Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF3 is less than a year old, but has already been replaced by the GF5.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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 review


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Our verdict

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. With its Intelligent Auto feature, the GF5 is a great choice for those looking for their first system camera, particularly if size is a high priority.

The diminutive body and power-zoom lens are ideal for those more used to carrying a compact, so the GF5 may be a good DSLR alternative for anyone looking for a very small CSC to take travelling


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
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Autofocus
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. White balance and colour
  7. 7. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. LCD, live view and video
  10. 10. Our verdict
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