Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 takes a page out of the GM1’s book by putting a Four Thirds sensor in an incredibly compact interchangeable lens body with a Micro Four Thirds mount. Unlike the GM1, the GM5 skips the pop-up flash for a built-in 1,166K dot EVF. Other big differences between the two include the GM5’s 1080/60p video recording, additional external controls, as well as an accessory hotshoe.
Like the GM1, the GM5 offers a 16MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor and a 3-inch touch LCD. Features like built-in Wi-Fi and a magnesium alloy body remain unchanged. The GM5 makes changing settings a bit easier with a new click control dial and button layout, leading to a better overall handling experience. Autofocus has also been noticeably improved over the GM1, and video specs have been bumped up to 1080/60p movie recording.
Overall the GM5 proves that a tiny camera can be quite feature-rich. As with any small camera design, you ultimately sacrifice some level of ergonomics for portability. But if that does’t bother you, the GM5 is certainly worth your consideration.
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4592 x 3448|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 200-25600 (expands to 100-25600)|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length mult.||2×|
|Max shutter speed||1/500 sec|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||211 g (0.47 lb / 7.44 oz)|
|Dimensions||99 x 60 x 36 mm (3.9 x 2.36 x 1.42″)|
If small size is a priority, the pint-sized Lumix GM5 can't be beat. It affords creativity and flexibility that you won't necessarily get with a fixed lens camera, and provides a Four Thirds sensor many times the size of those found in not-much-smaller compact cameras. Its built-in EVF and direct controls recommend it to enthusiasts, but its 16MP sensor struggles to compete with high-res APS-C chips in much of the (often cheaper) competition.
Good for: Travel and casual daily snapshots, social settings.
Not so good for: Fast moving subjects, low light action.
00:11 (27 Jan, 2015)
00:15 (26 Jan, 2015)