Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM5KK DSLM Mirrorless Camera with Eye Viewfinder, 12-32mm Lens Kit (Black)
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- Premium Compact Design / Easy to Carry Around - Ultra Compact Body and High Quality Deign, Magnesium Body
- High Class Camera Quality as DSLM - 16.00M Digital Live MOS Sensor, Venus Engine, Light Speed AF
- Feel the Joy of Shooting and Photography - 1166k-dot LVF, Touch Monitor, 3 Snap Movie, Wi-Fi & Easy Connection with QR Code
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Panasonic DMC-GM5KK GM5 with LVF, 12-32 Kit - Black 16MP Compact System Camera with 3-Inch LCD
Superior picture quality in a sleek, sophisticated design.
Super-compact camera body with interchangeable lens options [MFT Mount].
Live viewfinder for improved composition and viewability in sunlight.
Durable magnesium alloy body adds ruggedness for flexible shooting.
Built-in WiFi for easy image sharing and remote shooting via smart devices.
External flash hotshoe for optional bounce, LED and other lighting.
The Camera for Your Creative Style - Superior Picture Quality. Sleek, Sophisticated Design
The ultimate in functional beauty and advanced design is here in the Lumix GM5.
Based on the Micro Four Thirds standard, this elegant, full-featured DSLM includes a large digital Live MOS Sensor for extraordinary imaging.
Every detail of the GM5 body gives it a look of elegance and style. And helps create an imaging experience unlike any other DSLM camera in its class.
Unrivalled Creative Possibilities - An expansive choice of LUMIX G / LEICA DG Lens Options
An impressive array of compatible, high-quality GM5 and LEICA lens options complement the camera's compact, lightweight design, while also adding impressive flexibility to its imaging power.
These options include an full lens lineup of interchangeable wide/standard/telephoto zooms, single focal length lenses, and macro and fisheye lenses, each designed to provide the perfect lens for any shooting situation.
Capture Every Eye-Catching Moment
Built-in Live ViewFinder. 1,166k-dot Equivalent.
Viewfinder concentration helps capture the best possible images. With the LVF designed into the GM5, capturing superior images is assured with 1,166k-dot equivalent resolution and approximately 100 percent color reproduction. By more faithfully reproducing the primary colors, the GM5 LVF clearly displays beautiful, more true-to-life hues.
*Based on the adobe RGB color space. Panasonic in-house comparison based on the CIE 1931 x, y color space.
DP Review Silver Award
“If small size is a priority, the pint-sized Lumix GM5 can't be beat. It affords creativity and flexibility that you won't necessarily get with a fixed lens camera, and provides a Four Thirds sensor many times the size of those found in not-much-smaller compact cameras. Its built-in EVF and direct controls recommend it to enthusiasts, but its 16MP sensor struggles to compete with high-res APS-C chips in much of the (often cheaper) competition.
The innovative Silent Mode switches the shutter from mechanical in an instant, and turns off all sound (AF, operation) while suppressing the AF assist lamp and flash with a single setting for special shooting opportunities.
Focus Peaking indicates the peak of focus in MF and AF+MF mode. This convenient function is also available in remote photo/ video shooting when using a smartphone or tablet via WiFi.
Eye Sensor AF
Image output between the Live View Finder and rear monitor is automatically switched by the eye sensor on the LVF. This same sensor also accommodates the Eye Sensor AF, which starts auto-focusing automatically by simply looking into the LVF to prevent missed shooting opportunities.
Fast, Accurate AF
By exchanging digital signals between camera and lens at a maximum of 240 fps, the smart Contrast AF system excels in both speed and accuracy. The GM5 also delivers high-speed burst shooting at 5.8 fps in 16-megapixel resolution, and a maximum of 40 fps with the electronic shutter.
Low Light AF
The Low Light AF advantage makes it possible to focus on any subject more precisely in -4EV situations, such as shooting at night with no other light source than a starry sky.
Face/ Eye Detection AF
In addition to a conventional Face Recognition AF, the Face/ Eye Detection AF incorporated in the GM5 automatically adjusts the focus precisely on a subject's face or eye.
This handy feature can incrementally set magnification from 3x to 10x in 0.1x steps. Ideal for precision focus setting on subject aspect, such as flowers or the pupil of an eye.
Share From Anywhere with WiFi
The GM5 includes WiFi connectivity for easy image sharing with the Panasonic Image App. By simply scanning the QR code displayed on the camera monitor with a smartphone or tablet it's also easy to use a mobile device as a remote controller for the GM5. Plus, a new Time function is ideal for sharing slow-shutter images like fireworks and nightscapes. Sharing while browsing is quicker, too, with direct uploading capability.
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Unrivalled Creative Possibilities - An Expansive Choice of LUMIX G / LEICA DG Lens Options An impressive array of compatible, high-quality GM5 and LEICA lens options complement the camera's compact, lightweight design, while also adding impressive flexibility to its imaging power. These options include a full lens lineup of interchangeable wide/standard/telephoto zooms, single focal length lenses, and macro and fisheye lenses, each designed to provide the perfect lens for any shooting situation. Capture Every Eye-Catching Moment Built-in Live ViewFinder. 1,166k-dot Equivalent. Viewfinder concentration helps capture the best possible images. With the LVF designed into the GM5, capturing superior images is assured with 1,166k-dot equivalent resolution and approximately 100%* color reproduction. By more faithfully reproducing the primary colors, the GM5 LVF clearly displays beautiful, more true-to-life hues. *Based on the adobe RGB color space. Panasonic in-house comparison based on the CIE 1931 x, y color space. A Better Photo with Greater Clarity The large, 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor enables both high-resolution and high-sensitivity image recording with far less noise. The Venus Engine in the GM5 features an advanced noise reduction system to consistently produce clearer, smoother image quality particularly when capturing subjects and scenery at night. This intelligent combination of Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine achieves maximum ISO25600. Silent Mode The innovative Silent Mode switches the shutter from mechanical in an instant, and turns off all sound (AF, operation) while suppressing the AF assist lamp and flash with a single setting for special shooting opportunities.
