It looks like Panasonic will be unveiling an update to the GF3 micro four thirds cam they put out last year. There’s no official word yet, but this is about as much proof as we need: a clear close-up photo of the Panasonic Lumix GF5 got posted on Instagram by Hong Kong celebrity Angelbaby who also happens to be a Panasonic endorser in Hong Kong.
The photo has since been taken down, (the direct link to the image is still active though) and the snap didn’t come with any details, but here’s what we can see: the GF5 looks pretty similar to the GF3, save for a different grip (the photo shows a textured surface). Tips to Chinese website Nphoto provided details though: the GF5 will feature the same 12-megapixel sensor, but with a better signal-to-noise ratio, plus a sensitivity that tops out at ISO 12,800 for better low-light shots. The new cam will also rock a sharper 920,000-pixel touchscreen (compared to the 460k screen on the GF3), an updated interface, and a quicker autofocus time that clocks in at 0.09 seconds.
The GF5 is expected out within two to three months, around the same time they put out the GF3 last year. By the way, if you were wondering about the number skip on the model names, chalk it up to superstition. They’re avoiding the number 4 because it sounds like “death” in Japanese, which also explains why they skipped on “LX4” and followed the Lumix LX3 with the LX5.