Summary: The Panasonic Lumix GF5 is an ideal mirrorless camera for someone wanting to upgrade from a point and shoot, but does not want the heft of a DSLR. Two intelligent auto modes, 14 creative filters, 23 SCN modes ensure that this is meant for the amateur user. Image quality is very good. Placement of the power zoom and manual focussing dials will take some getting used to. Video quality is average at best.
Pros: Speedy AF, Variety of creative filters and Scene modes, Great handling, Good image quality
Cons: Manual focussing notch is not placed ergonomically, Videos tend to record zooming and focussing sound, No hot-shoe
Summary: The compact semi-pro Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 exceeded my expectations. It does a great job of rendering a high level of detail under all lighting conditions and its low light performance is particularly impressive. With a wide range of lenses, it offers the flexibility of a dSLR without the weight and bulk.
Conclusion: Thanks to the pairing of compact size and the flexibility of an interchangeable lens mount, mirrorless cameras have become increasingly popular over the last few years. If you pair the Panasonic GF5 with its Power Zoom kit lens, and place it alongside an SLR camera with similar lens, the value proposition of mirrorless couldn't be much clearer.
Pros: Power Zoom kit lens is very compact when stowed, Power Zoom is great for video shooting without camera shake, Hand grip is improved, and relatively comfortable considering modest size, Extremely fast autofocus, faster than most consumer DSLRs, Higher-res touchscreen LCD and improved on-screen interface, Can now disable almost all overlays during image framing with side menu, Fast single-shot cycle times, Good burst depth for JPEG shooting (likely unlimited with a fast...
Cons: Power Zoom kit lens is very compact when stowed, Power Zoom is great for video shooting without camera shake, Hand grip is improved, and relatively comfortable considering modest size, Extremely fast autofocus, faster than most consumer DSLRs, Higher-res touchscreen LCD and improved on-screen interface, Can now disable almost all overlays during image framing with side menu, Fast single-shot cycle times, Good burst depth for JPEG shooting (likely unlimited with a fast...
Summary: While the GF5's improvements over its predecessor are minimal, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially when you consider that the GF3 was an award-winning model. The GF5 continues to embody the true meaning of what it is to be a Compact System Camera, and is sure to appeal to many. It maintains its compact dimensions and consumer usability, while continuing to deliver with regards to both performance and an impressive level of image quality.
Conclusion: It's also worth bearing in mind the fantastic bargains that can currently be had with the predecessor, the GF3, which can be picked up for around £200 (with standard kit lens) in the UK and $450 in the US, from certain retailers while stocks last.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix GF5 is the latest compact system camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. Boasting a 12MP sensor, touch screen LCD and a range of effects filters it's designed to appeal...
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 versus DMC-GF3 mirrorless ILCs
5 April 2012
Conclusion: The availability and pricing of Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF5 was not detailed but its ILC category should make it lighter on the wallet compared to digital SLRs. The new lens, minor design changes, improved user interface, better image processing, and extended ISO range make DMC-GF5 a promising upgrade to those who own GF3 and older models from the same line. Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro 1 , you might want to think twice though.
Hands-on: Lumix GF5 clears up Panasonic’s mirrorless camera strategy
5 April 2012
Excerpt: Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are all the rage right now, and the market is heating up with an even greater variety of brands producing their own take on the format – such as the Fujifilm niche X-Pro1 and Olympus OM-D. Not to be left behind, Panasonic, which introduced the very first micro four thirds (MFT) camera back in 2008, just unveiled its latest addition to its MFT family: the Lumix GF5 .
Summary: Although Panasonic has made just a handful of changes to the Lumix DMC-GF5 over the GF3, they are improvements. However, the changes aren't significant enough to warrant GF3 users to upgrade their camera.
While higher-resolution compact system cameras are now commonplace, the image quality produced by the GF5 is very good, particularly regarding colour and contrast.