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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

White balance and colour

Image: Skin tones appear very natural in JPEG format, taken straight from the camera

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5’s white balance offers just five presets in addition to the auto setting, but each can be fine-tuned with a full four-way axis. There are also two manual presets that can be measured by taking a test shot, as well as colour temperature adjustment. However, for most scenes the auto white balance does a great job so there is little need to use the presets, especially when shooting in raw, which gives complete control at the editing stage.

In its standard mode, the G5 delivers very natural-looking colours, akin to those expected by DSLR users. For those wanting different looks, the camera offers a choice of six photo styles, including vivid, natural, mono, scenery and portrait. There is also a custom mode that applies the user’s own colour preferences, although all photo styles can be fine-tuned for contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction.

  • 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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