Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Digital Camera with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens, Red


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About Panasonic DMC-GF5

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Digital Camera with Lumix G Vario 14-42 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens (Red) is the coming of the next generation in mirrorless ultra-compact interchangeable lens camera. Expanding on their GF3, Panasonic has created a camera with DSLR-like quality and responsiveness in a compact, easy to use form, complete with the latest touchscreen navigation and Full HD video.

A newly developed 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor and the Lumix Venus Engine image processor are the foundations on which this advanced yet understandable camera is built. The Micro Four Thirds standard allows this camera to be mirrorless and therefore compact while maintaining high resolution and aspect ratio options. The interchangeable lens system provides a full creative palette to expand shooting capabilities well past the realm of standard compact cameras.

Combining the strengths of its sensor and image processor, the GF5 offers high speed and image quality, particularly noticeable in low light conditions. The noise that shows up as bland, "pixely" shadows and highlights in other cameras has been significantly reduced due to on-chip filters in the sensor and Panasonic's excellent noise reduction system. This system eliminates noise throughout the image processing stages, even at the incredibly higher sensitivity (ISO 12,800) that the GF5 offers. Photodiode and readout circuits and the newly added NR (Noise Reduction) circuit combine with the Venus Engine's 3DNR and MNR to keep images sharp even at high speeds and low light; the optimal balance of high resolution and low noise.

The Live MOS sensor features high sensitivity signal processing and the auto-focus systems have been revamped for improved accuracy and speed. Adopting the Contrast-AF system, the GF5 incorporates full-area focusing and pre-touch focusing. In other words, you can focus on any point in the field of view with a simple tap on the touchscreen and in Quick AF mode, your camera will start focusing before you do. Added advancements include the AF+MF function, which allows manual focus to work with auto-focus for exact precision and Pinpoint AF, which lets you enlarge the focusing area on the LCD to place focus on a point as tiny as a bug on a flower or the pupil of an eye.

The new 3" LCD Touch Display is a significant step-up for the GF5. The 920K-dot high precision display and GUI (Graphic User Interface) transform this camera into a touch responsive system in which focusing and camera operation as well as image management and menu navigation are made simple and clear. Focus and even shutter release can be controlled by a tap on the screen and the GUI is as sophisticated as a smartphone. Animated icons and built-in function definitions on the Touch Q-menu makes this LCD more than just a standard display, it's a learning tool. Simple and practical, the Intelligent LCD function automatically adjusts the display's brightness according to shooting conditions. No more squinting and angling the camera to see the display on a sunny day.

High quality Full HD video (1920 x 1080) is available at the touch of a button and more so, available while you are in photo mode. Thanks to a dedicated video record button, you can instantly begin a video even while shooting photos. No menu navigation, no fumbling to change focal length, just hit the one button and the recording starts. Video is recorded in the AVCHD format which excels for both compression efficiency and playback compatibility and touchscreen auto-focus is available for video as well.

For beginners to the interchangeable lens systems, the GF5 offers both, the New Scene Guide and iA, Intelligent Auto Mode. New Scene Guide is a unique function which offers 23 sample professional photos from which the user can choose and have the camera select the same settings that created the pro photo to shoot their photo. It also displays technical advice, suggested procedures and lens options right on the LCD in order capture the image as you would like. The iA and iA Plus modes offer a variety of shooting-assist functions including Face Recognition, Scene Selection and AF tracking all of which let the camera control its own functions based on your desired results.

