Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF3 is less than a year old, but has already been replaced by the GF5.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
Build and handling
Although the body of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is largely the same as that of the GF3, there is one significant improvement – the camera’s handgrip. The shape of the handgrip is the same, but it is now covered in textured rubber. Not only does the texture add grip, but the addition of the rubber also adds girth, making it far better to hold.
The only other addition is a single display button on the rear of the camera. This button switches through the various displays that can be presented on the rear of the camera, from a screen that shows no information to one that has more information than you know what to do with.
Like other Panasonic micro four thirds system cameras, the GF5 uses a touchscreen, and I found this screen easy to navigate and responsive to use. To stop the touchscreen from being permanently littered with virtual buttons, Panasonic has placed a tab on the right of the screen. When this is pressed, a sub-menu is revealed with four buttons, two of which are assignable function buttons.
Nearly all the settings that you would want to change when shooting can be found by pressing the GF5’s Quick Menu button. If you require more settings than are in the default Quick Menu, it is possible to add or remove items via the touchscreen.
Although the GF5 isn’t reliant on its touchscreen, it does help you change some settings more quickly. Personally, I would rather have seen a couple of extra physical function buttons, but a touchscreen is a great way to allow direct access while keeping the camera small.