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
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.
Excerpt: In terms of CSCs, Panasonic has its Lumix GF line up resembling super-sized compacts, plus its G and GH models, which, as with the 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds system G5 here, appear as if shrunken digital SLRs. The advantage of these slightly larger cameras over rivals here is that they find room for an electronic viewfinder (EVF), switched on automatically via eye sensor, in addition to a regular LCD that can be tilted and swivelled rather than just angled up or...
Eye sensor activated EVF, large firm handgrip, as well suited to shooting video as it is stills via Power Zoom and creative flexibility of tilt and swivel LCD, feature packed spec list won’t disappoint
Mechanised power zoom may not be to the tastes of existing DSLR users (but lens can be swapped), some loss of focus towards frame edges at maximum wide angle if nitpicking
Excerpt: Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G5 is the successor to last year's Lumix DMC-G3 . It retains many of the key features of that camera, such as the 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor, built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and flash, and, of course, a small body. It's a camera that you wouldn't think can take different lenses — it looks more like a super-zoom camera at first glance — but its Micro Four Thirds mount allows you to pick a lens for every situation. See all camera reviews .
Excerpt: Placing the G5 next to its predecessor, it's immediately clear that there have been a number of changes to the overall design. Despite being only a few millimetres different, it seems Panasonic has decided to beef up the G5 by adding a deeper rubberised hand grip and more prominent rear thumb-rest that provides far more purchase than the previous model, making it look and feel more like a D-SLR.
This is a small Micro Four Thirds camera that can take different lenses and offers very good image quality
Good Gear Guide.au
22 September 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