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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 16.05MP Live MOS Sensor
  • 4-CPU Venus Engine
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 3.0" 920k-Dot Rotating Touchscreen LCD
  • 1440k-Dot Electronic Live View Finder
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 60fps
  • ISO 160-12800
  • Light Speed Auto Focus System
  • 14 Creative Control Filters
  • High Dynamic Range

The Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black) from Panasonic is a recent addition to the Lumix line of Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras and brings with it a host of improvements as well as the Lumix commitment to quality design and optics. A compact design with built-in flash and ergonomically organized controls, the G5 offers powerful photo and video performance resulting in high resolution, sharp details and accurate color production. If you're interested in "going mirrorless", this is the camera for you. In addition, the Lumix G5 is compatible with the full line of  Lumix G series lenses.

A redesigned Venus Engine image processor and newly integrated 16.05 MP Live MOS sensor increase performance speed, improve Auto-focus and render crisp and detailed images in both photo and video. The Venus Engine has improved its already advanced signal processing capabilities and with 3DNR and Multi-process NR can detect bright areas as well as smooth areas or edges within in an image and apply a multi-step noise reduction to further increase the sharpness of your photo. The newly developed sensor translates into better high-ISO performance (ISO setting now ranges to 12,800), improved continuous shooting speed and a higher resolution LCD. 

In all Lumix G series cameras, the image sensor controls the auto focus. Called Contrast AF, it substantially improves focus accuracy, especially at brighter, smaller f-stops. The G5 has incorporated full-area Touch AF, making it possible to focus on any point within the field of view with just a touch of the LCD screen and Light Speed AF, in which focus stays locked on a moving subject. Combine these two elements with a burst rate of 6 frames per second (in full resolution!) and the G5 can shoot fast-moving objects, whether it be a flying bird or a fading smile, with DSLR-like accuracy.  The lag time from shot to LCD output has also been minimized on the G5, so monitoring fast moving subjects is better than ever. High Dynamic Range has been integrated on the G5 and will shoot several identical photos simultaneously in order to overlay them and create one perfectly balanced photo.

The Live View Finder (LVF) on the Lumix G5 takes the standard view finder to another dimension. The adjustable eye sensor on the LVF senses the presence of an eye and switches the image output from the LCD screen to the eye piece. It also begins to Auto-focus as soon as it senses an eye, which can save you valuable microseconds when that is all you have to get the shot you want. The LVF is a large, bright 1,440,000-dot view finder with approximately 100% field of view, while the LCD display is a full 920,000-dot high resolution screen with wide-viewing angle and also offers 100% field of view. In addition, the LCD offers touch screen operation for basic shooting and playback including focus and shutter release and rotates 180º to the side and 270º up and down for easier image composition. Most impressive is that with Touch pad function, both the LCD and LVF can be on at the same time for more intuitive shooting.

A simple but welcomed advancement on the G5 is the Electronic Shutter mode which allows silent shutter operation for a totally silent capture. The G5 has also updated its physical design to be more ergonomically friendly. The new function lever near the shutter release button can control zoom with some lenses, aperture in manual mode and can magnify images in playback. More so, in combination with the camera's rear dial it can adjust all major shooting settings. This is a huge design improvement that will help all shooters focus on the essentials as opposed to searching for the right button to push.

Of course, the Lumix G5 also produces Full HD 1080 60p video and the improvements in sensor and image processing have pay-off for video quality as well. Also, the G5 has added the MP4 video format as a more playback compatible option to go with its standard AVCHD format. Touch AF in video mode allows selective focusing adjustment during shooting and Tracking AF keeps focus on a subject while it moves. A dedicated video button is the only button needed to start shooting video and while shooting video, a simple touch of the shutter release allows for photos to be taken during video capture.

Despite its high performance capability, the G5 also hosts an array of beginner friendly scene guides which allow the user to choose a pre-fabricated scene closest to the one they'd like to shoot and the camera will adjust its settings to accommodate that scene. Now with fourteen Creative Control Mode filters including Soft Focus, One Point Color and Miniature Effect, the G5 can recommend filters that will enhance your photography. These assistive controls are in addition to the Lumix iA (Intelligent Auto) which will integrate all of its assist functions into one setting and let the camera do all the work. Sometimes that's the best way to get the photo you need.

