Panasonic are looking to upgrade smartphone photographers to a capable micro four thirds cam with their latest GF5 camera.

The GF5 will be a chic micro four thirds camera that uses a new 12.1 MP Live MOS sensor to produce images in a variety of lighting conditions with little noise. It features an ISO range that maxes at a reputable 12,800, a 3 inch, 920k dot LCD touchscreen and will benefit from interchangeable lenses.

The new cam can snap 4 frames per second when shooting in burst mode and records 1080p Full HD videos with stereo sound in MP4 format. It can also record videos in AVCHD format at 1920×1080/50i resolution.

On the style front it resembles the GF3: It has a small chassis characterised by a protruding grip on its side, while the body bulges atop to accommodate the lens. Even its rear resembles its sibling as it dons a similar button configuration and layout.

Amateur photographers confused by the myriad of camera settings can find solace in template images taken by pros. Not just a time waster, users can flip through the photos, nominate the one most similar to their scene and benefit from the camera applying the right settings. Panasonic has called this new inclusion ‘Scene Guide.’

Like the GX1, it features the angle-aiding ‘Level Gauge,’ and a variety of other G-series software traits; however, many of them have benefitted from an upgrade.

Panasonic’s Product Manager, Aki Yamamoto, positions the G Series as an ideal introductory cam.

“The LUMIX GF5 is the perfect camera for users who want to step up to interchangeable lens photography,” she said. 

“It offers outstanding image quality with the new Live MOS sensor and noise reduction technologies; while being our most easy to use G Series yet. Together, the new high-resolution display and Graphic User Interface (GUI) make it simple to operate the camera and navigate the latest features.

“In addition, Panasonic will release new conversion lenses for even greater shooting flexibility and enjoyment.”

The GF5 is expected in Australian stores sometime in June, but unfortunately Panasonic has not yet priced it.

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