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  • Brand Name: Panasonic
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  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 16 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: MOS
  • Optical zoom: 2 x
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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5 Compact Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera (Body Only), 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor, Touch LCD, Full HD Video, Black


The G5 Triple Threat: 16 Megapixel Sensor - Venus Engine - Spot-on Colors
Venus Engine

  • The 16.05-megapixel Live MOS Sensor features Panasonic's original pixel-mix technology, designed exclusively to minimize noise generation. The fine wiring results in high resolution and quick processing.
  • A redesigned Venus Engine produces clear, crisp photo and video images. Its MNR (Multi-process Noise Reduction) quickly detects brightness in every part of a shot and its HDR (High Dynamic Range) allows for several pictures taken at different exposure levels to turn into a single composite picture that eliminates over-or-under-exposure. The 3DNR reduces rough edges.
  • Intelligent Resolution technology detects outlines, intricate texture, and gradation thus precisely processing pixel by pixel to render true-to-life color reproduction that is spot-on.

LightSpeed Auto-Focus Helps you Never Miss a Shot
DMC-G5K
Contrast AF provides higher accuracy while Light Speed AF locks on to fast moving objects.
Light Speed Auto Focus

With contrast AF (Auto Focus) the image sensor controls your focus giving you a greater range to create your crisp, clear images. This is great for recording fast moving subjects like your little leaguer, migrating birds, or your best friend who decided to bungee jump. Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy, especially when shooting with a bright lens. And since you have a full-area AF touch, you select your desired field of vision. Additionally, Light Speed AF quickly locks onto a subject, making it possible to capture even fast moving subjects like your son, the dirt bike rider.

Latest Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Technology - Smaller Camera Systems Deliver Big Results
Four Thirds

Based on the Micro Four-Thirds system, Panasonic eliminates the bulky mirror box and pentaprism found in conventional DSLRs without compromising sensor or optical performance. Camera bodies and lenses are now dramatically smaller and lighter than traditional SLRs, making them more portable so you can take them with you virtually anywhere.

Have the Magic Touch? Get More Creative with G5’s LCD Screen

The 920K-dot high-resolution LCD rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down offers approx. 100% of field of view. This LCD enables dynamic, artistic framing with high-angle shots and low-angle shots. The time lag of image output is minimized by approximately 18% compared with the predecessor DMC-G3 making it easier to monitor the fast-moving subject.

Plus, high-precision touch display immediately lets you to set focus to the subject by just touching it on the screen and you can even release the shutter.

The Level Gauge lets the camera detect the horizontal / vertical angle of view with its internal level working with the acceleration sensor. Photos shot in a portrait aspect will be automatically displayed vertically whatever lens is used.

Show off your Creative Side
Intelligent Auto

The Creative Control mode has been upgraded in the G5 with 14 creative filters that let you tell your photographic story. Choose from Soft Focus to Dynamic Monochrome to One Point Color or from the original filters like Expressive and Retro. With the new GUI and menu tabs, switching filter effect is extremely easy and is possible to preview via the Live View Switching. If you can't decide, your G5 will recommend the one that bet fits your scene in iA (Intelligent Auto) or iA Plus mode. While you're in iA Plus, adjust your defocusing area in the background, exposure, and white balance.

New to Advanced Cameras? Scene Guide Shows You Off, Pro-style
Scene Selector

If you're just learning how to maneuver the interchangeable lens system, don't worry. The G5's Scene Guide will make you look like a photography expert as you pick and choose from 23 sample pictures - all taken by professional photographers. Simply select the shot that best suits your situation. Want city lights captured? Check. Want rippling waves detailed? Check. And naturally, you'll want to go for the Romantic Sunset Glow. This feature will also direct you with how-to pointers on shooting, technical advice, and recommended interchangeable lens options for your scene portfolio giving you a better understanding along the way as you learn new photographic techniques.

Make Movies, Make Memories & Share Your Story in HD
HD AVCHD

Not only does the LUMIX G5 produce stunning still images, it also records high quality video in full-HD and with DolbyDigital Stereo sound, in MPEG-4, AVCHD Progressive. Touch AF lets you enjoy professional-grade focusing allowing you to shift gears while shooting your movie. AF Tracking easily locks a subject into focus, even when it moves. The Extra Tele Conversion function extends your zoom to 4.8x and a special Video Record button lets you instantly and simultaneously record videos while shooting photographs and conversely, take photos while recording. Install the included PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.2 PE on your PC, and you are set to turn your movie into your story.

