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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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Total comments: 130
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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (Mar 23, 2012)

The handgrip looks photoshopped on and if you compare the existing GF3 logo (under the LUMIX name) to this, why is this in a different place? Certainly not real IMO, not to say there isn't a GF5 in the wings (with the better GH sensor)

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RDMPhotos
By RDMPhotos (Jul 6, 2012)

hahah.... your statements seem pretty funny now that we know these photos are real.

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Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (Mar 22, 2012)

Ok but why have we got the new Nikon D4 ?? if its unlucky......

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Alejandro del Pielago
By Alejandro del Pielago (Mar 25, 2012)

Maybe that would be the reason for some drawbacks...

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Chas2
By Chas2 (Mar 21, 2012)

The number "4" is considered inauspicious in many Asian cultures, in other words, to be avoided. It sounds like the word "death" and is worse than the "unlucky 13" in western culture.

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dwnthk
By dwnthk (Mar 21, 2012)

Not many asian cultures, but Chinese.

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Seagull TLR
By Seagull TLR (Mar 21, 2012)

@dwnthk It depends on the dialects.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 22, 2012)

uhhh... LOL... I think you mean south-east-Asian, or the Han race, correct? ...because Russian, Slavic, Indian, etc. is all in Asia too!

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skytripper
By skytripper (Mar 21, 2012)

GF5? Why not GF4? Did I miss something?

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David M Warwick
By David M Warwick (Mar 23, 2012)

I think 4 is an unlucky number in Japan!

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Narupol
By Narupol (Mar 21, 2012)

The designer try to say "Cameras are only a grip of lense" ...

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N13L5
By N13L5 (Mar 24, 2012)

hey, thats my line... which is why I'd design a tubular camera with hand and finger shaped indentations :D

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Just Ed
By Just Ed (Mar 21, 2012)

Yeah, Yeah, fine....but when is the LX6 with larger sensor due out?

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Ben Raven
By Ben Raven (Mar 21, 2012)

I second your emotion, Just Ed !

With built in EVF, paleeez !

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 22, 2012)

So we won't have to settle only for Canon G1X?
It's great to have choice! :)

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Ben Raven
By Ben Raven (Mar 22, 2012)

Right, Timmbits,
And keep the lens Leica-sourced and wide,
at AT LEAST 24 equiv. !

Enough with this mediocre 28 equiv. compromise crap we keep seeing.

Let's say, 24-120 equiv. , and keep it BRIGHT -- easily achievable with today's ED glass and aspherics.
In fact, if you want to be truly bold, Panny/Leica, why not be the first into the 18mm equiv. genuinely WIDE end of the pool !

Oh, and sharp, sharp, sharp . . . . did I mention SHAAAARP ?

I can dream, can't I ?

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plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 21, 2012)

I wish they sell GF5 kit with 20mm/1.7.

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gadgets
By gadgets (Mar 21, 2012)

The '5' looks photoshop'd to me. Has anyone else mentioned this?

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Nick Criggar
By Nick Criggar (Mar 21, 2012)

I think you're onto something. There are several distinct features about the 5 in the picture that make it look photoshopped:

1. Spacing between G F and between F 5 are not equidistant.
2. 5 is larger than G F.
3. 5 has different spatial anti-aliasing compared to G F.
4. 5 has different Luminance than G F
5. 5 appears to have different z-buffering.

Anyone else see these visual anomalies?

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 22, 2012)

#1 is debatable... microspacing is character specific within a given font.
#2: could just be the font's design, or may be intentional design feature
But #3 and #4 I do agree with you, and they are the most significant elements here.
#5 I am ignorant to, so can't comment.

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Seagull TLR
By Seagull TLR (Mar 24, 2012)

Does this look like photoshopped too?
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/3/19/Panasonic-GF5-images-leaked?comment=9377770347

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Valentinian
By Valentinian (Mar 21, 2012)

Until Panasonic introduces a phase AF sensor, any other new camera is not worth much attention in my opinion.

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (Mar 21, 2012)

GF5 should do well against G1 X. Kinda spy-looking, too.

