New Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Compact System Camera boasts a 12MP sensor and world's fastest AF

Panasonic has launched a new Compact System Camera, the Lumix DMC-GF5, which offers a world’s fastest autofocus system, a new image processing engine and 12MP sensor. Physically the camera closely resembles the Panasonic Lumix GF3, with the same lack of hotshoe and viewfinder socket.

Key Features

  • New 12.1MP Live MOS Sensor

  • New Venus VII HD2 Processing Engine

  • Up To 12800 ISO Range

  • Approx. 0.09 Seconds AF Speed – “World’s Fastest”

  • Full HD Video Recording With AF

  • 920k Dot 3inch LCD Touch Screen

  • 14 Creative Filter effects

  • New novice-friendly User Interface

The quoted autofocus speed of the Lumix DMC-GF5 is 0.09 seconds,

which Panasonic claim is currently the fastest available. This, combined

with the new Venus VII HD2 processing engine, present the most

significant updates from the GF3.

The processing engine

affords an extension in ISO range, up to 12800, making the GF5

theoretically capable of better low light performance. Where the 12MP

sensor may not carry the highest resolution Panasonic claim the image

quality will be extremely similar to that of the 16MP Lumix DMC-G3.

A

new graphical user interface is present, allowing users to be briefed

on the effects of certain filters and scene modes, as well as the best

environments to employ them in. The guide also extends to the manual

mode, explaining the benefits behind altering the likes of shutter

speed.

Sample images are littered throughout the screens, and a

number of animated elements make the whole process more pleasing for

the beginner. The 3inch, 920k dot LCD has touchscreen functionality as

well, meaning the likes of touch focus is possible.  

The

body is around the same size as the GF3’s shell, being less than a

millimeter shorter and a touch over 4mm deeper. A large portion of this

is the new grip, which has been added to improve handling and apes the

layout of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1. As the GF3 isn’t exactly bulky,

this isn’t a negative by any means, and the GF5 can easily fit into a

pocket or small camera bag.      

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

will be available in May, priced at £449 for the standard kit lens

version and £549 for the version with the powered zoom lens. The camera

will be launched in white and black, more information can be found at

the Panasonic website

First Look Video

  • Chris Suffolk

    Sounds interesting, but over priced for a camera without a viewfinder. It would be no use in bright sunlight, also hard to hold steady while composing the picture. With varifocals a screen is hopeless.
    If you are spending this much cash, buy a proper SLR.