Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 review

August 11, 2012

Overall Rating:


Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

  • Metering:
  • Features:
  • AWB Colour:
  • LCD viewfinder:
  • Dynamic Range:
  • Build/Handling:
  • Autofocus:
  • Noise/resolution:



Price as Reviewed:


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

LCD, live view and video

The rear LCD screen on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is a big improvement over the G3 version, bringing the resolution from 460,000 up to 921,000 dots. Like the previous unit, it still retains its touchscreen capability for menu access, image review and shooting control, including touch AF and touch shutter.

This feature – which allows the user to simply press the screen and take the shot – and touch focus are handy when the camera is mounted on a tripod. The ability to use the screen for focus when composing with the EVF takes this one stage further, though. Touch is generally responsive, but at times takes a more firm press than is needed with smartphones. The quality of the screen is impressive, though, and provides plenty of detail for reviewing image sharpness, aided by the 16x zoom function.

The electronic viewfinder offers a 1.44-million-dot resolution, which is the same as that on the previous model. While the latest Sony cameras feature nearly double this number of dots, the frame rate and brightness of the G5’s screen still deliver excellent results. It might not fool anyone into believing it is an optical device, but the benefits of the on-screen information and advantages over using just a rear LCD are undeniable.

Panasonic has increased the video ability on the G5 to deliver full HD 1080 capture at 60/50p rather than the 60/50i that has been available previously in the GF5 and even the flagship video model, the GH2. This uses the AVCHD format, but MPEG-4 capture is also available in 1080 25p. What this camera lacks for video fans, however, is the 2.5mm mic input of the GH2. Instead, stereo mic inputs are built into the top of the body. In the menu, however, there are controls for mic levels and wind-cut to improve sound performance.

  • 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

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Free download!

Get your free digital download of Improve Your Photography - Photoshop & Lightroom!