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Panasonic updates its entry-level ILCWe played with an early model of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5, the company's cheapest interchangeable-lens camera. Here are our first impressions.
Hi, there. This is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5. It's the company's replacement for it's GF3 entry level interchangeable it's camera. And with all the GF3s perfect I really like it, it's a step up model from a point shoot. For people who are ready for something faster and better than what they are using. The most important physical change is the new group. The GF3 was very slippery and this larger rubberize is a huge improvement. Especially if you need to shoot single handed. Buttons are also bigger though the controls remain pretty much the same. To go with a higher resolution LCD Panasonic redesign the look of the touch screen entry phase and it's a lot more attractive than before. It also incorporates the fly out tab that they viewed in the (GX1?) as well as interface hints. There are a lot of new capabilities, Panasonic add to the hand fulls special effects among there are suggestions that affects that can make your photos even more interesting. When you are using one of the intelligent auto modes and the camera's updated to shoot 1080, 60i video in both of AVCHD in Mpeg 4. Though it's the same resolution as the GF3, the GF5 incorporates a new version of the 12 megapixel sensor with an updated version of it's image processing engine. The image is like (show?) with a pre-production model look okay but Panasonic still needs to tweak it's (order?) introduction in Jpeg processing a little before it ships. Still as long as you don't peer too closely at the high (??) sensitivity images they look pretty good. But even this pre production unit is faster yet than they already fast GF3. And then everyday shooting it feels almost instantaneous. Even with (??) Jpeg the camera will come in black, white and red in a couple of different kits. One with this the 14 to 42 millimeter power zoom and then another cheaper kit with the older 14 to 42 millimeter lens. I'm still not a big fan of this lens mostly because I never find the zoom switch on the first try and fiddling with the manual focus switch instead and wonder why it's not zooming. It does look like the GF5 will be better than the GF3 and it's better optimized for snap shooters looking to step up. I'll be back with a full review of it when it ships later this year. I'm Lory Grueman and this is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5.