Panasonic has announced it’s latest offering in the compact mirrorless camera sector, the Lumix DMC-GF5. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve somehow missed the Lumix DMC-GF4, but you’ll be relieved to hear that the GF5 is effectively the GF4; in Japanese culture the number 4 is pronounced the same as the word “death” (shi) hence the number 4 is deemed bad luck.
- 12.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor with Advanced Noise Reduction System
- Stylish Compact Round-form Body Design
- Creative Control of 14 Filters and Scene Guide of 23 Scenes
- Ultra High-speed 0.09 sec AF and Selectable Focus Mode
- Full HD Video Recording in Both AVCHD and MP4 Format
- 920-K dot High-resolution LCD Featuring Smart Touch-screen
- Maximum ISO of 12800
- Redesigned Venus Engine
- Built-in flash
|Type||Digital interchangeable lens system camera|
|Recording media||SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC/SDXC memory cards)|
|Image sensor size||17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds mount|
|Type||Live MOS Sensor|
|Total pixels||13.06 Megapixels|
|Camera effective pixels||12.10 Megapixels|
|Colour filter||Primary color filter|
|Dust reduction system||Supersonic wave filter|
|Recording file format||Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2 ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)|
|Aspect ratio||4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1|
|Image quality||RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)|
|Color Space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Still Image||[4:3] 4000×3000(L) / 2816×2112(M) / 2048×1536(S) / 1600×1200(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [3:2] 4000×2672(L) / 2816×1880(M) / 2048×1360(S) / 1600×1064(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [16:9] 4000×2248(L) / 2816×1584(M) / 1920×1080(S) / 1600×904(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [1:1] 2992 x 2992 (L) / 2112 x 2112 (M) / 1504 x 1504 (S) / 1440×1440(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)|
|Motion Image (MP4*1 : NTSC)||[Full HD]1920×1080(sensor output is 30p) / [HD]1280×720(sensor output is 30p) / [VGA] 640×480(sensor output is 30p)|
|Motion Image (MP4*1 : PAL)||[Full HD] 1920×1080(sensor output is 25p) / [HD] 1280×720(sensor output is 25p) / [VGA] 640×480(sensor output is 25p)|
|Motion Image (AVCHD*1 : NTSC)||[Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH:17Mbps) / [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p)（SH:17Mbps)|
|Motion Image (AVCND*1 : PAL)||[Full HD] 1920×1080, 50i (sensor output is 25p) (FSH:17Mbps) / [HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25p)（SH:17Mbps)|
|Continuous recordable time (Motion images)||AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 140 min with H-H014 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 120 min with H-FS014042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 130 min with H-PS14042|
|Actual recordable time (Motion images)||AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 70 min with H-H014 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 60 min with H-FS014042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 65 min with H-PS14042|
|Type||Contrast AF system|
|Focus mode||AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF|
|AF mode||Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing/Pinpoint|
|AF detective range||EV 0 – 18 (ISO100 equivalent)|
|AF assist lamp||YES|
|AF lock||Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF lock|
|Others||Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist,|
|Light metering system||144-zone multi-pattern sensing system|
|Light metering mode||Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot|
|Metering range||EV 0 – 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)|
|Exposure mode||Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual,|
|ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)||Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Extended) / (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)|
|Exposure compensation||1/3EV Step ±3EV|
|AE lock||Set the Fn button in custom menu to AE lock|
|AE bracket||3,5 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±4/3 EV|
|White balance||Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting|
|White balance adjustment||Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias|
|Color temperature setting||2500-10000K in 100K|
|White balance bracket||3 exposures in blue/ amber axis or in magenta/ green axis|
|Shutter speed||Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 / Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16000 ~ 1/25 (PAL)|
|Self timer||10sec, 3 images/ 2sec / 10sec|
|Burst speed||H: 4.0 frames/sec(with AFS), M: 3.0 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2.0 frames/sec (with Live View)|
|Number of recordable images||4 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed) / Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) / (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)|
|Type||TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6.3 equivalent (ISO 160 ・m), Built-in Pop-up|
|Flash Mode||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, / Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off|
|Synchronization speed||Less than 1/160 second|