Now, I'd like to start a rumor that the X PZ lens is going to be fixed as well. A great gamechanger idea that needs a positive closure -- in light of other pre-announced Pana m43 constant-F zoom sub F2.8 lenses (or was that a rumor?)

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Mar 21, 2012)

I highly doubt someone would cross shop a G1X with a GF5. Two completely different markets.

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (Mar 21, 2012)

But of course the two will cross. In the movie, Russians will try to steal GF5 plans but the clever good guys will substitute G1 X instead and the Ruskies will be made to smile. That's the rumor, anyway.

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Valentinian
By Valentinian (Mar 20, 2012)

I am waiting for a GH3, but hope that Panasonic takes more time before announcing it, because I hope that it will have a sensor capable of phase autofocus, like the one Nikon showed on the V1 (forget the rest of the V1).

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draschan
By draschan (Mar 20, 2012)

looking forward to this. also curious when a GX2 will come out. currently using a G3 and want a second smaller body with only a 20mm or 14mm on it.

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spencerberus
By spencerberus (Mar 20, 2012)

People complain about viewfinders - viewfinders add a certain degree of bulk, so it'll be a bigger camera with one, and they make one, its the G3, or the GH2, or the GF2 or GX1 with optional viewfinder. I think the whole point of the GF series now is to minimize the size and make operation as simple as possible for those upgrading from a point & shoot. I think if you take the GF1 out of the GF series (maybe think of it as the GX0), this makes more sense.

If you don't like the lack of hot shoe, viewfinder option, dials, etc., then this clearly isn't the camera for you. But there is good news - there is a newer article on M43Rumors indicating a G5 will be released along with the GF5.

But no one has brought up the most important question - why is Panasonic afraid of the number 4?

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Ben Raven
By Ben Raven (Mar 20, 2012)

The two numbers considered most unlucky in Japanese culture are 4 and 9.

The number 4 is pronounced SHI which also means "death".
The humber 9 is pronounced KU which also means "agony" or "torture".

I believe no further explanation is necessary.
Aaah, superstition lives, even in high tech !!

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Mar 21, 2012)

Check out the nikon p60, it has a very compact evf that most people dont' even know is an EVF. More compacts and CSC's ought to do the same only with a more improved EVF screen inside.

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Alejandro del Pielago
By Alejandro del Pielago (Mar 25, 2012)

Thank you, Ben Raven !!!! nice explanation !!!

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Mar 20, 2012)

Normally, I could not care less about how a camera looks but everytime I look at one of these I think they made body first and then found out it wasn't big enough to accomodate the lens.

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Phil Flash
By Phil Flash (Mar 20, 2012)

GirlFriend 5! I think having tiny M43 options is great, even if they are driven by annoying menus.

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Ben Raven
By Ben Raven (Mar 20, 2012)

Interesting that virtually every comment, good points or no, is exclusively on the mere fact that DP is even posting this in the first place, and not on the subject of the post -- the coming(?) G5.

So, since I myself have now just commented on the comments instead of the subject. . . mea culpa,
I'll take my own implicit advice and say something about the rumored G5
(Ooooh, I used the "R" word !! But at least I didn't anger the Gods by using the number that shall not be named !!)

To Panasonic, (and all the other manufacturers) --
AGAIN, WITH THE NO VIEWFINDER THING !

Three incarnations ago, when I was Matthew Brady, I didn't mind looking at a screen on the back of my view camera, it was all we had.
"UPSIDE DOWN LINCOLN, PLEASE TURN A LITTLE TO THE LEFT, UH, I MEAN RIGHT."

But in the ensuing lifetimes, including this one:
I WANT AND NEED A DAMN VIEWFINDER !!

AND MAKE THEM CONTINUALLY MORE ADVANCED !

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Mar 20, 2012)

No you don't need a viewfinder. I used to share this delusion until I brought a Lumix LX5 to compliment my D90.

Don't use the D90 for 99% of shots and don't miss the viewfinder.

Get with the 21st century dude.

