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Panasonic's new baby CSC is the Lumix DMC-GM5, a camera that continues the theme of miniature styling established by the Lumix DMC-GM1 only a year ago. For those who need a refresher, the GM1 is the almost inconceivably small interchangeable lens camera bearing a 16MP Four Thirds sensor and Micro Four Thirds lens mount. The GM5 is an addition to the range, rather than a replacement for the GM1, bringing some small (that's the theme here) but notable new features to the lineup.
The GM5 offers the same imaging basics as the GM1, including that 16MP Live MOS Four Thirds sensor, but adds a 1.16 million pixel electronic viewfinder and a clickable rear command dial. It's a slightly bigger camera, but in the scale of the GM-series that means an extra 5mm here and there. They are both truly small cameras.
Minor differences exist between the cameras in terms of hardware. The GM5 uses a slightly lower-resolution 3.0-inch display (921k-dot vs 1036k-dot), but adds 1080/60p video recording where the GM1 tops out at 1080/30p. The GM5 also introduces a few more physical buttons to the rear control layout.
Less fortunately, the GM5 uses the same battery as the GM1, a DMW-BLH7 that's rated to 220 shots with the GM5. That's an extremely low number, even among cameras the same size as the GM5, and especially against other interchangeable lens cameras.
The GM1 offers a pop-up flash, which has been omitted from the GM5 in favor of a hotshoe. A small flash accessory is bundled with the camera, with a guide number 7 at ISO 100 and a pretty poor 1/50 second flash sync speed.
|Panasonic GM1||Panasonic GM5||Sony RX100 III|
|Sensor||16MP, Four Thirds||16MP, Four Thirds||20MP, 1"-type BSI CMOS|
|Sensor size (mm2)||225mm2||225mm2||116mm2|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds||Micro Four Thirds||Fixed|
|Zoom range (kit or fixed, 35mm equiv.)||24-64mm||24-64mm||24-70mm|
|LCD||3.0-inch 1036K-dot fixed touch screen||3.0-inch 921k-dot fixed touch screen||3.0-inch 1229K-dot tilting|
|Viewfinder option||None||Built-in EVF||Built-in EVF|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi with NFC|
|Video capture max. resolution||1080 60i, 30p||1080 60p, 60i||1080 60p, 60i|
|Stabilization||In-lens||In-lens||Optical Steady Shot|
|Dimensions||98.5 x 54.9 x 30.4 mm (3.88 x 2.16 x 1.20")||99 x 60 x 36 mm (3.9 x 2.36 x 1.42″)||102 x 58 x 41 mm (4.02 x 2.28 x 1.61″)|
|Weight||274 g (0.60 lb / 9.60 oz)||281 g (0.62 lb / 9.92 oz)||290 g (0.64 lb / 10.23 oz)|
The key feature differences between the GM1 and GM5 are outlined above. What's hard to quantify in a comparison table is the impact of two added customizable Fn buttons, a clickable control dial and inclusion of ISO on the four-way control pad. These things can make a real difference to enthusiast shooters.
Comparing an ILC to a compact seems like an unfair fight, but the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III is close to the GM5 in terms of size, features, price and some of its target audience. Opting for the RX100 III would mean making do with a much smaller sensor and fixed lens. The RX100 III does offer something closer to true pocketability, a higher resolution sensor at 21MP, an articulated LCD and a faster lens.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is sold as a kit with a LUMIX G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens for $900/£700. 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. Bundled with all kits is an external flash.
It's no coincidence that the stocking-stuffer-sized GM5 is shipping in time for the 2014 winter holiday. Is it ideal for an enthusiast looking for a big sensor ILC with a small body? Or is an enthusiast better off committing to a slightly bigger or smaller camera?
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The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is an almost unthinkably small Micro Four Thirds camera with a 16MP sensor, 3" 921k-dot touch screen, 1080/60p HD video and built-in Wi-Fi. It follows in the already tiny footsteps of the GM1, adding a built-in EVF and more external controls to that camera's point-and-shoot approach. Does it stand tall in a competitive enthusiast mirrorless class? Read more
The Lumix DMC-GM5 is the newest minuscule ILC from Panasonic. It joins its sibling (the Lumix GM1) by offering nearly all of the same imaging features, including a 16MP Four Thirds sensor, while adding enthusiast-friendly features like an EVF and additional controls. We've been looking at how it handles in the field compared to its predecessor. Take a look at our review-in-progress, complete with studio analysis and shooting experience. Read more
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