Playback Your Work from the G5 Digital Camera
Media Player

You've poured your creative juices into your projects now, sit back and playback your work. Use a memory card or connect with a cable either way, you are sure to have easy viewing. If your TV is HDMI-compatible, a single HDMI mini cable is all you need to hook up your G5 digital camera. When using a video component cable, you need a separate audio cable. You can also connect your HD camcorder to a VIERA or compatible Blu-ray Disc Player via an HDMI mini cable, and you can control both units in a single synchronized operation by using just one remote control. This simple technology makes your viewing pleasure smoother.

A LUMIX Camera that Makes Sharing Your Photos With Your Social Media Circles Easy
You Tube & Facebook Ready

Have a blog? A Facebook or YouTube account? Want to instantly upload your latest memories with your friends and followers right from your camera? Use your PC and the included editing software HD Writer HE 1.0 in your V10 to play or edit your videos as well as archiving and uploading to Facebook or YouTube. It's easy to add titles, rearrange scenes, include transition effects, and edit images in single frame units. You can make a copy either in the original high-definition AVCHD format, or in the standard-definition DVD-Video (MPEG-2) format. Go on, the world awaits your next share.

Accessories for the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5
H-H020
H-H020
LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 ASPH Lens
H-FS45150
H-FS45150
LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm H-FS45150 Lens For G Series Cameras
H-HS12035
H-HS12035
LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH Lens
H-HS35100
H-HS35100
Professional Grade X Series 35-100mm F2.8 Telephoto Zoom Lens
H-VS014140
H-VS014140
LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm / F4.0-5.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens
DMW-FL360
DMW-FL360
TTL metering, FP emission capable, external flash GN36

LUMIX G-Series Comparison Chart
Type
Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera
Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera
Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera
Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera
Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera
Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Micro Four Thirds Mount
Lens
Body Only
14-42mm Zoom Lens
Body Only
Body Only
14-42mm Zoom Lens
14-42mm Zoom Lens
Image Sensor Type
Live MOS Sensor
Live MOS Sensor
Live MOS Sensor
Live MOS Sensor
Live MOS Sensor
Live MOS Sensor
Camera Effective Pixels
16.05 Megapixels
16.05 Megapixels
16.05 Megapixels
16.05 Megapixels
16.05 Megapixels
16.0 Megapixels
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, / MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, / MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD Ver2.0 compliant / MPEG4-AVC (H.264) : .MOV, .MP4
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, DPOF compatible MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) Motion Image: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, DPOF compatible MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) Motion Image: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2 ch) / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Continuous Recordable Time (Motion Images)
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 150 min with H-PS14042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 140 min with H-FS014042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 150 min with H-FS45150
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 150 min with H-PS14042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 140 min with H-FS014042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 150 min with H-FS45150
AVCHD with picture quality set to Approx. 230 min with H-HS12035 / Approx. 210 min with H-VS014140
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 120 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 110 min with H-VS014140Motion Jpeg with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 120 min with H-VS014140
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 120 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 110 min with H-VS014140Motion Jpeg with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 120 min with H-VS014140
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 140 min with H-PS14042 / Approx. 130 min with H-FS014042 / Approx. 150 min with H-H014
Time Code (Motion Images) (Except MP4)
n/a
n/a
ON/OFF, Count Up : Rec Run/Free Run selectable, Time Code Mode : Drop frame/Non-drop frame selectable(NTSC only)
n/a
n/a
n/a
WiFi
n/a
n/a
IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412MHz - 2462MHz (11ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode
