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Panasonic launches Lumix DMC-G5 16MP mid-level mirrorless camera

By dpreview staff on Jul 18, 2012 at 05:00 GMT

Panasonic has formally unveiled the LUMIX DMC-G5, a mid-level mirrorless interchangable lens camera. The G5 is built around a 16MP LiveMOS sensor that the company implies hasn't been used in a G-series camera before. This, combined with the company's latest 'Venus Engine' allows the capture of 1080p video at 60 frames per second (50p in European examples). It also gains an additional control lever, higher-resolution 920,000 dot rear LCD and regains the eye-sensor to automatically switch between LCD and electronic viewfinder. In principle the G5 will sit above the existing G3 in the company's lineup. For more information, read our hands-on preview.

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Press Release:

PANASONIC INTRODUCES THE LUMIX G5, THE NEWEST DIGITAL SINGLE LENS MIRRORLESS CAMERA FROM LUMIX G LINE

The New LUMIX G5 Offers High Image Quality with High Speed Response Time

July 18, 2012 (Secaucus, NJ) – Panasonic today announced a new addition to the popular line of LUMIX G series cameras, the LUMIX DMC-G5.  The newest Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera offering from Panasonic, the LUMIX G5, features a newly integrated 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine to render clear, crisp images in both photo and video recording. Featuring a compact, lightweight body with built-in flash, the LUMIX G5 boasts ultra-high mobility while offering users powerful camera performance which achieves spectacular image quality, realizing true-to-life photo details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color production.  

The LUMIX G5’s high-grade lens and precision AF (Auto Focus) achieves high resolution, optimal balance of resolution and noise reduction to produce lifelike image rendering and high precision auto exposure and white balance for faithful color reproduction. A redesigned Venus Engine features exceptionally advanced signal processing capabilities, producing clear, crisp images in both photo and video recording. The 3DNR detects smooth areas or edges in photos and adjusts the strength of noise reduction (stronger for smooth portion, milder for edge portion) to maintain object descriptiveness. The Multi-process NR quickly detects brightness in each part of a picture and applies optimal noise reduction in multiple steps. The newly incorporated HDR (High Dynamic Range) allows for several pictures consecutively shot at different exposure levels to be overlaid, producing a single composite picture to eliminate over-exposure or under-exposure. 

Like all cameras in the LUMIX G series, the LUMIX G5 adopts Contrast AF (Auto Focus), so focusing is controlled by the image sensor.  Compared with the Phase difference system AF, Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy, especially when shooting with a bright lens with small F values. To further advance the Contrast AF, the G5 incorporates full-area Touch AF, making it possible to set the focus on any point in the field of view. Additionally, ultra high-speed Light Speed AF, quickly locks onto a subject, making it possible to capture even fast moving subjects clearly.  Combined with Touch AF control and high-speed burst shooting at six frames per second in 16.05-megapixel full resolution, it has never been easier to capture fast-moving objects clearly. 

The LUMIX G5 offers users simple operation controls with minimal stress, so users can concentrate on shooting.  A newly added function lever conveniently located near the shutter release allows for direct adjustment of zoom*1, exposure or aperture*2 control and can be used to magnify images in playback mode and page flip in menu mode.  Additionally, the combination use of the function lever and turn-and-push rear dial allows users to adjust major shooting settings, accelerating the camera’s simple, intuitive operation. 

The LUMIX G5’s large, bright 1,440,000-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) retains outstanding viewability and features approximately 100% field of view. Suppressing color breakup, the LVF assures stunning image view for any subject or scene. The LVF is newly designed to integrate an eye sensor for the LUMIX G5, which allows image output between the LVF and LCD screen to be switched automatically with the eye sensor on the LVF (which features optional sensitivity of high, low and off). Additionally Eye Sensor AF (Auto Focus) automatically starts focusing when the photographer looks into the EVF to capture spur-of-the-moment shooting opportunities. 

A large, 920,000-dot high resolution LCD screen with wide-viewing angle rotates 180 degrees to the side, tilts 270 degrees up and down and offers approximately 100% field of view. Touch screen operation on the LCD screen allows for simple shooting or playback of images and the new Touch Pad function enables the use of both LVF and LCD simultaneously, which encourages more intuitive shooting. Lag time of image output has been minimized by approximately 18% compared to the LUMIX G5’s predecessor, the LUMIX G3, making it easier to monitor fast-moving subjects. The Level Gauge give the camera the ability to automatically detect the horizontal or vertical angle of view so that photos shot in a portrait aspect will automatically be displayed vertically, no matter which lens is used. The newly added Electronic Shutter mode allows silent operation which is helpful in areas where silence is needed.  

