Last week, Panasonic announced that its Lumix DMC GF5 ILC (interchangeable lens compact) camera would be launched later this year. Like its illustrious predecessors in the Lumix G series, the GF5 is also a compact, lightweight camera that delivers superior image quality.
The GF5 is equipped with a newly-developed 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor and a redesigned Venus Engine. Together, they enable this camera to produce images that are true-to-life even in conditions of low light.
This camera includes a combination of Multi-process Noise Reduction (MNR) and 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR), which minimises noise in high sensitivity image recording. If you’re worried about this technical verbiage, be assured that it just means better pictures.
The GF5 camera comes with an interchangeable lens system that complies with the Micro Four Thirds standard so if you are a professional shutterbug and need the extra lenses, you can buy them separately and use them with this camera.
A dedicated video record button on the top of the body means users can instantly start recording videos without having to adjust settings. Think how helpful this feature would be if you’re on a wildlife photography trip and don’t get much time to capture a predator attacking its prey.
The GF5 lets you record 1920×1080 p full HD video in AVCHD format, giving you higher compression efficiency as well as compatibility with AV equipment for playback. Videos are recorded on MP4 format and can be played on computers without needing any conversion.
A rubberised grip makes it easier to hold the camera even when your palms are sweaty and you are holding the camera with one hand (because you need your other hand to support you while taking those breathtaking pictures).
The standard zoom lens model is priced at $600; the power zoom lens version costs $150 more. The Lumix GF5 will be available in black, white, red, brown and gold.