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.
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Summary: The Panasonic GF5 features a 144-zone multi-pattern metering system, with Intelligent Multiple, Centre Weighted and Spot modes. The metering system generally performs well and captures accurate exposures, although it does on occasion underexpose. This is readily corrected using the exposure compensation or, alternatively, by simply altering the images in post-production as they still retain image detail.
Pros: Compact size, impressive screen, good touchscreen implementation, general image quality
Cons: Lack of viewfinder or accessory compatibility, incremental advances on its predecessor, a few build quality issues
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.
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.
Excerpt: Compact system cameras (CSCs) are still toddlers compared to their mature SLR brethren, yet Panasonic's GF range is already starting to feel like a familiar friend. The GF5 is the fourth incarnation, but differences to last year's Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 are relatively minor. The screen resolution is up from 460,000 to 920,000 dots. The handgrip is more substantial and its textured rubber design is easier to hold.
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