Panasonic expands its LUMIX G series with the new DMC-GF5 ultra compact digital interchangeable lens camera that complies with Micro Four Thirds standard. The new model looks just the same as its brother GF3, but of course it comes with some new features. In the compact, lightweight body, the GF5 packs the new 12.1 Megapixel Live MOS sensor, redesigned Venus Engine for better image rendering and color reproduction, and even built-in Flash. It offers a maximum 12,800 ISO sensitivity, compare to 6400 provided by GF3.
The LUMIX GF5 features the Light Speed AF (Auto Focus) that can focus in approximately 0.09 seconds making it possible to capture fast moving subjects clearly. It also has Contrast AF and Touch AF control, as well as high-speed burst shooting at 4fps. As a micro43 camera, it accepts a wide range of interchangeable lenses. The GF5 upgraded the Creative Control Mode to include eight new filter options, such as Soft Focus, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, bringing the total to 14 filters. As a must for LUMIX cameras, the GF5 includes the iA mode that includes AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control. There is also iA Plus mode that allows users to defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control; and Scene Guide with 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers.
Panasonic’s GF5 sports a 3-inch large touchscreen display with a touch-control GUI. It is capable of Full HD 1920×1080/60i video recording in AVCHD format, and high quality audio recording with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator. The camera comes in black, white and red. Kit set with 14-42mm standard zoom lens (H-FS014042) is priced at $599 and body with 14-42mm power zoom lens (H-PS14042) costs $749.