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.
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...
This compact mirrorless camera is easy to use, but enthusiasts might find it a chore
Good Gear Guide.au
22 November 2012
Conclusion: 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: 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.
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.
Conclusion: The GF5’s ultra-small size doesn’t limit its overall performance. This is one fast camera that delivers where it counts on the image quality front too. Although the power zoom lens keeps the package’s size down, we’re not totally sold on either its price implication or toggle zoom - opt for the...
Pros: Super-fast autofocus, improved image quality, chunky grip, decent array of Micro Four Thirds lenses available
Cons: Screen hard to see in bright light, no hotshoe for viewfinder expansion, auto white balance occasionally off, no physical mode dials, we’re not keen on the power zoom lens
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.