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
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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 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.
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.
UPC: 885170098794
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 18.31 Megapixel
Effective: 16.05 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16.05 MP: 4608 x 3456
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13.0 mm 1
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in 4:3 aspect ratio

File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC 2
Please Note:

Dolby Digital 2ch with AVCHD and AAC 2ch with MP4

Dust Reduction System Yes 3
Please Note:

Supersonic wave filter

Memory Card Type SD
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
Please Note:

AVCHD max of 150 min. MP4 max of 29 min. 59 sec.

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
Please Note:

23 Area Focusing

Viewfinder Type Electronic, LCD Display 6
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Eye Sensor

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

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

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

Shutter 60 - 1/4000 
120  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

Burst Rate Up to 6 fps at 16.05 MP
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-eye Reduction
Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction
Forced On
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)

Guide No. 10.5' (3.2 m) ISO160 
Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 seconds
Flash Compensation Not Specified By Manufacturer
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
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

Self Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds 13
Please Note:

Also: 10 seconds, 3 images

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
Battery 1x Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1200 mAh
AC Power Adapter None
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 80%
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
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 6.2 x 5.4"
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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