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.
Excerpt: Panasonic’s new mirrorless ILC , the Lumix GF5 , features the same sensor as its predecessor, the GF3, but with contrast-detect AF. Its many filters and presets, along with intelligent auto options, should make it ideal for the amateur users.
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
Conclusion: When we first held the GF5 we couldn't really see any difference from the previous GF3. It is slightly larger and a tad heavier, but neither of these factors are really noticeable and it still resembles a compact.
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.
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
Excerpt: and has several updates when compared to the GF3, as well as a new rubber grip, it features a high resolution screen, improved AF performance, 14 creative effects, enhanced noise performance and updated user interface.
Pros: Fast AF speed, Fast Continuous Shooting Speed, New rubber grip for improved handling, Excellent 920k dot touch-screen, Additional creative effects, Improved video recording with stereo sound, Pinpoint AF confirms focus point, Extremely compact when used with X kit lens or pancakes
Cons: More advanced users may be better off looking at the, Noticeable vignetting with the X kit lens, No mode dial, lacks flash hot-shoe