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Panasonic DMC-GF5 12MP mirrorless camera announced and previewed

By dpreview staff on Apr 5, 2012 at 05:00 GMT

Panasonic has formally announced the much-discussed DMC-GF5. We've had a pre-production GF5 for a couple of days, so we've had a look at what's changed and what the diminutive Micro Four Thirds camera offers to compact camera users looking for better image quality but still wanting the option to simply point and shoot. The 12MP camera is a subtle revision over the GF3, but a higher-res screen, refined user interface and the inclusion of Panasonic's retractable 14-42mm power zoom lens for a list price of $749.99/£579 makes it worth looking at.


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Press Release:

PANASONIC INTRODUCES THE LUMIX GF5, A NEW ULTRA COMPACT DIGITAL INTERCHANGEABLE LENS SYSTEM CAMERA

SECAUCUS, NJ (April 5, 2012) – Panasonic today announced a new digital interchangeable lens system camera, the LUMIX DMC-GF5, which joins Panasonic’s award-winning LUMIX G Series of digital cameras, which are acclaimed for their high image quality with small and compact body and lenses. The LUMIX GF5 features a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine, helping to ensure true-to-life images through exceptional resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Even in low-light situations and at a maximum 12800 high ISO sensitivity, the LUMIX GF5 produces stunning photos and videos. The noise reduction system includes a combination 3DNR (3D Noise Reduction) and MNR (Multi-process Noise Reduction) allowing for both bright areas and dark areas to be faithfully reproduced with minimal noise in high sensitivity image recording.

Sporting a sophisticated and stylish design, the LUMIX GF5 features a compact, lightweight body with built-in flash. A rubberized grip makes it easier for users to comfortably hold the camera in one hand. Complying with Micro Four Thirds standard, a wide range of interchangeable lenses is offered to expand photographic experience even more broadly at higher level of photo quality.

“Panasonic expects the LUMIX GF5 to please photo enthusiasts and budding photographers that are looking for the next step from the traditional point-and-shoot camera,” said Christopher Rice, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America. “The camera’s host of shooting options makes photography even more artistic, yet easy for users of any experience level. The powerful Venus Engine and sensor allows the camera to achieve exceptional photo quality in a range of shooting environments.”

The LUMIX GF5, like all cameras in the LUMIX G Series, adopts Contrast AF (Auto Focus), so focusing is controlled by the image sensor. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy, especially when shooting with a bright lens with small F value. To further advance the Contrast AF, the GF5 incorporates full-area focusing, making it possible to set focus on any point in the field of view.

Featuring an ultra high-speed Light Speed AF, the LUMIX GF5 can focus in approximately 0.09*1 seconds making it possible to capture even fast moving subjects clearly. Combined with Touch AF control and high-speed burst shooting at four frames per second in full resolution, it has never been easier to capture fast-moving objects clearly. Additionally, Pinpoint AF allows for even more precise focus by further enlarging the focus area, assisting, for example, to set focus directly on the pupil of an eye.

The LUMIX GF5’s large, 3.0-inch 920,000-dot high-precision touch display and Graphic User Interface (GUI) provide users with ease of use and simple operation. The touch-control system immediately allows users to set focus on a subject just by touching the screen and users can even release the shutter to snap a photo directly from the touch screen. Once a user locks onto a subject by a touch, the camera will track the subject with the AF tracking function, even if the subject moves. Touch Zoom is also available when the LUMIX Power Zoom Lens H-PS14042 lens or H-PS45175 is mounted.

Creative Control Mode has been upgraded from the LUMIX DMC-GF3 by increasing filter options available on the LUMIX GF5 from six options to 14, adding Soft Focus*2, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process and Star Filter, in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, Hi Dynamic, Miniature Effect*3 and recently introduced Low Key and Toy Effect modes. With the new GUI menu tab, switching filter effects is seamless. A preview of filter effects can be seen on the large LCD screen via Live View mode and the camera intuitively recommends filters depending on the scene that the camera detects in iA (Intelligent Auto) or iA Plus mode.

For beginner users of interchangeable lens system cameras, the GF5 features a new Scene Guide offering 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. Users can choose the photo closest to the situation that they are shooting and optimal parameters for shooting the scene will be set automatically*4. Additionally, procedures, technical advice and recommended interchangeable lens options for the scene can be shown to allow users to better understand and learn photography.

