- 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 160 - 12800
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 267g - 108 x 67 x 37mm
- Announced April 2012
- Superseded the Panasonic GF3
- Newer Model is Panasonic GF6
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic GF5 summary
Panasonic GF5 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first revealed on April of 2012. The camera houses a 12MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.
Panasonic launched this model as a way to update the older Panasonic GF3 (Read Full Comparison) and then launched the newer Panasonic GF6 (Read Full Comparison) to replace this model.
The GF5 is ranked #94 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and over-all #421 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. You should try out our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your personal factors.
Below is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.
Panasonic GF5 history
The Panasonic GF5 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can look at all past and current models as well as key specs.
GF5 vs G10020MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
GF5 vs GX920MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
GF5 vs GX85016MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
GF5 vs GX8516MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
GF5 vs GF816MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
GF5 vs GX820MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
GF5 vs GF716MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
GF5 vs GM516MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
GF5 vs GM116MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
GF5 vs GX716MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
GF5 vs G616MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
GF5 vs GF616MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
GF5 vs G516MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
GF5 vs GX116MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
GF5 vs GF312MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
GF5 vs G316MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
GF5 vs GF212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
GF5 vs G1012MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GF5 vs G212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GF5 vs GF112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
GF5 vs G112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic GF5 Gallery
You can view the GF5 from different angles in the gallery here.
Panasonic GF5 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Panasonic GF5 based on things which are oftentimes considered crucial in a digital camera.
Panasonic GF5 Sensor features
The Panasonic GF5 features the Venus Engine FHD processor. The sensor spec on the Panasonic GF5 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 160 to 12800. RAW photos are saved so you have more room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath shows the GF5's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The GF5 sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.1 and is showcased in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic GF5 dimensions
Panasonic GF5 weighs in at 0.59 lbs (267g / 9.42 ounces) and the overall size of the camera is 108mm x 67mm x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 327g and the Panasonic GF5 is less heavy than various competitors.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Underneath is a image of the Panasonic GF5 besides a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its size.
The top view just below will highlight the button design on the GF5.
Panasonic GF5 Lens features
The GF5 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to choose from. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the GF5.
Panasonic GF5 Connectivity
The GF5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send files and at times adjust camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.
A few apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.
Panasonic GF5 Video features
The max video quality on the Panasonic GF5 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance for video quality and file size but 1080p won't give you much room to crop. The body does not have a mic or headphone socket so you get zero control over your audio. It is probably best to have a look at a different model should you want good audio in your videos.
Panasonic GF5 Weather Sealing
Panasonic GF5 does not have environment proofing so damp conditions may damage the camera.
Panasonic GF5 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic GF5 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed display with a resolution of 920 thousand dots.
Moreover the display is touch friendly so you can easily set focus points and change settings with your finger.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder specs regarding Panasonic GF5 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be pretty valuable.
Panasonic GF5 Shutter features
Panasonic GF5 continuous shooting rate is 4.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Panasonic GF5 Flash and Hot shoe features
Panasonic GF5 has got just built-in flash without external flash support. The max flash sync is 1/160 seconds.
Panasonic GF5 Autofocus features
Panasonic GF5 has got only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & precise than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which can be useful for people photography.
The AF system supports 23 focus points to choose from. Panasonic GF5 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers to switch focus. It also comes with Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Panasonic GF5 can use manual focus in case it is needed for low light conditions or you need to have more accurate focus control.
Panasonic GF5 Battery life
The battery pack on the Panasonic GF5 is fashioned to last for 360 shutters based on the CIPA specifications which is similar to its competitors. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 339. Samsung NX mini has got the maximum (650) battery life for this class of cameras.
Here is a collection of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the best battery life:
GF5 vs NX mini650 yesnono
GF5 vs K-01540 yesnono
GF5 vs NEX-3N480 yesnono
GF5 vs NEX-F3470 yesnono
GF5 vs A3000470 yesnono
Panasonic GF5 for specific forms of photography
The following chart presents a outline of the Panasonic GF5 for specific forms of photography. To see more, check out the specific section underneath.
Panasonic GF5 Portrait photography advice
The Panasonic GF5 has a points total of 56 which is moderate, meaning that it is fairly suited for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support & capability to use off-camera flash.
Street photography with Panasonic GF5
With a above average rating of 70, the Panasonic GF5 is a fine pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Panasonic GF5 Sports photography details
A awful sports photography points tally of 41 indicates the Panasonic GF5 is not really acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have great tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic GF5 Travel photography features
Weight is very important in getting a camera for travel. All round, the Panasonic GF5 gets a above average 61 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine choice to take on your holidays.
Landscape photography with Panasonic GF5
In case you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Panasonic GF5 at it's modest score of 59 as a landscape camera is fairly adequate within the current marketplace.
Vlogging with Panasonic GF5
A vlogging camera really should offer a moving screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Panasonic GF5 is not really acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a awful rating of 32.
Panasonic GF5 Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the GF5, below is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.
The line chart listed below offers you an overview of the GF5 vs it's top ranked rivals shown above.
These are some more cameras you may regard as alternate options. To review a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.