to an editing software, so not everybody might end up liking this high contrast look. But it’s there for those who like it.

Another example of filters being applied to a standard image, this time with dark areas as well. As you can see, the darker regions actually get overexposed and reveal the image better.

There’s some macro shots with creative filters like vignetting involved. The clarity of the images are strikingly good and the filters this time around do give it an artistic look. Most still will want to do these in the editing software, though.

As some more samples, here are images from the Middle East and Film Comic Con 2012 where we decided to test out the camera as well. As you can see, the image quality is actually quite vibrant and detailed and it perfectly captures the subjects.

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