Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Released July, 2012
New: Lumix DMC-G6 (Jun, 2013)
  • 15.9 MP
  • Four Thirds 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
As well as being able to shoot regular JPEGs at a range of resolution and quality settings, the G5 can also record lossless Raw images for enhanced post-processing.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
8.8 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Lumix DMC-G5
8.2
PEN E-PM2
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Lumix DMC-G5
8.0
PEN E-PM2
7.9
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Lumix DMC-G5
9.2
PEN E-PM2
9.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Lumix DMC-G5
9.1
PEN E-PM2
9.3
Reviews from dpreview.com, trustedreviews.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.8

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Lumix DMC-G5
8.8
PEN E-PM2
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Lumix DMC-G5
618 ISO
PEN E-PM2
932 ISO
OM-D E-M5
826 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G5
194 ms
Lumix DMC-G1
372 ms
Lumix DMC-GF3
312 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Lumix DMC-G5
63 ms
Lumix DMC-G3
80 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-G5
1,030 ms
Lumix DMC-GF3
1,900 ms
Lumix DMC-GF5
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G5
20 fps
Lumix DMC-G1
3 fps
Lumix DMC-GF3
3.8 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Lumix DMC-G5
320 photos
OM-D E-M5
500 photos
Lumix DMC-G3
270 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5


8.0
Build quality is very good, the touch screen functionality makes it a fun and intuitive camera to use and overall image quality also impresses.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Build quality is very good, the touch screen functionality makes it a fun and intuitive camera to use and overall image quality also impresses.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
The bump in screen resolution from 460k-dots to 920k-dots is a welcome addition though, producing greater clarity and sharpness.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
The bump in screen resolution from 460k-dots to 920k-dots is a welcome addition though, producing greater clarity and sharpness.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)

Sensor

Paired with one of these gems, the 16.05MP sensor is able to produce impressive sharpness while resolving plenty of fine detail.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
Paired with one of these gems, the 16.05MP sensor is able to produce impressive sharpness while resolving plenty of fine detail.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
In theory this translates into improved high-ISO performance which is very welcome news, the more so because the G5's maximum ISO setting has been increased to 12,800.
by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

Focus

In addition the camera can also be set to Single-shot (where focus is locked by half-pressing the shutter release button) and Continuous (where the AF module remains active).
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
The G5 is the latest G-series model to benefit from Panasonic’s ongoing efforts to improve the performance of its contrast-detect autofocus modules.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
The G5 is the latest G-series model to benefit from Panasonic’s ongoing efforts to improve the performance of its contrast-detect autofocus modules.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)

Autofocus

As such its Light Speed AF module is able to attain focus at speeds of up to 0.09sec, which is extremely fast.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
As such its Light Speed AF module is able to attain focus at speeds of up to 0.09sec, which is extremely fast.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
Should you want you can even set the camera up so that the autofocus will activate itself once the eye-sensor has been triggered which can be helpful for grabbing snatched shots.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)

Lens

Used with the standard 14-42mm kit zoom or the 14-42mm power zoom the G5 still performs very well, although results can be improved if these lenses are stopped down a step or two from their maximum aperture.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
Used with the standard 14-42mm kit zoom or the 14-42mm power zoom the G5 still performs very well, although results can be improved if these lenses are stopped down a step or two from their maximum aperture.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
The new function lever on the camera's top plate top is useful in combination with a powerzoom lens but even with a standard lens it offers you an alternative method for applying exposure compensation in a quick way.
by DPReview (Jul, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 15.9 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3456
Size Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x
Pixel size 14.1 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 23

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 1.4x
Viewfinder size 0.67x

performance

Max continuous shooting 20 fps
Battery life 320 photos
Continuous shooting
  1. 20 fps
  2. 6 fps
  3. 3.7 fps
  4. 2 fps
Focus lag 194 ms
Shutter lag 63 ms
Startup delay 1,030 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps (17 Mbps)
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 920 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 120 x 83 x 71 mm
Thickness 71 mm
Weight 396 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization Optical
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