Panasonic Lumix GM5 Mirrorless ILC Announced

Panasonic has announced the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera with a live view finder.

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Lumix GM5

Panasonic has announced the Lumix GM5, which they are claiming is the world's smallest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a live viewfinder. The Lumix GM5 features a large 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor and advanced intelligent Dynamic Range Control, allowing for wider dynamic range while maintaining smooth gradation with high precision signal processing. The camera can record full HD video with stereo sound, and features Wi-Fi connectivity. The GM5 will be available for £769 with 12-32mm kit lens, and should be available from November.

Read our Panasonic Lumix GM5 Hands-On Preview

Panasonic has also introduced a new lens, the LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm / f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S, and the single focal length lens, LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH has now been updated and is available in both black and silver. 

View Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 lens photos

For more information on all these products take a look at the Panasonic website.

Lumix GM5 red

From Panasonic: Advances in imaging technology also enable the LUMIX GM5 to record stunningly smooth, full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p / 50p videos in AVCHD Progressive and MP4 with stereo sound. Dolby Digital ensures high quality audio recording is achieved, with an additional Wind Cut function to limit noise from background wind.

Greater mobility and response

A major new addition to the LUMIX GM is a practical, 1,166-dot equivalent LVF with approximately 0.92x / 0.46x (35mm camera equivalent) magnification and 100% field of view. The LVF provides the same colour reproduction as that of the LUMIX GX7, and a Touch Pad AF function enables simultaneous use of both the LVF and monitor for maximum control and more intuitive shooting. What’s more, the Eye Sensor AF starts auto focusing as soon as you look into the LVF, so your camera will be ready to shoot as soon as you are.

The LUMIX GM5’s large 920K-dot touch monitor is directly attached to the front panel, removing the layer of air in between the two components. Consequently, reflections in the 3-inch screen are dramatically reduced. Together with the increased resolution and improved colour reproduction, the LUMIX GM5’s monitor secures higher visibility than ever, even in sunny conditions.

Furthermore, the LUMIX GM5 allows photographers to use max. 1/16000 fast shutter speed for more impressive expression with a high speed lens. The LUMIX GM5 is also compatible with Focus Peaking, Silent Mode, Highlight/Shadow Control and Level Gauge.

The best in compact AF performance

The Contrast AF system found across the LUMIX G range boasts high levels of accuracy, especially when shooting with a large aperture. The LUMIX GM5 also features Light Speed AF, making it possible to capture those fleeting moments of inspiration with breath-taking clarity.

The LUMIX GM5’s AF Drive communicates image data at up to 240fps, meaning it outperforms many DSLRs in terms of both accuracy and speed. The camera also features high speed burst shooting with AF tracking at 5fps in full 16MP resolution.

Low Light AF functionality is also incorporated into the LUMIX GM5, significantly improving AF performance in darker conditions, such as moonlit walks or dinner at a low lit restaurant. This also makes it possible to set focus on the subject more accurately.

In addition to Face Recognition AF, the LUMIX GM5 also incorporates Eye Detection AF which automatically sets focus right on the eye. With the Pinpoint AF, you can also magnify the target area x5 to set focus, simply by touching it on the monitor. This enables users to set focus on the precise target point while seeing the whole image composition.

Creative Control for unlimited expression

The LUMIX GM5 integrates a variety of artistic functions that add fun and creativity to your digital photography. With the new “Snap Movie” function, users can record video in designated short period of time (2/4/6/8 sec) to create a show reel of “moving photos”. With various editing options, including the addition of bespoke audio, videos are highly personalised and can be shared quickly and easily via the Panasonic Image App.

The popular Creative Control mode also returns, with a total of 22 filter options. The parameters of each setting are fully adjustable and it’s now possible to combine preferred settings and filters to create truly original images. A new feature of the LUMIX GM5 is the capability of being able to taking pictures “with” and “without” filter effects simultaneously, so that you can compare, contrast and choose your favourite to share with friends.

Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi with Smartphones

The LUMIX GM5 integrates Wi-Fi connectivity for a flexible shooting experience and fast and easy image sharing. It’s simple to connect the camera to a smartphone or tablet, allowing you to post images and clips to social media or email them to friends and family almost as soon as they’ve been recorded.

The connectivity options also enable Remote Shooting, which allows you to use your smartphone or tablet to act as a remote control for the LUMIX GM5 - ideal for capturing dangerous situations or shy subjects where it isn’t practical to stay with your camera. You can even change settings such as focus, aperture, shutter speed and ISO, before triggering the shutter release. Then check your results with Remote View before retrieving your camera from its position.

Read our Panasonic Lumix GM5 Hands-On Preview

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