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Panasonic Unveils ‘LUMIX GF5’ Camera

Features a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine

Panasonic unveils the LUMIX DMC-GF5, a new digital interchangeable lens system camera, which joins the company’s award-winning LUMIX G Series of digital cameras.

The LUMIX GF5 features a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine, helping to ensure true-to-life resolution, image rendering and color reproduction, Panasonic says. Therefore, even in low-light situations and at a maximum 12800 high ISO sensitivity, the LUMIX GF5 produces stunning photos and videos.

The noise reduction system includes a combination 3DNR (3D noise reduction) and MNR (multi-process noise reduction) allowing for both bright areas and dark areas to be faithfully reproduced with minimal noise in high sensitivity image recording, the company says.

The LUMIX GF5 features a compact, lightweight body with built-in flash, and a rubberized grip makes it easier for users to comfortably hold the camera in one hand, according to Panasonic.

In addition, because the LUMIX GF5 complies with Micro Four Thirds standards, a wide range of interchangeable lenses is offered to expand photographic experience even more broadly at higher level of photo quality.

“Panasonic expects the LUMIX GF5 to please photo enthusiasts and budding photographers that are looking for the next step from the traditional point-and-shoot camera,” said Christopher Rice, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America’s senior product manager, imaging. “The camera’s host of shooting options makes photography even more artistic, yet easy for users of any experience level. The powerful Venus Engine and sensor allows the camera to achieve exceptional photo quality in a range of shooting environments.”

The LUMIX GF5 adopts contrast auto focus, so focusing is controlled by the image sensor, Panasonic says. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, contrast AF boasts higher accuracy, especially when shooting with a bright lens with small F value, the company adds.

The LUMIX GF5’s large, 3.0-inch 920,000-dot high-precision touch display and graphic user interface provide users with ease of use and simple operation, the company says. The touch-control system immediately allows users to set focus on a subject by touching the screen and users can even release the shutter to snap a photo directly from the touch screen. Once a user locks onto a subject by a touch, the camera will track the subject with the AF tracking function, even if the subject moves. Touch zoom is also available when the LUMIX Power Zoom Lens H-PS14042 lens or H-PS45175 is mounted.