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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

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Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF3 is less than a year old, but has already been replaced by the GF5. How much better is the new 12.1-million-pixel micro four thirds camera? Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 review to find out

At a glance:

  • 12.1-million-pixel, live CMOS sensor
  • ISO 160-12,800 (extended)
  • 3in TFT LCD with 920,00 dots
  • 1080i full HD video, with MP4 and AVCHD
  • Street price around £500 with 14-42mm kit lens, around £620 with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 G X PZ Vario power zoom

There was a time when system cameras were replaced or upgraded every two years, or perhaps every 18 months. However, the introduction of compact system cameras has speeded up this process and now yearly upgrades seem to be the norm. Even so, it still came as a surprise when last month Panasonic chose to announce the Lumix DMC-GF5 as the replacement for the DMC-GF3. Since the GF3 was only launched in June 2011, that’s a mere ten months between upgrades.

Although the cameras share largely the same specification, the GF5 carries some very worthwhile improvements. However, with the GF3 and 14-42mm lens currently on sale for as little as £199 (including £50 cashback from Panasonic), are the changes enough to justify buying the new model with equivalent lens for a street price of around £500?

  • External mic: No
  • Video: Full 1080i HD at 30fps
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, 2 custom, all with fine-tuning and 2,500-10,000K
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 6.3m @ ISO 160
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Output Size: 4000x3000 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • White Balance Bracket: 3 frames
  • AF Points: 23-area, face detection, AF tracking, 1-area, pin-point
  • LCD: 3in, 920,000-dot TFT touchscreen LCD
  • Sensor: 12.1-million-effective-pixel Live MOS sensor
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iA, iA+, creative control, scene, custom set
  • Focal Length Mag: 2x
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Weight: 267g (with battery and card)
  • File Format: JPEG, RW2 (raw), AVCHD
  • Drive Mode: 4fps
  • Shutter Speeds: Focal-plane shutter
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Lens Mount: Micro four thirds
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual
  • ISO: 160-12,8000 (extended)
  • Dimensions: 107.7 x 66.6 x 36.8mm
  • Metering System: 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
  • Connectivity / Interface: Mini HDMI, digital/video out
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • RRP: £349 (body only); £450 (with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens); £550 (with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 G X PZ Vario power zoom)
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  • Tested as: Entry-level CSC

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