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  • Panasonic GF5 — New and Improved

    The Panasonic GF5 probably has come a little sooner than most people expected — despite all the rumours and pictures of the camera floating around for the past few months — because the last time Panasonic released a GF camera was the GF3 in August 2011. The Panasonic GF5 is more of an update than a refresh of the entire line, keeping what has worked for the GF3 and tweaking almost everything to make a better camera.

    Key Features:
    • Updated 12.1MP LIVE MOS sensor
    • New Venus Engine
    • ISO100 – 12800 (Extended)
    • 0.09s Autofocus
    • Art Filter Preview
    • Stereo Mic
    • 1080p Full HD Video
    • Improved Grip
    • Improved GUI
    The GF5 is made to look and feel like the GF3 — Panasonic sticking to what has worked well for them and their customers — retaining it’s size and shape, but tweaking a few things. The grip of the GF5 is slightly improved — the thumb rest is shifted slightly higher, and the surface of the front grip is now textured to give your fingers better traction on this tiny camera. The GF5 has also added a “Display” button that lets you quickly switch on and off the information display on the LCD screen.

    The guts of the Panasonic GF5 has also been slightly stepped up — the GF5 uses an improved LIVE MOS sensor that is similar to the one used in the Panasonic GX1 (although you get 12.1 MP in the GF5 instead of the 16MP in the GX1). The Panasonic GF5 also packs an updated version of their Venus Engine, called the New Venus Engine (taking a leaf out of Apple’s book). The updated LIVE MOS sensor works together with the New Venus Engine to give improved noise reduction, and allows the camera to push up to ISO 12800 (extended) compared to the GF3’s ISO 6400, all this while maintaining the small size of the camera.

    The Panasonic GF5’s menu is also tweaked to be more friendly for users just starting out with Panasonic’s GF system. It includes a guided scene mode that gives step-by-step instructions on how to set up the camera and how to frame the photograph according to the scene setting that the user selects.

    The GF5 also includes a new and improved art filter system that allows the user to preview art filters before you take the photo. The Panasonic GF5’s art filter interface is greatly improved — compared to a largely text-based interface that the GF3 uses. The large on-screen buttons illustrating the art filters makes the art filter system a lot more user friendly.

    (Left: Panasonic GF5; Right: Panasonic GF3) New and improved menu.

    (Left: Panasonic GF5; Right: Panasonic GF3) The new art filter menu.

    The camera's Intelligent Auto mode also works with the improved art filter system by recommending art filters to suit the scene that the user selects, helping you take better pictures.

    The lightweight GF series is ideal for travelers who want an easy to use camera, but want to have the option of being able to change lenses on the go to vary their shooting options. Sticking to the MFT (Micro Four Thirds) standard means that the GF5 has access to a very wide range of lenses from Panasonic, Olympus, and (for the more serious shooter) Cosina. With the rumoured new X-lenses probably coming around the corner, you can be sure that Panasonic will be supporting the MFT standard for a long time to come.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Panasonic GF5 — New and Improved started by zedtan View original post
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      Press Release:
      Panasonic Unveils the LUMIX DMC-GF5 with Improved Specifications for Intuitive Usability, Creative Control and Ultra-Cool Compact Style
      Experience easy-to-use features and enjoy limitless artistic expression

      06 June 2012, SINGAPORE - Panasonic launches a new digital interchangeable lens system camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, the LUMIX DMC-GF5 as the latest member of the LUMIX G Micro System prized for excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction.

      Despite a built-in flash, the DMC-GF5 boasts a lean, ergonomic form factor with rubberized handgrip for steady handling. Perfect for users looking to step-up from point-and-shoot compact cameras, the slim and lightweight DMC-GF5 houses basic features of a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera minus the bulk and complex operability, making an enjoyable and rewarding photographic experience readily achievable.

      New 12.1-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine for True Picture Quality
      The DMC-GF5 incorporates a newly developed 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity Live MOS sensor with ISO settings reaching up to a maximum of 12800. Fitted with the premium range of LUMIX G X lenses and improved Venus Engine, the DMC-GF5 performs well during low-light conditions, reducing noise and minimizing grainy images with bright and dark areas being faithfully reproduced.

      High Usability and Visibility with the New 920,000-dot Touch Display
      The DMC-GF5’s enhanced graphic user interface (GUI) and larger 920,000 dots 3-inch touch display brings high visibility, vibrant graphics and sharper text. State your style with a personalized GUI, wallpapers can be customized to compliment the cameras in sophisticated shades of white, black, brown and red.

      The touch display of the DMC-GF5 brings ease and comfort to your fingertips, whereby you can focus-follow-and-snap your subjects just by touching the image on the screen. The touch-control system is capable of locking on the camera’s focus, tracking a moving subject and releasing the shutter. Touch zoom is also available simply by mounting the LUMIX G X Power Zoom Lens (H-PS14042 lens or H-PS45175).

      Advanced AF System for Both Speed and Accuracy
      Like all LUMIX G Micro System cameras, the DMC-GF5 adopts an extremely accurate Contrast Auto-Focus (AF) which rivals Phase Difference AF found in DSLRs. With Light Speed AF, it captures and locks on fast-moving subjects clearly within 0.09 seconds. Pinpoint AF allows an exact precision by further enlarging the focus area, such as setting focus on the pupil of an eye. Full-area focusing sets the focus on any point in the camera’s field of view, allowing you to have a free and intuitive composition when used in combination with the touch-control. Together, these focusing technologies mean that with the DMC-GF5, you will never miss your next spur-of-the-moment shot!

      New Scene Guide to Learn Various Expressions in Photography and New Creative Control
      With a DMC-GF5 in hand, you can take photos just like a professional. Apart from the Touch Q-menu of shooting options, interchangeable lens system camera beginners can choose from 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers in the DMC-GF5 Scene Guide. By choosing the sample closest to the actual situation, you can achieve optimal images with the pre-set camera settings. You can also benefit from on-screen guides which prompt helpful one-liner recommendations for setting the ideal shot.

      The inclusion of the popular Creative Control mode in the DMC-GF5 more than doubles-up the ante by increasing filter options from 6 to 14 – adding new 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, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect*** mode. You can preview filter applications via the Live View or toggle between different ones easily to mix-up the artistic effects.
      *Video recording using Scene Guise is not possible in some scenes.
      **For photo only
      *** 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)

      High Quality 1920 x 1080 Full-HD Video with Stereo Sound
      With a dedicated video record button on the top, anyone can instantly start recording full-High Definition (HD) videos while shooting photos, without having to make extra adjustments. Touch AF in video recording also lets you enjoy rack focusing like the professionals. In addition to high quality audio capture with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, you can archive memories on personal computers or portable devices without having to convert the files on playback as videos record in compatible MP4 format.

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

      Pricing and Availability
      The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5 is available now and is priced at $1,099 for both kits – the GF5X with the power zoom 14-42mm LUMIX G X lens, and GF5W with 14mm F2.5 pancake lens and 14-42mm standard kit lens.

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