Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 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 B+

B+
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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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