Panasonic G5 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
Resolution: 16.05 Megapixels
Sensor size: 4/3
(17.3mm x 13.0mm)
Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom
14-42mm
(28-84mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 160 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 160 - 12,800
Shutter: 60 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.3 x 2.8 in.
(120 x 83 x 71 mm)
Weight: 20.3 oz (575 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $800
Availability: 09/2012
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Full specs: Panasonic G5 specifications
16.05
Megapixels
Micro Four Thirds 4/3
size sensor
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G5 Summary

Updating the performance and capabilities of the Lumix G3, Panasonic has improved an already strong performer. A subtle change of button position and functionality makes this compact shooter a standout in the Micro Four Thirds crowd.

Pros

Small, compact body with excellent focusing and exposure capabilities; Newly enhanced touchpanel LCD screen makes image capture and review a joy; Excellent HD video recording quality.

Cons

Some controls difficult to access; Too easy to activate menus and options while shooting; Lack of a microphone-in jack limits video recording usefulness.

Price and availability

The Panasonic G5 began shipping in the U.S. from October, 2012. Body-only suggested list price is US$699.99, and a kit bundled with the G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. lens is priced at US$799.99, though street price can be significantly lower.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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