Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 review

Touchscreen control

Touchscreen is fast becoming another feature in cameras that is taken for granted, just as it has with smartphones and tablets. However, touch functionality has to be useful for it to be worth covering the screen in fingerprints. Touch focus is a prime example of this technology, making camera use easier as it saves time rather than just space on the body.

The advancement of touch focus in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 seems subtle at first - the process remains the same, touching the screen to choose the focus-point placement - but it now allows the screen to be used while composing an image through the viewfinder.

For this to work effectively, the LCD screen must be folded out to the side of the camera, changing the way the camera is held. As the user moves their finger around the otherwise black LCD screen, the focus point in the viewfinder moves accordingly. Its use is only a subtle benefit over a D-pad or scroll wheel, but the combination of EVF and rear screen is an interesting one that has greater possibilities and is more pleasing to use than one might expect.