New Advanced Image Processor
A redesigned Venus Engine features exceptionally advanced signal processing capabilities, producing clear, crisp images in both photo and video recording. The 3DNR detects smooth areas or edges in photos and adjusts the strength of noise reduction (stronger for smooth portion, milder for edge portion) to maintain object descriptiveness. The Multi-process NR quickly detects brightness in each part of a picture and applies optimal noise reduction in multiple steps. The newly incorporated HDR (High Dynamic Range) allows for several pictures consecutively shot at different exposure levels to be overlaid, producing a single composite picture to eliminate over-exposure or under-exposure.
LCD Display
A large, 920,000-dot high resolution LCD screen with wide-viewing angle rotates 180º to the side, tilts 270º up and down and offers approximately 100% field of view. Touch screen operation on the LCD screen allows for simple shooting or playback of images and the new Touch Pad function enables the use of both LVF and LCD simultaneously. Lag time of image output has been minimized by approximately 18% compared to the LUMIX G5's predecessor, the LUMIX G3, making it easier to monitor fast-moving subjects.
High Resolution Live View Finder with Eye Sensor
The LUMIX G5's large, bright 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) retains outstanding viewability and features approximately 100% field of view. Suppressing color breakup, the LVF assure stunning image view for any subject or scene. The LVF is newly designed to integrate an eye sensor for the LUMIX G5, which allows image output between the LVF and LCD screen to be switched automatically with the eye sensor on the LVF (which features optional sensitivity of high, low and off). Additionally Eye Sensor AF (Auto Focus) automatically starts focusing when the photographer looks into the EVF to capture spur-of-the-moment shooting opportunities.
Auto-focus
Auto-focus is controlled by the sensor, increasing focus accuracy especially with wide apertures. Touch AF makes it possible to set focus on any point in the field of view and Light speed AF locks focus on a fast-moving subject.
Full HD 1080 60p Video
The Lumix G5 offers the ability to record high-resolution full-HD 1920 x 1080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4) or MP4 format. Subjects with fast motion and fine details are reproduced clearly. In addition to practical full-time AF, the Touch AF in video recording allows the focus to be shifted while shooting video. Video recording begins instantly with the push of one dedicated button and still photos can be taken during video shooting with just a push of the shutter release.
Stereo Microphone
The integrated zoom microphone with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator enables you to record stereo sound to accompany your HD video. The DMC-G5 lets you adjust the audio input level in four steps. Additionally, the Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind, ensuring that the audio you want to record is captured clearly
Ergonomics and Function Lever
A new function lever conveniently located near the shutter release allows for direct adjustment of zoom, exposure or aperture control and can be used to magnify images in playback mode and page flip in menu mode. Additionally, using the function lever and rear dial in combination allows users to adjust major shooting settings.
Silent Electronic Shutter
The newly added Electronic Shutter mode allows silent operation which is helpful in areas where silence is needed.
Beginner Friendly Scene Guides, Creative Control Mode and iA
The Lumix G5 offers 23 sample professional photos which the user can choose from in order to match the shot they would like to take. Once chosen, the camera will adjust its settings accordingly and your resulting photo will look as good as the pro's. The sample image can be touch-dragged onto the LCD in order to view the sample and have your photo match its settings. The Lumix series iA (Intelligent Auto) integrates all of the cameras assistive functions to create the perfectly balanced images you compose.
Adjustable Filters
Creative Control Mode has been upgraded in the Lumix G5 with an increase of filter options from six options to 14, adding Soft Focus, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter, in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, Hi Dynamic, Miniature Effect modes. With the new GUI menu tab, switching filter effects is seamless. A preview of filter effects can be seen on the large LCD screen via Live View mode and the camera intuitively recommends filters depending on the scene that the camera detects in iA (Intelligent Auto) or iA Plus mode
Compatible with Full Line of Lumix Lenses
The full line of high-grade Lumix lenses combines with the precision AF (Auto Focus) of the Lumix G5 to achieve an optimal balance of resolution and noise reduction to produce lifelike image rendering and high precision auto exposure and white balance for faithful color reproduction.
Languages
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Vietnamese are all supported on the camera's menu.
Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 18.31 Megapixel
Effective: 16.05 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16.05MP: 4608 x 3456
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13.0 mm 1
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in 4:3 aspect ratio

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File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC 2
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Dolby Digital 2ch with AVCHD and AAC 2ch with MP4

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Dust Reduction System Yes 3
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Supersonic wave filter

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Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Optical
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 150 Min 4
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AVCHD max of 150 min. MP4 max of 29 min. 59 sec.

