New Panasonic Lumix With Low Noise

  • Three-inch screen
  • Available in May
  • Level gauge feature keeps pics straight

Panasonic says its Lumix DMC-GF5 Micro Four Thirds System camera has a newly developed 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor for high sensitivity and low noise, even at max. ISO12800.

A new noise reduction circuit and upgraded Venus Engine image processor further enhance these capabilities, claims Panasonic.

The camera’s Contrast AF system features ultra-fast light speed AF of around 0.09/second. It incorporates full-area focusing, which makes it possible to set focus on any point in the field of view. Frame composition is easy and fast using the intuitive touch-control operation features, including Touch AF, AF Tracking, Pinpoint AF and Touch Zoom. In addition, the DMC-GF5 offers fast high-speed burst shooting at 4 fps (in full resolution) to capture subjects in motion.

The camera has a large 3-inch LCD and 920,000-dot touch display. The GUI features animation for higher visibility and wallpaper images can also be set on the menu screen. The DMC-GF5 also has a built-in flash.

Then there is the new ‘Scene Guide’ feature, with 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. Users can choose the one closest to the shooting situation and optimum parameters will be automatically set. They can also view shooting procedure, technical advice and the recommended interchangeable lens for the scene.

The Creative Control mode has been upgraded and is also easier to use. There are now 14 filters (from six on the DMC-GF3).  Soft Focus, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter have been added to Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, and Miniature Effect.

The effect parameter of each mode is also adjustable, and with the new GUI and menu tab, switching effects is extremely easy, and they can be previewed via Live View. Also, in iA or iA Plus mode recommended filters are suggested depending on the detected scene.

The DMC-GF5 records in Full HD 1920 x 1080 / 50i AVCHD. The Touch AF in video recording lets users enjoy professional-like rack focusing. With a video recording button on the top, users can start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make any extra setting adjustments, claims Panasonic.

Along with the Full HD video capabilities, the DMC-GF5 also features h sound recorded with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator. Videos can also be recorded in MP4 format for playback on a PC or other portable electronic devices without file conversion. The Extra Tele Conversion function virtually extends the zoom range to a maximum of 4.2x without deterioration in image quality.

Intelligent Auto (iA) mode provides a variety of shooting-assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition and Intelligent ISO Control. The iA Plus mode lets users adjust the defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control.

‘Level Gauge’ detects the horizontal/vertical angle of view while shooting and displays this on-screen, as well as sensing if the camera is tilted forwards or back. This is to ensure shots such as those of buildings and landscapes are straight, so they do not have to be edited later.

The DMC-GF5 is compatible with the UHS-I standard for the SDXC/SDHC Memory Card, so makes use of high-speed data transmission.




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