Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of DMC-G5 vs D3200

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from dpreview.com, trustedreviews.com and reviews.cnet.com

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Nikon D3200 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D3200  based on its image quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Lumix DMC-G5 vs D3200

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

Lumix DMC-G5
618 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G5
194 ms
D3200
276 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Lumix DMC-G5
63 ms
D3200
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-G5
1,030 ms
D3200
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G5
20 fps
D3200
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Lumix DMC-G5
320 photos
D3200
540 photos

Features Key features of the Lumix DMC-G5  vs D3200 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Lumix DMC-G5
15.9 MP
D3200
24.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Lumix DMC-G5
12,800 ISO
D3200
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Lumix DMC-G5
0.67x
D3200
0.52x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Lumix DMC-G5
14.1 microns
D3200
14.8 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Lumix DMC-G5  vs D3200 

8.0
8.0
Overall, high ISO performance isn’t quite on a par with what might be expected of a DSLR using an APS-C sensor, however it’s still pretty impressive.
Lumix DMC-G5

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Lumix DMC-G5  vs
D3200 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 15.9 MP 24.1 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3456 6016 x 4000
Size Four Thirds APS-C
Area 17.3 x 13 mm 23.2 x 15.4 mm
Crop factor 2.1x 1.6x
Pixel size 14.1 microns 14.8 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG

focus system

Type Contrast detection Phase detection
Focus points 23 11

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 1.4x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.67x 0.52x

performance

Max continuous shooting 20 fps 4 fps
Battery life 320 540
Continuous shooting
20 fps
6 fps
4 fps
3.7 fps
2 fps
Focus lag 194 ms 276 ms
Shutter lag 63 ms 114 ms
Startup delay 1,030 ms 400 ms

video

Lumix DMC-G5  vs
D3200 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps (17 Mbps) 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p No Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 60 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 120 x 83 x 71 mm 125 x 96 x 76.5 mm
Thickness 71 mm 76.5 mm
Weight 396 g 505 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

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