Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
Graduate from a compact
If you know someone who's ready to step up from a point-and-shoot, the GF5 will feel familiar but will provide all the added speed and image quality they're looking for. Plus, it supports interchangeable lenses, so you've got more options for gifts in subsequent years.
The good: Relatively compact for its class, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 delivers excellent performance and good-to-great photo quality.
The bad: The Power Zoom lens isn't great and there are some image-quality flaws in the JPEGs that might bother some people.
The bottom line: With capable, speedy performance, and a friendly but powerful interface, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 is a good choice for people looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot.
October 31, 2012 3:00 PM PDT
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: Lori Grunin, Joshua Goldman
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