Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Micro Four Thirds camera revealed

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panasonic-lumix-gf5.jpgPanasonic have just revealed the Lumix GF5, the next Micro Four Thirds camera to follow on from their impressive 2011 GF3 offering and the most compact kit to bear the G-Series branding.

Top of the feature list is a brand new 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor, which uses new silicone to reduce noise. In other words, you’re going to get the same sort of performance as from the Lumix G3, despite it carrying a different frame and 16MP sensor.

A new image processing engine is also on board, the Venus Engine VII HD2, which brings with it shooting at an extended ISO 12800.

In terms of design, it’s very similar to the GF3 before it, with a hump packing in the lens mount, but with a new aluminium finish and rubberised handgrips. There are also metal buttons and a customisable Fn button for quick flicking through settings.

There’s also 0.09 second autofocus, instant full HD video capture in either AVCHD or MPEG4 formats, RAW shooting options and a ton of arty filters to touch up your shots with.

Measuring 107.7 x 66.6 x 36.8mm and weighing 267g (without the lens), the camera also features a 920k-dot touchscreen display and new interface so that both novices and enthusiasts alike can get the most from it.

Avaialble in June, the camera will come in two lens configurations. The Lumix GF5 with the Lumix G X 14-42 power zoom will cost around £580, while the body and Lumix G Vario 14-42 standard zoom will set you back £450-odd.

Gerald Lynch