Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5 Review

Review posted 10/15/2012

Quick Take
  • High-resolution live view LCD
  • LCD articulates and is a touch screen
  • Works with third-party lenses
  • Articulating touch screen LCD
  • High-resolution electronic viewfinder
  • Impressive low light performance
  • Full-resolution burst up to 6fps
  • High still image quality
  • Three customizable buttons
  • Optional adapters for Leica lenses
  • Inconsistent accuracy from contrast detection autofocus system
  • Touch screen swiping can be sticky
  • Autofocus can be slow to adjust when zooming in movie mode
  • Video quality could be higher
Bottom Line
This compact mirrorless camera delivers a lot of high-end features in a lightweight, well-designed package. The biggest draws are impressive low-light performance, high still image quality, and customizability. You can get artsy angles with the articulating live view LCD, which also works as a touch screen for easy menu navigation, though swiping can be sticky. Unfortunately, the contrast detection autofocus can be inaccurate, both for stills and video, whose sharpness didn't quite live up to its 1080p spec. Otherwise, still image quality is very high, and low light performance is admirable. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Panasonic continues to grow their popular G-series of Micro Four Thirds cameras, with the Lumix DMC-G5 being the latest addition (as of 7/2012). This compact powerhouse is loaded with 2012 upgrades, like a newly developed 16.05-megapixel Live MOS image sensor and a redesigned Venus Engine for processing the massive 16-megapixel images and full 1080p HD video.

While the DMC-G5 is quite compact, measuring 4.72 x 3.28 x 2.79 inches, it still offers a high-quality LVF (Live ViewFinder, aka EVF) with 1.4 million pixels, and a rotating 3.0-inch LCD that includes a touch screen interface. The design of the body, control layout, and enlarged hand grip give the G5 a dSLR-like feel, while its internal components boast to give you image and video quality that meets or exceeds some entry-level dSLRs.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Features:
  • Newly developed 16.05-megapixel Live MOS image sensor
  • Redesigned VENUS processing engine
  • Supersonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction System
  • RAW and JPEG formats, including RAW+JPEG
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount system, works with Panasonic, Olympus, and m43 third-party lenses
  • Compatible with Four Thirds mount lenses via optional mount adapter (DMW-MA1)
  • 3.0-inch, rotating, touch screen LCD with 920,000 pixels
  • Fast and Precise 23-area Contrast AF system with Touch AF option
  • Burst shooting up to 6fps at full resolution, or up to 20fps at reduced size
  • 3DNR, Multi-process NR, and HDR options help you capture better photos with excellent exposure and nooise balance
  • High quality LVF (Live ViewFinder) with 1.4 million pixels
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot (UHS-1 compliant)
  • Li-ion battery pack (good for up to 320 photos)

The Lumix DMC-G5 comes in several configurations. You can purchase the body with the new 14-42mm power zoom lens for about $699 USD. See our buy box for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:

  • Camera body
  • Lumix G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm lens (when purchased as a kit)
  • Lens cap
  • Lens rear cap
  • Battery charger
  • Battery pack
  • Body cap
  • USB cable
  • Shoulder strap
  • User manual
  • CD-ROM: PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.2 PE, SilkyPix Developer Studio 3.1 SE, LoiloScope2 (trial version)

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