Panasonic Lumix GF5 – Small and Packs a Punch
I just received the Panasonic GF5 yesterday and expect a full review within a week or so of this diminutive yet powerful camera by Panasonic.
The Micro 4/3 movement have been gaining steam the past few years and as Panasonic ramps up their strong field of interchangeable lens cameras, the Lumix GF series have positioned itself to be the compact-premium m4/3 camera that suits most consumers who need the balance between size and the goodness of interchangeable-lens cameras.
While the US officially had this announced last April, I’m not sure why it took Singapore that long to officially release this.
This seems to be a serious contender to the Olympus E-PM1 and it’ll be interesting to see which wins out.
Panasonic Unveils the LUMIX DMC-GF5 with Improved Specifications for Intuitive Usability, Creative Control and Ultra-Cool Compact Style
Experience easy-to-use features and enjoy limitless artistic expression
06 June 2012, SINGAPORE – Panasonic launches a new digital interchangeable lens system camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, the LUMIX DMC-GF5 as the latest member of the LUMIX G Micro System prized for excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction.
Despite a built-in flash, the DMC-GF5 boasts a lean, ergonomic form factor with rubberized handgrip for steady handling. Perfect for users looking to step-up from point-and-shoot compact cameras, the slim and lightweight DMC-GF5 houses basic features of a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera minus the bulk and complex operability, making an enjoyable and rewarding photographic experience readily achievable.
New 12.1-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine for True Picture Quality
The DMC-GF5 incorporates a newly developed 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity Live MOS sensor with ISO settings reaching up to a maximum of 12800. Fitted with the premium range of LUMIX G X lenses and improved Venus Engine, the DMC-GF5 performs well during low-light conditions, reducing noise and minimizing grainy images with bright and dark areas being faithfully reproduced.
High Usability and Visibility with the New 920,000-dot Touch Display
The DMC-GF5’s enhanced graphic user interface (GUI) and larger 920,000 dots 3-inch touch display brings high visibility, vibrant graphics and sharper text. State your style with a personalized GUI, wallpapers can be customized to compliment the cameras in sophisticated shades of white, black, brown and red.
The touch display of the DMC-GF5 brings ease and comfort to your fingertips, whereby you can focus-follow-and-snap your subjects just by touching the image on the screen. The touch-control system is capable of locking on the camera’s focus, tracking a moving subject and releasing the shutter. Touch zoom is also available simply by mounting the LUMIX G X Power Zoom Lens (H-PS14042 lens or H-PS45175).
Advanced AF System for Both Speed and Accuracy
Like all LUMIX G Micro System cameras, the DMC-GF5 adopts an extremely accurate Contrast Auto-Focus (AF) which rivals Phase Difference AF found in DSLRs. With Light Speed AF, it captures and locks on fast-moving subjects clearly within 0.09 seconds. Pinpoint AF allows an exact precision by further enlarging the focus area, such as setting focus on the pupil of an eye. Full-area focusing sets the focus on any point in the camera’s field of view, allowing you to have a free and intuitive composition when used in combination with the touch-control. Together, these focusing technologies mean that with the DMC-GF5, you will never miss your next spur-of-the-moment shot!
New Scene Guide to Learn Various Expressions in Photography and New Creative Control
With a DMC-GF5 in hand, you can take photos just like a professional. Apart from the Touch Q-menu of shooting options, interchangeable lens system camera beginners can choose from 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers in the DMC-GF5 Scene Guide. By choosing the sample closest to the actual situation, you can achieve optimal images with the pre-set camera settings. You can also benefit from on-screen guides which prompt helpful one-liner recommendations for setting the ideal shot.
The inclusion of the popular Creative Control mode in the DMC-GF5 more than doubles-up the ante by increasing filter options from 6 to 14 – adding new Soft Focus**, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter**, in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect*** mode. You can preview filter applications via the Live View or toggle between different ones easily to mix-up the artistic effects.
*Video recording using Scene Guise is not possible in some scenes.
**For photo only
*** Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)
High Quality 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Video with Stereo Sound
With a dedicated video record button on the top, anyone can instantly start recording full-High Definition (HD) videos while shooting photos, without having to make extra adjustments. Touch AF in video recording also lets you enjoy rack focusing like the professionals. In addition to high quality audio capture with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, you can archive memories on personal computers or portable devices without having to convert the files on playback as videos record in compatible MP4 format.
Other Features Complete the DMC-GF5
The DMC-GF5’s Intelligent Auto (iA) mode includes AF Tracking, Face Recognition, Intelligent D-range Control, Scene Selector and ISO Control. iA Plus mode adjusts exposure compensation and white balance for superior image output. A newly added angle detection sensor makes it possible to tell whether the photo was taken horizontally or vertically, whatever lens is used.
Pricing and Availability
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5 is available now and is priced at $1,099 for both kits – the GF5X with the power zoom 14-42mm LUMIX G X lens, and GF5W with 14mm F2.5 pancake lens and 14-42mm standard kit lens.
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components & devices, and solutions. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2012. Panasonic’s stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment to sustainability, visit the company’s website at http://panasonic.net/.