Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 review

26 Sep 2012
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Impressively small and light, but the slim lens raises the price too much for what is ultimately a point-and-shoot camera

Basic Specifications

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CCD effective megapixels 12.0 megapixels
CCD size 17.3x13mm
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 920,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 3.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-84mm
Image stabilisation optical, in kit lens
Maximum image resolution 4,000x3,000
File formats JPEG, RAW; AVCHD, MPEG-4


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 330 shots
Connectivity USB, AV, mini HDMI
Body material plastic
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier 2.0x
Kit lens model name LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm (H-PS14042)
Accessories USB cable
Weight 362g
Size 67x108x65mm

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £519

Camera Controls

Exposure modes program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed 60 to 1/4,000 seconds
Aperture range f/3.5-22 (wide), f/5.6-22 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 160 to 12800
Exposure compensation +/-3 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets with fine tuning, manual, Kelvin
Additional image controls contrast, saturation, sharpness, noise reduction, i.Dynamic, i.Resolution, Shading Comp, colour space
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 20cm
Auto-focus modes multi, flexible spot, face detect, tracking
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket

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