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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

Metering

Image: By exposing for the highlights, it is possible to pull plenty of detail from the shadows and achieve some great landscape shots

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5’s 144-zone metering offers a comprehensive multi-segment system that produces well-exposed results within the camera’s dynamic range. Once that range is exceeded, the exposure tends to need reducing by around 1⁄3-1⁄2EV if the brighter area is small in the scene. A test of the tipping point showed that the bright area needed to cover almost half the frame before the metering really corrected for it.

This is in line with most consumer-level models and is easily corrected with a small adjustment of the exposure compensation. Having the metering set up in this way produces better results straight from the camera, and for those who prefer to edit their shots on a computer, it is easily adjusted. The centreweighted option can also be useful for exposing a central subject, but in doing so it is more likely to overexpose, say, a bright sky.

For portraits in tricky lighting, the spot-metering option comes in handy, but is centrally placed rather than linked to the AF point. Using face detection can work as an alternative to concentrate the exposure on a face, often without such dramatic results.

  • 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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