|Flash synchronization||1st. Curtain Sync|
|Type||TFT LCD with Touch panel|
|Monitor size||3.0inch / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle|
|Filed of view||Approx. 100%|
|Monitor adjustment||Brightness (7 levels), Cnotrast and Saturation (7 levels), Red tint (7 levels), Blue tint (7 levels)|
|Digital zoom||2x, 4x|
|Extra Tele Conversion||Still image: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.) / Motion image: 3.1x (SH in AVCHD and HD in MP4), 4.2x (VGA in MP4)|
|Other functions||Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram|
|Still image and Video||Standard / Vivide / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom|
|DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTION|
|Direction Detection Function||Yes|
|Fn1, Fn2, Fn3||ONE PUSH AE / AF/AE LOCK / PREVIEW / PHOTO STYLE / ASPECT RATIO / PICTURE SIZE / QUALITY / FOCUS MODE/ METERING MODE / FLASH / I.RESOLUTION / I.DYNAMIC / / EX. TELE CONV. / DIGITAL ZOOM / STABILIZER / SENSITIVITY / MOTION PIC. SET / HISTOGRAM / GUIDE LINE / STEP ZOOM / ZOOM SPEED /REC AREA|
|Playback mode||Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/Video/3D Play/Category/Favorite), / Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Favorite, Print set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit|
|IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE|
|Protection||Single / Multi, Cancel|
|Erase||Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite|
|Direct Print||PictBridge compatible（Print size, Layout, Date setting are selectable ）|
|USB||USB 2.0 High Speed|
|HDMI||miniHDMI TypeC / Video: Auto / 1080i / 480p (576p in PAL system) / Audio: Stereo|
|Audio video output||Monaural Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America / *Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.|
|Microphone||Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Auto / Flicker reduction / Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4|
|OSD language||Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish(English) / * Check the website of Panasonic sales company in your country / region or ask customer support for details of the OSD language available on the products sold in your country / region.|
|Battery||Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 940mAh) (Included) / Battery Charger|
|Battery life (CIPA standard) *2||Approx. 330 images with H-PS14042|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||107.7 x 66.6 x 36.8 mm / 4.24 x 2.62 x 1.45 inch (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||Approx. 267g / 9.42 oz （SD card, Battery, Body) / Approx. 225g / 7.94 oz （Body only) / Approx. 362g / 12.77 oz (SD card, Battery, H-PS14042 lens included)|
|Operating temperature||0℃ to 40℃ (32°F to 104°F)|
|Operating humidity||10% RH to 80％ RH|
|Software||PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.2 AE / SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1SE / Super LoiLoScope (trial version) / USB Driver|
|Standard accessories||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|
|Lens Name||LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/POWER O.I.S|
|Lens Construction||9 elements in 8 groups (4 aspherical lenses , 2 ED lens)|
|Nano Surface Coating||Yes|
|Mount||Micro Four Thirds mount|
|Optical Image Stabilizer||YES (POWER OIS)|
|Focal Length||f=14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent 28-84mm)|
|Aperture Type||7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm|
|Aperture range||F3.5(Wide) – F5.6(TELE)|
|Closest Focusing Distance||0.2m / 0.66ft (14-20mm), 0.3m / 0.98ft (21-42mm)|
|Maximum magnification||Approx. 0.17x / 0.34x (35mm camera equivalent)|
|Diagonal Angle of View||75°(Wide) to 29°(TELE)|
|Filter Size||φ37mm / 1.5in|
|Max. Diameter||φ61mm / 2.4in|
|Overall Length||Approx. 26.8mm / 1.1in (When the lens is retracted.)|
|Weight [g]||Approx. 95g (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)|
|Weight [oz]||Approx. 3.4oz (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)|
|Standard Accessories||Lens cap, Lens rear cap, Lens storage bag|
|Others||Electric zoom lever, Manual focus lever|
|NOTE||* Use a card with SD Speed Class with “Class4″ or higher / *2 With eco mode|
PANASONIC INTRODUCES THE LUMIX GF5, A NEW ULTRA COMPACT DIGITAL INTERCHANGEABLE LENS SYSTEM CAMERA
LUMIX GF5 features a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and incorporates a variety of shooting options to enhance photography experience
SECAUCUS, NJ (April 5, 2012) – Panasonic today announced a new digital interchangeable lens system camera, the LUMIX DMC-GF5, which joins Panasonic’s award-winning LUMIX G Series of digital cameras, which are acclaimed for their high image quality with small and compact body and lenses. The LUMIX GF5 features a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine, helping to ensure true-to-life images through exceptional resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Even in low-light situations and at a maximum 12800 high ISO sensitivity, the LUMIX GF5 produces stunning photos and videos. The noise reduction system includes a combination 3DNR (3D Noise Reduction) and MNR (Multi-process Noise Reduction) allowing for both bright areas and dark areas to be faithfully reproduced with minimal noise in high sensitivity image recording.
