Panasonic expands its Micro Four Thirds lineup with the new mid-range LUMIX DMC-G5 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera, which is the follow-up to the Lumix G3. With a compact and lightweight body, the G5 packs 16.05 Megapixel Live MOS image sensor and redesigned Venus Engine to render clear images, and built-in flash. The camera features Light Speed AF with Contrast AF for capturing fast moving subjects clearly, full-area Touch AF for setting the focus on any point in the field of view and pinpoint AF for accurate framing.
To deliver clear images, the mirrorless G5 also includes 3DNR (3D Noise Reduction) that detects smooth areas or edges in photos and adjusts the strength of noise reduction, and the Multi-process NR that quickly detects brightness in each part of a picture and applies optimal noise reduction in multiple steps. While the G3 can do 4fps high-speed burst shooting in full resolution, the G5 takes a step further to offer 6fps shooting. The mirrorless interchangeable lens camera comes with a large 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) with about 100% field of view, and a large 3-inch 920K dots LCD display with touch panel for touch control.
The Lumix G5 includes Creative Control Mode with 14 filter options such as Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, Retro; iA (Intelligent Auto) and iA Plus modes featuring AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent D-range Control, Face Recognition and Intelligent Scene Selector; and the new Scene Guide which offers 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. It records Full HD 1920×1080 video at 60fps in AVCHD format, and does high-quality audio recording with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator and Wind Cut function.
Panasonic’s LUMIX G5 will be available in black, white and silver in various kit options. Pricing and availability will announced later.