Frequent social networkers will tell you that Instagram’s usually plastered with food photos and self-portraits, so we were quite surprised to see a product leak over there. After some careful inspection, we’re pretty certain that the above picture shows a legit Panasonic Lumix GF5, which from this angle bears much resemblance to the GF3 bar the grip. To add credibility here, the uploader is none other than Hong Kong celebrity Angelababy who happens to be the brand ambassador for Panny (oopsie!). Unsurprisingly, the twee model has already removed the offending picture from her account, but the direct image link still works.
You may be wondering: shouldn’t this Micro Four Thirds camera be the GF4 after the current GF3? Well, much like Chinese superstition, Japan also prefers to steer clear of the number 4 as it sounds the same as “death” in Japanese. For instance: there was no Lumix LX4 before the LX5. As for specs, Chinese website Nphoto reported earlier this month that the GF5 will also feature a 12-megapixel sensor but with a better signal-to-noise ratio and topping at ISO 12800, while on the back it’ll have a much sharper LCD with 920k dots (instead of just 460k on the GF3). Judging by the looks of things it shouldn’t be long before we see Angelababy presenting this new camera for real — let’s just hope that she gets to keep her job.
Panasonic Lumix GF5 accidentally leaked by Hong Kong spokesperson? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Mar 2012 09:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.