Excerpt: I bought my refurbished G5 about a month ago having considered a compact camera (Fuji x20, Sony RX100ii) as a carry about camera. My main camera is the Nikon D7100. Having used this camera every day I'm finding it a wonderful little mirrorless camera. I've never used a fully articulated screen before and found the G5 screen to be wonderful to use. Very handy.
Summary: I have not taken a lot of pictures with it but they are definitely much better than the ones I took using my old FZ35. I bought the 2-lens bundle at Costco for $399. The 14-42mm lens, as many have commented on various reviews, was not good. The zoom wasn't even smooth. The 45-150mm was decent but I sold both on ebay so I could get the H-FS14140K zoom. What a good combination with the G5.
Summary: Great camera, great price. It's slightly heavier than expected but very easy to hold while taking photos. There's many buttons for me to customise to use and the scroll make it easy to change the settings. There's one weird thing that its a brand new item but the box are not sealed and opened before. Overall, no regrets getting this camera.
Summary: I got this camera as an upgrade for a single lens superzoom camera. According to the reviews it would be a significant upgrade in image qualty, and it was. The price was very competitive given the better images and the interchangeable lenses. On the down side, the manual was opaque, and the extended manual supposed to be online is unavailable. So figuring out the capabilities and how to use them has been an extended trial and error process.
Excerpt: I have owned the G5 for several months now. Overall I'm not impressed. The menu system is way too complicated cramming a ton of useless features into a complex search system. White balance is unpredictable at best. I have yet to get a sharp image using available light/bright sunlight. It appears that the camera sets itself to some high level of noise reduction whenever I shoot outdoors making detail capture near impossible.
Summary: For the brief time I've owned this, I like it quite a bit. I was really hot for the retro look of the Olympus OM-D5, but after reading several online reviews, especially those that compared the bodies, I was convinced that I'd have a better grip on the camera with the G5. The specs were fairly close, and when I looked at paying $259 for the G5 body vs. $999 for the Olympus my mind, and wallet quickly chose the Panasonic.
Summary: I have owned ths Lumix G5 KK since May 2013. I do not wish to compete, complain, or take exception to other reviewers. Just my observation. Backstory: not a professional or even skilled amateur. I own the following in addition to this: Canon S100, Canon SX 210, Sony Alpha Nex F3 and several others a bit older. This machine works, delivers and if thoughtfully set up with kit or custom lens does the work.