Sporting a sophisticated and stylish design, the LUMIX GF5 features a compact, lightweight body with built-in flash. A rubberized grip makes it easier for users to comfortably hold the camera in one hand. Complying with Micro Four Thirds standard, a wide range of interchangeable lenses is offered to expand photographic experience even more broadly at higher level of photo quality.
“Panasonic expects the LUMIX GF5 to please photo enthusiasts and budding photographers that are looking for the next step from the traditional point-and-shoot camera,” said Christopher Rice, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America. “The camera’s host of shooting options makes photography even more artistic, yet easy for users of any experience level. The powerful Venus Engine and sensor allows the camera to achieve exceptional photo quality in a range of shooting environments.”
The LUMIX GF5, like all cameras in the LUMIX G Series, adopts Contrast AF (Auto Focus), so focusing is controlled by the image sensor. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy, especially when shooting with a bright lens with small F value. To further advance the Contrast AF, the GF5 incorporates full-area focusing, making it possible to set focus on any point in the field of view.
Featuring an ultra high-speed Light Speed AF, the LUMIX GF5 can focus in approximately 0.09*1 seconds making it possible to capture even fast moving subjects clearly. Combined with Touch AF control and high-speed burst shooting at four frames per second in full resolution, it has never been easier to capture fast-moving objects clearly. Additionally, Pinpoint AF allows for even more precise focus by further enlarging the focus area, assisting, for example, to set focus directly on the pupil of an eye.
The LUMIX GF5’s large, 3.0-inch 920,000-dot high-precision touch display and Graphic User Interface (GUI) provide users with ease of use and simple operation. The touch-control system immediately allows users to set focus on a subject just by touching the screen and users can even release the shutter to snap a photo directly from the touch screen. Once a user locks onto a subject by a touch, the camera will track the subject with the AF tracking function, even if the subject moves. Touch Zoom is also available when the LUMIX Power Zoom Lens H-PS14042 lens or H-PS45175 is mounted.
Creative Control Mode has been upgraded from the LUMIX DMC-GF3 by increasing filter options available on the LUMIX GF5 from six options to 14, adding Soft Focus*2, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter*2, in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, Hi Dynamic and Miniature Effect*3 modes. With the new GUI menu tab, switching filter effects is seamless. A preview of filter effects can be seen on the large LCD screen via Live View mode and the camera intuitively recommends filters depending on the scene that the camera detects in iA (Intelligent Auto) or iA Plus mode.
For beginner users of interchangeable lens system cameras, the GF5 features a new Scene Guide offering 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. Users can choose the photo closest to the situation that they are shooting and optimal parameters for shooting the scene will be set automatically*4. Additionally, procedures, technical advice and recommended interchangeable lens options for the scene can be shown to allow users to better understand and learn photography.
In addition to shooting still photography, the LUMIX GF5 can also record 1920×1080 60i* full-High Definition videos in AVCHD format which excels in both compression efficiency and compatibility with AV equipment for playback. In addition to practical full-time AF, the Touch AF in video recording also lets the user enjoy professional-like selective focusing which allows the focus to be changed while shooting video. The LUMIX GF5 features a dedicated video record button on the top of the body so users can instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make setting adjustments. Along with full-HD video capabilities, the LUMIX GF5 also features high-quality sound, recorded with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. Videos can be recorded in MP4 format for playback on a PC or other portable electronic devices without having to convert the files.
Additional features of the LUMIX GF5 include:
iA mode to automatically activate a range of technologies to enhance photos without adjusting settings every time conditions change, including AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control.
iA Plus mode allows users to adjust defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.
A dedicated sensor that automatically determines shooting angle, making it possible to tell whether a photo was taken horizontally or vertically no matter what lens was used.
The GUI interface allows users to choose an image and set it as wallpaper for the menu screen.
The LUMIX DMC-GF5 will be available in black, white and red later this year in the following kit options: Body with 14-42mm standard zoom lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $599; body with 14-42mm power zoom lens will have an SRP of $749.
For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.
*1 Time for focusing on the subject is measured with LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) (bundled lens in DMC-GF5X) to move lens position to “2m” from “infinity” position. The zoom position is in wide end. Panasonic measurement method.
*2 For photo only
*3 Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)
-Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [AVCHD] is 29 minutes 59 seconds in European PAL areas.
-Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [MP4] is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB.
-You can check the recordable time on the screen. (For [FHD] in [MP4] format, the file size is large and so the recordable time will drop below 29 minutes 59 seconds.)
*4 Video recording using scene guide is not possible in some scenes