New York - Panasonic unveiled Thursday 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 situations.
The camera boasts
an ISO sensitivity range to 12,800 and includes a noise-reduction system using
a combination 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR) and Multi-process Noise Reduction (MNR)
for optimal exposures, even in highly bright and dark areas.
includes a compact design with an improved rubberized handgrip and is
compatible with Panasonic's range of Micro Four Thirds camera lenses.
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
The GF5 also incorporates
full-area focusing, making it possible to set focus on any point in the field
Light Speed AF system can focus in approximately 0.09 seconds for optimal fast
This is coupled
with Touch Panel AF control and provides high-speed burst shooting at 4 fps in
The GF5 features a
3-inch 920,000-dot LCD touchpanel display and graphic user interface (GUI) to
simplify settings adjustments.
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 Lumiz 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.
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 parameters.
For video, the Lumix
GF5 will capture 1,920 by 1,080/60i HD in AVCHD format. The camera will use
both the full-time AF and the Touch AF functions for video. A dedicated video
record button is included. The camera also records stereo sound, and 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
The Lumix DMC-GF5
will ship "later this year" 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).