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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5K Black 12.1 MP 3.0" 920K Touch LCD Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera w/ 14-42mm Lens

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  • Class Leading Fast Auto Focus 14-42mm Zoom
  • Professional Looking Stills and HD Videos
  • Smartphone-like Touch Enabled Display
  • Automatically Recommends Creative Effects with Guides

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LUMIX G Series


Package Type
Single Lens Kit

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Live MOS
Image Sensor Size
17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Gross Pixels
13.06 MP
Effective Pixels
12.1 MP
Aspect Ratio
4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Color Filter System
Primary color filter
Dust Cleaning System
Supersonic wave filter
[4:3] 4000x3000(L) / 2816x2112(M) / 2048x1536(S) / 1600x1200(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)

[3:2] 4000x2672(L) / 2816x1880(M) / 2048x1360(S) / 1600x1064(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)

[16:9] 4000x2248(L) / 2816x1584(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1600x904(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)

[1:1] 2992 x 2992 (L) / 2112 x 2112 (M) / 1504 x 1504 (S) / 1440x1440(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)

White Balance

White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting

LCD Monitor

3.0" 920K Touch
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustment
7 levels


Focus Type
Contrast AF system
Focusing Modes
AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF-assist Beam
Focus Lock
Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF lock


Exposure Control
Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV Step, +/- 3 EV
Metering System
144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Extended) / (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
AE Lock
Set the Fn button in custom menu to AE lock


Shutter Type
Focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60
Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC)
10sec, 3 images/ 2sec / 10sec


Flash Type
TTL Built-in-Flash, GN6.3 equivalent, Built-in Pop-up
Flash Mode
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, / Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off

Drive System

Maximum Burst
4.0 frames/sec(with AFS)


Scene Modes
Still Image Scene Mode: Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome

Movie Scene Mode: Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Clear Night Portrait / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Live View Function
Digital Zoom - 2x, 4x

Extra Tele Conversion - Still image: Max.2x (Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.) / Motion image: 3.1x (SH in AVCHD and HD in MP4), 4.2x (VGA in MP4)

Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram
Mode: Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/Video/3D Play/Category/Favorite), / Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Favorite, Print set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit

Recording System

File Format
JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard)
Image Type
RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Recording Media
SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC/SDXC memory cards)


Movie Format
AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2 ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Movie Recording
Motion Image (MP4*1 : NTSC): [Full HD]1920x1080(sensor output is 30p) / [HD]1280x720(sensor output is 30p) / [VGA] 640x480(sensor output is 30p)

Motion Image (AVCHD*1 : NTSC): [Full HD] 1920x1080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH:17Mbps) / [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p)(SH:17Mbps)
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Lens Spec
Lens Name: LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.

Lens Construction: 12 elements in 9 groups (1 Aspherical lens)

Optical Image Stabilizer: YES

Focal Length: f=14mm to 42mm (35mm camera equivalent 28mm to 84mm)

Aperture Type: 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm

Aperture range: F3.5(Wide) - F5.6(TELE)

Minimum Aperture: F22

Closest Focusing Distance: 0.3m / 1ft

Maximum magnification: Approx. 0.16x / 0.32x (35mm camera equivalent)

Diagonal Angle of View: 75degrees(Wide) to 29degrees(TELE)

Filter Size: 52mm / 2.05 in
Max. Diameter: 60.6mm / 2.39 in
Overall Length: Approx. 63.6mm / 2.50 in (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight: Approx. 5.82oz.


USB 2.0 High Speed
A/V Out
Monaural Type, NTSC
miniHDMI TypeC / Video: Auto / 1080i / 480p / Audio: Stereo
Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Auto / Flicker reduction / Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4

Power Source

Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 940mAh) (Included)
Battery Life
Approx. 320 images with H-FS014042

Dimensions & Weight

4.24 x 2.62 x 1.45 inch (excluding protrusions)
Approx. 9.42 oz. (SD card, Battery, Body)
Approx. 7.94 oz. (Body only)
Approx. 15.24 oz. (SD card, Battery, H-FS014042 lens included)
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • justin h.
  • 12/11/2014 6:52:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsbetter than black friday

Pros: this camera was succeeded by a newer model long ago but this is for those who may happen find this.
i bought an open box gf5 taking the chance that it wouldn't be included with the battery, charger or even the lens. when i got it everything was there, like it was brand new other than the seal on the box was cut. it was $200 and for that price it was the deal of the year($400 off!!). this was in august and even then the new gf6 had already been out, still a no brainer. sure it has "only" 12 megapixels but compared to any other camera around $200 even with higher mp, it blows them out of the water.
mega pixels aren't everything, its the size of the image sensor that matters(more than twice the size of pointandshoot. this is what makes the image so clear. that with a big lens you will get more light coming in and hitting the sensor which is needed for darker shots. so far out of a couple hundred pictures taken, there were only a dozen i wasn't happy about. the rest came out great, and didn't have to re-shoot. video is not perfect, doesn't have all the functions a camcorder does but you can get good quality footage.

i'm very happy with this camera and don't plan on upgrading anytime soon. the focus is superfast and it always autofocuses the way you want it to. dark shots are pretty good. it has to be really dark to get grain in the picture. the processor on this camera is very adaptive and can compensate focus for multiple objects, like i said before, i've never had to set it to manual mode. it shoots video just fine, better than most camcorders.
sure this isn't even close to dslr's or some of the other better compact mirror-less camera's but this is exactly what i need in a camera. its a bit bigger than a point and shoot but can still tote it around in a small case.

can take multiple shots in 1 sec

so consider this camera if you want better quality pictures than point and shoot cameras. you will be happy with it. you can still find these from some outlets, and they go for pretty cheap.

Cons: the lens that came with it is about 4" long. i keep the lens off of it to store it in my case. so if you need to use it in a hurry to snap a pic of that ufo ect it takes 5 seconds to take the 3 dust caps off and get the lens mounted. also the zoom is manual.
zoom is only 3x
manual zoom
lenses are expensive

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  • Brian G.
  • 2/20/2013 11:37:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPanasonic Lumix GF5K is Great

Pros: -Compact and Light, make it a ease to use
-Settings are quite easy to nav. through it menus
-Like the design & looks
-Did I mention paid under 300 at sale price

Cons: -None, so far I have any... However brought camera for upcoming outdoors trip perhaps more comments afterwards

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  • James M.
  • 2/6/2013 5:21:53 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsYou WON'T be disappointed with the GF5K!

Pros: I have been searching for a compact camera with the largest CMOS image sensor that I could find without breaking the bank. Great low-light/night shots have been my H-o-l-y Grail
for years and the GF5K does not disappoint. Its large backlit (17.3 x 13 mm) image sensor performs much better than I had hoped. I've taken several low-light/night photos at ISO
1600 and am blown away by the image quality. I literally can not discern any unwanted noise/artifacts up to and including ISO 1600. Images taken at ISO 3200 aren't bad either. And not only is ISO 6400 on tap, but you can force it up to ISO 12800 to snap that once in a lifetime photo. Sure it will be noisy, but the capability is there if you need it.

Folks, let me be clear about this when I say that the super-high ISO capabilities of this camera put it in the same lofty class as many DSLR cameras, but without the expense,
bulk, and weight. If excellent low light shots are your forte, you can't go wrong with the GF5.

Another great pro is that this camera is FAST. It cold-starts quickly thanks in part to not having to extend a stowed power zoom lens. It also auto-focuses almost instantly.

Did I mention that the GF5 is full featured? It not only features all the manual control you would expect in an interchangeable lens camera such as Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Automatic Exposure control, etc., but also features Intelligent exposure control options which will just about guarantee beautifully balanced images with very little effort or experience on your part. All you have to do is point, zoom, and shoot. It really is that easy.

There are also a ton of Scenes and Effects available to tailor your shots as you desire.

Cons: Since Newegg doesn't ship overseas I had to have my brother forward the package to me here in Thailand. I was a bit shocked to find how lacking the packaging was. The camera box was sitting inside a slightly larger box with almost no protective packing materials. In fact it was sitting loose on top of some folded up brown paper, but none was on top so the camera had almost no protection and was, again, loose in the outer box. Even though the package looked a bit rough from handling, luckily, there was no damage to the camera.

Newegg, if you read this, please address this problem as others have also commented on receiving items with shoddy packaging lately. Bubble wrap should have been used on all sides.

OK, on to the camera. My camera arrived with the lens barrel binding, i.e., not smooth at all when framing a shot anywhere between wide and tele. With use it's gotten smoother and hopefully the problem will go away altogether. I imagine it's just the lens on my GF5 so hopefully you won't suffer the same issue.

Because the GF5 camera body is very small, compromises had to be made in the controls layout. There is no mode selector dial on top like you would expect in a camera of this
class. Instead there is a single multi-function rotary dial selector switch to the right of the LCD on the back. It works well enough, but finding and changing settings requires
manipulating the dial and/or the touchscreen LCD. I won't kid you, there is definitely a learning curve to this menu system. It's not horrible, but it's not great either. Since the
camera takes extraordinary photos I can certainly live with this one major caveat. I did deduct 1/2 an Egg for this & 1/2 an Egg for Newegg's shoddy packaging.

Other Thoughts: Folks, for the money this is a fine camera. This is my 2nd Lumix model. The first was an FZ50, and IMO, Lumix cameras have excellent image sensors. I snagged my GF5K last month during Newegg's super-duper 50% off $299.99 deal with free shipping. In fact, I couldn't pull the order trigger fast enough.

One final thought. The included 4-42mm F3.5-F5.6 manual zoom lens (28-84mm SLR equivalent) is fine, but sure wish Panasonic had included an F2.8 or faster lens to take advantage of the excellent Micro Four Thirds backlit image sensor. Oh well, I guess you can't have your cake and eat it too, at this price range.

Hope this review helped. Enjoy your new toy!

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  • Sandra M.
  • 1/12/2013 12:05:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome pictures

Pros: Fits in my purse with lens on, a huge advantage over DSLR
Ability to manually adjust shutter/aperture
AF fairly quick
IS works well
Scenes present creative possibilities as you take the picture
Low light has still worked well for me

Cons: Haven't found many
Don't like the Overhead Strap, prefer wrist strap (obviously not a deal breaker)

Other Thoughts: I'd been waiting for a smaller DSLR, this is close enough for me!

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  • Edward A.
  • 1/1/2013 5:41:03 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOthers are jealous

Pros: Touch screen, tones of optional settings, small and esay to carry and handle, movie button and auto setting buttons are in easy spots

Cons: ?? Haven't found any yet

Other Thoughts: Easy to use and takes great pictures and 1080 videos

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  • Christian V.
  • 12/14/2012 9:19:28 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent for the price

Pros: Fast shooting, easy to understand menus.
Great looking pics and video.
Well built.
Availability of lenses

Cons: Not sure if this is a con in this class but maybe a bit more manual control

Other Thoughts: This was a perfect choice for me. I wanted close to DSLR quality but with the ability to carry the camera easily. The camera feels quality and is very quick to start up and start shooting and achieves good results in low light. When I compared it to the J1 and the Nex5 the price difference made all the diff. For my needs it was a win.

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