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4.0 out of 5 stars Compared to the Sony Nex 5K, Nikon D3100,5100,7000, July 19, 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic DMC-GF5KK 12 MP Compact System Camera with 3-Inch Touch Screen and 14-42 Zoom Lens (Black) (Electronics)
Received this camera on 7/17/2012 with the 14-42mm cheaper version of the kit lens.
I have compared it with the Sony Nex 5K, Nikon 5100, 3100 and my friend's 7000. The ISO noise level is not as good as the Nikon or the Sony but the auto focus is silky smooth(better than most camcorders) whereas the Sony, especially the Nikon tends to zoom in and out before they are able to lock focus. Basically the Nikon auto focus system is unusable IMO, Canon made the right decision not to put in the video autofocus simply because it does not work properly yet with DSLR. This is the one of the reasons I am steering away from Nikon and switching to Canon due to its poor feature implementation. However the ISO noise is higher on GF5 than all the other cameras compared and the zoom ring is not that smooth. The Sony Nex 5N has very similar noise level as the Nikon, it is excellent for low light for its size. The Panasonic also has much better control on Moire and IS. The Sony outdoor video is basically unusable due to heavy Moire issue, the Nikon 5100 is better but not as good as the GF5. I did not compare the Moire on the D7000. The GF5 has very low Moire issue and better image stabilization than the Sony 5K and D3100,D5100. Its still photos in low light is not as good as the other cameras compared here but its cinema style auto focus was unbeatable. So for low light still photos, I would choose the Sony or the Nikon cameras, especially the D7000. In conclusion, the GF5 is a all around camera for anyone who is looking for a camera with over all good still photos and video performance. The GF5 is basically a top of the line camcorder, better than any camcorders I owned that are below $1,000 and I have purchased 7 of them over the last 3 years. If you are going to buy a camera with smooth video you really don't have a choice, it is the only camera that I know of with a video focus system that works.

Update, the Canon T4i has been released. I have purchased one and I will write about how well the video auto focus works.

Update, the Canon T4i has better smoother focus than D5100 but not as good as the GF5.
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Initial post: Jul 21, 2012 8:38:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 8:39:01 PM PDT
slickska says:
hows video of the new GF5 compare to the older GX1...any idea?

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 7:46:00 AM PDT
Thank you for the thoughtful review of a product that you actually have used!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 1:12:57 AM PDT
E. K. Wlin says:
I don't have a GX1 so I don't know. I think the size of the sensor is not as big and it hurts the ISO, other than that this is a great camera

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 1:14:08 AM PDT
E. K. Wlin says:
If I do a review not owning the product, I would try to be as clear as I can about the lack of my possession.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 11:27:42 AM PDT
Terry Doyle says:
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 9:07:57 PM PDT
Shaer says:
(the Sony outdoor video is basically unusable): this is what you are saying.
Are you sure you were using 5N?
If what you are saying is true then you don't know how to do video or your camera is defective.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 2:28:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 27, 2012 2:32:58 AM PDT
E. K. Wlin says:
We used a 5K, the older version.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 10:53:13 AM PST
Terry Doyle:

Are you frickin' kidding? You feel ENTITLED to getting fully detailed and highly technical reviews from random consumers on AMAZON??? Sure a few of those pop up once in a while but they are the exception not the norm. That's what professional sites like dpreview are for, doh!
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