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Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Focus Lock AF Area Mode
Autofocus Points Not Specified By Manufacturer 5
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23 Area Focusing

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Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic, LCD Display 6
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Eye Sensor

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Viewfinder Size Not Specified By Manufacturer
Viewfinder Pixel Count 1,440,000
Viewfinder Eye Point 17.5 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.4x 7
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Approx. 1.4x/0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m -1

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Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +4 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Swivel Live Preview LCD (920,000) 8
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Brightness, Contrast, Tint Adjustment

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Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 160-12800 9
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Intelligent ISO

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Shutter 60 - 1/4000 sec
120 min in Bulb Mode
Remote Control None
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Shade 10
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Color Temperature setting

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Burst Rate Up to 6 fps at 16.05 MP
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction
Forced On
Off
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash No
Maximum Effective Flash Range Not Specified By Manufacturer 11
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GN: 10.5 equivalent (ISO 160)

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Guide No. 10.5' (3.2 m) ISO160 
Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 sec
Flash Compensation Not Specified By Manufacturer
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Performance
Start-up Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Shutter Lag Not Specified By Manufacturer
Continuous Shooting Up to 6 fps 12
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At Full Resolution. Unlimited Consecutive Shooting unless in RAW

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Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec 13
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Also: 10 seconds, 3 images

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Interval Recording No
Connectivity AV Output
Audio Out
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable No
Software System Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power
Battery 1x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1200mAh
AC Power Adapter None
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 80%
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.7 x 3.3 x 2.8" / 119.9 x 83.2 x 70.8 mm excluding protrusions
Weight 12.20 oz / 346 g Body Only
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black)
  • Li-ion Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    PanasonicLumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.8

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (8)
    • Good image quality (8)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Good in low light (6)
    • Large clear LCD (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (6)
      • Family photos (5)
      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Low light (5)
      • Video (4)
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      5.0

      Excellent Camera

      By Sri

      from Chicago

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

        Lightweight but sturdy body, has a nice grip, pictures are great, Intelligent Auto feature works great for beginners like me who prefer to enjoy the action happening in front of the eyes rather than figuring out the camera settings.

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        • 9
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        5.0

        A worthy upgrade to my aging DMC-G1

        By Footman

        from Las Vegas, NV.

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

          I am far from a photo expert but use my camera for a little of everything and expect my wife and kids to be able to pick it up and use it. I loved my old G1 and was looking for a change so I researched and ultimately came back to Pansonic and purchased the G5. It has everything I need from a camera. It's small and easy to use. The results in auto mode are exceptional, it even has fantastic video modes so now I do not have to carry around a separate video camera.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
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          • No

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          3.0

          An almost good camera

          By DougG

          from Falmouth MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

              I have owned a Panasonic G1 for four years and shoot RAW. My comments relate to RAW only.

              The G5 provides slightly better IQ, in terms of both resolution and signal to noise ratios. It also has a much better LCD and EVF in brightness and resolution. Moreover, it focuses faster and shoots at a higher frame rate.

              However, it's controls are another story. All of them are fussy and lack any sort of tactile connection. The four way controller is too small and too easily missused. But the final killer was that stupid dial. It's positioning and stiffness renders it almost useless. I found myself constantly changing aperture, rather than exposure compensation. Or visa versa.

              I'm sure the camera has it's uses, but certainly not in any sort of professional sense.

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              • 4
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              5.0

              Excellent Upgrade from GH1 to G5

              By Andy

              from Atlanta GA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                I have been using the GH1 for over 2 years, but had been pushing the camera to its limits in evening and night time sporting events for my kids. I decided to up grade for two reasons: 1) better low light capabilities, and 2) higher frames / second continuous shooting. I have used the G5 for about 2 weeks now with my 14-140 lens from the GH1 and had better results. I also ordered the 45mm-200mm Lumix lens to get a better zoom for the sporting events, but the zoom was not as strong as I wanted from the existing lens, so I bit the bullet and exchanged it for the 100mm-300mm lens...perfect for shots at both ends of the soccer field while standing in the middle of the staduim 1/2 way up the stands.I also used the 100-300mm lens on the G5 from the dugout at my son's evening baseball game to get shots of him on the pitchers mound using the 20 fps mode and 5 fps mode. Both sequences were awesome for my needs. I'm not a pro photographer, just a Dad who wants awesome shots of his kids and their teammates to share. Thus far, even the parents have been impressed with the results.I also wanted the ability to take video and shoot a picture without stopping the video, but I haven't had an opportunity to test out this feature yet. Now all I need is a pancake lens for simple indoor shots with no flash and I'll be set.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
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                • No