Creative Control Mode has been upgraded in the LUMIX G5 with an increase of filter options from five options to 14, adding Soft Focus*3, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, One Point Color, Cross Process, Low Key, Toy Effect and Star Filter, in addition to the conventional Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, Hi Dynamic, Miniature Effect*4 modes.  With the new GUI menu tab, switching filter effects is seamless. A preview of filter effects can be seen on the large LCD screen via Live View mode and the camera intuitively recommends filters depending on the scene that the camera detects in iA (Intelligent Auto) or iA Plus mode.  Furthermore, iA Plus mode allows users to adjust defocusing area in the background, exposure compensation and white balance for more flexible control while activating automatic shoot assist functions such as AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent D-range Control, Face Recognition and Intelligent Scene Selector.

For beginner users of interchangeable lens system cameras, the LUMIX G5 features the new Scene Guide which offers 23 sample pictures shot by professional photographers. Users can choose the photo closest to the situation that they are shooting and optimal parameters for shooting the scene will be set automatically*5.  Additionally, procedures, technical advice and recommended interchangeable lens options for the scene can be shown to allow users to better understand and learn photography. 

Not only does the LUMIX G5 produce stunning still imagery, but it also records high quality video.  With the ability to record high-resolution full-HD 1,920x1,080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4) or MP4*6 format, subjects with fast motion and fine details are reproduced clearly. In addition to practical full-time AF, the Touch AF in video recording also lets the user enjoy professional-like selective focusing which allows the focus to be shifted while shooting video and AF Tracking easily locks onto a subject to focus, even when it moves. The Extra Tele Conversion function extends zoom range Max 4.8x without deterioration of image quality. The LUMIX G5 features a dedicated video record button on the top of the camera body so users can instantly start recording videos while shooting photographs without changing any settings. The camera can also take photos while recording video live just by hitting the shutter button. Along with full-HD video capabilities, the LUMIX G5 also features high-quality sound, recorded with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator and noise from background wind is minimized with the Wind Cut function. 

The LUMIX DMC-G5 will be available in black, white and silver in various kit options.  Pricing and availability will be announced approximately 30 days prior to shipping.  For more information about Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix

*35mm camera equivalent.
*1 When used with Power Zoom lenses H-PS14042 or H-PS45175.
*2 In M(Manual) mode
*3 For photo only
*4 Sound will not be recorded with [MINIATURE EFFECT] in Creative Control Mode and approximately 1/10 of the time period is recorded. (If you record for 10 minutes, the resulting motion picture recording will be approximately 1 minute long)
*5 Video recording using Scene Guide is not possible in some scenes.
*6 30p in MP4

• Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
• "AVCHD Progressive", "AVCHD", the "AVCHD Progressive" Logo and the "AVCHD" Logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
• Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
• HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
• All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.
• This unit is compatible with both SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using an SDHC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)
• Some accessories are not available in some countries.
• The use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder.
• Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 specifications

Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608x3456, 3264x2448, 2336x1752, 4608x3072, 3264x2176, 2336x1560, 4608x2592, 3264x1840, 1920x1080, 3456x3456, 2448x2448, 1744x1744, 1712x1712
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors18 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine VII FHD
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • RAW
  • RAW + Fine
  • RAW + Standard
  • Fine
  • Standard
  • MPO + Fine
  • MPO + Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x, 4x)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points23
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.4×
Viewfinder resolution1,440,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Clear Portrait
  • Silky Skin
  • Backlit Softness
  • Clear in Backlight
  • 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
  • Clear Night Portrait
  • Soft Image of a Flower
  • Appetizing Food
  • Cute Dessert
  • Freeze Animal Motion
  • Clear Sports Shot
  • Monochrome
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range10.50 m
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Flash X sync speed1/160 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive6 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 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes1920 x 1080, 60p, 50p (sensor output is 60p, 50p) (PSH: 28Mbps) ; 1920 × 1080, 60i,50i (sensor output is 60p, 50p) (FSH: 17Mbps) ; 1920 x 1080, 30p,25p (sensor output is 60p, 25p) (FPH: 17Mbps) ; 1280 x 720, 60p, 50p (sensor output is 60p, 25p) (SH: 17Mbps)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedNone
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini HDMI Type C)
Remote controlYes (Optional DMW-RSL1)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)320
Weight (inc. batteries)396 g (0.87 lb / 13.97 oz)
Dimensions120 x 83 x 71 mm (4.72 x 3.27 x 2.8)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 51
kodachromeguy
By kodachromeguy (Jul 19, 2012)

Does anyone use "scene modes?" "Sweet Child's Face" - seriously? I would think the level of photographer using a G5 would not be interested. For that matter, I cannot recall seeing point-and-shoot users selecting the modes, either; most of them just point and shoot.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jul 20, 2012)

No, they are actually convenient sometimes as a shortcut for a lot of settings in time-constrained situations.

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Csaba Farkas
By Csaba Farkas (Jul 21, 2012)

You're right, 90% of the time pointandshooters use green all-auto settings. Scenes maybe for party, candle-lit, night shot, portrait, landscape, but rarely. I personally think that scene modes are rubbish and confusing.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jul 18, 2012)

"The Extra Tele Conversion function extends zoom range Max 4.8x without deterioration of image quality."

Either their video is very bad at the normal mode, or it is just false advertisement. You understand, for 4.8x digital teleconversion you need to use 1/23 part of the sensor. In could not possibly be as good as video from the whole sensor unless it is a complete junk to begin with. Starting with 4/3, it is like 1/4" sensor, it is not that small even in tiny cheap consumer camcorders.

And without IBIS, you still can use only a handful on Pana zooms for video, or have to shoot from a tripod, if you want something better than a shaky-blurry. The same for stills in low light.

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malcolm82
By malcolm82 (Jul 19, 2012)

Advertisement is always false.
It is not real information even though people often interpret it as such.

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AndrewG NY
By AndrewG NY (Jul 19, 2012)

I'm not doing much math here but theoretically 1080p video only requires ~2mp. Possibly their digital zoom stops at this point so you still have real sensor pixels without needing to upscale to fill 1080p?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jul 20, 2012)

The 16:9 ratio from that sensor is about 13-14 mpixels to begin with. 4.8x teleconversion uses 1/23 part of the sensor, so it could not use more than about 0.7 mpixels. It is pretty terrible to make 2mpix video from 0.7 mpixels, but even at if at normal mode they use only 2 mpixels of the sensor instead of full 14, they lose A LOT of light to begin with. Almost 4 stops of light. In terms of quality, it is like shooting at ISO 25600 instead of 1600 - i.e. lots noise and color blotching everywhere instead of a clean image.

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (Nov 29, 2012)

Wow, you guys are so far out! It only collects the data from every 5th pixel during regular mode so it can cover the whole sensor area and match the lens image circle. With the ETC mode it collects data from every pixel but only from the middle of the sensor. So there is no dif in image quality or amount of light, but it equals a smaller area of the image circle so your lens factor changes.

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Engine Man
By Engine Man (Jul 18, 2012)

It may be a somewhat smaller upgrade from the G3 but I will be going from a G1 so it looks like a win win situation for me, especially as the G5 seems to be taking some cues from the G1 with the new design (bigger grip, eye sensor etc).

It's a shame they didn't include wi-fi and the build materials seem a bit skimpy but we'll see what the final review says with respect to that.

My only criticism of the G1 was that the buttons on the back were too small and the labels wore down with use.

I'm looking forward to this camera.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jul 18, 2012)

@Richard Butler

Does the G5 allow manual video controls? There is some confusion about whether it does or doesn't.

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CanadianCoolpix
By CanadianCoolpix (Jul 18, 2012)

I see why there are so many comments about marketing ploys - all manufacturers probably track these sites to know which feature they should save for the next model: how difficult is a mic input? And everyone wants it.

Having said that, on the plus side, 1080p with high bit rate is a real improvement, the high def screen will be good. There seems to be added video focus capability by touch screen, but I would much prefer it by focus ring.

Also the programmable rocker arm, movie button on top and the eye sensor that activates AF.

And possibly the bigger 4-way button on the back. If it is easier to work than the G3 4-way, that would be nice.

I just bought my G3 a few months ago, and I'm very pleased with it. I would definitely like to have most of those new features, but they don't justify an upgrade for me. Nice, but I doubt I'd be taking better pictures, or even noticeably better video.

Well, ok. If you want to give me your G5 body for my G3 plus $200, I'll do it.

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malcolm82
By malcolm82 (Jul 18, 2012)

Does this camera allow you to choose between 50fps and 60fps or are they forcing 50fps on the PAL country users like sony does?
No 60fps support is a deal breaker for me.

I believe even the nokia 808 allows you to choose from 24, 25, and 30fps? Hopefully i wont have to buy a cell phone to get 60fps video in this country.

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Lupti
By Lupti (Jul 18, 2012)

I´m pretty sure they will force PAL users again to 50p. The only chance to have NTSC frame rates will be a hack of the firmware like with GHx, GF1 and G2 - or getting an NTSC camera.
At the moment only Canon allows users to chose their framerate in video mode.

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malcolm82
By malcolm82 (Jul 19, 2012)

Its good to know that Canon does allow it, i may just have to wait for them to finally support higher framerates then. Hopefully they release a decent mirrorless system soon. :)

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photohounds
By photohounds (Jul 19, 2012)

CaNikon are being left behind in the 'small but powerful' race - pure and simple. Mirrorless will be 'no good' - until they also have it, then it will be 'wonderful'.

Selling cameras, I WELL remember Compact Olympus cameras were 'too small' until CaNikon could get close. TTL OTF flash metering was a 'gimmick' - until they also had it. It made Macro bug stalking much faster.

They WILL catch up.

Some guy told me that Sony invented mirrorless compacts the other day. What can you say to such a lack of knowledge ? :)

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malcolm82
By malcolm82 (Jul 19, 2012)

Yes i have seen examples of that kind of marketing mentality many times as well, its really disgusting that lack of integrity...

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Kc64
By Kc64 (Jul 18, 2012)

And where is the G4?

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 18, 2012)

4 sounds like death in certain Asian language.

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Jul 18, 2012)

This seems a good upgrade for the G3, maybe not for all the G3 users, but for some who wanted some improvements, and it is a fine camera for new users

The new grip looks a bit big but should be very good to handle the camera

Soon we will see the GH3, near Photokina 2012

Well done Panasonic Lumix

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Lupti
By Lupti (Jul 18, 2012)

Yawn...Panasonic releases one toy m4/3 cam after another and still no GH2 upgrade in sight. The G5 is more like a G3 MKII, I would say it is the camera the G3 should have been, but they decided to castrate the G3 to avoid that it kills GH2 sales. Or the G5 can be seen as a castrated GH3, it has a high-res screen and FullHD in 50/60p but no mic input option.
And still no real lens upgrades. And I guess the cam still has the unpleasant loud shutter noise like it´s predecessors. Panasonic mirrorless cams are around since 2008 and still none with silent shutter. Something that Sonys old DSC R1 as first non-DSLR with large sensor had. LOL

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 18, 2012)

Did Sony "castrate" the virile shutter sound from the R1?

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jul 18, 2012)

The G5 has a silent shutter option for RAW images. Your welcome.

I see the G5 as a "G5" or perhaps a GH2.5

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Lupti
By Lupti (Jul 18, 2012)

I will not believe it until seeing it in a video.

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 19, 2012)

Wow, this is a post loaded with words like "castrate" "kill" "toy," and then the mis-information about the shutter noise, and finished with a LOL. I didn't know releasing a new camera can be such an emotionally negative event for some people.

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jul 19, 2012)

it's the common modus operandi of the DPR front page product trolls unfortunately.

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bg2b
By bg2b (Jul 18, 2012)

There seems to be some confusion on different sites about the resolution in 3:2 and 16:9 mode. Is the sensor multi-aspect like the GH2's, as the spec here suggests?

1 upvote
Thomas22
By Thomas22 (Jul 19, 2012)

From the quoted specs for image resolution in the different aspect ratios, it appears not to be.

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bg2b
By bg2b (Jul 19, 2012)

Yes, I see dpreview has now corrected their specs, so it's not multi-aspect.

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Andrew Higgins
By Andrew Higgins (Jul 18, 2012)

Is there a mic input socket? Another site seems to suggest there was a 2.5mm input..

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jul 18, 2012)

You've got to love the scene modes: Romantic Sunset Glow, Soft Image of a Flower, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Cute dessert (?). I could think of some more, but unfortunately Internet etiquette refrains me from putting them in words...
Kudos for Panasonic for treating customers like retards.

