Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GF3 is less than a year old, but has already been replaced by the GF5.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
LCD, live view and video
The LCD screen of the Lumix DMC-GF5 is one of the most significant improvements over the GF3. Although it is the same size as that on the GF3, the increase from 460,000 dots to 920,000 dots is significant.
Reviewing images is far more pleasing on the GF5 than on the GF3,and fine details can be clearly seen. This is important because without an accessory socket you cannot attach an electronic viewfinder to the GF5 as you can with the enthusiast-level Lumix DMC-GX1 model.
Video has been a key feature of Panasonic micro four thirds cameras since the launch of the GH1 in 2009. The GF5 continues this legacy with 1080i full HD video, and both MP4 and AVCHD. Having both formats is a bonus for entry-level users, who may find the AVCHD format more widely compatible with image-editing software. Audio has also been improved, with the GF5 having built-in stereo microphones.