n/a
n/a
n/a
Viewfinder Type
Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent),
Field of View: Approx.
100%, Magnification: Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m -1,
Eye Point: Approx.17.5mm from eyepiece lens,
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0~+4.0 (dpt)
Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent),
Field of View: Approx.
100%, Magnification: Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m -1,
Eye Point: Approx.17.5mm from eyepiece lens,
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0~+4.0 (dpt)
OLED Live View Finder (1,744K dots equivalent),
Field of View: Approx. 100%,
Magnification: Approx. 1.34x / 0.67x (35mm camera equivalent),
Eye Point: Approx. 21 mm from eyepiece lens,
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0~+4.0 (dpt)
Live View Finder (1,533,600 dots equiv.),
Field of View: Approx. 100%,
Magnification: Approx. 1.42x / 0.71x (35mm camera equiv.) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1,
Eye Point: Approx. 17.5mm from eyepiece lens,
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0~+4.0 (dpt)
Live View Finder (1,533,600 dots equiv.),
Field of View: Approx. 100%,
Magnification: Approx. 1.42x / 0.71x (35mm camera equiv.) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1,
Eye Point: Approx. 17.5mm from eyepiece lens,
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0~+4.0 (dpt)
n/a
AF Mode
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint / (Full area touch is available)
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing/Pinpoint Touch (1- area-focusing in Face detection / AF Tracking / Multi-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint)
Other Modes
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist, Shutter AF, / Half Press Release
Pre AF (Quick AF/Continuous AF), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
Pre AF (Quick AF/Continuous AF), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist
ISO Sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity)
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 200 /400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3, 1EV step) / (Extended ISO125-less under 200, ISO more over 12800-25600 Available) (Up to ISO3200 in Auto)
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 400 / 500/ 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 400 / 500/ 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800
Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Shutter Speed
Still Images: Bulb (Max.120), 1/4000 ~ 60 / Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC)
Still Images: Bulb (Max.120), 1/4000 ~ 60 / Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC)
Still Images: 1/4000-60 and Bulb, Motion image: 1/16,000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC)
Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 2 minutes)
Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 2 minutes)
Still Images: 1/4000 ~ 60 and Bulb (up to approx. 2 minutes) Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC)
Scene Guide (Still Image)
Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Clear Portrait / Silky Skin / Backlit Softness / Clear in Backlight / Relaxing Tone / Sweet Child's Face / Distinct Scenery / Bright Blue Sky / Romantic Sunset Glow / Vivid Sunset Glow / Glistening Water / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Glittering Illuminations / Clear Night Portrait / Soft Image of a Flower / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome
Portrait (Normal / Soft Skin / Outdoor / Indoor / Creative) / Scenery (Normal / Nature / Architecture / Creative) / Close-up (Flower / Food / Objects / Creative) / SCN (Peripheral Defocus / Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Sunset / Party / Sports / Baby 1,2 /Pet)
Portrait (Normal / Soft Skin / Outdoor / Indoor / Creative) / Scenery (Normal / Nature / Architecture / Creative) / Close-up (Flower / Food / Objects / Creative) / SCN (Peripheral Defocus / Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Sunset / Party / Sports / Baby 1,2 /Pet)
Portrait / Soft Skin / Scenery / Architecture / Sports / Peripheral Defocus / Flower / Food / Objects / Night Portrait / Night Scenery / Illiminatioms / Baby 1, 2 / Pet / Party / Sunset
Creative Control (Still Image)
Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Star Filter / One Point Color
Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Star Filter / One Point Color
Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Star Filter / One Point Color
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n/a
(Still image & Motion image) Expressive / Retro / High key / Low key / Sepia / High Dynamic / Toy effect / Miniature effect

