Panasonic introduces the second member of its diminutive GM-series: the Lumix DMC-GM5. The GM5 offers a 16MP Four Thirds sensor in a point-and-shoot sized camera body equipped with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Following on the consumer-focused Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1, the GM5 provides some enthusiast touches like a built-in 1.2m dot equivalent EVF and hot shoe. Also included is built-in Wi-Fi, 1080/60p HD video, 3" 921k dot touch LCD and a bundled external flash. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 will cost $899.

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The Ultimate Digital Mirrorless Camera in an Ultra Compact Size New LUMIX DMC-GM5 with a Live View Finder

Panasonic is proud to introduce the new LUMIX DMC-GM5 from its stylish compact Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) GM series, that boasts both an outstanding compact profile but its also high performance for the ultimate picture quality. The DMC-GM5 will be available at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners in mid November. 

In the sleek, stylish body design adopting a magnesium alloy, DMC-GM5 (GM5) now integrates a 1,166K-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) with approx.0.92x / 0.46x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view. This LVF boasts approx.100% color reproduction as that on the LUMIX GX7.

The GM5 realizes high-quality image recording with real-to-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Taking full advantage of 16.00-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine, images are rendered with high resolution even when shot in low-lit situations and at a max. 25,600 ISO sensitivity.

The Contrast AF System of GM5 excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging a digital signal between the camera and the lens at max. 240 fps. A variety of extensive AF functions including new Face / Eye Detection AF, Low Light AF, Pinpoint AF and One-shot AF enhances usability to comply with a wide-range of shooting situations. The touch-control system integrated in the 3-inch large, approx.921K-dot high resolution monitor in 16:9 immediately lets users set focus to the subject by just touching the screen and you can release the shutter.

The GM5 also features Full HD 1920 x 1080, 60p (60 Hz) high quality video recording in AVCHD progressive and MP4 with stereo sound. The practical full-time AF and tracking AF is available in video recording too. The cinema-like 24p video with the bit rate of max. 24 Mbps or P/A/S/M mode provide richly expressive afterimage with overwhelming image quality.

The GM5 features a new video recording option called “Snap Movie Mode”. Users can record video for  short period of time (2/4/6/8 sec) as they shoot “moving photos”. It is also easy to share them using Panasonic Image App and It is also possible to connect them later even with a variety of interval fade effects and music. The GM5 also incorporates the popular Creative Control mode with a total of 22 fascinating filter effects in addition to Time Lapse Shot, Stop Motion Animation or Clear Retouch. For more manual photography, Time (long exposure) function is newly added that lets photographers to set exposure time max. 60 sec. 

Furthermore, the GM5 allows photographers to use a max. shutter speed of 1/16,000 for action photography.  The GM5 is also compatible with Focus Peaking, Silent Mode, Highlight/Shadow Control and Level Gauge.

With the Wi-Fi® connectivity, users can connect the camera to their smartphone / tablet to expand shooting flexibility. It is also possible to use a smartphone / tablet as a multi-capable remote shutter with a monitor. With the Instant Transfer function, photos are automatically sent to the smartphone / tablet immediately after shooting. Additionally, both images and video can be archived to the registered digital equipment such as PC automatically via the wireless access point (router) at home.

An External flash unit (GN7/ISO100・m, GN10/ ISO200・m) is bundled to mount on the newly added hot shoe (in black or silver). On the other hand, the GM5 allows attachment of Hand Grip DMW-HGR1 (black / silver, sold separately) to enhance strength of gripping.

Packing high photographic performance in sleek, ultra-compact body, the DMC-GM5 is offered in black and red with premium synthetic leather. Dispelling all the prejudice against heavy, bulky DSLRs, the new LUMIX DMC-GM5 sparks the creativity that lies in every user across genders, across generations.

Other Features
Max.1/16,000 sec Shutter Speed, Time (Long Exposure) Shooting, Focus Peaking, Silent Mode, Level Gauge, Highlight/Shadow Control, Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® with Smartphones, WB (White Balance) Bracket, iA+ (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Photo and Video, Bundled Software SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.2 SE

To learn more about Panasonic’s line of LUMIX Digital Cameras and other consumer electronic products please visit www.shop.panasonic.com and www.lumixlounge.com.  You can also follow Panasonic on Twitter (@PanasonicUSA) and Facebook.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Specifications

Price
MSRP$899 (w/12-32mm lens)
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite
Sensor
Max resolution4592 x 3448
Other resolutions4592 x 3064, 4592 x 2584, 3424 x 3424, 3232 x 2424, 3232 x 2160, 3840 x 2160, 2416 x 2416, 2272 x 1704, 2272 x 1520, 1920 x 1080, 1712 x 1712, 1824 x 1368, 1824 x 1216, 1824 x 1024
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
Image
ISOAuto, 200-25600 (expands to 100-25600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (2 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3, DCF compliant)
  • Raw (RW2 format)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points23
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.92×
Viewfinder resolution1,166,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/500 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Clear Portrait
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Relaxing Tone
  • Sweet Child's Face
  • Distinct Scenery
  • Bright Blue Sky
  • Romantic Sunset Glow
  • Vivid Sunset Glow
  • Glistening Water
  • Clear Nightscape
  • Cool Night Sky
  • Warm Glowing Nightscape
  • Artistic Nightscape
  • Glittering Illuminations
  • Handheld Night Shot
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flashYes (small external flash included (GN7))
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Flash X sync speed1/50 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive5.8 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionDMW-BLH7 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)220
Weight (inc. batteries)211 g (0.47 lb / 7.44 oz)
Dimensions99 x 60 x 36 mm (3.9 x 2.36 x 1.42)
Other features
GPSNone