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A couple years ago I sold all my Nikon gear and bought my first m4/3 camera - the Panasonic GX1. It was (and still is) a very competent camera. I bought a bag full of lenses to go with the GX1, but the compromises were still there. It was a bit too big and heavy, and there was no viewfinder - just the back LCD screen. I bought a plug-in electronic viewfinder for it, but that made the whole setup even more bulky.
The next step was the ultra-small Panasonic GM1, which is a truly remarkable camera. However, the one big compromise with this otherwise amazing device was the lack of a viewfinder. And I couldn't add an external viewfinder like the one for the GX1. But the 12-32mm kit lens was nothing short of spectacular - much better than the kit lens that came with the GX1. Fast, accurate focusing, great color rendition, and absurdly small. Yet I still was frustrated with the GM1 when trying to take pictures outdoors in bright light. The LCD screen often just washed out, and it was difficult to compose pictures effectively.
Enter the new Panasonic GM5. It retains all the goodness of the wonderful little GM1, but adds a built-in electronic viewfinder, hot shoe, and various other updates and improvements. The only thing that it lost is the built-in flash that the GM1 had, which was of pretty marginal use. And the overall size of the camera expanded ever-so-slightly to accommodate the viewfinder.
The GM5, with the 12-32mm kit lens mounted, is a very compact camera. The defining metric for me is whether the camera will fit comfortably in the side pockets of my cargo shorts and hiking pants. The GM1 was the first Panasonic m4/3 camera to do this comfortably, and the GM5 passes the test with no problems. It is very nice to be able to have a high-quality interchangeable lens camera that slips easily into a large pocket. It doesn't fit into a jeans pocket like a little point-and-shoot, but the difference in image quality over those and phone cameras (especially in low light) is notable.
The image quality of the GM5 appears indistinguishable from the GM1, which is very high praise. Noise up to ISO 1600 is negligible, with graceful fall-off above that. The sharpness is superb - the 12-32 kit lens is still a gem. I tried the GM5 with all my existing Panasonic lenses (7-14mm, 20mm, and 45-200mm) and they operated flawlessly. I also mounted the DMW-FL360 flash that I bought with my old GX1, and it functioned as expected - the flash zooms as you zoom the lens, etc. This surprised me a bit, as the Panasonic web site does not list the FL360 as being compatible with the GM5. It is great for times when the decent little external flash that comes with the kit just isn't enough.
The electronic viewfinder works extremely well. It could be a bit larger, but it is clear the engineers were trying to keep it from increasing the size of the GM5 any more than necessary. The camera detects when you are holding it up to your eye and automatically switches the display from the LCD on the camera back to the viewfinder (and back). It is clear and bright, and erases the last significant compromise of the GM1. Panasonic also added a function dial to the back of the camera, which means you don't have to use the menus for all the image adjustments (a minor annoyance with the GM1).
Like other recent Panasonic cameras, you can connect the camera to a smartphone or tablet via built-in WiFi to view the current scene, take pictures, transfer pictures, etc. It is a very neat capability, especially for when you want to be in the picture. It has better range than I expected (using my Samsung Galaxy S4 - I haven't tried it with my tablet yet). Even if you are "old school" and tend to ignore functions like this, it is worth checking out. I was skeptical too, until I gave it a try.
Panasonic came out with another solid camera at the same price point about the same time as the GM5 - the LX100. It has some very interesting specs - a very fast fixed lens, ability to take 4k video, and basically the same sensor as the GM5. It didn't quite meet my needs though. Even though it has a decent zoom range and excellent aperture, being constrained to a single lens would be too limiting for me. My perception is that the LX100 would be a great step up from more limited point-and-shoots, a powerful little video rig, or an outstanding backup for a DSLR, but not quite up to the role of a DSLR replacement.
Frankly, there isn't much I would change on the current GM5. In a perfect world, it would be even smaller and lighter, the kit lens would be faster and have more zoom range, and it would cost a few hundred dollars less. Who knows, maybe the next generations will achieve some of these wishes, but I suspect the engineers at Panasonic are up against some challenging design limits at this point. Regardless, the GM5 is a marvel - I can put it in my pocket with a great kit lens, or take it out with a bag of glass when I am on a dedicated photo safari. I have finally found the camera that effectively puts DSLR quality in my pocket, with no significant compromises.
This review does come with one caveat though...it is true that the battery is limited...especially if you like you use the 'live view' feature...so do as I did...invest in a couple of spares you can carry with you.
Batteries charge from dead to full in about 1 1/2 hours.
I've owned dozens of cameras including dslrs, mirrorless, and point and shoots. The GM5 is portable, easy to use, fully automatic or manual. It has a touchscreen, a view finder, and control dials. It is compact but performs like a full sized camera. The real benefit is that it's size allows you to carry and conceal the camera all day without burden.
It is fun and controllable by a smartphone or tablet. WiFi is easy and reliable. If you love photography or are even just starting out,no camera is better in my opinion.
The results, however are really good.
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