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3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5


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Price as Reviewed:

£600.00

The latest DSLR-styled model in Panasonic’s compact system camera range has an updated 16.05-million-pixel sensor and new Venus 7 HD II engine processor. Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 review to find out what we think

The competition

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 sits at a crowded price point and competes with the likes of the Olympus Pen E-P3 and Sony’s NEX-5N.

Image: Sony NEX-5N

Of these, the Sony model is perhaps the most appealing with its APS-C-sized 16-million-pixel sensor, but with a zoom lens attached it is far from compact and the high ISO results don’t stand up to the G5’s.

As one of only a few DSLR-styled mirrorless models, the G5 offers a unique appeal. The only other CSC cameras that feature a built-in EVF are the Samsung NX20, Fujifilm X-Pro1, Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Sony NEX-7, all of which are considerably more expensive.

Image: Samsung NX20

Closest in price is the Samsung NX20, which offers impressive results from its 20.3-million-pixel, APS-C-sized sensor. It also includes wireless connectivity, but while the body is quite compact, the larger form of the lenses makes it less pocket-friendly.

  • Video: 1080 50/60p HD, AVCHD, 1080 25p MP4
  • External mic: No
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, 2 custom, manual
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -4 to +4 dioptre
  • Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: 1.44-million-dot electronic finder
  • Output Size: 4608x3456
  • LCD: 3in, 921,000-dot touchscreen LCD
  • Field of View: 100%
  • AF Points: 23-point system (contrast-based)
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes (3 frames)
  • Power: Rechargeable BLC12E Li-Ion
  • Weight: 396g
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iA
  • Sensor: 16.05-million-effective-pixel Live MOS
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • File Format: JPEG, RW2 (raw)
  • Shutter Speeds: 60-1/4000sec + bulb
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 2fps, 3.7fps, 6fps (20fps reduced res)
  • Dimensions: 120 x 71 x 83mm
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI
  • Metering System: 144-zone TTL, multi/spot/centreweighted
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV
  • RRP: £599 (body only)
  • Lens Mount: Micro four thirds
  • ISO: 160-12,800
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, flexible, manual
  • Tested as: Entry-CSC

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