Panasonic debuts ultracompact ILC, Lumix GF5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Panasonic Consumer Marketing Co. of North America, Secaucus, N.J., announced the LumixDMC-GF5, a 12.1 megapixel, Micro Fourth Thirds interchangeable lens camera.  The Lumix GF5 features a newly developed Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine, helping to ensure true-to-life images through exceptional resolution, image rendering and color reproduction, the company claims.

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.

Lumix GF5 has a large, 3.0-inch 920,000-dot high-precision touch display and Graphic User Interface (GUI).  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, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter, 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.

In addition to shooting still photography, the Lumix GF5 can also record 1920-by-1080 60i full-High Definition videos in AVCHD format. 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.

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.