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.
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.
Excerpt: Looking for a way to improve your photo taking beyond merely pointing and shooting with that smartphone or pocket cam? Easing us gently into the world of interchangeable lens cameras with physically larger sensors – both features promoting better image quality – is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5.
Pros: Compact body, Physical and virtual controls, Easiest CSC to use
Cons: No viewfinder, No hotshoe, Not that different from GF3
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 .
This compact mirrorless camera is easy to use, but enthusiasts might find it a chore
Good Gear Guide.au
19 July 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
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. But placed next to the GF1 it is much easier to see how far Panasonic has come in just a few years.