Panasonic Lumix GF5 Micro Four Thirds Camera Out; Most Compact Rig in G Series

April 9, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Panasonic has added the latest snapping machine to its Micro Four Thirds compact camera line up by unveiling Lumix GF5 the other day. Snatching the ‘most compact’ title among the G series siblings, GF5 is the update for GF3 which was launched last year.

Lumix GF5 is no usual update, but packs a refreshing feel altogether. It starts with the new 12.1 mega pixel Live MOS sensor.

The new silicon which forms the sensor offers better signal to noise ratio (read better pictures even in low-light and zoomed in shots) as per the claims of the Japanese company.

So the results will be comparable to even the 16 megapixel G3 cam, regardless of the fact that GF5 packs a 12.1 mega pixel censor.

The Live MOS sensor coupled with the power of Venus Engine VII HD2 imaging processor, offers better results besides an improved ISO range which extends up to ISO 12800.

The chassis still bears the signature of the preceding GF3 machine, though with added finishing and looks. So GF5 retains the distinctive bump of the lens mount, but took an aluminum touch to the finishing, leveraging the design aesthetics.

Apart from the rubberized handgrips and other outward changes, the GF5 also packs 920k-dot touch screen display, 0.09 seconds of autofocus, RAW shooting, full manual controls and loads of artistic filters and similar features to keep shutterbugs drooling.

It is available in two lens configurations. With Lumix G X 14-42 power zoom lens it costs £579 ($919 US) while with the Lumix G Vario 14-42 standard zoom it comes down to £449 ($713 US). It will be available for purchase from June onwards.

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