Product Description

Panasonic DMC-G5 16 MP Compact System Camera with 3-Inch LCD - Body Only (Black)

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I bought it because the lenses are interchangeable with my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The lenses are small and the images are beautiful! Read more ›
It was a great deal, I got it at about $300, but so many bells & whistles to learn. And although some shots are awesome, others are blurry. That's maybe me...? Read more ›
Love it! The pictures are so clear and nice. Read more ›
I bought this camera to use on motorcycle trips, I love the instant focus. The multiple picture mode is the fastest I have ever seen. Read more ›
I've had the camera a couple months, but I'm still playing around with it and trying to learn all of its capabilities. The picture quality is great as is its video quality. T… Read more ›
Camera is awesome for what we have used it for so far. Pictures are great. It is a fast camera from how long it takes to start to how fast it will take the next picture and… Read more ›
It fits my needs, has a ton of cool filters and options to choose from that are pretty easy to get to and the menus are very clear. I wish I could figure out how to get to… Read more ›
The menu is so rich but easy to comprehend and navigate to. The camera's and lens' sizes are smaller than DSLR counterparts and this is really welcomed! Read more ›
I especially love the level feature, so I can more easily obtain level in all directions on my tripod when I shoot…The various creative options also are fun exploring. Read more ›
It replaces a Nikon…The G5 is much better with a full range of options as commonly found on larger, more expensive SLR's, opening new possibilities for some great images. Read more ›
Digital cameras in general (not just Lumix) have become…The G5 menu system is not so bad, you can get used to it, and the quick menu is an oft-used (and useful) shortcut. Read more ›
With my big hands to easy to bump settings..not a big fan of small cameras. Didn't keep it didn't shoot any video so can't speak to thst Read more ›
I replaced my old Olympus 5mp camera when I realized that my phone had higher res at 8 mp. Amazon price was great. Read more ›
The specs of the G5, and the several reviews I read, indicated it would be a good choice. When Amazon had the body only for a great price, I jumped at it. Read more ›
If you want a camera with a decent built-in EVF, or even with a decent add-on EVF, you have to pay a lot more if you…Like the headline says, this camera is a good value. Read more ›
I wanted to get back to photography but could not justify paying hundreds of dollars for a…Then I found this gem in AMAZON DEAL of the DAY at a great price, glad I did! I… Read more ›
Great camera, great price. It's slightly heavier than expected but very easy to hold while taking photos. Read more ›
I might also add I…AND the stock lens that came w/ it..........VERY NICE...Panasonic, for the price of this puppy, you dropped the ball on consumers in this stock lens. Read more ›
8. Face detection and video quality is remarkable. 9. The lack of a mirror makes the camera significantly smaller and quicker to use. I strongly dissagree with the… Read more ›
But if you ever shoot a dance recital video, you want the versatility of the 14-140mm…The camera is easy to use because most functions are similar to those on the FZ35. T… Read more ›
While this is my first "real" camera and I still have a lot of learning to do...I have to say I am…So easy to use and I intend to take a class to get much better. Read more ›
As a parent of young kids, I wanted a camera that would be easy to use now in auto mode as I learn more about taking quality SLR photos, but this camera was not it. Read more ›
This camera cost more than I'd usually spend, but I love it. It's easy to use and takes wonderful pictures. I know it can do a lot more than I've yet done with it, but as I… Read more ›
It does most everything the D80 did and is much lighter, also does HD video, and some of the controls are easier to use. Only drawback has been the D80 had an IR remote… Read more ›
I have taken near 4000 shots since I bought it three months ago. G5 body + 14mm/2.5f lumix lens configuration is just perfect for me for most pictures I need to take. Digita… Read more ›
to change bodies, but for now it is an excellent choice. The ability to mount old manual lenses is a great creative and economic tool. Read more ›
When I purchased this camera a couple months back, at $499 (w/kit lens) it was a good value. At ~$360 (at the time of this review) it is a GREAT value, especially… Read more ›
The camera feels great…The included 14-42mm lens does a good job with basic pictures but I need to zoom so I picked up a 175mm power-zoom lens which I use most of the time. Read more ›
I did a quick check on the lens…The lens was good to the corners by f8 at 14mm and usable at wider stops, and it was good to the corners at f5.6 at 25mm and also at 42mm. Read more ›
Here is my thoughts and what I have done For $1100 budget: $320 G5 + 14-42mm Kit Lens (perhaps not the best but actually very good lens) $180 Panasonic 45 -150mm Second… Read more ›
1) Touch screen is well implemented and easy to use. 2) Selectable scenes are easy to understand and makes sense to display with real picture and some explanation as when… Read more ›
MP4 video files play with audio, but AVCHD files are silent in Windows media player and VLC media player. The G5's touch screen LCD display is very nice to use. Read more ›
I am satisfied with the size -- it's small and light enough for easy carrying like GF2 (just a little larger than GF2, but still much smaller than…The EVF and LCD are good. Read more ›
The G-series is the original, and comes with a built-in electronic eye-level viewfinder and a beautiful articulating LCD display. Really Great! Read more ›
Have a nice EVF, good display. Very comfortable in hand. Read more ›
However the G5 feels significantly better still in almost every aspect - image quality is better, auto WB is much more accurate, better feel in hand, superb LCD screen… Read more ›
