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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 166 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the lens and image quality. The usability and responsiveness also get good views. There are mixed views on the flash and color. The control panel and reliability get negative comments.

portability, responsiveness, usability, image quality, lens

features, viewfinder, reliability, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 166 reviews)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 (with 14-42mm lens, White)


While the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 isn't perfect, it's still among my favorite choices for snapshooters looking for a faster, better camera but one that's similar enough to a point-and-shoot -- or phone -- that they're not forced out of their comfort...

Relatively compact for its class, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 delivers excellent performance and good-to-great photo quality.

The Power Zoom lens isn't great and there are some image-quality flaws in the JPEGs that might bother some people.

With capable, speedy performance, and a friendly but powerful interface, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is a good choice for people looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot.

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5 Preview


I've heard it a thousand times. You have a growing love for photography and are tired of point-and-shoot restrictions. Maybe you're looking for a dSLR, but simply not ready to trade the slim size of pocket sized cameras for the bulk of something...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5


In refreshing its modestly-sized, modestly-priced touchscreen mirrorless camera, Panasonic has wisely left the sensor resolution unchanged. Instead, the Panasonic GF5 brings lower noise levels, performance improvements, and some worthwhile improvements...

Small body pairs nicely with compact, retractable Power Zoom lens. Extremely fast autofocus. Worthwhile improvements in image quality. Touchscreen overlays can now be hidden

LCD panel is prone to fingerprint smudges. Weak flash, and no hot shoe. Modest burst performance, and very limited buffer for raw shooting. Noise levels and dynamic range still lag competition

Thanks to the pairing of compact size and the flexibility of an interchangeable lens mount, mirrorless cameras have become increasingly popular over the last few years. If you pair the Panasonic GF5 with its Power Zoom kit lens, and place it alongside...



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Panasonic Lumix GF5 Review


An all-around excellent four-thirds camera that stands among the top of its class.

Excellent image quality that captures details and true to life colors; Strong sensor; Solid build design that doesn't feel cheap; Interface is efficient and easy to understand; Loaded with features for the casual user; Great quality of lenses

High ISO ranges in low light lead to noise and loss of detail; Lack of viewfinder and hotshoe

Another thing of note here is the 0.09 seconds, which is actually the fastest auto-focus in any camera in the market as per Pansonic’s research which is very impressive.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5


An evolutionary upgrade from Panasonic's GF3, the GF5 is also pointed at point and shoot users looking for better image quality. It's a very small camera even with the stabilized 14-42 power zoom lens attached, a much smaller lens than Olympus' 14-42....

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5


Talk about comparing apples with oranges. More like comparing melons with mandarins. Or, sizewise, potatoes with peas.

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Compact System Cameras on

portability, lens, usability, performance, focus


98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5XK Live MOS Micro 4/3 Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touch Screen and 14-42 Power Zoom Lens (Black)

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A nice peice of kit


Recently used on a holiday in Spain. Allowing for the lousy photographer, I\'ve got some fantastic shots of landscapes, and camera-shy daughter. The face recognition function and speed of auto-focus are fantastic, as is the ability to capture good...

Great Features","Great Picture Quality","Lightweight","Simple Controls

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Small in size, but a big performer


This camera has impressed not only me, but friends who are using DSLR\'S,

Durable","Great Features","Great Picture Quality","Lightweight","Simple Controls","User friendly

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5 digital camera


This compact mirrorless camera is easy to use, but enthusiasts might find it a chore

Kit lens bundle is super-compact and light ; Quick operation, fast autofocus ; Good image and video quality

Advanced controls hidden in menus ; No option for external viewfinder or mic

Panasonic’s LUMIX GF5 completes the GF-series’ transition from compact enthusiast to super-compact point-and-shoot mirrorless camera. It’s simple, newbie-friendly, and seriously small -- but anyone looking for manual control should opt for the GX1...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:Live MOS
Sensor Size:17.3 x 13.0 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Panasonic DMW-BCE10
Battery Type:Panasonic DMW-BCE10


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes