Sir Nick of High Point: Sweet! Part of me wishes that they would delete the LCD screen. The whole Leica philosophy involves keeping your head up and eyes peeled, not buried in a useless tiny screen.
probably is more stable, but your original comment is about "keeping your head up and eyes peeled", which is much easier with a good touchscreen
You've obviously never used LCD, especially not one with good tap to focus. Your eyes are MUCH more buried in the camera when using a viewfinder.
forpetessake: Last time I shot with Panasonic was 4 years ago. I didn't like it because of poor colors. Now 4 models later Panasonic still has the same poor colors... On the other hand they make very good rice cookers... Maybe they should stick with that.
I love Panasonic color. A slight white balance adjustment is often all I need in terms of color adjustment. Color palette is always a matter of taste. Your photos clearly favor a warm approach. Some might consider Panasonic a little dry, but the balance between the colors is excellent, no colors are favored over others. If you like warmer, simply adjust accordingly. Depending on your taste, other manufacturers could be considered overly warm and saturated in comparison.
chj: "GF7’s 180 degree flip-up screen. It’s great for taking selfies, but not so useful if you’re trying to take overhead shots at a concert"
Just hold the camera upside down
Um, no you would use your thumb for the shutter button.
"GF7’s 180 degree flip-up screen. It’s great for taking selfies, but not so useful if you’re trying to take overhead shots at a concert"
Perfect! Thank you Panasonic! Please offer it in body only, or better yet, packaged with the 15mm f/1.7
needs a 180 selfie screen
Love the Grand Prize winning photo.
The link to the unfavorable review calls this "a hackneyed poster in a posh hotel." Hah! As if it's easy to create something that looks good in a posh hotel.
If you were a billionaire that wanted art, something you could hang on your wall to make it look posh might be exactly you're looking for, right?
I like my photos, but actually, very few of them would look particularly good on a wall. To all the critics, would your photos look at home on the wall of a billionaire's residence? Because this one is going to look fantastic.
◾Long screen blackout during live view shooting◾No AF with continuous shooting in live view
I can't believe anyone puts up with this for a camera at this price point.
daddyo: I guess I don't get the real purpose/benefit of this camera.Based on the Studio Test Scene, the Olympus E-M10 offers obviously better IQ at high ISO's. It also has built-in flash, a higher magnification LCD and EVF, a tilting LCD, IBIS, and a reasonable grip -- just to name a few advantages, not to mention a $200 lower price tag.
While I understand that the GM5 is a bit smaller and lighter, one still has to carry the clip on flash and a lens or two. If the idea is to simply use the GM5 with only the 12-32mm lens so you can stuff it in a pocket, what's the point of interchangeable lens design? Why not simply get one of the top tier P&S cameras with a reasonable zoom range - something like the Sony RX100 III?
I have a GM1, it is not pocketable, maybe with the 20mm f/1.7, but not really. It's small size still makes it extremely convenient to carry around on a neckstrap. Yes, the small size still makes a difference, I have not seen many people on the dance floor with a DSLR around their neck, it's no problem with the GM1.
But the main advantage over an Olympus is autofocus speed, especially in low light. From Camera Labs:
"Indeed the GM1's low light AF is not only better than any other compact camera, but better even than most system cameras or DSLRs. The GM1, GX7 and G6 will simply focus more confidently in low light than almost any other camera on the market. It's a major advantage for anyone shooting in low light."
"A kit with the Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH lens has appeared in the UK for £950 but doesn't look to be available in the US."
I have a GM1, I love it. I also love all the improvements in the GM5; however, they are still not enough to trigger an upgrade purchase. I've also been eyeing the Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH lens for some time now, but I know I'll only use it in specific situations, so it may never get purchased.
If I could get the GM5 with the 15mm, it would be an instant purchase.
I have to pay $2395 for an obsolete camera that is uglier than the original, when I can get the better looking original for $600? As laughable as the Leica versions of the Panasonic cameras are, at least they actually look a little better. This is butt ugly. You can't make cameras, your designers have no clue, your price shows no understanding of price elasticity. A company with no technical, aesthetic, OR business savvy. Yeah, I think we all know where this is going.
chj: To Sony (and all camera manufacturers)
Put a damn touchscreen on your cameras. It is by far the best way to choose a focus point. Anyone that says otherwise has simply not used one and is exalting their "skill" in getting around their camera's limitations. Technology trumps skill. You can't get faster, more reliable autofocus than my GM1 (unless you have another Panasonic). Don't tell me about workarounds. The GM1 nails focus more often.
OK, manual focus can get tighter focus on a stationary subject that's willing to wait for you to set up. But with that kind of time, ANY camera can get tight focus.
So stop listening to photo geeks that equate touchscreens with bad phone photos. On a GOOD camera, a touchscreen is an immensely powerful tool that has more impact on photos than pixel peeping details.
Feedback from DPR photo geeks is 0.005% of the market. The other 99.095% are using touchscreen phones. The camera market is shrinking, because you are listening to the wrong market.
Looks like you mainly shoot stills, like many photographers do. Because getting focus on moving subjects is generally much harder on most cameras. A touchscreen camera with good autofocus removes this hurdle.
You'll be slower. You'd only prefer a viewfinder if you haven't used a touchscreen camera with good autofocus. Yes, even in bright light, when I can barely see the screen, I can still get faster, more reliable autofocus than a camera with a viewfinder. It's actually immensely easy in this situation. If my screen is hard to see because of bright sunlight, that means my subject is bathed in bright sunlight. In this situation, the GM1's autofocus is dead on, 100% of the time. Compose all you want in your viewfinder, but you may have already missed the best shot. There's only one situation where a viewfinder is better. VERY low light, when autofocus has to hunt. The GM1 is excellent at low light autofocus, so we're talking about SUPER dark environments.
To Sony (and all camera manufacturers)
I want it badly, but right now it is far too expensive. As capable as it is for such a thin camera, it's still very limited in use. It isn't even designed for the one thing it should excel at, SELFIES. Yes, I said it, selfies, just look around you and ask if that isn't the number one thing a phone camera is good for.
So while this should be the best selfie cam ever, it doesn't even have a flip screen or reverse camera. It's a huge omission. It's the perfect device, size, and focal length for selfies, yet it's not designed to take them.
Yes I know you can take "blind" selfies, but if you've tried, you know this doesn't work as well as being able to see the shot.
I also know plenty of DPR's will look down on selfies, but that's only because there are so many BAD selfies out there. Very few good cameras are designed to take selfies, so of course bad selfies are what we see. Where's the camera that lets good photographers take good photos of themselves? (Because my friends suck at it)
Wow, quite a glowing review. Just fix this and it's a purchase:"Manually positioning the AF point is disappointingly fiddly ... It's unquestionably a camera that would benefit from a touch screen."
I hope it comes with a portable tripod.