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Images of Panasonic GF5 start to appear

By dpreview staff on Mar 19, 2012 at 00:08 GMT

Images of a Panasonic GF5 have begun to appear on various websites. First an Instagram image of a camera, looking a lot like a GF3 refresh, appeared on the site of an Hong Kong actress/model Angelababy, who just happens to have promoted Panasonic products in the past. Plausible manufacturer product shots (consistent with the Instagram image), have also appeared. We won't speculate about specifications, but it seems reasonable to assume there's another GF on its way. (via 43 Rumors)

Panasonic-friendly model and actress Angelababy published this image via Instagram

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bunfoolio
By bunfoolio (Mar 20, 2012)

Fan of m4/3 but dissiapointed that it does not have new sensor(rumored). Looks very compact.

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nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (Mar 20, 2012)

Perhaps rumours for the rumour sites and news/reviews for the news/reviews sites?

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Steve_
By Steve_ (Mar 20, 2012)

Who cares about the body; did they fix the lens?

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Mar 20, 2012)

I have that lens, nothing really wrong with it.

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Don Wiss
By Don Wiss (Mar 20, 2012)

@Steve. You should specify which lens you think needs fixing.

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Steve_
By Steve_ (Mar 20, 2012)

Hmm, maybe the one in the picture? The one I've owned, tested and returned. I only waited 6 months for it to ship, trust me, I would not have returned it if there was any doubt in the matter.

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Steve_
By Steve_ (Mar 20, 2012)

@Missimo - Yep, nothing wrong with it as long as you can shoot at a minimum of 1/500th of a second should you choose to use the long end of the focal length range.

It's sharp as a tack, but the mechanical resonance issue DPR clearly demonstrated is not going away without revision to the design. I suspect those that didn't figure this out within their return period are much quicker to forgive its shortcoming.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 20, 2012)

pana and oly still spit out marginal updated bodys.... well at least it makes their 8 month old modells cheap.

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reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (Mar 20, 2012)

Had to do a double-take to be sure my browser did not redirect me to BGR, Engadget, Gizmodo, Nikon Rumors, etc.

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dtmoody
By dtmoody (Mar 20, 2012)

ooooh, rumors now on DPR. It's like being back at high school.

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g7star
By g7star (Mar 20, 2012)

That means they have a testing unit. :)

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 20, 2012)

what happens to the GF4?

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dtmoody
By dtmoody (Mar 20, 2012)

it goes to heaven... all cameras go to heaven.

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jquagga
By jquagga (Mar 20, 2012)

My understanding is that 4 is unlucky in Japanese culture so they just skipped that number.

As a basically satisfied GF3 owner, I don't get Panasonic's quest to just churn out model after model without any substantive improvements. If this still has the 12MP sensor then I can't see why anyone would buy this over GF3 besides "its newer". On the other hand, GF3's should be a bargain and GF2's should be free. I'm ok with that.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 20, 2012)

yeah sure dtmoody... you sound like a real genius... my compliments! :)

but if here is someone with a clue... please don´t tell me this is because of the japanese thing with the number 4. or is it?

@jquagga.... you just did. :)

well then nikon must be bold to produce a D4...

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jquagga
By jquagga (Mar 20, 2012)

Henry the rumor is that the G3 will be skipping to the G5 as well. So I could only think of that as a "lets avoid 4" issue.

The D4 is a bit of a change over a D3. And the D3 wasn't new last year. Even in the consumer camera space Nikon doesn't seem to refresh their DSLRs on a yearly basis.

Now if Panasonic put the 16MP sensor in that GF5 then it might be worth it. If not, I agree with Thom Hogan that Panasonic just keeps marketing on "new" and that's unfortunate.

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dj0502
By dj0502 (Mar 20, 2012)

I think at least for Panasonic, that's how they do it. Lx3 jumps to Lx5

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guest2007
By guest2007 (Mar 20, 2012)

i thought 8 has a bad meaning.

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evogt500
By evogt500 (Mar 20, 2012)

4 ("shi" ) in Japanese is lossely translated to the word "death" or "to die". Many japanese companies avoid the number 4 for this reason. This is the same reason why japanese hotels do not have a 4th floor, similar to the US not having a 13th floor.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Mar 20, 2012)

Look what happened to the short lived canon 1dmk4!!!

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CAcreeks
By CAcreeks (Mar 20, 2012)

Kudos to Nikon for breaking the silly 4 superstition, and to Dan Marino for wearing jersey number 13.

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bricci_mn
By bricci_mn (Mar 21, 2012)

Hi, the lack of number 4 in soooo many japanese products is due to the japanese pronunciation of the number 4 itself, which is "SHI" (as in english "She") or "YON" (as in English "Yawn") alternatively based upon the context.
Because SHI in Japanese means also DEATH, you can understand why most of the popular products made by japanese or in Japan don't sound good when proposed with number 4 in their model count... :D

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Almeida
By Almeida (Mar 20, 2012)

Is this an editorial change that's here to stay? Will we start to have rumors on DPReview?

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Veducci
By Veducci (Mar 20, 2012)

Hey, Dpreview was usually the last place to see a new rumored camera. They probably got tired of being left in the dark.
They play by the rules with their disclosure agreements but it seems no one else ever does.

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CalinStan
By CalinStan (Mar 20, 2012)

i'm asking myself the same thing...

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Don Wiss
By Don Wiss (Mar 20, 2012)

I'm glad they are now posting rumors here. I'd rather not have to hunt the web for them. And if we can assume that they have one under a non-disclosure, then they aren't going to pass on a rumor that they know isn't real.

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MichaelJP
By MichaelJP (Mar 20, 2012)

I would rather not have DPR cite rumours.
I would rather they maintain their tradition of timely news
and early previews.

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