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03-07-2012, 02:15 PM   #1
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Panasonic GF5...

Apparently this thing is coming soon and will look like the GF3.

What's the point though?

Source: http://e-p1.net/the-rumor-bin/panasonic-will-make-a-gf5!/

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I guess the point is a friendly m4/3 camera that doesn't intimidate those looking to upgrade from a point and shoot. The GF1 was a real enthusiast's camera, and the GF line has since changed to be more "consumer friendly" while we finally got the real successor to the GF1 in form of the GX1.
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There is no point. Panasonic has built a history of churning out entry level point and shoot oriented bodies while keeping their top end bodies (not to mention lenses) on limited supply - it is a terrible business model, but perhaps they just don't see an enthusiast market in the US - pretty hard to believe if you ask me. Aside from re-acquiring the 20mm, I've no interest in anything from them and will stick to the Olympus cameras and lenses, including that pretty little e-m5 coming out shortly.
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What happened to the GF4? Shouldn't they make one of those first?

If they go about selling the GF5 for about $200, including the sensor from the GX1/G3, then I'll happily grab one for the road. For some reason Panasonic loves to heavily discount their stuff. And, in my opinion, you don't need a "top end body" to get good photos, but that G3 sensor can really make the difference compared to the old 12MP, low DR, poor-sensitivity sensor from the GF2/3.

If nothing else, the GF5 will force Olympus to keep the E-PM2 reasonably priced.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Aegon Quote
What happened to the GF4? Shouldn't they make one of those first?

If they go about selling the GF5 for about $200, including the sensor from the GX1/G3, then I'll happily grab one for the road. For some reason Panasonic loves to heavily discount their stuff. And, in my opinion, you don't need a "top end body" to get good photos, but that G3 sensor can really make the difference compared to the old 12MP, low DR, poor-sensitivity sensor from the GF2/3.

If nothing else, the GF5 will force Olympus to keep the E-PM2 reasonably priced.
On the bright side even if the price is $500 to start, it'll be $200 used in about 8-10 months!
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Rumors indicate even faster AF speeds, which is astounding.

A newer lens, such as the 14/2.5, 25/1.4, or 45/1.8, can AF-S under good light conditions in an instant. The newest bodies will get there in half an instant. All combined with the pinpoint accuracy of CDAF.
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I'll be picking up the new Oly, not really interested in a body without IBIS, and the Oly focus is pretty much instantaneous...at least, as fast as I can think it, focus is achieved, can't beat that!

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