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Ben Raven
By Ben Raven (Mar 20, 2012)

Hugo808,
Respectfully, YOU don't need a viewfinder.

But if you've seen the real trend of recent camera intros, which as a reader of DP, I assume you have, you must be noticing that indeed the FUTURE of the 21st century is the "return" of the viewfinder, in a increasingly high form factor. (eg. EVF and hybrid) And the photo public is overwhelmingly hailing the return and voting for it with their dollars.

There are three places for the non-viewfinder camera:

1. the dust bin of photo tech history
2. the lower end of camera equipment.
3. phones and pads

The occurrence of viewfinders (more so with the latest generations) increases DIRECTLY PROPORTIONALLY to the higher level of the camera.

And Hugo, seriously, if you have a camera with a viewfinder, it is just that much more capable. As you yourself stated it in so many words, if you don't use it, then don't . . . except in that 1% of the cases when you, yourself say YOU need it--it's there.
The camera with both options is best.

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ijack
By ijack (Mar 21, 2012)

Get a G3 / G5, period.

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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (Mar 23, 2012)

People like Ben drive me mad on forums .... why on earth are you talking about viewfinders in relation to a camera that was never designed to have one nor ever will! Putting a viewfinder on it would defeat the object of what the camera was intended for ... so if you want a viewfinder, buy a camera with one (!!!!) ... but don't go round saying every 4/3rds ILC based camera needs one else we'll end up with countless other posts from people who want a small camera WITHOUT a viewfinder!

(Jesus .... its like looking at a 2 seater sports car and moaning it hasn't got 4 seats!!!!!)

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sravpes
By sravpes (Mar 20, 2012)

43 Rumors asked for more internet traffic or what?
This is mine speculation...

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (Mar 20, 2012)

I like it...
Small and simple.

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klopus
By klopus (Mar 20, 2012)

Another iteration of the glorified point-and-shoot but with big sensor.

I really can't understand why same P&S migrants who supposedly want everything on auto with minimum external control would want complication, expense and hassle of multiple interchangeable lenses.

This target audience is much better served by the fix lens Canon G1X.

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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (Mar 23, 2012)

Dur!

'A glorified P&S with a larger sensor' is a pretty dumb comment really isn't it ... as in effect you're saying all 4/3rds ILC's are glorified P&S's ... which is nonsense (and not what the buying public are saying!)

The G1X is SIGNIFICANTLY larger and heavier in size and is limited to the one lens! Its also considerably more expensive and you lack the option of the glorious panny f1.7mm. A lot of people are also happy with the std dual lens kit and like the option of being able to buy more lenses in the future rather than be stuck to just one like on the Canon.

The G1X has its place as does the GF3 and all other 4/3rds ... me thinks you need to get back to your P&S and leave any sort of photography other than taking pics of your children to those that understand a little more!

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Charlie Jin
By Charlie Jin (Mar 20, 2012)

DPRouView ….

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Mar 20, 2012)

YAWN ... a new items reporting on a rumor ( a strong one might be ) ... Can't we just have some real effort and articles. Say the long awaited review many are waiting for that sitting back there.

DPR used to be quality and dedicated on their news reportage, now its just viral and trying to be ...

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MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (Mar 20, 2012)

Agreed totally. DPreview has become a gossip blog like Gizmodo fuelled by fanboy comments. It needs to return to it's roots and focus (no pun intended) on content that is not available everywhere else.

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Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Mar 20, 2012)

As we like to occasionally remind our readers, none of our core content (reviews/previews/articles) are ever harmed in the process of also covering news.

There is a big difference between us assigning writers to spend days/weeks working on our core content, and spending 5 minutes letting our readers know what's abreast in the photography technology world.

Will we become a "Rumor Site"? No. But, we will cover interesting news, and we happen to find the GF5 photo leak interesting, as do a lot of our readers.

