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Panasonic Lumix GF5 review

A fast, light and perfectly formed CSC

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Colours are well represented from the Panasonic GF5, with lots of vibrancy and pop without being overly saturated.

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Plenty of detail is captured by the Panasonic Lumix GF5's sensor, while edge-to-edge sharpness is really very good, especially when shooting at narrow apertures.

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Even when shooting in a bright backlit condition such as this, the Panasonic GF5's evaluative metering system seems to have done a good job of producing the correct exposure.

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Portraits are a good subject to tackle with the Panasonic GF5, thanks to its creative depth of field effects. Here, colours have been rendered very accurately.

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This image shows the overly warm tones the camera tends to favour when shooting under artificial light in Auto White Balance.

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In this image, the Incandescent White Balance setting has been selected, producing a much more accurate colour.

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Several different filters can be selected when shooting in Creative Control mode - this is an example of the Retro setting.

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The Expressive setting boosts contrast and saturation to produce a bold effect.

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The Cross Process setting can be customised in several different ways, including the colour it chooses to emphasise. This shot is taken with blue as the emphasis colour.

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Here the Cross Process emphasis has been given to green, and gives a more traditional cross processing feel. This can be directly compared with the Olympus Cross Process filter, which produces a stronger, less subtle effect.

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The Star effects picks up highlights in the image to add a fake starlight effect. It won't be to everyone's tastes, but can be quite fun when used in the right situation.

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Selective colour mode enables you to highlight just one colour in a scene, while the rest are converted to monochrome. You can alter the accuracy of the setting. Here only red has been chosen.

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The Toy Camera effect adds a vignette and saturates the colours to give the impression of a cheap toy camera.

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Miniature mode attempts to recreate the effect of using a tilt-shift lens by blurring the top and bottom of a frame. You can move the in-focus area around, and it works best when shooting from a high angle.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix G
Image StabilizationNo
ColourBlack
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)225 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Flash Memory CapacityNo
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution13.1 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height66.5 mm
Width107.7 mm
Depth36.8 mm
Autofocus Points23
Product SeriesG
Image FormatsMPO, JPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-GF5
Product NameDMC-GF5 Compact System Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-GF5EB-K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

A combination of the 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and the Venus Engine achieves higher image quality. With the dedicated circuit, which reads out signals with minimum noise, the level of noise is significantly suppressed and S/N (Signal-to-Noise) value is improved in shooting at high ISO setting. The Multi-step Noise Reduction applies optimum noise reduction according to the brightness of the part of the image. Images recorded in low-lit situations are now dramatically clear.

The DMC-GF5 features outstanding compactness and ease of operation while pursuing high image quality. Panasonic did not compromise in the equipment of camera such as built-in flash. It embraces beautiful stylish round-form body design featuring buttons with glossy finish, ergonomically studied grip and high-resolution 920K-dot LCD. The DMC-GF5 is based on the Micro Four Thirds System that lets you use the versatile lineup of Micro Four Thirds System standard lenses, including the LUMIX G / LEICA DG lenses.

Battery Life330 Shot
Package Contents
  • DMC-GF5 Compact System Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution920000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker