PANASONIC CLAIMS LUMIX G5 SETS NEW BENCHMARK

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 PANASONIC claims to have set a new standard in compact system camera (CSC) image quality with a 16-million-pixel, micro four thirds model called the Lumix DMC-G5.

The G5 boasts a top equivalent ISO sensitivity of 160-12,800 and uses the same imaging sensor as the DMC-GH2.

Its new Venus Engine VIIFHD image processor aims to deliver a higher signal-to-noise ratio and improved noise reduction.

Due out in August, priced around £599 body only, the G5 will sit above the Lumix DMC-G3, which will continue in the range (the G3 has a maximum ISO sensitivity of 6400).

Features include a maximum burst rate of 20fps (at 4 million pixels) and 6fps at full resolution.

Designed to be  more DSLR-like  in handling terms, the G5 is housed in an aluminium body, which sports a larger mode dial and to-grip’chassis.

In a nod to the growing popularity of filters on mobile-phone software, such as Instagram, the G 5 has 14 digital

filter effects, like the Lumix DMC-GF5.

The G5 is capable of recording videos in full HD at 1080 pixels (50fps) in AVCHD format and 1080pat25fps in MP4.

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The 3in, free-angle LCD (920,000-dot) touchscreen allows photographers to select and touch a focus point, even when using the EVF.

The monitor has a built-in level gauge and the camera features a 300-shot battery, according to Panasonic.

Camera functions such as exposure compensation can be assigned to a new function lever, which also enables zoom control, for example. A silent shutter mode is also included.

In September, Panasonic is due to release a new Lumix G Vario 45-150mmm f/4 micro four thirds lens. Priced £279.99, the 12-elements-in-nme-groups zoom optic contains two aspherical lenses.

Panasonic has also confirmed the upcoming launch of two other lenses: a 12-35mm f/2.8 and a 35-100mm f/2.8.

Meanwhile, the firm has announced that it will no longer call its Lumix G cameras  CSCs  Instead, it has introduced the name single-lens mirrorless  (DSLM), which it will use worldwide.

In an interview with AP, Panasonic did not dismiss the possibility of a 20 or 24-million-pixel DSLM in the future.

For now, though, bosses say they are satisfied with the image quality and  sensitivity  of the firm s current cameras.

The G5 will be available with a standard 14-42mm lens in a kit priced £699, and in an outfit that includes a 14-42mm  X’lens, priced £829.

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