Panasonic Adds GF5 Compact System Camera
By Greg Tarr On Apr 9 2012 - 4:01am
NEW YORK –
Panasonic unveiled last week an addition
to its expanding line of Lumix G-series Micro Four Thirds
compact system cameras.
The Lumix DMC-GF5 ($599 or
$749 suggested retails, depending
on lens kit option), which slots in next
to the current GF3, features a newly
developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS
sensor and redesigned Venus Engine,
for improved image rendering and
color reproduction, even in low-light
The camera boasts an ISO sensitivity
range to 12,800 and includes a
noise-reduction system using a combination
of 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR)
and Multi-process Noise Reduction
(MNR) for optimal exposures, even in
highly bright and dark areas.
The camera includes a compact
design with an improved rubberized
handgrip and is compatible with Panasonic’s
range of Micro Four Thirds camera lenses.
The camera continues to use Contrast AF system, featured
in other G-series models, that allows focusing to be
controlled by the image sensor. This is said to yield more
accurate results (particularly in lenses with small F values)
than Phase-based AF systems.
The GF5 also incorporates full-area focusing, making it
possible to set focus on any point in the field of view.
The ultra-high-speed Light Speed AF system can focus
in approximately 0.09 seconds for optimal fast motion
This is coupled with Touch Panel AF control and provides
high-speed burst shooting at 4 fps in full resolution.
The GF5 features a 3-inch 920,000-dot LCD touchpanel
display and graphic user interface (GUI) to simplify
Both the shutter and focus can activated and selected
by tapping on the screen. Once a
user locks onto a subject by touching
it on the screen, the camera will track
it and hold focus as it moves around
the frame. The shutter can also be released
by a tap on the screen.
Touch Zoom is also available when
using the Lumix Power Zoom Lens
H-PS14042 lens or H-PS45175.
The camera also employs an expanded
assortment of Creative Control
modes (with up to 14 filters) from
the GF3. These include the new: Soft
Focus, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive
Art, One Point Color, Cross Process
and Star Filter.
Other features include a Scene
Guide with 23 sample pictures shot by
professional photographers that novice
users can explore to find a photo
closest to a situation they are shooting to select the optimal
For video, the Lumix GF5 will capture 1,920 by 1,080/60i
HD in AVCHD format. The camera can use the full-time AF
and the Touch AF functions for video. A dedicated video
record button is included. The camera also records stereo
sound. Using the 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.
The Lumix DMC-GF5 will ship “this summer” in a choice
of black, white and red body colors. Panasonic is offering
two lens kit options: including the body with a 14-42mm
standard zoom lens ($599) and the body with 14-42mm
power zoom lens ($749).