In addition to shooting still photography, the LUMIX GF5 can also record 1920x1080 60i* full-High Definition videos in AVCHD format which excels in both compression efficiency and compatibility with AV equipment for playback. In addition to practical full-time AF, the Touch AF in video recording also lets the user enjoy professional-like selective focusing which allows the focus to be changed while shooting video. The LUMIX GF5 features a dedicated video record button on the top of the body so users can instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make setting adjustments. Along with full-HD video capabilities, the LUMIX GF5 also features high-quality sound, recorded with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. Videos can be recorded in MP4 format for playback on a PC or other portable electronic devices without having to convert the files.

Additional features of the LUMIX GF5 include:

  • iA mode to automatically activate a range of technologies to enhance photos without adjusting settings every time conditions change, including AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control.
  • iA Plus mode allows users to adjust defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.
  • A dedicated sensor that automatically determines shooting angle, making it possible to tell whether a photo was taken horizontally or vertically no matter what lens was used.
  • The GUI interface allows users to choose an image and set it as wallpaper for the menu screen.

The LUMIX DMC-GF5 will be available in black, white and red later this year in the following kit options: Body with 14-42mm standard zoom lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $599; body with 14-42mm power zoom lens will have an SRP of $749.

For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.

*1 Time for focusing on the subject is measured with LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) (bundled lens in DMC-GF5X) to move lens position to “2m” from “infinity” position. The zoom position is in wide end. Panasonic measurement method.
*2 For photo only
*3 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)
-Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [AVCHD] is 29 minutes 59 seconds in European PAL areas.
-Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [MP4] is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB.
-You can check the recordable time on the screen. (For [FHD] in [MP4] format, the file size is large and so the recordable time will drop below 29 minutes 59 seconds.)
*4 Video Recording using scene guide is not possible in some scenes

Panasonic DMC-GF5 specifications

Price
MSRPWith 14-42mm power zoom: US $749, With 14-42mm standard zoom: US $599
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Other resolutions4000 x 2672, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 2048 x 1536, 2048x1360, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 904, 1504 x 1504, 1440 x 1440
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors13 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine FHD
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Image
ISOAuto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • RAW
  • RAW + Fine
  • RAW + Standard
  • Fine
  • Standard
  • MPO + Fine
  • MPO + Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x, 4x)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points23
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Clear Portrait
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Clear in Backlight
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Sweet Child's Face
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Glistening Water
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Glittering Illuminations
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range6.30 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive4 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedNone
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini HDMI TypeC)
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)360
Weight (inc. batteries)267 g (0.59 lb / 9.42 oz)
Dimensions108 x 67 x 37 mm (4.25 x 2.64 x 1.46)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 252
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DaveAB
By DaveAB (Apr 5, 2012)

This camera is def. expensive from the beginning, but it seems Panasonics often get discounted more than some brands after a few months. Later in the year I'd expect at least a $100-$150 discount on sale. I'd expect a body-only option too.

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GoCUBuffs
By GoCUBuffs (Apr 5, 2012)

Looks like it lost image stabilization from gf3? Seemed to be a nice additional feature on the prime lenses that don't come w/ stabilization built in.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Apr 5, 2012)

gf3 has IS?

0 upvotes
GoCUBuffs
By GoCUBuffs (Apr 5, 2012)

You're right - the new specs say no, the gf3 said yes, but w/ disclaimer that only w/ lens w/ is - thanks.

0 upvotes
Tariag
By Tariag (Apr 5, 2012)

NO panasonic camera has in-camera stabilization.
It's always in the lens!

5 upvotes
Davidgilmour
By Davidgilmour (Apr 5, 2012)

Shouldn't this news be posted here four days ago?

Comment edited 28 seconds after posting
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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Apr 5, 2012)

why, it's announced today

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Davidgilmour
By Davidgilmour (Apr 5, 2012)

Well, because today it's april 5th!

1 upvote
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Apr 5, 2012)

Not even a little bit funny.

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Winston Loo
By Winston Loo (Apr 5, 2012)

@David... lame

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Apr 6, 2012)

David, I think the April fools joke for Pana should be the m43 L1 camera!

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (Apr 5, 2012)

The $599.00 Question though is : how will that " NEW "12MP perform.