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                5.0

                Micro Four Thirds is a pro format

                By Eskimo Nikonian

                from Anchorage, AK

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Video quality
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Fun to use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                  I am a photojournalist who owns a Nikon D3x, D3 and D700, all with pro glass. As an enthusiast videographer, I ordered the Olympus 17 and 45mm f/1.8 lenses for my AF100. While I was at it, I bought the G5 as a backup camera, and figured I would dip my toe in the MFT pool with the purchase.Having used the camera for two weeks now, I can honestly say it is the camera I always carry with me, and it is the camera I shoot with most - both stills and video.This may sound nuts, so please allow me to explain. In terms of straight image quality, the G5 is no match for my full-frame cameras. But I found I have been very happy with the image quality of the G5 when using the Olympus primes, and I don't miss the differential in image quality I get with the Nikons and f/2.8 zooms. I am shooting 1.3 stops faster with the Olympus primes, and I have no problem switching lenses (something I never do on location with my Nikons) because I can carry the diminutive lenses in a shirt pocket...something impossible with much larger full-frame primes. The D3/D700 are two stops faster in terms of ISO performance, so the G5 does not make up the difference, but an Olympus E-PL5 or a GH3 certainly would. That being said, as a system, my G5 is typically only 2/3 stops behind the D3 in terms of low light, which translates to 1 1/3 stops when compared to a D3s or D4 (roughly). That is pretty good for a camera that is infinitely smaller.But perhaps the main reason I love the camera is how fun it is to use. I use the physical controls for most things, as it is a force of habit from using pro cameras. But I do use the touch screen and viewfinder combination to select autofocus points, and it works great...much faster than my D3 and better at tracking action. I am certain a D4 performs better, but that is a [$] The bottom line is I love shooting indoors and in low light with the G5 and fast primes. I will certainly buy the 75mm f/1.8 and the 12mm f/2 Olys in the future.Now, onward to the video front. The G5 doesn't have the intra-frame codecs the GH3 has. That is okay, because I am an amateur videographer and I don't want my hard drives to fill up before Independence Day. I really like the PSH 28 Mbps codec in the G5, because it gives me 1080 footage at 60 frames per second progressive, and the images are compelling. This is also the best codec found on my $[$] purchase price (bought in 2011) AF100. But in order to get this codec, I have to pay $[$]...pretty cool i get it in the G5 for free. The footage out of the G5 is gorgeous, easily on par with the AF100. This is no doubt due to the newer sensor and processor. Additionally, being able to choose autofocus points using the touch screen is brilliant, something that cannot be done on the AF100. The rack focus the Olympus lenses do automatically is equally brilliant.As far as complaints, there are a few. The biggest is flash sync speed, and this holds true for all Panasonic cameras. My pro Nikons and the newest Olympus MFT cameras sync at 1/250 second. This is great for shooting outdoors and you don't want to stop down darker than f/8 due to diffraction concerns. Well, the G5 and indeed the GH3 sync at 1/160 second...certainly not pro territory.The other big complaint I have is the lack of manual controls in video. I think we all know this is due to the GH3 and marketing. This is really disappointing considering the point-and-shoot Lumix DMC-LX7 has fully manual video controls. The lack of manual controls in the G5 is clearly down to the GH3, and is not a limitation of the camera system. I hope for the future DMC-G6 (which I fully intend on buying), Panasonic rethinks this when they consider the GH3 and no doubt future GH5 (Japanese manufacturers like Panasonic eschew 4s) ship with intra codecs, professional magnesium build quality, audio mic in and audio monitoring. No professional set on the GH3 would buy the G5 to save the money.As far as the lack of mic-in is concerned, it is no big deal for me personally. The stereo mic does a fantastic job, and I plan on using an external recorder any way - the same thing I would do with a GH3.To sum it up, I much prefer shooting with this camera over my pro Nikons. Photography and videography are once again fun, and that is what matters most after image quality. As far as IQ is concerned - with fast glass and with photographic guile, a micro four thirds camera can match the best from Nikon and Canon. Truly MFT has arrived as a pro format.

