Compact

About the same size as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, the DMC-GF5 looks and feels like a traditional compact point-and-shoot.
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Grippier

One of the main physical differences between the GF3 and GF5 is the improved grip. It's larger and less slippery.
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GF3 vs. GF5

Here you can see the grips and relative body sizes of the two cameras.
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Redesigned controls

The scroll wheel and buttons remain the same, but Panasonic has made the QMenu/Fn buttons larger and added a button for controlling the information display. The new buttons are a little flat and difficult to feel, but no worse than any small camera's.
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Top

The only change here is the update from a mono to stereo microphone -- those two tiny dots on the left shoulder. The rest is the same, including Panasonic's veteran illuminating iA (intelligent auto) button for quick trips in and out of automatic mode.
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Tilting flash

As on the GF3, you can tilt the flash back and hold it with your finger to bounce or diffuse the light.
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Updated interface

Although the interface's layout and operation haven't changed, Panasonic redesigned the look to take advantage of the higher-resolution LCD. You can also set a background image, if you're into that sort of thing.
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Hints

The camera now offers hints and interface guidance.
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Touch-screen interface

Like the GF3, the GF5 has a very well-designed touch-screen interface. And you can still bypass it entirely if you want.
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Flyout menu

The GF5 adopts the flyout tab options that debuted in the DMC-GX1.
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Lens

The camera will come in a few kits, one with the relatively new 14-42mm HD power zoom lens. I still have trouble with the positioning of the zoom and manual focus switches on this lens; I frequently mistake the focus switch for the zoom.
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