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Boris F
By Boris F (Apr 5, 2012)

Great noise performance:
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gf5-hands-on-review-18921

1 upvote
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Apr 5, 2012)

less ugly than the GF3 but still...

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Basco
By Basco (Apr 5, 2012)

@ Baxter Bad, so true man, its really ridiculous those scenes things in all compacts and now in mirrorless cams ...

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dtmoody
By dtmoody (Apr 5, 2012)

well, at least it comes in different colors.

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Baxter Bad
By Baxter Bad (Apr 5, 2012)

Not enough scene modes. I need "Appearance of UFO" and "Baby Has Diarrhea".

30 upvotes
dtmoody
By dtmoody (Apr 5, 2012)

hehehe

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Apr 5, 2012)

LOL...

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DaveAB
By DaveAB (Apr 5, 2012)

I'd be happy with a "Baby Piloting a UFO" mode :)

0 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Apr 5, 2012)

ROFL

0 upvotes
spidermoon
By spidermoon (Apr 5, 2012)

Oh yes, i just take a look at the spec, and the name are really funny :)
But i want an Apocalypse Sunset Glow and Zombie Portrait too ;)

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W Sanders
By W Sanders (Apr 5, 2012)

The funny thing is, the "scene modes" really work. But shooting your girlfriend in "dog" mode might get you in trouble.

1 upvote
CarlPH
By CarlPH (Apr 6, 2012)

Finally a comment that actually made sense :D

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eddie_cam
By eddie_cam (Apr 5, 2012)

You should mention the stereo mike in your preview ...

0 upvotes
Catalin Stavaru
By Catalin Stavaru (Apr 5, 2012)

This camera form factor and features are ideal for me: as compact as possible with big sensor, fast focusing, small lenses, etc. Don't need EVF, tilting screen, etc. those are for photographers. I just need the best image quality and video performance in the smallest possible form factor.

If the sensor is lives up to my expectations as far as dynamic range and iso noise, this is really a winner. Panasonic cannot afford another flop like the GF3, I hope they invested alot in this new sensor. They can't just say "newly developed" and use an old sensor (right ? :) )

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digifan
By digifan (Apr 5, 2012)

Right!

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MGJA
By MGJA (Apr 5, 2012)

@DPR

In your spec sheet, assuming it isn't just Panasonic's, you give the body type as "Rangefinder-style mirrorless". In my world at least, you need some sort of integrated VF to claim that - so X100, X10 or NEX7 would be, but NEX5N, GX1 or this wouldn't. Neither would micro-dslr:s like EM5 or NX11.

Would you care to qualify your criteria for "rangefider-style"?

1 upvote
martyvis
By martyvis (Apr 5, 2012)

Yes, we all know what a rangefinder camera used to mean. But *now* it means a high-end enthusiast camera, comparable in IQ to a SLR, *but* without a viewfinder. You'll just have to learn to live with it.

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onlooker
By onlooker (Apr 5, 2012)

I am with MGJA. There is no need to use sloppy terminology, particularly that there is no need for it. "Rangefinder" has a precise meaning. Stop calling every P&S with larger sensor a rangefinder or "rangefinder-style". I might as well start calling packaged butter "rangefinder-style" because it has similar dimensions.

3 upvotes
JimGreen80000
By JimGreen80000 (Apr 5, 2012)

a new change

0 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Apr 5, 2012)

From Panasonic's Lumix website, looks like this is the same sensor tech used in the G3/GX1 and *cough* EM-5 (yes, I do think it uses the same GX1 sensor with a tweak).

Because it's 12 MP one may think the noise will be better or something, but I have doubts Panasonic will make this look better than their GX1 model so probably more on par.

Of course seeing is believing, but they do have the same technology explanation of their latest GX1/G3 sensor with it.

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draschan
By draschan (Apr 5, 2012)

panasonic seems to do a lot of minor upgrades. nothing to write ma home about. these upgrades are not for the ones who already have a m4/3 ds camera but for the ones who don't have one or do have a very old one. the spec bumps are tiny, so there is no need to upgrade from the last model. this is also nothing to complain about. a 12mp sensor with improved noise is always welcome and keeping it at 12mp is not so bad at all. I have seen a lot of pictures from the epl2 a friend of mine has that outperform my G3 as she, the photographer, has a steady hand a very good eye and a lot of enthusiasm. as a magazine journalist she recently did several portraits with this tiny 12mp amateur camera when there was no budget for a photographer and most of those got printed in colour. if this would be an upgrade to 20 mp there would be as many complaints from the people who just bought a gx1 ...

