Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Review

Overall 47
Imaging 15
Features 39
Size 83
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 108 x 67 x 37 mm
  • Weight: 267 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Panasonic GF3.
  • Replaced by Panasonic GF6.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-GF5 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Apr 05, 2012. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Panasonic developed this model to replace their older product GF3 and, after some time, Panasonic has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one GF3.

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #110 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #203 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Battery Life: 360 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 573
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 23
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 has the following external dimensions 108 x 108 x 37 mm (42.52 x 26.38 x 14.57″) with the weight of 267 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 37mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 — 360 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 — 37 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 — 267 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 comes with Venus Engine FHD processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 has the following ISO range 160 - 12800 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 features a 12.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 50 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-GF5 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Lumix DMC-GF5 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-GF5 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 provides a shooting life of 360, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 offers the highest battery life that reaches 360 shots.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-GF5 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 14. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 47. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Large Four Thirds(17.3 x 13 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (108 x 67 x 37 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 39. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 can be called a 39 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (4.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (23)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (573)
  • Small battery life (360 shots)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 62. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (267 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 can be called a 40 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (10.0)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (573)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-GF5
Announced Apr 05, 2012
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 94
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6.3
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 50
DxO Color Depth 20.5
DxO Dynamic Range 10.0
DxO Low Light ISO 573
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.90 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 160
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 23
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 267 g
Physical Dimensions 108 x 67 x 37 mm
Battery Life 360 shots
Battery Type 360 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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