Panasonic DMC-GF5 Features

  • The DMC-GF5 incorporates newly developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor which features high sensitivity signal processing. Both photodiode circuit and readout circuit are also optimized to minimize noise generation through processing to readout
  • Optimization of on-chip filter realizes image recording with even higher sensitivity at max. ISO12800 (extended). Images to be shot in low-lit situations are stunningly clear with highly sharp resolution
  • The image processor Venus Engine is also renovated for the DMC-GF5. With a combination of 3DNR (3D Noise Reduction) and MNR (Multi-process Noise Reduction), both bright area and dark area are faithfully reproduced with minimum noise in high sensitivity image recording
  • The Intelligent D-range Control offers even more natural looking by optimizing the exposure for each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights and helping ensure that gradation and details are reproduced beautifully including the blue color of the sky
  • With Intelligent Resolution technology, Outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas - are automatically detected. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, this technology precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way according to the area
  • The DMC-GF5 features the approx. 0.09 seconds of ultra high-speed Light Speed AF which is achieved by reducing the detection time for focusing by the synchronization of the lens and the sensor at 120 fps
  • Compared with the phase-difference system AF, the contrast AF of the DMC-GF5 boasts higher accuracy even in shooting at small F value
  • The phase-difference AF system is susceptible to mechanical margin of error. However, in the contrast AF system, focusing is controlled by the image sensor so that no mechanical margin of error occurs to achieve precise focusing
  • The DMC-GF5 incorporates full-area focusing which makes it possible to set focus on any point in the field of view. Frame composition is free and intuitive combining the touch-screen operation
  • The touch AF in video recording lets you enjoy professional-like rack focusing. Just by pointing the subject, the focus is shifted to it and let it stand out to attract attention
  • The AF/MF mode button lets you quickly change the focus mode; AFS, AFF, AFC to maintain a sharp focus on a moving subject, or manual focus
  • The DMC-GF5 lets you snap off unlimited consecutive shots at approx. 4 fps with full resolution, or 3 fps/2 fps even when using the Full-time Live View
  • The Dust Reduction System in the DMC-GF5 helps eliminate this possibility by placing the Supersonic Wave Filter in front of the Live MOS sensor, between the low-pass filter and shutter. Vibrating vertically around 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles effectively
  • In spite of its compact size, the DMC-GF5 comes equipped with a built-in flash, a light intensity that is equivalent to GN6.3 (ISO160 m). The use of flash expands the photographic opportunity in shooting people at nighttime or indoors
  • By adopting the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the DMC-GF5 features mirrorless structure that eliminates the mirror box and optical viewfinder unit
  • With the 3.0-inch large 920K-dot high-precision touch display featuring a field of view of approx. 100%, the DMC-GF5 offers both ease and comfort in operation
  • The DMC-GF5 is an advanced photographic tool for recording not only great photos but also beautiful full HD 1,920 x 1,080 videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format
  • The DMC-GF5 can record videos in MP4 format. This format is suitable for editing videos on a computer or uploading those to websites. Resolution can be selected among 1,920 x 1,080 (20 Mbps), 1,280 x 720 (10 Mbps) and 640 x 480 (4 Mbps), all at 30p (NTSC)/25p (PAL)
  • A stereo microphone, featuring Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, on the upper body records dynamic, true-to-life stereo audio that brings out the power of your HD videos
  • The DMC-GF5 lets you adjust the audio input level in four steps
  • The Wind Cut function is available to block out most of the noise from background wind. This gives you higher quality sound when taking images on breezy days
  • The compact 3D-capable interchangeable lens, LUMIX G 12.5 mm/F12, allows easier handling and instant 3D shooting with cameras without a special structure for 3D shooting. It produces 3D images without distortion or time lag between left and right images, even for moving objects
  • The Creative Control lets you enjoy giving your intention to make the image even more impressive. With the new GUI and menu tabs, switching filter effect is extremely easy and is possible to preview via the Live View. Effect parameter, defocusing area and exposure compensation are also adjustable
  • You can use the Creative Control for shooting videos. It renders highly unique expressions by matching the colors to your subject and surroundings. In Miniature Effect Mode, the video recorded is played back in 10x fast-forwarding making it more comical to watch
  • You can manually choose from 6 color types to get even more detailed image settings, or to match the shooting situation. In addition, the contrast, sharpness, saturation or noise reduction for each mode parameter can be customized in 5 steps and stored in memory

