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.
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
Excerpt: Panasonic popularized mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) in 2008 together with Olympus. Lumix DMC-G1 was the first mirrorless ILC released by Panasonic before succeeding it with newer models packing incremental hardware upgrade and design changes. Now, five years later since they started the line, Panasonic announces DMC-GF5 – the latest generation mirrorless ILC for their Lumix line. More than anything, GF5 is an upgrade to GF3 released in 2011.
Excerpt: The next updates, in the GF2 and GF3, cut down the camera’s size considerably, albeit by sacrificing simple dial-and-button controls. The latest model, the LUMIX DMC-GF5, is a further evolution of the GF3, with a super-basic control scheme, a reasonably easy-to-understand touchscreen, and a further-streamlined body. See Nikon D800 review .
Excerpt: This camera with a 12 megapixel sensor is Panasonic’s latest entry model in its micro-four thirds interchangeable lens range. It is intended to appeal to customers wanting better image quality from a fully automatic camera. There are very few instantly accessible user controls and what can be controlled is mostly done through the touch screen. The LCD is a high resolution device with excellent brightness and fidelity.
Summary: Buy this camera if: - You need a pocketable camera for walk-around, street or candid photography. - You require simple controls and logical, easy-to-use menus. - You would enjoy operating the camera via a touch screen. - You’re interested in shooting raw files. - You want to shoot Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video with good audio quality. Don’t buy this camera if: - You require a viewfinder. - You want a flash hot-shoe. - You prefer an external mode dial.
Pros: You need a pocketable camera for walk-around, street or candid photography., You require simple controls and logical, easy-to-use menus., You would enjoy operating the camera via a touch screen., You’re interested in shooting raw files., You want to shoot Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video with good audio quality. Buy this camera if:, You need a pocketable camera for walk-around, street or candid photography., You require simple controls and logical, easy-to-use menus...
Cons: You require a viewfinder., You want a flash hot-shoe., You prefer an external mode dial. Don’t buy this camera if:, You require a viewfinder., You want a flash hot-shoe., You prefer an external mode dial.