It is official. With the recent leaks about Panasonic's new Lumix GF series mirrorless camera, the company has announced today the Lumix GF5. The Lumix GF5 boasts a new sensor, higher ISO sensitivity, as well as features including a revamped GUI, improved LCD display time lag and auto angle detection with acceleration sensor.
The Panasonic Lumix GF5 has the same 12.1-megapixel rating as the GF3, but according to Panasonic, it is equipped with a new LIVE MOS sensor with improved Venus imaging engine. The new sensor claims to be capable of capturing superb image quality with less noise at high sensitivity; noise is reduced by up to 30% at ISO 3200 – 6400 as compared to its GF3 sibling. It has an ISO sensitivity setting of 160 – 12800 (Extended), an AF speed of approximately 0.09 seconds and can do burst shooting at 4fps in full resolution. Like the GF3, the GF5 also has the same 3-inch LCD display, though the touch screen is the 920,000-dot (compared to the GF3's 460,000-dot). The Lumix GF5 is equipped with a stereo microphone and can record videos in AVCHD and MPEG-4 formats up to full HD resolution.
The new mirrorless camera has a Scene Guide which can provide users with explanation, shooting advice and expected results, as well as 14 Filter effects for you to take artistic shots. The graphical user interface looks to be more friendly, and now comes with a Tab menu (found on the Lumix GX1).
Here's a look at the Lumix GF5 placed side-by-side with the Lumix GF3. The GF5 now comes with a firmer grip on the left, though there's no change in terms of the shutter, iA and video record buttons at the top. Looking at the rear, Panasonic has added a display button which is not found on the GF3. According to Panasonic Singapore, the Lumix GF5 will only retail in Singapore around May or June. Local pricing information will also be released closer to retail date.