It has many manual settings and also great point and shoot modes. The video quality is also great. The size is also a plus, it is not bulky, but actually quite compact for… Read more ›
Excellent video recording, Pictures are very nice, and touch screen is responsive. Problem is with the 14-42mm lens which is hard to zoom without shaking when recording video. Read more ›
Out performs most at much higher prices. Video is amazing. Only downfall is now wifi connection but really who cares. Read more ›
Video is great in this camera. Different format you can record is awesome. Read more ›
Menus are attractive and easy to use, and the touch-screen focus option works for both still and videos, which is much easier to use than trying to change the focus point… Read more ›
This flash deal caught my eye and this camera has all the features she has…Take great pictures and video but you do have to hold it quite still to avoid a blurry image. S… Read more ›
However, the G5 has a clearly superior viewfinder as…The FZ200 viewfinder is good, but using it has more of the experience of looking at the scene through a tunnel. Read more ›
The intelligent auto…The adjustable lcd is very useful and makes me wonder why i went so long with out one. the electronic viewfinder is very well made and quite useful. Read more ›
The quality and the features are very good. The touchscreen and the viewfinder are very good too. A good and afordable option to access the MFT world. Read more ›
The LCD is very clear and bright. The eye view finder is very bright and adjusts very nicely. Read more ›
All the settings are great, it has a solid feel in your hand, and the viewfinder is crisper and clearer than real life! Read more ›
Perfect camera for the new parents wanting to capture quality photos and videos. lightweight, great display, view finder, and idiot mode till you learn how to use it! Read more ›
I echo the comments of other reviewers that the kit zoom is not great, rough-zooming and cheap feeling, but the camera is a must-buy at a deal price of $299. The camera has… Read more ›
Terrific camera for the money. Get this with the more powerful zoom lens and you can take great photos anywhere Read more ›
I plan to either get the 14-42mm version 2 lens, or even the older 14-45mm lens, as I find that the older 14-42mm lens does not produce a nice and smooth zoom when filming… Read more ›
I haven't printed out the 200 pages yet so I'm still struggling with getting it set-up…The kit lens is restrictive and I will be upgrading to a more powerful zoom. Howe… Read more ›
I don't like that they never give 35mm equivalents anymore, but this lens translates to something like 28-85mm focal length (plus digital zoom to get a little closer on the… Read more ›
The G5 with the kit 14-42mm lens has a very stiff zoom ring. If you are shooting video, you will not be able to do a smooth zoom. The image will jerk as the zoom ring is… Read more ›
The difference is night and day. The auto focus is super fast, even with the kit lens. The RAW files are fine up to ISO 1600. Read more ›
The AF with the G5 is speedy and silent which is great for photography but a must have when…It's focus speed is as fast as much more expensive prosumer DSLR cameras. Th… Read more ›
The burst rate alone was worth the upgrade which was probably my chief issue with the G2. Photo quality is fantastic and the auto-focus is quick and very accurate. They… Read more ›
- Quick to focus both in good and poor lighting compared to other mirrorless campers that I've shot with, including nex-5n and fuji x-e1. - Very fast start time. Read more ›
I needed smaller, lighter, with less noise. Also with good grip, good manual controls, good viewfinder, speedy autofocus and with autofocus movienfunction to have 2:1. So… Read more ›
This is a phenomenal camera. Even with the kit lens, it takes incredibly sharp pictures that show, at 100%, incredible detail and tack sharp focus. I was SHOCKED and am… Read more ›
This camera is the perfect size for my 18 yr old granddaughter who is an amateur photographer. It offered her functionality without being bigger and heavier. Read more ›
--Not flat like, say, the NEX cameras, but for me the curves make…--From the rear and from the top (or from the bottom), amazingly similar in size and profile to the FZ150. Read more ›
The micro 4/3s format gives you the versatility of a full sized DSLR, with only a fraction of the weight and space. I carried the camera and 4 lenses on my at all times… Read more ›
The Panasonic G5 is the perfect size for me, I think. I could easily take pictures with one hand, although I never do, and the camera does take amazing pictures when paired… Read more ›
I learned quickly how to use the custom white balance setting and my out of…The images are nice and sharp and will likely print well at print sizes larger than 16"x20". Read more ›
I have above average size hands, so the Panasonic GF, Sony NEX, and Nikon 1 systems always felt like point & shoot cameras and didn't give me a well balanced feel when… Read more ›
I love this thing. The user interface is intuitive, and the video capture is pretty good too. For the price, I'm very happy with the package. Read more ›
-Most controls are well placed, intuitive for ease of use, mostly (see -ve's below) -Love the Q (quick) menu button located right of EVF, use it all the time -Nice option… Read more ›
The auto focus and picture quality is excellent…Learning curve from G2 is not hard, but button placement (particularly the quick menu button) takes some finger retraining. Read more ›
I like the G5 ergonomics and its custom function buttons. The IQ, though it is not the best in class, its pretty good and it is more then adequate for a person coming from… Read more ›
Much better viewfinder and LCD screen. Programmable function buttons Touchscreen with ability to to change focus area and take picture with the tap Read more ›
The viewfinder is great, and adding it to most other MFT cameras would…The G5 has easily accessible manual controls, as well as a number of programmable function buttons. Read more ›