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                  • 10
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                  5.0

                  An excellent camera, now even better!

                  By photography lover

                  from Oakland, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                      I upgraded to the G5 from the G2. I'm very happy with this decision.

                      All the strong points of the G2 are carried over to the G5. Both have touch screens that are easy and convenient to use. Both are relatively compact, with the G5 weighing in at just 20 ounces with battery and 14-42mm kit lens. It's light enough that I never hesitate taking it with me. The image quality is excellent. I have 16x20 prints of my favorite photos done at a professional lab. The prints always look crystal clear and sharp.

                      Like the G2, the G5 makes it easy to make on-the-fly adjustments to ISO, white balance, aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation; you don't have to dig through complex menus to do these things. These adjustments are available through buttons and dials on the camera itself.

                      There are several improvements in the G5 vs the G2. High ISO speeds on the G5 produce images with considerably less noise than the G2. In a comparison at ISO 6400 of the G5 vs the G2, the G5 images was significantly better with regard to noise and resolution.

                      The LCD resolution on the G2 was excellent, but it's now even better on the G5.

                      The G5 has an ingenious way to help you keep your camera level. Two thin yellow lines across the viewfinder show how far off the camera is from the horizontal and vertical. When the camera is perfectly level, the lines turn green. This is a very useful feature when shooting architectural subjects.

                      The only new thing about the G5 that I don't like is the shorter battery life. According to the specs, the G5 gets 310 shots on a fully charged battery vs. 360 shots for the G2. (A lot depends on how much you use the LCD display and whether you use flash.) Since I use the LCD quite a bit, I find it hard to get more than about 250 shots on a single charge on the G5. I don't think this will be a problem, as long as I make sure to have a fully charged spare battery with me.

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                      5.0

                      I highly recommend the G5

                      By Nils

                      from Austin, Tx

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                        As a former Nikon DSLR (D100) user of many years, I think this is a superb camera. I enjoy it for the following reasons:
                        1. Takes sharp pictures in JPG and/or RAW. JPG in camera processing is so good I rarely use RAW anymore.
                        2. Electronic shutter (to 1/1600 sec, to ISO 1600) is absolutely quiet, eliminates any shutter disturbance resulting in double images.
                        3. Several focusing aids, including a preview mode to show a greatly enlarged sub-view down to the pixel level (it seems).
                        4. Ability to use Nikon AF lenses (with relatively inexpensive VELLO adapter BU1110 from BH). Lenses need to be manually focused, but auto exposure metering.
                        5. Built-in option to shoot HDR.
                        6. 1/2 the size and 1/2 the weight of my Nikon DSLR.
                        7. With the 20mm f1.7 lens, I can take pictures indoors without flash. Very sharp lens, even at 1.7. A 40mm full-frame equivalent.
                        8. Can take multiple shots by just holding down the shutter button.
                        9. The fully articulated LCD screen means taking pictures at waistlevel, less intimidating to people being photographed.
                        10. Menus fairly easy to navigate.
                        11. A nice multi-purpose lever by the shutter release, that can be assigned to exposure compensation.
                        12. LCD screen can be touched to control focus point, etc.
                        13. Through the lens digital viewfinder works well.
                        14. Can buy the Panasonic 7-14mm zoom (equivalent to 14-28mm full-frame) for 1/2 the cost of Nikon's zoom. The 7-14mm lens takes very nice pictures.
                        15. And the G5 is about 1/2 the cost of the comparable Olympus MFT camera.
                        16. My copy of the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42 is pretty sharp - I am very satisfied.

                        The one downside I have seen is the if you set the camera to both take RAW at highest resolution and JPG at highest resolution, it takes several seconds to review on the LCD. I have solved this problem by no longer shooting RAW. JPG is that good.

                        Highly recommended.

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                        5.0

                        Small and fast

                        By Claes

                        from Stockholm, Sweden

                        About Me Casual Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Black):

                          The Lumix G5 is a great camera. I have only used for about 2 months, but I am impressed with the small size and the fast auto-focus. I was worried about the electronic view finder, but it's performance great and accurate. I am very satisfied with my buy and switch from the much larger D90. This is a camera I will travel with more frequent.

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                          Panasonic -  Lumix 20mm f/1.7 Aspheric G- Series Lens
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