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ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (Jul 18, 2012)

I love the flip-out LCD + EVF, but no orientation sensor? Really? Is that Panasonic's way to avoid the clicking sounds the Sony NEX-5N had?

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Lupti
By Lupti (Jul 18, 2012)

Orientation sensor is a useless feature, so no real loss.

1 upvote
Ulfric M Douglas
By Ulfric M Douglas (Jul 18, 2012)

Better grip and eye-sensor is back! Yeay!
It's time to try it again : the G3 wasn't a proper successor to the excellent G1 & G2, maybe this one will be.

1 upvote
bikebum
By bikebum (Jul 18, 2012)

why no panorama shot? :(

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h2k
By h2k (Jul 18, 2012)

Rather than dishing up a G3.2a in disguise, Panasonic should have presented a few delightful stabilized primes.

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Demon Cleaner
By Demon Cleaner (Jul 18, 2012)

G5 looks interesting. I traveled the world with the G3 and it did everything supremely well with no fuss. Look forward to the review and seeing just how much of an upgrade it is.

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Richt2000
By Richt2000 (Jul 18, 2012)

G5? This reads like a G3.1 or G3n.

So far I see no progress from Panasonic or Canon of late.
Nikon, Olympus, Sony and Fuji meanwhile are releasing genuine new models...

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pc168
By pc168 (Jul 18, 2012)

Recently when I was checking the G3 then a Pana staff told me the new model is coming, just wait. I would agree that the G5 is just a minor upgrade of the G3 but that's good enough. What is even better, the G3's kit lens is the old 14-42 while this new model has the option to get the 14-42 X.

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 18, 2012)

You can argue the same about the Mac computers. Basic user interface has not changed since the 80's. But when you get something right, why change for change's sake?

From my understanding (I own a Canon DSLR and the Panny GX1, and had owned a variety of other cameras, oh and an old Hasselblad 501c) Panasonic focuses on usability which may not be obvious on paper. I feel the lumix series of cameras have good user interface (Quick Menu, nice touch screen implementation), very pleasant to use (camera is very responsive). Basically, it does not get in the way of shooting. Although they may not have the best IQ in their respective "class," but the differences in IQ in these cameras are only a very small factor in the final image anyway. The fact is, a good digital print from 5 years ago is still a good photo today, and you can not tell what camera took the original shot.

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 18, 2012)

Sample photos on photographyblog look very promising. Clean up to iso3200.

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jj74e
By jj74e (Jul 18, 2012)

g-series, no, but it could be the sensor in the gx model which would kind of stink. not that it's a bad sensor, but keeping it worse than the gh2 would kind of blow. the gh2 was good video wise, but high iSO kind of disappointing

the redesigned grip looks pretty good though

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 18, 2012)

All reviews I read rated the GX1 sensor having better IQ than the GH2. Where did you get the idea of GX1's sensor 'sucks'? Do you own a GX1 (I do)?

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limlh
By limlh (Jul 18, 2012)

I've a niggling suspicion the G5 sensor is the same as Oly EM-5.

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Randy Benter
By Randy Benter (Jul 18, 2012)

That is highly unlikely.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Jul 18, 2012)

It appears the E-M5's sensor is made by Sony, while this one is made by Panasonic. It will be highly entertaining to compare their performance.

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pc168
By pc168 (Jul 18, 2012)

Regarding GX1 and G5, in terms of IQ (only), which one is better ?

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645D
By 645D (Jul 18, 2012)

New style cues, nice!

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.Sam.
By .Sam. (Jul 18, 2012)

Last week you could buy a GX1 from Amazon for under $400. How can anyone justify $800 for the G5?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jul 18, 2012)

Comparing a list price to a year-old street price is meaningless.

The GX1 was $799 with the conventional 14-42mm on the day of launch.

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jj74e
By jj74e (Jul 18, 2012)

not to mention the g5 has to pay for an EVF and articulated screen.

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Jul 18, 2012)

> Last week you could buy a GX1 from Amazon for under $400. How can anyone justify $800 for the G5?

Easy, G5 has an eye-sensing LVF while it's a $200 option for GX1 (and no eye sensing). G5 also has a higher resolution, tiltable LCD screen which touch screen focus even when shooting video. Since it has a new sensor, G5 may even have better IQ. Oh, and G5 has a higher frame rate (6 vs 4 in GX1).

I think Panasonic really put some great features into G5.

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Total comments: 51