Excerpt: Overall, this Lumix isn't as compact as most other compact mirrorless cameras, but that extra bulk makes for a comfortable grip and good balance. The "little DSLR" feel it has going on isn't just for show. This is a great camera for beginning photographers who want the ability to step up as they learn manual controls but also want great pictures as they learn.
Summary: The kit lens "performs very well," say TrustedReviews.com testers, although images look sharper and more detailed with the better Panasonic and Leica lenses they try. Like other Micro Four Thirds cameras from Panasonic and Olympus, the G5 has access to a large variety of very good lenses -- a definite plus, experts say.
Pros: Snappy performance, including very good photo and video quality, Touch-screen controls, Strong aluminum body
Cons: Chunky build, Weaker in dim light than pricier models, Basic video mode for its class, No weather-sealing
Conclusion: The Lumix G5 is a great camera for those who are ready to go beyond their restrictive point-and-shoot models but aren’t ready to commit to a DSLR. It’s one of the better Micro Four-Thirds cameras on the market, offering both manual and auto controls. For casual photographers moving into this space, they may feel intimidated by the multiple buttons and options at hand, but after some use they should feel more comfortable experimenting with the settings.
Pros: Excellent build quality, Loaded with features designed with novices in mind, Intelligent Auto mode effective, DSLR-like operation, Fast autofocus, and good image quality
Cons: The compact size may not fit well with larger hands, Touchscreen isn’t as responsive as it should be in the age of smartphones, Zoom ring on included lens a bit stiff to turn
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is a medium-sized mirrorless cameras aimed at intermediate users. It features a high number of controls in a compact body with a good grip and built-in EVF. Overall, its performance matches its target very well. In nearly performs average on all fronts, which make it a good value due to its competitive price. There are two areas where it excels though. One is autofocus speed and the other is video quality.
Pros: Low image noise until ISO 1600, Nicely saturated colors, Very good automatic white-balance, Excellent metering, Instant shutter-lag, Class-leading Contrast-Detect autofocus, Quick and responsive, Calibratable LCD, Good LCD visibility and viewing-angle, Excellent EVF with, Relatively compact, Superb video quality
Cons: Image softness from ISO 800, Slows down at high ISO, Below average shot-to-shot speed, Strong noise-reduction, Modal EC interface, Poor, Small indistinct buttons, Weak LCD hinge, Impossible to set video framing correctly, Video drops last second, Video recording delay, Short battery life
Excerpt: Panasonic continues to grow their popular G-series of Micro Four Thirds cameras, with the Lumix DMC-G5 being the latest addition (as of 7/2012). This compact powerhouse is loaded with 2012 upgrades, like a newly developed 16.05-megapixel Live MOS image sensor and a redesigned Venus Engine for processing the massive 16-megapixel images and full 1080p HD video.
Summary: While it may have a bit of a fight on its hands to tempt people away from the safer option of a DSLR, the G5 has a lot to offer those willing to try something a little less traditional. The build-quality is as good as its rivals, if not better in some areas. The interface and touch screen technology make the G5 easy and quick to use, though as we've mentioned, there is still room for improvement in this area.
Conclusion: Panasonic has once again delivered a very interesting proposition in the shape of the G5. Purchasing the camera as a twin lens kit, with the new ultra-portable 45-150mm lens would arguably make this the ultimate holiday combination.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix G5 a great value mirrorless system camera which makes a number of improvements over its predecessor, the G3. The new G5 inherits the mini DSLR styling of the G3 with its fully articulated screen and electronic viewfinder and adds 1080p full HD video recording, 6fps full resolution continuous shooting and a new HDR composite mode. All these improvements are made possible by a new 16 Megapixel sensor and redesigned Venus Engine processor.