Summary: I have the Panasonic G6 and really enjoy it during trips through the National Parks,using it on scenery and large animals. However, it seems that I often have the wrong lens mounted. I primarily use the Panasonic 100-300 (600mm equiv) and find that for many shots, the 100mm is way too tight, requiring a lens change. I wanted a less expensive camera to mount another lens on, allowing me to get virtually any shot without changing lenses.
Summary: As advertised...works fine (I own another one). Dealer did everything as promised and added an extra battery as there was a alight mar on the camera he had not noticed. Still wish Panasonic would design program to not download repeatedly content already downloaded....You need a good computer if you store much video or store or store it separate from the computer I just filled my passport.
Summary: I have had and used the Lumix DMC-G5 now for just under a year. I shoot RAW, and then "develop" them with SilkyPix, usually with some color temp. changes, but little else. I save the RAW image as a TIFF. which has about 12 times the data as a Fine JPEG, and further process the image with small changes in sharpness, saturation, brightness/contrast, and some cropping in PhotoStudio6. The resulting images are very good, with very good detail.
Summary: As long as these cameras are still available for sale at a really low price, they are a pretty good deal. The major downside of this camera is that it feels really cheap, and that goes double for the kit lens that comes with it. (Panasonic introduced a new kit lens for the G6 model.) The thumbwheel is very difficult to turn; it gets stuck, and then when you get it to turn it turns multiple clicks. Very cheap.
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: 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: Would highly recommend it, especially for anyone switching to digital from film for the first time. At first I didn't know if I'd like the digital viewfinder but I've adapted to it very quickly and it's a huge step up from digital point-and-shoots that only have the playback screen (I'm old-fashioned in that I like to frame up my picture with my eye to the camera!).
Summary: This is a great camera. This is my first M4/3 camera after using Canon crop sensor DSLR for long time. As mentioned in many other reviews, this is a feature rich camera, which are also available in DSLR but not to be expected in entry level DSLR camera. Compare to Canon XS that I have, this camera stands its own in terms of picture quality. However due to kit lens I still fee canon is winning in terms of sharpness.
Summary: When I purchased this camera a couple months back, at $499 (w/kit lens) it was a good value. At ~$360 (at the time of this review) it is a GREAT value, especially considering the price differential compared to the body-only model. This is my first new camera in about 7 years and my first ILC. My previous camera was a well worn but thoroughly enjoyable Canon Powershot S2IS 'super-zoom'.