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JimGreen80000
By JimGreen80000 (Apr 5, 2012)

your right,but someone dont think so

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Apr 5, 2012)

I find that little red plastic dot on the lens looking cheap. Is that supposed to make us think there is something in it like a Leica. And the "L" at the bottom right corner of the body, is that short for Leica or for Lumix. If it is for Lumix, why put it there at all, since they have already put "LUMIX" in large letters on the top right corner. So, it must be trying to suggest "Leica" as well. The fact is most people do not care at all, even if Leica also release the same camera under their name. We must be so stupid, at least to Panasonic.

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inFocus
By inFocus (Apr 5, 2012)

1. That little L has been present on all Panasonic cameras for the last ten years, if not more.
2. The red dot has been there on all of Panasonic interchangable lens cameras.
3. The average buyer of Panasonic cameras knows very little about Leica, if anything at all.
4. Your'e wrong, and you're conspiratorial.

9 upvotes
flipmac
By flipmac (Apr 5, 2012)

Seems like you're making much out of nothing.

The Olympus lenses have that red that too although recessed. Actually, the slightly protruding red dot on the Panasonic lens makes it easier in low-light conditions to properly attach the lens.

Also, noone confuses that "L" to mean "Leica". That "L" logo is on all Lumix cameras, even P&S. Sure, it is a bit redundant, but the front of the camera is not as overly branded as some cameras out there, e.g. "Canon EOS Rebel T2i" vs "Lumix GF5 L".

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Apr 5, 2012)

Sergey Borachev, little or no knowledge of Panasonic and Leica at all...
without even considering the fact that Panasonic has been making Leica bodies for years...

1 upvote
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Apr 5, 2012)

Actually the 'bodies' you're talking about are no more than rebadged Panasonics, DioCanon. Glueing a Leica red dot badge in a camera is not 'making Leica bodies'. Leica bodies (M and S series) are made by Leica at Solms, Germany, and Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. (I mean REAL Leica bodies, not the Panasonic compacts sold as Leicas with a premium price.)

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Apr 5, 2012)

wise post, I admire such an accuracy Manuel.

subete ga.

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vastoulis
By vastoulis (Apr 5, 2012)

WHERE is the little Panasonic 14-42 power zoom? I keep seeing photos of it in reviews of various Panasonic models but not on its own, since its initial review. Obtaining such models from, for example, Amazon generally involves considerable delay and/or limited availability. The lens was announced last August for Pete's sake!!!!
Am I missing something?

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vastoulis
By vastoulis (Apr 7, 2012)

Thank you kindly. I must have been looking at older links,referring to the original review. Now I know better!

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JonSr
By JonSr (Apr 5, 2012)

GF3 was a cursed crippled miserable creature. I couldn't get rid of it fast enough. Panny is showing their determination to produce crapware to lure unsuspecting buyers a junk they have to replace as soon as they purchased this. Total Assory of a Product representing true nature of the management. Shame on you.

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (Apr 5, 2012)

In the absence of specifics your comment is crap. Pity on you.

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JonSr
By JonSr (Apr 5, 2012)

true. 1. Lens Barrel Shadow with Standard Zoom Lens. 2. No Remote Control 3. No External Microphone Jack. 4. Tripod Base Mount blocking SD Card access. 5. Uncomfortable Handling Ergonomics. Except Lens Barrel Shadow, rest I can live with. But that's fatal flaw because it is all you get.

If you are using a GF1 which was what I wanted initially, GF3 is not an upgrade. GF5 won't be either.

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (Apr 5, 2012)

Well Jon, yeah, the real upgrade of the GF1 is the GX1. Poor marketing naming conventions, I know.

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Xellz
By Xellz (Apr 5, 2012)

It's good for many people, who like better quality, but little to no configuration. I.e., mostly auto mode and jpg's. I believe this is main target for this camera and it's doing well, it delivers great IQ at a low price. I got G3, since it is still cheap, but has features i need... just get body which suits your needs and don't stop cursing something, if YOU don't like it.

