Panasonic Introduces New LUMIX GF5 Camera Aimed at Budding Photographers

Submitted by lalit on April 5, 2012 - 8:59am.

Panasonic today announced a new digital interchangeable lens system camera, the LUMIX DMC-GF5 featuring a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine. The combination offers excellent image quality and color reproduction even in low-light situations and at a maximum 12800 high ISO sensitivity. Also, the new 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.

The LUMIX GF5 adopts Contrast AF (Auto Focus), so focusing is controlled by the image sensor. According to Panasonic, 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. It also features ultra high-speed Light Speed AF, the LUMIX GF5 can focus in approximately 0.09 seconds making it possible to capture even fast moving subjects clearly.

The camera can take four frames per second at full resolution and continuous shooting mode. It has a 3-inch 920,000 dot high precision touchscreen and new graphics user interface (UI) providing users with ease of use and simple operation. 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.

The LUMIX GF5 can record full HD 1920 x 1080 video at 60i in AVCHD format with full-time AF or Touch AF support. Along with full-HD video capabilities, the LUMIX GF5 also features high-quality sound, recorded with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator.

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 of $599; body with 14-42mm power zoom lens will be priced of $749. Check out the introductory video of GF5 below and you can get more information on Panasonics’ website.