Panasonic Lumix GF5 review

A fast, light and perfectly formed CSC

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Panasonic GF5 review JPEG signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Panasonic GF5 show good results for signal to noise ratio at the lower end of the sensitivity scale showing an improvement over the GF3, however as the sensitivity increases noise becomes more of an issue only beating the Nikon 1 J1.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Panasonic GF5 review TIFF signal to noise ratio

TIFF images (After conversion from raw) show a close comparison to the Panasonic GF3 and G3 across the sensitivity range. However while the GF5 compares well against the comparison cameras up to a sensitivity of ISO 1600 the results above this value are noticeably lower.

Dynamic range

Panasonic GF5 review JPEG dynamic range

JPEG images from the GF5 show a marked dynamic range improvement over the Panasonic GF3 and closely relate to the Panasonic G3 up to a sensitivity of ISO 3200.

Panasonic GF5 review TIFF dynamic range

TIFF images (After conversion from raw) show improved dynamic range over the Panasonic GF3 and the G3 up to a sensitivity of ISO 800. From ISO 800 the G3 just has the edge over the GF5.

Our analysis of the JPEG and TIFF (after conversion from raw) shows that while the results are respectable, they're nothing groundbreaking.

When compared against the other cameras, signal to noise ratio for JPEG files fare better at the lower end of the sensitivity scale, while TIFF files compare well against the Panasonic GF3 and G3.

Dynamic range results tell a similar story, with JPEG files showing wide dynamic range at the lower end of the sensitivity scale and TIFF files comparing closely to the Panasonic GF3 and G3.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyLumix G
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationNo
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)225 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size17.30 mm x 13 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height66.5 mm
Width107.7 mm
Depth36.8 mm
Product SeriesG
Image FormatsMPO, JPEG, RAW
External FlashNo
Focus ModesManual, Auto
Product ModelDMC-GF5
Product NameDMC-GF5 Compact System Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-GF5EB-K
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

A combination of the 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and the Venus Engine achieves higher image quality. With the dedicated circuit, which reads out signals with minimum noise, the level of noise is significantly suppressed and S/N (Signal-to-Noise) value is improved in shooting at high ISO setting. The Multi-step Noise Reduction applies optimum noise reduction according to the brightness of the part of the image. Images recorded in low-lit situations are now dramatically clear.

The DMC-GF5 features outstanding compactness and ease of operation while pursuing high image quality. Panasonic did not compromise in the equipment of camera such as built-in flash. It embraces beautiful stylish round-form body design featuring buttons with glossy finish, ergonomically studied grip and high-resolution 920K-dot LCD. The DMC-GF5 is based on the Micro Four Thirds System that lets you use the versatile lineup of Micro Four Thirds System standard lenses, including the LUMIX G / LEICA DG lenses.

Package Contents
  • DMC-GF5 Compact System Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year