Panasonic Lumix G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm Lens (Black)

Panasonic Lumix G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm Lens (Black)

Panasonic Lumix G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 16.05MP Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 14-42mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv: 28-84mm)
  • 3.0" 920k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 1440k-Dot Electronic Live View Finder
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 60fps
  • 14 In-Camera Creative Filters
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Light Speed Auto Focus System
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Panasonic DMC-G5 overview

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The Lumix G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm Lens (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 optics. A compact design with built-in flash and ergonomically organized controls, the G5, in union with the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm lens, offers powerful photo and video performance resulting in top of the line image quality, sharp details and excellent resolution and color production. If you're interested in "going mirrorless", this is the camera for you.

A redesigned Venus Engine image processor and newly integrated 16.05 MP Live MOS sensor increase performance speed, improve Auto-focus and more so, 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. 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. 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 set focus on any point within the field of view and Light Speed AF in which focus is locked onto 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 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 equivalent 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 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. The lag time from shot to LCD output has been minimized on the G5, so monitoring fast moving subjects is better than ever.

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. 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, 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 and One Point Color, 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.

The Panasonic Lumix G5 will work with the full line of G series lenses but in this case it comes complete with the Lumix G Vario 14-42mm lens. This is a standard zoom lens with the focal lengths to shoot almost any day to day needs, from landscapes and sunsets to friends and family. Its 35mm equivalency is 28-84mm which is very inclusive and aperture runs from f/3.5(wide) to f/22. It is a multicoated lens to eliminate light flares and its Auto-focus and Auto-exposure functions are fully supported in both photo and video modes. It is an ideal lens to start your foray into compact mirrorless shooting with the Lumix G5.

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.
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.
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.
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 30p in 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.
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. Creative Control Mode now offers 14 filter options which switch seamlessly and give your photo various effects such as Dynamic Monochrome, Soft Focus and Star Effect. The Lumix series iA (Intelligent Auto) integrates all of the cameras assistive functions to create the perfectly balanced images you compose.
Lumix G Vario14-42mm Lens
This 14-42mm Lumix lens is included with the purchase of the Lumix G5 camera body. With a 35mm focal length equivalency of 28-84mm, this is a great everyday go-to lens that incorporates true wide angle and telephoto dimensions to allow you to shoot everything from wide-open landscapes to close-up expressions. The G5 is fully compatible with the entire line of Lumix G series lenses.
In the Box
Panasonic Lumix G5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm Lens (Black)
  • Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5 -5.6 Asph. / MEGA O.I.S. Lens
  • Li-ion Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic DMC-G5 specs

    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
    Pixels 16.05 Megapixel
    Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13.0 mm

    in 4:3 aspect ratio

    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
    Movies: AVCHD
    Audio: AAC

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

    Dust Reduction System Yes

    Supersonic wave filter

    Memory Card Type SD
    Image Stabilization Optical
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 4:3, 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 150 Min

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

    Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Focus Lock AF Area Mode
    Viewfinder Type Electronic, LCD Display

    Eye Sensor

    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.4x

    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)

    Brightness, Contrast, Tint Adjustment

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

    Intelligent ISO

    Shutter 60 - 1/4000  
    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

    Color Temperature setting

    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 Yes
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 Second
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds

    Also: 10 second, 3 images

    Interval Recording No
    Connectivity AV Output
    HDMI C (Mini)
    USB 2.0
    Wi-Fi Capable No
    Battery 1Rechargeable 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 (W x H x D) 4.7 x 3.3 x 2.8" / 119.4 x 83.8 x 71.1 mm excluding protrusions
    Weight 12.20 oz / 345.87 g Body Only
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    Focal Length 28 - 84mm
    Comparable Four Thirds and Micro 4/3 Focal Length: 14 - 42 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 22
    Minimum: f/5.6 - 22
    Angle of View 75° - 29°
    Minimum Focus Distance .98' / .30 m
    Magnification 0.16x

    0.32x (35mm equivalent)

    Optical Design 12 Elements in 9 Groups

    1 Aspherical

    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Autofocus Yes
    Image Stabilization Yes


    Filter Thread Front: 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 4.03 x 4.84" / 10.24 x 12.29 cm
    Weight 5.82 oz / 165 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 6.2 x 5.3"

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