Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of DMC-G5 vs DMC-G3

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

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Lumix DMC-G5 vs DMC-G3

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

Lumix DMC-G5
618 ISO
Lumix DMC-G3
667 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G5
194 ms
Lumix DMC-G3
293 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-G5
1,030 ms
Lumix DMC-G3
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-G5
20 fps
Lumix DMC-G3
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Lumix DMC-G5
320 photos
Lumix DMC-G3
270 photos

Features Key features of the Lumix DMC-G5  vs DMC-G3 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Lumix DMC-G5
15.9 MP
Lumix DMC-G3
15.8 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Lumix DMC-G5
12,800 ISO
Lumix DMC-G3
6,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

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

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

Lumix DMC-G5
14.1 microns
Lumix DMC-G3
14.2 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Lumix DMC-G5  vs
DMC-G3 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 15.9 MP 15.8 MP
Resolution 4608 x 3456 4592 x 3448
Size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Area 17.3 x 13 mm 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 2.1x 2.1x
Pixel size 14.1 microns 14.2 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 12,800 ISO 160 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG

focus system

Type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Focus points 23 23

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Electronic

form factor

Size 120 x 83 x 71 mm 115 x 84 x 47 mm
Thickness 71 mm 47 mm
Weight 396 g 336 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images Yes Yes
Image stabilization
Optical

video

Lumix DMC-G5  vs
DMC-G3 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps (17 Mbps) 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
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 460 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 20 fps 4 fps
Battery life 320 270
Continuous shooting
20 fps, JPEG
4 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
20 fps
2 fps, JPEG
6 fps
3.7 fps
2 fps
Focus lag 194 ms 293 ms
Shutter lag 63 ms 80 ms
Startup delay 1,030 ms 1,400 ms
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