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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Digital Camera

$362.99
SLR 12.1MP Live MOS 4/3" Aug 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Ten industry awards
Unacceptable noise level
No viewfinder
77 Reviews + 10 Awards
Techradar Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
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Reviews

Ten Industry Awards

Expert review sites really like this camera and have given it ten awards.

Websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Lydogbilde.no and Ljudochbild.se all wrote that this Panasonic camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The experts at three more expert review sites all decided that this camera was outstanding and gave it their highest award. This digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from CNET.co.uk, Photoreview.com.au and Log.com.tr.

Review websites Techradar and Tbreak.ae both decided that concluded that they would recommend this digital camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

01net.com gave this camera a "4 Star" award.

Good Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 80% based on thirty-six expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Ephotozine.

Good Brand

Based on 8,853 user and expert reviews (including 695 verified purchases), Panasonic has good reviews for its cameras. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras compared to other manufacturers. 95% of those that bought a Panasonic camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Lumix DMC-GF5 features connection to PC, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has an HDMI

The Lumix DMC-GF5 has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Lumix DMC-GF5 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Focusing

Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

The smallest closest focusing distance of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera is 0.01m and the largest is 0.45m. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 has a quite large closest focusing distance (0.2 meters) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Viewfinder

Very Low Magnification

The lowest magnification of cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera is -2x, the highest is 20x, and the average magnification is 4x. At only 0.17 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-GF5 has a fairly low magnification compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Lens System

Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 84 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-GF5 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. Cameras of this spec and age have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 0.28mm and 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 230mm.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 5.6, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 22.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera is 3. The Lumix DMC-GF5 has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers (3.5) amongst cameras of this age.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-GF5 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Support

No Manual Control in Creative Control Mode

Two owners who reviewed the product agreed that it did not have good technical guidance. Four years ago Digit.in said “Manual focussing notch is not placed ergonomically”. Techradar wrote “No manual control in Creative Control mode” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 review.


Good Video Quality

Five owners thought this digital camera was good for video recording. Imaging Resource.com said in their review of this digital camera “Video Full HD in formato M 4 con audio stereo”. Imaging Resource.com also wrote “Optisch beeldstabilisatiesysteem in kitlens, mooi 3 inch tfttouchscreen, stereomicrofoon voor video” in their review.

Snelle Autofocus

Six owners who bought it considered that it had a good autofocus. Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Quick operation, fast autofocus”. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Snelle autofocus”. Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Auto focus is very fast” yet they rated it 1 stars.

Four customers thought it had a good lens. Good Gear Guide.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Kit lens bundle is super-compact”. Expert website Photoanswers.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “£499 (with 14-42mm lens) Effective resolution” and scored this digital camera 7 stars.

Two owners said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Imaging Resource.com wrote five years ago “Power Zoom is great for video shooting without camera shake” however despite that they only scored it 14 out of 100. Imaging Resource.com also said “Power Zoom kit lens is very compact when stowed” in their review.

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Low Noise Images

Sixteen owners considered that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 was able to produce good images. Dpexpert.com.au said five years ago “Image quality is consistently good” in their review of this digital camera but they gave it a score of 1 stars. Cnet.com mentioned also five years ago “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G 5 delivers excellent performance and good-to-great photo quality”. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this digital camera “Picture quality up to 3200 ISO” yet they gave it a rating of 18.8 out of 100.

Five people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Three people who bought it thought it was good in low light. Cnet.co.uk said on CNET.co.uk “Low light performance” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people said that it had a good image sensor. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Strong sensor” but even so they only gave this digital camera a rating of 14 out of 100. Five years ago Asia.cnet.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Lumix comes with a newly-developed 12-megapixel image sensor coupled with an improved Venus Engine image processor”.

One customer concluded that it had a good ISO range. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Qualit d'image jusqu' 3200 ISO, cran tactile agrable, choix entre tactile et commandes classiques”.

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No Viewfinder

Five owners agreed that it did not have a good viewfinder. Five years ago T3.com wrote “No viewfinder” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5. Cnet.com.au said “No ability to use an external viewfinder” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5. What Digital Camera wrote five years ago “Lack of viewfinder or accessory compatibility, incremental advances on its predecessor”.

Three people said in their reviews that it did not have a good screen. Digital Versus said “No swivel or tilt screen” in their review of this digital camera. Imaging Resource.com said “Display zu dunkel und starr montiert” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5. Imaging Resource.com also mentioned “Controlli ottimizzati "solo" per touch screen” in their review.

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No Way of Hooking Up an External Flash or Microphone

Two owners thought it did not have a good flash. Digital Versus mentioned “No way of hooking up an external flash or microphone”. Imaging Resource.com said “Pas de possibilit de brancher un flash ou un micro externe, cran non orientable”.


Battery

330 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera take between 130 and 4,199 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Lumix DMC-GF5 which takes 330 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Ten ISO Sensitivities

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this age and type. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivities "100", "160", "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800" and "Auto" are also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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Camera

Features Multi-Shot Function

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 features multi-shot function. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also feature multi-shot function.

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Supports Live View

The Lumix DMC-GF5 supports live view, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Lumix DMC-GF5 features multi burst mode. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Histogram

The Lumix DMC-GF5 features histogram. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also feature histogram.

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Features

Loaded With Features for the Casual User

Four owners wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Loaded with features for the casual user” however despite that they gave it a score of 1 stars. Ephotozine.com gave it a score of 7 stars and mentioned in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 on Ephotozine “It features a high resolution screen, improved AF performance, 14 creative effects, enhanced noise performance”.