Panasonic DMC-GF5 Specifications

Camera Type
Digital interchangeable lens system camera
Recording Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Image Sensor Size
17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds mount
Image Sensor Type
Live MOS Sensor
Total Pixels
13.06 Megapixels
Camera Effective Pixels
12.10 Megapixels
Color Filter
Primary color filter
Dust Reduction System
Supersonic wave filter
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW; MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Aspect Ratio
4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image Quality
RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
File Size (Pixels): Still Image 1
[4:3] 4,000 x 3,000 (L), 2,816 x 2,112 (M), 2,048 x 1,536 (S), 1,600 x 1,200 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
[3:2] 4,000 x 2,672 (L), 2,816 x 1,880 (M), 2,048 x 1,360 (S), 1,600 x 1,064 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
File Size (Pixels): Still Image 2
[16:9] 4,000 x 2,248 (L), 2,816 x 1,584 (M), 1,920 x 1,080 (S), 1,600 x 904 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
[1:1] 2,992 x 2,992 (L), 2,112 x 2,112 (M), 1,504 x 1,504 (S), 1,440 x 1,440 (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Motion Image: MP4
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080 (sensor output is 30p)
[HD] 1,280 x 720 (sensor output is 30p)
[VGA] 640 x 480 (sensor output is 30p)
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080 (sensor output is 25p)
[HD] 1,280 x 720 (sensor output is 25p)
[VGA] 640 x 480 (sensor output is 25p)
Motion Image: AVCHD
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH: 17 Mbps)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p) (SH: 17 Mbps)
[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 50i (sensor output is 25p) (FSH: 17 Mbps)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25p) (SH: 17 Mbps)
Cont. Recordable Time (Motion Image)
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 120 min with H-FS014042
Actual Recordable Time (Motion Image)
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 60 min with H-FS014042
Focus Type
Contrast AF system
Focus Mode
AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF Mode
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
AF Detective Range
EV 0 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF Assist Lamp
AF Lock
Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF lock
Light Metering System
144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light Metering Mode
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering Range
EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure Mode
Program AE / Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE / Manual
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Extended)
(Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, ±3 EV
AE Lock
Set the Fn button in custom menu to AE lock
AE Bracket
3, 5 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 EV Step, ±4/3 EV
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White Balance Adjustment
Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color Temperature Setting
2,500 K - 10,000 K in 100 K
White Balance Bracket
3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
Shutter Type
Focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
Still Images: 1/4,000 - 60
Motion Image: 1/16,000 - 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16,000 - 1/25 (PAL)
Self Timer
10 sec, 3 images / 2 sec / 10 sec
Burst Speed
H: 4.0 frames/sec (with AFS), M: 3.0 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2.0 frames/sec (with Live View)
Scene guide: Still Image
Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Scene guide: Motion Image
Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Clear Night Portrait / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Built-in-Flash Type
TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6.3 equivalent (ISO160 m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash Mode
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Synchronization Speed
Less than 1/160 second
Flash Synchronization
1st Curtain Sync.
LCD Type
TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor Size
3.0 inch (7.5 cm) / 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
920K dots
Field of View
Approx. 100%
Monitor Adjustment
Brightness (7 levels), Contrast and Saturation (7 levels), Red tint (7 levels), Blue tint (7 levels)
Digital Zoom
2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion
Still Image: Max. 2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.)
Motion Image: 3.1x (SH in AVCHD and HD in MP4), 4.2x (VGA in MP4)
Direction Detection Function
Function Button (Fn1, Fn2, Fn3)
One Push AE / AF/AE Lock / Preview / Photo Style / Aspect Ratio / Picture Size / Quality / Focus Mode / Metering Mode / Flash / I. Resolution / I. Dynamic / EX. Tele Conv. / Digital Zoom / Stabilizer / Sensitivity / Motion Pic. Set / Histogram / Guide Line / Step Zoom / Zoom Speed / Rec Area
Creative control
Still Image: Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Star Filter / One Point Color
Motion Image: Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / One Point Color
Playback Mode
Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal / Picture / Video / 3D Play / Category / Favorite), Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Favorite, Print Set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit
Image Protection
Single / Multi, Cancel
Image Erase
Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
Direct Print
PictBridge compatible (Print size, Layout and Date settings are selectable)
USB 2.0 High Speed
mini HDMI TypeC
Video: Auto / 1080i / 480p (576p in PAL system)
Audio: Stereo
Audio Video Output
Monaural Type, NTSC / PAL, NTSC only for North America
Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Auto
Flicker reduction
Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4
OSD Language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Vietnamese
Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 940mAh) (Included)
Battery Charger
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Approx. 320 images with H-FS014042
Operating Temperature
0 deg.C to 40 deg.C (32 deg.F to 104 deg.F)
Operating Humidity
10%RH to 80%RH
Lens Construction
12 elements in 9 groups (1 Aspherical lens)
Optical Image Stabilizer
Yes (MEGA O.I.S.)
Lens Focal Length
f = 14 mm to 42 mm (35 mm camera equivalent 28 mm to 84 mm)
Aperture Type
7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Aperture Range
F3.5 (Wide) - F5.6 (Tele)
Minimum Aperture
Closest Focusing Distance
0.3 m / 1 feet
Maximum Magnification
Approx. 0.16x / 0.32x (35 mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View
75deg. (W) - 29deg. (T)
Filter Size
52 mm
Max. Diameter
60.6 mm / 2.39 inch
Lens Overall Length
Approx. 63.6 mm / 2.50 inch (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
107.7 x 66.6 x 36.8 mm / 4.24 x 2.62 x 1.45 inch (excluding protrusions)
Approx. 432 g / 15.24 oz (SD card, Battery, H-FS014042 lens included)
Mfr #

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