Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Released June, 2012
New: Lumix DMC-GF6 (Jun, 2013)
  • 12 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Shooting raw+JPEG feels fast and fluid and I never had to wait for the camera to finish writing an image file before I could review a shot or change settings.
by c|net (Aug, 2012)
8.8 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-GF5
8.0
D5100
9.6
EOS 1100D
8.5
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-GF5
8.2
D5100
7.1
EOS 1100D
9.2
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-GF5
9.1
D5100
9.0
EOS 1100D
10.0
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-GF5
9.2
D5100
9.1
EOS 1100D
9.0
Reviews from dpreview.com, trustedreviews.com, photographyblog.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.8

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-GF5
8.8
D5100
9.0
EOS 1100D
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Lumix DMC-GF5
573 ISO
D5100
1,183 ISO
NEX-3
830 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Lumix DMC-GF5
2,000 LPH
D5100
2,600 LPH
Lumix DMC-GF6
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GF5
180 ms
NEX-3
670 ms
Lumix DMC-GF2
337 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Lumix DMC-GF5
66 ms
NEX-3
115 ms
D5100
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-GF5
1,400 ms
EOS 1100D
100 ms
D5100
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GF5
4 fps
Nikon 1 J2
60 fps
NEX-3
7 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5


9.0
The GF5 offers the same tiny body design, cutting-edge touchscreen and pared-down user interface as its predecessor, with the principal added benefits of a larger ISO range, higher resolution LCD screen, wider range of filters, reintroduced stereo sound and even faster auto-focusing than the already snappy GF3.

7.8
June 2012 To go with the higher-resolution LCD, Panasonic redesigned the look of the touch-screen interface, and it's a lot more attractive than before.

Overall

8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Panasonic has made use of the GF5's higher resolution LCD panel by prettifying the menus and by increasing the complexity of the touch-screen interface.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
You can tilt the GF5's flash backward for more attractive flash exposures.
by c|net (Aug, 2012)
The GF5's interface is remarkably configurable for a camera at this level, with choice of switching most touch-screen functions on and off independently (or switching off touch control altogether).
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

Lens

Providing an equivalent wide-angle focal length of 28-82mm, this lens is a good partner for the GF5, keeping the size of the overall system to a bare minimum and really looking the part.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2012)
Battery pack, Battery Charger, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM / * Body cap not included for DMC-GF5X kit / ** Lens rear cap of H-PS14042 lens not included for DMC-GF5X kit.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2012)
Note that the 14-42mm power-zoom lens does offer image stabilisation, but it's turned on and off via main menu system rather than a physical switch on the lens barrel, with three different modes accessible through the DMC-GF5's menu system.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2012)

Sensor

Indeed, with a pancake lens like Panasonic’s own 14mm f/2.5 fitted, the GF5 is about the same size as a typical fixed-lens compact camera, even though it boasts a much bigger sensor.
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2012)
The lens you use makes a big difference as well: while I wouldn't suggest shooting JPEGs past ISO 400 with the 14-42mm HD kit lens, for a good prime lens I think I'd bump that to ISO 800.
by c|net (Aug, 2012)
[Full HD] 1920×1080(sensor output is 25p) / [HD] 1280x720(sensor output is 25p) / [VGA] 640x480(sensor output is 25p).
by Photography Blog (Apr, 2012)

Image quality

With the benefit of this context, the GF5's role is clear - to put large-sensor image quality into the hands of people looking to upgrade from their compact camera.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
As such its primary goal is to deliver the same high level of image quality associated with the Lumix G-series range in a small, stylish and easy-to-use package.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
In low light, it pays to shoot raw at ISO 800 or higher, as you can get much better results; better detail handling and less smeariness, although you do get a lot of clipping in the dark areas.
by c|net (Aug, 2012)

Touch

The new touch screen is nicely responsive.
by c|net (Aug, 2012)
The touch-screen interface has also been tweaked and improved.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
For instance you get to choose whether you want: Touch Tabs, an on-screen Q.Menu button and Touch AF.
by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 12 MP
Resolution 4000 x 3000
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 18.7 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 23

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps
Battery life 360 photos
Continuous shooting 4 fps
Focus lag 180 ms
Shutter lag 66 ms
Startup delay 1,400 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 920 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 108 x 67 x 37 mm
Thickness 37 mm
Weight 267 g

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Image stabilization None
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