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131 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Brandon J on January 1, 2013
Style Name: With 14-42mm Lens Verified Purchase
I have a few friends with DSLR and micro-4/3 cameras and I was told to look at micro-4/3 due to it's lower cost of entry and portability. In the short term I wanted a new camera to take on my honeymoon, but my long term goal was to improve my photography skills beyond a compact point and shoot.

After much research I decided between the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Panasonic DMC-G5KK. While I feel the Olympus is a better camera on paper, I didn't feel the cost differential was justified in my case. Micro-4/3 is still a relatively new platform, and I think the cameras will improve quite a bit in the next couple of years. Perhaps in that time I'll upgrade to a camera with a more rugged body and in body stabilization. FWIW, I purchased the DMC-G5 ($699), which included the 14-42mm zoom lens, along with the Lumix 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens ($332).

The combo is low profile and lightweight due to the pancake lens. I purchased the Crumpler "4 million dollar home" camera bag, which comfortably fits the G5, 20mm pancake, 14-42 mm kit lens, spare battery, charger, snackbar, and hand cleanser (a nice to have on vacation). I highly recommend this to anyone look at the G5 or other similarly sized micro-4/3s.

The 20mm pancake shoots amazing pictures with the G5. Landscapes and interiors look great, but portraits are amazing! I was overall quite impressed with photos I took on my vacation, the majority of which I used intelligent auto since I didn't have the time to learn about the camera. I would say I took 90% of my photos using the pancake since it was more convenient and much faster. I only used the zoom lens when I couldn't zoom with my feet.
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144 of 154 people found the following review helpful By JJG TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 9, 2013
Style Name: With 14-42mm Lens Verified Purchase
To start with I have both the Panasonic GF5 and the G5 and I also shoot Nikon digital cameras. I've been very happy with the Panasonic G5 and M43 system. Many of the little things that bothered me with the GF5 like AF accuracy, AF hunting when recording videos, limited number of customizable function buttons, zoom lens blocking flash coverage at wide angle focal lengths, and no 1080p/60fps videos are resolved with the G5. Plus the G5 is 16MP vs the GF5 only being 12MP. The G5 also has features which my much more expensive Nikon doesn't have like an articulating touch screen and the ability to shoot 1080p/60fps videos.

What I love about the G5:

1. The G5 has a nice balance of buttons and customization which meets the needs of both novices and those wanting more control of their camera. For people purchasing a DSLR/DSLM camera for the time it probably won't feel as overwhelming as some DSLR's would. While it doesn't have the number of buttons as my Nikon DSLR with the use of the "Q Menu" I can get to more of what I want quicker than with my DSLR. The "Q Menu" allows you to create your personalized mini menu for quick access for those settings you adjust the most. In addition there are function buttons on the camera and touch screen which can be customized for the features you use all the time.

2. The articulating screen was one of the main selling points for me when purchasing the G5. The articulating screen is great when photographing with the camera above your head and near to the ground. I actually use it almost all the time when I photograph. You are steadier when you shoot with your hands and camera at your chest versus held up to your eye. If you like shooting candids or documentary of people you can get better shots if the camera is at your chest or waist level.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By MysticJaguar VINE VOICE on December 26, 2012
Style Name: With 14-42mm Lens Verified Purchase
I was a 35mm film Minolta owner for a long time, then Nikon (FM/FE), then more recently D50/D40/D60. I've had Panasonic FZ28/35 and found the sensor size and quality wanting. I looked at the Sony Alpha but found the a37 lacking a few things I wanted and the A57 too large/heavy. Earlier this year I had a Nikon D5100. Great camera. But I was looking for something smaller and lighter. The M 4/3 (MFT) platform is a clear winner. So much so that I no longer own the D5100. And it feels great to use the DMC-G5. I'm excited about shooting again!

Technically, the sensor on the DMC-G5 is a very strong performer. The UI gives you hints when you need them (like a flashing icon to push in and rotate the control wheel when you have overridden the standard exposure (EV) controls). The focus is among the fastest of any camera I've ever used. I really like the level indicators that appear in the viewfinder to let you know you are square to horizontal or vertical.

Overall the camera feels great in the hands and it is very light and yet not too small. So far I don't feel like there is any feature that I would use that is missing. I did sell the 14-42mm kit lens and put on an older Panasonic 14-45mm lens and the results are very solid.

The EVF is adequate. I would not use a MFT camera that did not have a viewfinder. LCDs are still hopeless in strong sunlight. I've found the EVF in this camera so good that most of the time I'm shooting with LCD folded in and turned off. It's that good. (And means I get more shots on one battery charge. And getting a second battery is recommended for this any any camera with an EVF.)

The ONLY thing that bugs me about this camera, and it's a nit, is the operation of the power switch.
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