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Panasonic G5 review

With an exciting number of new technologies, is this the ultimate CSC?

Panasonic is keen to push the G5 under a new category name, DSLM, or Digital Single Lens Mirrorless.

It has a slightly larger size (when compared with something like the GF5 for instance), so this would seem to fit a move away from "compact" system cameras, whether it will catch on as a name is another question though.

Overall we have been extremely impressed with the output from the G5 and we can see it being very appealing to lots of people, especially with innovative new features such as the TouchPad AF operation.

It also has a good number of automatic controls, digital filters and scene guides to appeal to novices or those looking simply to point and shoot.

We liked

The newly designed grip makes holding and using the G5 a more pleasant experience than its predecessor, while also giving it a feeling of improved build quality.

We disliked

It's a shame that art filters can't be deployed in manual/semi-automatic modes, as you can on Olympus cameras, as this would be really beneficial to those wanting to be extra creative.

Final verdict

Panasonic has once again delivered a very interesting proposition in the shape of the G5. Purchasing the camera as a twin lens kit, with the new ultra-portable 45-150mm lens would arguably make this the ultimate holiday combination.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Live View, Face Detection, Intelligent ISO Mode, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)346 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeLive MOS
Total Camera Resolution18.3 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Height83.2 mm
Width119.9 mm
Depth70.8 mm
Autofocus Points23
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW, MPO
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-G5
Product NameDMC-G5 Compact System Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-G5EB-K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

LUMIX G Compact System Camera G5 - The True Standard Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with Stunning Image Quality

The newly integrated 16.05-megapixels Digital Live MOS Sensor with Panasonic's original pixel mix technology suppresses the noise generation and achieves excellent S/N ratio. The redesigned Venus Engine features exceptionally advanced signal processing capabilities to render clear, crisp images in both photo and video recording. The 3DNR detects smooth part and the edge part of a picture and adjust the strength of noise reduction. The Multi-process NR quickly detects brightness in each part and applies optimum noise reduction.

Battery Life320 Shot
Package Contents
  • DMC-G5 Compact System Camera
  • Body Cap
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • USB Connection Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution920000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker