Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is a good value among compact interchangeable-lens cameras, reviews say. This Micro Four Thirds camera is smaller than a traditional digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera, with a great selection of compact lenses. However, other reviewers point out that the top-rated models are only a few hundred dollars more.
Pros: Snappy performance, including very good photo and video quality, Touch-screen controls, Strong aluminum body
Cons: Chunky build, Basic video mode for its class, No weather-sealing
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.
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
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.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 remains a more DSLR-like experience to use than most current compact system camera models. The improvements to the sensor and processing engine enable an impressive performance and show that a smaller-format sensor can compete against APS-C models. The handling of noise is extremely impressive, allowing critical shooting up to ISO 3200 and the retention of high levels of detail even at ISO 12,800.
This is a small Micro Four Thirds camera that can take different lenses and offers very good image quality
Good Gear Guide.au
10 November 2012
Summary: This is a great model to choose if you're after a small-ish camera that can take different lenses. Importantly, it has the ability to capture very clear images, and it's quite user friendly overall.
Pros: Crisp and clear image quality, Quick overall performance, Lots of features to play with
Cons: Physical controls could be a little better, What you see on the screen is not always what is captured
Summary: The Lumix DMC-G5 sits between the G3 and GH3 in Panasonic’s mini DSLR-styled compact system camera range for those preferring a traditional feel. Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 review to find out more.