Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of DMC-GF5 vs J2

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, photographyblog.com and reviews.cnet.com

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 

Camera Rocket recommends the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5  based on its image quality and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Lumix DMC-GF5 vs Nikon 1 J2

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

Lumix DMC-GF5
573 ISO
Nikon 1 J2
363 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Lumix DMC-GF5
2,000 LPH
Nikon 1 J2
2,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Lumix DMC-GF5
180 ms
Nikon 1 J2
94 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Lumix DMC-GF5
1,400 ms
Nikon 1 J2
1,400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon 1 J2
60 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Lumix DMC-GF5
360 photos
Nikon 1 J2
230 photos

Features Key features of the Lumix DMC-GF5  vs Nikon 1 J2 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Lumix DMC-GF5
12,800 ISO
Nikon 1 J2
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-GF5
18.7 microns
Nikon 1 J2
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Lumix DMC-GF5  vs Nikon 1 J2 

9.0
8.0
The GF5 offers the same tiny body design, cutting-edge touchscreen and pared-down user interface as its predecessor, with the principal added benefits of a larger ISO range, higher resolution LCD screen, wider range of filters, reintroduced stereo sound and even faster auto-focusing than the already snappy GF3.
Lumix DMC-GF5

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Lumix DMC-GF5  vs
Nikon 1 J2 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4000 x 3000 3872 x 2592
Size Four Thirds Nikon CX
Area 17.3 x 13 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 2.1x 2.7x
Pixel size 18.7 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 160 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,000 LPH 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection Phase detection
Focus points 23 135

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No No
Type N/A N/A
Coverage N/A N/A
Magnification N/A N/A
Display type N/A N/A
Display resolution N/A N/A

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps 60 fps
Battery life 360 230
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
10 fps
4 fps
Focus lag 180 ms 94 ms
Startup delay 1,400 ms 1,400 ms

video

Lumix DMC-GF5  vs
Nikon 1 J2 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video No Yes
External mic jack None None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Phase detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Phase 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 No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 60 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 108 x 67 x 37 mm 106 x 61 x 29.8 mm
Thickness 37 mm 29.8 mm
Weight 267 g 280 g

features

Includes a GPS No No
Image stabilization
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