Audio

Has a Wind Filter

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 has a wind filter, as do most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Voice Recording

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 features voice recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Lumix DMC-GF5 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a built-in microphone.

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Wind Noise On Movies

Four owners considered that the product was noisy. Cnet.co.uk mentioned “Wind noise on movies”. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “High ISO ranges in low light lead to noise and loss of detail” in their review of this digital camera.

Unacceptable Noise Level

Four owners considered that the product was noisy. Cnet.co.uk mentioned “Wind noise on movies”. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “High ISO ranges in low light lead to noise and loss of detail” in their review of this digital camera.


Design

Solid Build Design That Doesn't Feel Cheap

Three customers wrote that this digital camera was well made. Dpexpert.com.au wrote “The rugged construction makes it feel heavy in comparison to a compact.”. Expert review site Ephotozine.com wrote “Built in scene modes with guides for beginners are a useful addition for beginners” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5.

Two people who reviewed it said that it was strong and durable. Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “It is the reassuring bulk of durability and quality”.

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Design, Handling, Ease of Use

Four owners who reviewed it agreed that it was well designed. Digital Versus mentioned “Design, handling, ease of use” but despite that they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Pocket-Lint.com said on Pocket Lint “It replaces the Lumix GF3 and the similarity is instantly recognisable from the distinctive design” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

One person who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good looking. Expert review site Photographyblog.com said “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is a new compact system camera aimed firmly at frustrated compact owners who want a faster, better performing camera that's still small and stylish”.

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Good Video Quality

Seventeen people who purchased this digital camera wrote that it was good quality. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great quality of lenses” but in spite of that they only gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Imaging Resource.com also said “Excellent image quality that captures details” in their review. Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote “Good image and video quality” however they only gave it a score of 18.2 out of 100.

Easiest CSC to Use

Six people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use. T3.com mentioned five years ago “Easiest CSC to use” in their review of this digital camera but they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Trusted Reviews said in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 “Easy to use with touchscreen control” . Five years ago Digitalversus.com said on expert website Digital Versus “The Lumix GF5 is a pleasant and consistent camera to use”.

Five people considered that it was easy to use the menus. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Personnalisations de l'interface (menu rapide” in their review of this digital camera. Digital Versus wrote five years ago “Customisable interface (Quick menu, etc”. Ephotozine.com said in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 review on expert website Ephotozine “The addition of improved effects, menus systems”.

Three people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good interface. Imaging Resource.com wrote in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 “Interface is efficient”. Techradar.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Techradar “Panasonic has seen great success with the Lumix GF3, with its small size and beginner-friendly user interface appealing to a wide variety of users”. Five years ago Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “Powerful interface”.

Three people who reviewed it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Trusted Reviews wrote five years ago “More comfortable to hold thanks to addition of finger grip”. Imaging Resource.com wrote “Relatively comfortable considering modest size” but they gave this digital camera a rating of 14 out of 100. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Ephotozine five years ago “The camera feels more comfortable to hold and the improved metal button”.

Two owners reckoned that this digital camera was easy to handle. Digit.in said “Great handling” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 review although they gave the product a score of 1 stars. Digitalversus.com said on Digital Versus five years ago “Handling has improved thanks to the reworked interface” in their review of this digital camera.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Lumix DMC-GF5 supports video capability. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also support video capability.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-GF5 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Lumix DMC-GF5 has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Lumix DMC-GF5 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

Comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera have display diagonals of between 1" and 3.5". The Lumix DMC-GF5 has a quite large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 920,000 pixels, the Lumix DMC-GF5 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The average display resolution (numeric) of comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera is 420,000 pixels, and the display resolutions (numeric) range from 640 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels.

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Picture Quality

4/3"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Lumix DMC-GF5 is 4/3"". That's over three times the optical sensor size of the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.3"". 17.30 x 13.00mm.

A 4/3"" optical sensor size is actually the best optical sensor size amongst all comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

The worst optical sensor size amongst comparable types of digital camera is 1/2.33"".

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Lumix DMC-GF5 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Most cameras of a comparable age and type to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1536, 2112 x 2112, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 2112, 2992 x 2992 and 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2672. Across all low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera the best still image resolution is 4032 x 3024 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact Body

Twenty-four owners who reviewed the product mentioned that it was compact. T3.com said “Compact body” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 review. What Digital Camera said “Compact size, impressive screen, good touchscreen implementation, general image quality” although they only rated the product 1 stars. Cnet.com mentioned “Relatively compact for its class” however they gave it a rating of 18.2 out of 100.

Three owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was lightweight. Five years ago Cnet.com.au said “Compact, lightweight configuration”. Also five years ago expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au wrote “The DMC-GF1, got a warm reception from enthusiasts that loved its lightweight body, intuitive controls”. Cnet.com.au also said “The GF5 is a very compact and lightweight entry point into the world of interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs” in their review.

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Five years ago expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned “Lack of bulky reflex mirror”. Expert website Photoanswers.co.uk gave it a rating of 7 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “It is slightly larger and a tad heavier.”.

One person reckoned that it was a good body shape. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The body design has been refined”. One owner wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was thin.

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Heavy

With a weight of 362 grams, the Lumix DMC-GF5 is one of the heavier cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera amongst cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera the weights range from 50g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 260g.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Lumix DMC-GF5 supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Lumix DMC-GF5 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). In addition, this Panasonic digital camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of this spec and age.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-GF5.


Product Identifiers

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