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.
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.
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.
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.
This compact mirrorless camera is easy to use, but enthusiasts might find it a chore
Good Gear Guide.au
10 September 2012
Summary: Panasonic’s LUMIX GF5 completes the GF-series’ transition from compact enthusiast to super-compact point-and-shoot mirrorless camera. It’s simple, newbie-friendly, and seriously small -- but anyone looking for manual control should opt for the GX1 instead.
Pros: Kit lens bundle is super-compact and light, Quick operation, fast autofocus, Good image and video quality
Cons: Advanced controls hidden in menus, No option for external viewfinder or mic