Panasonic Lumix GF5 camera with interchangeable lens announced

Panasonic Lumix GF5

Just like its predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix GF5 comes dressed in a compact handheld form factor. But unlike the Lumix GF3, it sports a newly designed interchangeable lens system. In addition to this, the company claims its snapper to have the ‘world’s fastest autofocus.’

Fitted with a 12.1MP Live MOS image sensor, this device is said to be ideal for photography buffs who desire snapping up quality images. To obtain better pictures, it features a redesigned Venus Engine that’s accompanied by the 3DNR noise reduction system. The camera further employs a 3-inch 920,000-dot touch display and a graphical UI for easy navigation.

“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,” expressed Christopher Rice, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America. “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.”

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Besides capturing images, the GF5 is capable of recording AVCHD format videos in 1920 x 1080 pixel resolutions. There’s also a dedicated video record button affixed onto the upper body that allows users to capture footage and at the same time, click photos. And with either the H-PS14042 or H-PS45175 Lumix Power Zoom lenses mounted, the zoom function can be carried out straight through the touchscreen.

The Panasonic Lumix GF5 price sums up to $599 with the 14-42mm standard zoom lens and $749 for the 14-42mm power zoom lens. The camera will be available in color options of black, white and red later this year.