:)

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Jokica
By Jokica (Mar 20, 2012)

Dear Mr.Everett, fair reply.
Still, please consider that your readers love this site as it is (I do) as much as they love cameras in their bags. This is the most trusted source of information and reviews, for me at least. I come here often, to enjoy reading your reviews, user comments, and to escape from aggressive news and ugly commercials (yes, the Raven don`t belong here, MHO). I also don`t think that printers belong here. When you wrote that "none of our core content (reviews/previews/articles) are ever harmed in the process of also covering news", please note that trusted information don`t came along with rumors. I don`t think you can have same trusted reputation, and link rumors. There is nothing wrong with rumors, just leave it to other sites, or perhaps use your facebook page to inform your readers. I am writing this because I love this site, I hope that it will stay what is always was. Thank you!

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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (Mar 23, 2012)

Good points Jokia.

I see DP as a great reference site and believe they should focus on new products and other camera features ... leaving the rumours to other sites! If DP don't have the contacts to confirm this rumour as being legit, then they should spare themselves the potential embarrassment of posting on something that could be fake thus damaging their reputation as a site that is all knowledgeable on the camera market ... if you understand my point!

:o)

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Uaru
By Uaru (Mar 20, 2012)

I agree that this site expands, perhaps too much.

I started to read it because of the very balanced, and unbiased reviews.
Based on those reviews I could make good decisions about buying some expensive cameras, which I really did not want to be mistakes. The day those reviews stop I will not read this site anymore. So please focus on those.

Now I am waiting for a thourough review of Fuji X-Pro 1.

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Jokica
By Jokica (Mar 20, 2012)

Any rumors about Rebel T4i, or Nikon d3200? I am really interested.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Mar 20, 2012)

Good to see Panasonic mindful of superstitions against the number four. Maybe the astrologers and psychics have counseled against announcing a GH3 any time soon. Better to wait until Venus and Jupiter are far apart and gone from the evening skies. It's also nice that HK actresses get the first hands-on experience with cameras and other matters.

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Zen Rider
By Zen Rider (Mar 20, 2012)

it is not superstition ... in japanese the " 4 " has the same pronunciation as the word death ( chi ) ... imagine a camera in UK or USA called G Death ...

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Zen Rider
By Zen Rider (Mar 20, 2012)

and the same applied some years ago in regard to the canon enthusiast camera, after the G1 G2 and G3 they skipped and went to G5.... for the same reason ...

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Ben Raven
By Ben Raven (Mar 20, 2012)

Zen Rider,

. . . you mean, like the new "NIkon D Death" ??

Panny may still fear the gods (and the Japanese market) but apparently Nikon doesn't !

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Mar 21, 2012)

D4 perhaps wil sound closer to "daichi" which means something else... :)

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JohnHoppy
By JohnHoppy (Mar 20, 2012)

DpReview is not launching into rumors territory, the GF5 has been known for a while, DPR is only reporting something upcoming. Question is, will the GF5 serve any purpose? New camera models appear ever more frequently, almost invariably of an incremental nature so more fool us if we buy into each new model: this GF5 is one of those. Rather than a model every 6 months that only tweaks a few parameters, how many of us would prefer a camera every 12-18 months that embodies new technology and real practical advances? Most cameras are boringly evolutionary, less often do we see more radical models like Olympus OM-D or Fuji X-Pro that excite our interest. Panasonic enthusiasts are not looking for a GF5 but want to see how Pany move the game on from the G2/G3/GH2, bearing in mind what the EM5 has brought to the m4/3 party: the G5 is on the way, it needs to be good to maintain impetus alongside the likes of Sony NEX, OM-D and Canon’s new CSC, which surely must break cover this summer.

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Dafffid
By Dafffid (Mar 20, 2012)

Everybody complains when a review isn't posted immediately after a launch, now everybody complains when news comes off the grapevine early. It must be hell being forced to come to this website every day, being made to pay the hefty subscription price and then not finding it to your taste...

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photodan1
By photodan1 (Mar 20, 2012)

Amen - I think they do a great job

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sh10453
By sh10453 (Mar 20, 2012)

That Explains it.

Now I understand why Panasonic is sending GF3C offers (with 2 lenses) to their email subscribers for nearly 50% off!

Such heavy discounts are always a sign for a new model to arrive, or a model being discontinued.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Mar 20, 2012)

You guys are not seeing the big picture. It probably isn't a rumour anymore for the dpreview staff. How do you think they always have all them previews ready on the exact moment of announcement.

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Thoughts
By Thoughts (Mar 20, 2012)

Leave the rumours to those rumour sites please.

Do the news and reviews (not previews) and keep your authority, don't lose it! Seriously.

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inFocus
By inFocus (Mar 20, 2012)

Perhaps it is dPreview's way of saying: "What's the use of signing NDA's when info is (intentionally?) leaked out to the internet?"

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adhemar
By adhemar (Mar 20, 2012)

Long, long ago dPreview made camera reviews. Now they make previews. To-morrow they'll do rumors.

Meet you in the basement.

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pellicle
By pellicle (Mar 20, 2012)

by the time you get there they'll be gone

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ChrisPee
By ChrisPee (Mar 20, 2012)

Be serious, don't post rumours.

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farrukh
By farrukh (Mar 20, 2012)

Once upon a time 43rumors would cite dpreview, now, it's the other way around. Changing times!

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Dan4321
By Dan4321 (Mar 20, 2012)

Not a big fan of the styling, I'd much rather have the retro look like of the latest Olympus OM-D.

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oluv
By oluv (Mar 20, 2012)

my guess Angelababy won't promote the GF6 anymore ;-)

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Brian Mosley
By Brian Mosley (Mar 20, 2012)

Congratulations 43 rumors... you've made it, linked from dpreview front page. Very impressive.

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zstan
By zstan (Mar 20, 2012)

Wow DP review are posting rumours now???

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Louis_Dobson
By Louis_Dobson (Mar 20, 2012)

So they haven't given you one? Shame. I'd like to know what sensor they used, as part of the ever fascinating Mystery Of The OM-D Sensor.

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The A-Team
By The A-Team (Mar 20, 2012)

Rumors on dpreview? Surprised!

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magneto shot
By magneto shot (Mar 20, 2012)

get the M9 and stop these upgrades.

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Digital Suicide
By Digital Suicide (Mar 20, 2012)

I really don't like the humpbacked look of GF3 and "GF5".
I think you must to love your camera and the way it looks to enjoy using it.
And this one is just ugly.

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Jun2
By Jun2 (Mar 20, 2012)

Official leak, and tease.

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Jun2
By Jun2 (Mar 20, 2012)

Angelababy, she is so skinny

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GodSpeaks
By GodSpeaks (Mar 20, 2012)

Why is this rumor even listed as news?

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Mar 20, 2012)

Im sorry but the panasonic gf and line-up hasn't been very impressive lately i wish companies would follow the old tradition of film less bodies with an increased shelf life while expanding lens profromance and lens variety.

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DaveMarx
By DaveMarx (Mar 20, 2012)

Oh, that tradition lives. Have you shopped for a view camera lately?

When technology moves rapidly, manufacturers have to run to keep pace with or trump the competition, and consumers don't settle for last year's performance. Retailers complain if they don't have a new model to push - one they might not have to discount quite as steeply as the old one (to start). "Why should we support your brand if you don't give us new product?"

My business is travel guidebooks. It's little different. For some destinations, you don't have to revise a book for two or three years. Sleepy places don't change that quickly. At the hottest destinations new attractions, hotels, restaurants, etc. open on a regular basis. An annual is a competitive necessity. Sales of a stale annual will dwindle to almost nothing by the end of the first year.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 20, 2012)

I agree the GF line is underwhelming now, but that's why Panasonic released the GX1 and GH2.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 20, 2012)

The GF series got boring. Just entry level cams anyway.

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 20, 2012)

By Photoshop only.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Mar 20, 2012)

Yawn...Another generic looking camera without a soul.

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RPJG
By RPJG (Mar 20, 2012)

Why does it matter what a camera looks like?

Surely all that matters, depending on your use cases, is lens and sensor quality and/or speed of handling and/or size and weight etc.

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TheEye
By TheEye (Mar 20, 2012)

You can't dismiss aesthetics completely. And if you intend to draw the "it's just a tool card," well, I'd rather use a nicely made and well finished Rahsol torque wrench than a clunky torque wrench peddled by Sears. Do you care what your food looks like? Or do you eat only tasty mush? ;)

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RPJG
By RPJG (Mar 20, 2012)

We're talking cameras, not food. Seriously, how it looks is totally irrelevant.

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aris14
By aris14 (Mar 20, 2012)

I fully agree! And this cam cannot even cook a proper dinner too....

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 20, 2012)

The soul has been out of camera's since film was ditched ;).

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Mar 20, 2012)

@RPJG - But looks are relevant too, not just with cameras, but everything else too. If looks didn't matter, we would have cookie cutter designed cars, clothes, shoes, etc. Let's face it, we live in a society where looks matter. When I shoot with my X100, people ask about its looks and are intrigued. Is it a rangefinder? Is it a film camera? Is it digital? When I shoot with my 60D, they couldn't careless because it looks the same as any other DSLR out there. Both have great image quality, one just gets more attention because it is more pleasing to look at.

@D1N0 - For the most part but Fuji, Leica, and Olympus are all companies that are incorporating that retro look into their modern cameras.

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rohorn
By rohorn (Mar 20, 2012)

Not sure what the sneering and posturing is about, as one can easily imagine you "guys" whipping a GF5 out of your fierce manbags and photographing yourselves at the bistro torquing your Artichoke Pesto Tilapia with your pinkies in the air.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Mar 20, 2012)

rohom you have a sense of humor, I'll give you that! ;)

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drifit
By drifit (Mar 20, 2012)

i created a thread in the News section but later was moved to Pana talk, http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1033&message=40954823

suspect DPR already has one in hand but waiting for its release date to official announcement here.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 20, 2012)

If we did, we wouldn't be able to speculate.

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drifit
By drifit (Mar 20, 2012)

tricky answer..... hehehe

keep up the good works!

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Visualiza
By Visualiza (Mar 20, 2012)

DPR is treading dangerous ground with posts like these, and I've seen a select few similar ones in the past. I notice how they don't comment on long rumored products that they themselves eventually preview prior to press release(D800, D4, 5DM3, etc.).

I don't care personally, I just hope it doesn't affect the potential for this site to get exclusive previews when it comes time for press release. I love the in-depth previews here, and I can't imagine that things like this make the companies happy. I say leave the rumors to the rumor sites; they can afford to drop info like this without compromising any relationships.

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Greg Pavlov
By Greg Pavlov (Mar 20, 2012)

A mention of a camera that DPR does not have in hand (or acts as if it doesn't) that gives out no solid information but displays someone else's shot of it (or a nicely-imagined fake)? IMO it would be naive to think that vendors aren't very happy to see "buzz" like this and, I suspect, encourage it in various ways.

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Visualiza
By Visualiza (Mar 20, 2012)

Nowhere did I say that companies don't want word of mouth buzz floating around about their products; however, an official news/review site like this simply isn't the place for it. I'm a frequent visitor of the rumor sites and think they're a great source of information.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 20, 2012)

This has been all over the internet for two days before dpreview even posted it. It's hardly a disclosure anymore. Panasonic is probably behind the whole thing anyway.

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Trollshavethebestcandy
By Trollshavethebestcandy (Mar 20, 2012)

I'm tickled DPR is in the Rumor biz now. DPR must have one in hand. It's not a rumor if it's real. That's why DPR posted it. One stop website for rumors and reviews! Awesome!

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 20, 2012)

Quite the opposite - if we had one in hand or knew it existed, we would be covered by an NDA preventing us publishing this.

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RPJG
By RPJG (Mar 20, 2012)

Interesting - an NDA prevents you from referring to a rumour from another site?

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DaveMarx
By DaveMarx (Mar 20, 2012)

An NDA can have any restrictions the source desires and the recipient is willing to accept.

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dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (Mar 20, 2012)

Haha, Richard! Thanks for the clue.

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