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: As for this camera I thought It was cheaper quality than the GX1 and this one is suppose to be better, everyone raves about the better grip.... but It was strange, it was bigger!!! that is for sure but it made you scrunch up your fingers up top to be able to change the aperture/shutter, and then also be able to press the shutter release. The rubber felt cheap, and the view finder was completely cheaper than the detachable one on the GX1.
The best mirrorless camera with the worst kit lens
9 May 2013
Summary: I have been a great fan of Panasonic products because of their quality. I have been searching for a good mirrorless camera and found the deal on Amazon to be good and bought this camera with kit lens 14-42 + 45-150 lens. Once the product arrived, I was eager to use that, but was disappointed at the quality of the kit lens. While I have no complaints about the camera, the stiff and jerky zoom ring on the 14-42 kit lens makes this unusable for me.
Summary: I have a Panasonic 60 inch Plasma TV and think it is great. Excellent quality. This DMC-G5KK boggled my mind when I received it. The focus ring on the 14-42 lens could not smoothly operate throughout the range. Little more could be said for the 45-150 although it was a bit smoother. The controls on the body felt cheap. The control wheels were jerky and stiff. Please do yourself a favor and look elsewhere for a precision piece of equipment.