Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
The Panasonic Lumix GF5 is an ideal mirrorless camera for someone wanting to upgrade from a point and shoot, but does not want the heft of a DSLR. Two intelligent auto modes, 14 creative filters, 23 SCN modes ensure that this is meant for the amateur user. Image quality is very good. Placement of the power zoom and manual focussing dials will take some getting used to. Video quality is average at best. Makes for a great first mirrorless camera purchase, but at 49,990, it is still priced on the higher side as it is competing with the Olympus E-P3 which is a good ILC as well.

Panasonic’s new mirrorless ILC, the Lumix GF5, features the same sensor as its predecessor, the GF3, but with contrast-detect AF. Its many filters and presets, along with intelligent auto options, should make it ideal for the amateur users. If the Lumix GF3 is anything like its predecessor, it should also deliver impressive image quality. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Build and Design
The Lumix GF5 has an aluminum body has a rectangular shape with a circular shape on the top portion. On the right hand side of the camera you will find a pronounced bulge which acts as a palm grip allowing one-handed operation of the camera easily using three fingers with the index finger on the shutter. Other than the lens-release button on the left hand side and the auto-focus lamp on the top left hand corner, the front portion of the GF5 is pretty clean. Coming to the rear side, you get a 3-inch 920k-dot touchscreen LCD. The thumb-rest on the top right hand corner protrudes just enough to improve the grip on the camera while making photographs. Below the thumb-rest you have navigation wheel surrounded by circular buttons. The layout of the buttons and the navigation wheel is quite intuitive. The metallic wheel houses the drive mode, exposure, white balance and focus area buttons on all four corners with the center button leading you to the main menu. The two left button is for reviewing pictures, the top right button is for displaying the shooting options and the lower button is for deleting photographs in the review mode or accessing the most used menus in the shooting mode.

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  • Sensor: 12.1MP Live MOS sensor
  • Focus modes: AFS (Single), AFF (Flexible), AFC (Continuous), MF (Manual)
  • Video Resolution: 180p @30p, 25p
  • Lens: Lumix G Vario 14-42mm; Aperture range: f/3.5 - f/5.6; Burst mode: 4 FPS;
  • Screen: 3-inch 920k-dot touchscreen
  • Battery: 940 mAh