Panasonic GF5


Panasonic continued the GF line with the GF5 model, which is squarely targeted at new and less sophisticated users and is a modest update to the GF3. The plus side: it's the smallest of the Panasonic pocket m4/3 cameras. 

  • Sensor: 12.1mp Panasonic CMOS sensor, 17.3 x 13mm (2x crop)
  • Mount: Micro 4/3 (m4/3)
  • Images: 4000 x 3000 JPEG or 12-bit raw maximum, 4 fps max 
  • Video:  1080i/60/50, 720P/60/30, 480P/30 (wide and normal), 240P/30, AVCHD or .MP4 video files with mono PCM audio
  • Shutter: mechanical 60 sec to 1/4,000 sec, bulb
  • Exposure: multi, center-weighted, spot metering, -3 to +3EV exposure compensation, 5 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), ISO 160-12800, AUTO ISO
  • Focus: 23 point contrast detect, single point, multi-area, face detect, tracking, manual focus override
  • Display: 3" 920k dot fixed touchscreen LCD
  • Flash: pop-up flash included (6.3m ISO 100 GN), hot shoe, 1/160 flash sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync
  • Remote: none
  • Other Notable Features: 14 filter effect modes
  • Cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Battery: DMW-BLD10
  • Size: 4.25 x 2.6 x 1.4" (108 x 67 x 37mm) wide, tall, deep
  • Weight: 9.4 ounces (267g)
  • Colors: White, Brown, Black, Red, Gold
  • Price: US$750 with compact X-kit lens, US$600 with older bulkier kit lens
  • Current Firmware:  1.0
  • Announced: April 2012 (discontinued)

Winner: Sansmirror's Best Entry Mirrorless Camera for 2012

Thom's Comment: Still the most pocketable of the Panasonic models (along with the GF3). With the 14mm or the 14-42mm X zoom lens, this makes for a very compact carry-it-everywhere camera, which many seek. It's very competent as a camera, but rather simple at the top level interface, thus you're likely to use it pretty much in one preset mode or in all-automatic, though the touchscreen helps you make key settings changes quickly. 

Thom's Review of the GF5

Olympus Lenses for the camera

Panasonic Lenses for the camera

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