Panasonic’s upcoming Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens camera, the Lumix GF5, was leaked early by one of the company’s spokespersons who recently posted online a picture of the not yet official compact snapper.
The image popped up on Instagram, of all places, where it was uploaded by a Hong Kong celebrity who goes by the name of Angelababy and just happens to be the brand’s ambassador for this region.
Initially spotted by 43 Rumors, the picture has been removed from Angelababy’s account, but the direct image link
On the outside, the camera
looks surprisingly similar to the current GF3, but it appears that the internals were updated in order to improve its low-light picture taking capabilities.
According to engadget
, who cites a Chinese website that goes by the name of Nphoto, the GF5 will feature a 12MP image sensor similar to the one installed in the GF3.
The signal-to-noise ratio of the sensor was however improved, which, together with the higher ISO topping at 12800, will enable users to capture better pictures
in less than ideal lighting conditions.
Changes will also be brought to the AF system used in the GF5, which will require just 0,09 seconds to focus, as well as to the rear LCD which had its resolution increased from 460K-dots in the GF3 to 920K-dots in the GF5.
The rest of the camera features are expected to be carried over from the GF3, so Panasonic’s
new creation will most probably include the revised touch-sensitive user interface introduced with its predecessor and 1080i AVCHD video recording.
The body will most probably be made out of aluminum and will lack an external flash hot shoe or a viewfinder.
No information regarding the availability, or the pricing, of the Lumix GF5 was leaked, but from the picture provided it certainly looks like the camera is ready for launch.