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Button Pusher
By Button Pusher (Apr 5, 2012)

Nothing wrong with the GF3 at all other than they should have changed the naming convention. If you can't figure out that the GX1 is the successor to the GF1, and that the GFx line now is targeting a different demographc, then you really need to take a valium.

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Geekapoo
By Geekapoo (Apr 5, 2012)

Loved my GF1 (sold it), love my G3 and my GF3......let me guess, your wife is ugly but you love her. Sorry, definitely not PC but used as an example to point out that beauty is in the eye of the beholder (thank gawd or my wife would never had married me...LOL)

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JonSr
By JonSr (Apr 5, 2012)

example of Lens Barrel Shadow on GF3
https://plus.google.com/u/0/115412895113423610903/posts/3JdxbenYKx3

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Button Pusher
By Button Pusher (Apr 5, 2012)

Ooooooh nooooooes! There is so much information about what lens was used or why he couldn't have manually bounced the flash (which is easy with the GF3). I can't use a 500 foot lens on the GF3 and not expect lens shadow? Who would have thunk it?

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (Apr 5, 2012)

Just returned from a Photo shop with four 30x40 cm (~A2) prints made by GF1 w/20mm system (kit). It turned out so routine -- the superb picture quality being a "given."

With GF5 another pancake lens should also make the kit. Yes, I'd notice. Making even a single super quality picture makes an endearing cam. With GF5 it could include a more dynamic environment too.

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Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Apr 5, 2012)

Good to see that this new 12.1 Mpix sensor is inheriting the low noise circuits first introduced with the G3 & GX1 cameras.

Expect the Olympus consumer line to use this new sensor as well. 12 Mpix is an economical level in managing and storing, and sufficient for most prints.

Ref:
http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/gf5/performance.html#noisereduction

3 upvotes
b534202
By b534202 (Apr 5, 2012)

With the kit lenses, whatever magic they can conjure up on the sensor become kind of pointless. They don't even bother to sell just the body.

1 upvote
Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Apr 5, 2012)

Of what use is a body only for new customers, which seems to be the target audience for these GF5 twin kits. Upgraders from P&S, not the DPReview savvy crowd.

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Apr 5, 2012)

I suppose there is value in an almost pocketable camera, assuming that the blurry image problems of that 14-42mm X lens has been fixed, but $750? If you add the Panasonic EVF at $240 so as to be able to shoot in sunlight, it is nearly $1000.

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Apr 5, 2012)

I have been thinking about the same scenario as well. I also think about the Sony NEX-5N plus the viewfinder.$600+$350.

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Apr 5, 2012)

If I have to pay nearly $1000 for this, it might as well be the Sony-5N, except for the big problem with lenses for NEX cameras. Maybe skip some lunches and at the E-M5 with its 14-42 for $1100.

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Roger Knight
By Roger Knight (Apr 5, 2012)

I just don't get cameras without a proper viewfinder.

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flipmac
By flipmac (Apr 5, 2012)

If you want to spend less, get the standard 14-42. The price of $750 is steep but a chunk of that coin goes to that X lens.

If you want an EVF, just get the G3. It is much cheaper than the any body with an EVF attachment, like the NEX-5N with EVF: G3 is $625 vs 5N+EVF $1050 (Amazon prices).

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Klarno
By Klarno (Apr 5, 2012)

Seeing that the number of photosites on the sensor and the effective megapixels and are the same as most of the other Micro Four Thirds cameras, I won't be impressed by their claims of "newly developed sensor" until we see some actual samples. Because at this point it still looks like they're still trying to peddle that same sensor that was introduced in the Panasonic G1 and Olympus E-30 in 2008, that has been used in every 4/3 and m4/3 camera since except the GH series, G3, GX1 and E-M5.

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (Apr 5, 2012)

The "actual samples":

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gf5-hands-on-review-18921

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Michael_13
By Michael_13 (Apr 5, 2012)

1. Let's be happy that they did not join the Megapixel Race!
2. I doubt that they dare to lie about the "new" sensor. They know that sites like this will tear it apart if there's no visible improvement.

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armanius
By armanius (Apr 5, 2012)

Woohoo! Another re-iteration of the 12 mp sensor! Priced at only $100 less than the GX1 ... why would I choose G5 over GX1? I suppose the GF5 is the first Pany camera with a high res screen.

