New MIL camera: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5

Panasonic has launched a new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable lens (MIL) camera.

It is available now at S$1,099 for either the single-lens or twin-lens kits (details within).

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5 comes in five colours: Black, White, Red, Brown, and Gold (limited edition).

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5 comes in five colours: Black, White, Red, Brown, and Gold (limited edition).

The LUMIX DMC-GF5 is the latest member of the LUMIX G Micro System.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5 remains compact despite having a built-in pop-up flash.

The GF5 remains compact despite having a built-in pop-up flash.

As an MIL camera, it marries the image quality and lens-changing flexibility of DSLRs with the compactness of point-and-shoot cameras.

The DMC-GF5 includes a built-in flash, 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity Live MOS sensor and an improved Venus Engine for image processing.

Maximum ISO settings reach a maximum of 12,800.

The DMC-GF5 has a 920,000 dots, 3-inch touch display, which allows the user to choose where to focus and to release the shutter upon focus.

When powered off, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5X is compact enough to fit in the trousers pocket.

Compact enough to fit in the trousers pocket.

Touch zoom is also available simply by mounting the LUMIX G X Power Zoom Lens (H-PS14042 lens or H-PS45175).

The DMC-GF5 uses Contrast Auto-Focus (AF) to capture and lock on to fast-moving subjects within 0.9 seconds.

There are 23 scene modes with pre-canned settings for various photographic situations.

A Creative Control mode increases filter options to 14 from 6 in the DMC-GF3.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5 has a 920,000 dots, 3-inch touch display.

The GF5 has a 920k dots, 3-inch touch display.

The new filters are: Soft Focus, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter.

The existing six filters are the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, and Miniature Effect filters.

A dedicated video record button records 1920 x 1080 Full HD video with stereo sound, in either AVCHD or MP4 format.

The DMC-GF5’s Intelligent Auto (iA) mode includes AF Tracking, Face Recognition, Intelligent D-range Control, Scene Selector and ISO Control.

Nice muscular design in the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5.

Nice muscular design in the GF5.

iA Plus mode adjusts exposure compensation and white balance for superior image output.

A newly added angle detection sensor makes it possible to tell whether the photo was taken horizontally or vertically, whatever lens is used.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5 is available now and is priced at S$1,099 for either of two kits:

  • GF5X: Body with 14-42mm LUMIX G X lens
  • GF5W: Body with 14mm F2.5 pancake lens, and 14-42mm standard kit lens

Note: the Micro Four Thirds lens has a crop factor of 2, so a 14-42mm lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 28-84mm.

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