Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
Estimated Street Price: $519 (with 14-42mm power zoom)
Sharing its predecessor's 12.1-megapixel resolution, the GF5 nonetheless features a new Live MOS sensor that does better at higher ISO settings (which now go to 12,800), along with a revamped Venus Engine processor with improved noise-reduction capabilities. Panasonic's quick and accurate Light Speed contrast-based AF is enhanced by touch-screen control with the 3-inch LCD monitor.
Less experienced users will love iA (Intelligent Auto) Plus mode, which automatically sets everything for best results with a wide range of scenes. You also can adjust the settings, if desired, and apply a variety of styles and effects. The touch-screen LCD makes it easy to set camera functions, focus, zoom power-zoom lenses and even trip the shutter.
While the GF3 could only do AVCHD video, the GF5 also can do MP4. A new stereo microphone replaces the GF3's mono mic. The GF5 offers both continuous AF and touch AF for video shooting.
STANDOUT FEATURE: A good feature set in a very pocketable package.