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b534202
By b534202 (Apr 5, 2012)

Exactly. Why wouldn't I get a GX1 instead for this kind of money?

Panasonic better be spending their R&D on good lenses (not X lenses for the bean counters) if their cameras are only incremental upgrades.

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goshigoo
By goshigoo (Apr 5, 2012)

"newly developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor"
so this is different from G3/GX1's 16M sensor and GF1/2/3's 12M sensor?

The ISO performance would be better than G3/GX1?

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Promit
By Promit (Apr 5, 2012)

I'm a big fan of micro four thirds in all its forms and have a substantial investment in both Pansonic and Olympus equipment. I say that just to clarify that I am coming from the friendliest possible place when I say: meeeehhhh. This is just a minor refresh of the GF3 and changes absolutely nothing about anything.

9 upvotes
nRequimM
By nRequimM (Apr 5, 2012)

Sony must feel pretty smug right now with their NEX-5N.

10 upvotes
Octane
By Octane (Apr 5, 2012)

I was excited at first, but after reading the article I'm like, OK I guess I'm keeping my Nikon J1.

0 upvotes
ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (Apr 5, 2012)

You buy EVERY new camera which comes out?

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1 upvote
Michael_13
By Michael_13 (Apr 5, 2012)

You don't like your J1? Why do you want to get rid of it already?

0 upvotes
IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Apr 5, 2012)

One word: GODLY!

0 upvotes
anecolove
By anecolove (Apr 5, 2012)

They should have included this screen on the GX1...

5 upvotes
armanius
By armanius (Apr 5, 2012)

Amen!

2 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Apr 5, 2012)

This is more expensive than some DSLRs!

4 upvotes
Michael_13
By Michael_13 (Apr 5, 2012)

Yes, and better than many, too!

0 upvotes
nRequimM
By nRequimM (Apr 5, 2012)

Really appreciate how Panasonic used to make GF series thinner, but this excuse for an update is unimaginative at very least.

Most of us could do with a high image quality compact. Having good quality photo is a priority - but there is no point spending money unless I have the camera with me. I'll personally look-forward to picking-up a Nokia 808.

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0 upvotes
Remo Pierri
By Remo Pierri (Apr 5, 2012)

Beware about the perspective effect when zooming in with the N808. I think it will keep the wide angle perspective (like cropping) and will not give the tele perspective effect (like an optical zoom lens).

1 upvote
thx1138
By thx1138 (Apr 5, 2012)

Looks shocking value compared to an E-M5 or any DSLR. Waste of effort IMO. Only news is that they have finally come into the l21st century with 920kp screen.

2 upvotes
Michael_13
By Michael_13 (Apr 5, 2012)

It's strengths are: Lightness and video.

E--M5 is a tank compared to it, but I still want the Oly. ;-)

0 upvotes
nRequimM
By nRequimM (Apr 5, 2012)

Does a marginally improved sensor & new kit lens deserve the price-tag of a brand new camera? Meh

GF series has hardly moved forward since GF2...

0 upvotes
TimSlin
By TimSlin (Apr 5, 2012)

I am interested if the 12MP sensor is actually new like it claims. 12MP is way more than enough for me and if it has lower noise than the 16mp cameras I'm all for that.

4 upvotes
jj74e
By jj74e (Apr 5, 2012)

$750 for the same camera and a compact but worse quality kit lens? both not attractive for enthusiasts/pros nor priced well enough for p&s upgraders testing the higher end waters. But...at least they added rubber grips here and there and a dial that I don't think was there before. lolol

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1 upvote
F-onefour
By F-onefour (Apr 5, 2012)

SWEET BABY JESUS THANK GOD!!!

MORE OF THE SAME!!!

4 upvotes
qingian
By qingian (Apr 5, 2012)

jesus, what a useless upgrade.

10 upvotes
JimGreen80000
By JimGreen80000 (Apr 5, 2012)

never mind

0 upvotes
DioCanon
By DioCanon (Apr 5, 2012)

I agree but dont forget that mobile phones and consumer cameras in the last 5 years are updated automatically every year.
We have to accept that,
if you dont need it just dont buy it.

2 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Apr 5, 2012)

i assume you have the ability to see performance by specs alone then ?

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Apr 5, 2012)

Great Camera but not really that exciting. Next.....

2 upvotes
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