Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel 4/3 Live MOS sensor
  • Micro 4/3 mount
  • 1080/60p HD video with stereo sound
  • New "light speed" contrast detect autofocus
  • Electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million dots
  • Manual modes
  • RAW capture
  • Lithium-ion battery rated to 320 pictures
  • Release Date: 2012-09-01
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
A high-end mirrorless from Panasonic
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

Showcased in a pre-release event in Sonoma, the G5 replaces the G3 as Panasonic's high-end mirrorless camera. With new "light speed" autofocus, a rebuilt 16 megapixel MOS sensor, 1080/60p HD video at a whopping 28mbps bitrate, and 3.7fps continuous burst with autofocus tracking (6fps single focus), the G5 is aimed squarely to compete with the likes of Olympus' E-M5. We got to handle the G5 and came away impressed with both the autofocus speed and new, more comfortable ergonomics. Other, smaller upgrades to the G3 include a zoom lever on the camera body (to operate power zooms one-handed), a 3-inch swivel touchscreen, an eye sensor to switch power to the viewfinder, and a level gauge. The screen does have tap to focus, but more often than not this meant our nose chose our subject for us. Reviews are overwhelmingly positive, noting excellent image quality, autofocus, and handling. This is a great choice for micro 4/3s users out there, or indeed anyone looking for compact performance.

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Panasonic cameras are perfect for consumers that prefer to use automatic modes. Almost all Panasonic cameras currently produced come with a feature called iAuto, which will automatically select the best scene mode for any subject. This feature, in combination with image stabilization will make it very easy for someone just starting out to take excellent photos.

Panasonic cameras are designed to be easy to figure out, giving the user easy access to settings, and users that have reviewed Panasonic digital cameras are quick to confirm this fact. When you opt for a Panasonic camera, you'll discover that it comes with an LCD screen, an optical zoom lens which is very versatile, and is both lightweight and fairly compact.

Panasonic's most popular models are their super zooms and mirrorless, with models ranging from cameras with huge zooms to mirrorless cameras earning the “smallest yet” distinction like the GM-1. They've been more focused on their mirrorless line lately, without introducing budget point-and-shoots in quite some time.

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