Lumix Compact System Camera

Panasonic was one of the first manufacturers to explore the possibilities of compact system cameras (CSCs) (also known as mirrorless cameras).

Panasonic's line of CSCs is now composed of the GH line of high-end video-optimized cameras, the slightly smaller G-series models which include electronic viewfinders and the compact GF-series which save space by leaving out the EVF. Want to learn more? Visit our page page for all compact system cameras to find other CSC cameras, or visit our compact cameras page to learn more about non-interchangeable-lens compact cameras.

image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 digital camera

Panasonic G5

16.1 megapixel, Compact System Camera, 3.00x Zoom

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.

Released September 2012

$582
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Review

image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 digital camera

Panasonic G6

16.1 megapixel, Compact System Camera, 3.00x Zoom

Released June 2013

$698-700

Initial Test

image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 digital camera

Panasonic GF5

12.1 megapixel, Compact System Camera, 3.00x Zoom

In refreshing its modestly-sized, modestly-priced touchscreen mirrorless camera, Panasonic has wisely left the sensor resolution unchanged. Instead, the Panasonic GF5 brings lower noise levels, performance improvements, and some worthwhile improvements to UI and ergonomics.

Released June 2012

 
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image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 digital camera

Panasonic GF6

16.0 megapixel, Compact System Camera, 3.00x Zoom

Released June 2013

 

Initial Test

image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 digital camera

Panasonic GH3

16.1 megapixel, Compact System Camera, Non-Zoom

The Panasonic GH3 marks a huge improvement over the much-beloved GH2, both in still photography and video capabilities, thanks to a brand new 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and one of the deepest feature sets we've ever seen on a mirrorless, compact system camera. In particular, the GH3 is loaded with professional-level filmmaking features, including full 1080p video at 60fps, bit rates as high as 72 Mbps, and an SMPTE Time Code option, along with nearly a dozen other premium extras you won't find on DSLRs twice its price. To top it all off, the GH3 boasts a more durable, weatherized body than the GH2, and a redesigned interface with plenty of easy-to-access buttons for making changes on the fly.

Released December 2012

$816-998
Dave's Pick

Review

image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 digital camera

Panasonic GH4

16.1 megapixel, Compact System Camera, Non-Zoom

Released April 2014

$1659-3308

Now Shooting!

image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 digital camera

Panasonic GM1

16.0 megapixel, Compact System Camera, 2.67x Zoom

The tiny Panasonic GM1 features the same sensor and processor as its larger sibling, the GX7, but Panasonic has done some innovative engineering to pack all that power into such a small and pocketable digital camera. Check out our Panasonic GM1 review to see why this camera was voted the Best Pocket Interchangeable Lens Camera of 2013!

Released November 2013

$748
Dave's Pick

Review

image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 digital camera

Panasonic GX1

16.0 megapixel, Compact System Camera, 3.00x Zoom

Easy to carry, yet not too small, the Panasonic GX1 offers a lot to the photography enthusiast who's looking for a compact system camera. It offers compatibility with a growing set of high-quality lenses, and is a lot of fun to use.

Released December 2011

 
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image of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 digital camera

Panasonic GX7

16.0 megapixel, Compact System Camera, 3.00x Zoom

The Panasonic GX7 may just be the Micro Four Thirds model we've all been waiting for, offering a ton of advanced features -- including a tilting electronic viewfinder, touchscreen LCD and robust Wi-Fi capabilities -- while capturing very good still images and great video. It may not rank the best in any one specific area, but the GX7 is the rare compact system camera that doesn't sacrifice much either, delivering all-around great performance for a reasonable price. It hits a sweet spot that should surely appeal to both pros looking for a compact, everyday alternative to their bulky DSLRs as well as a smart and sophisticated step-up model for amateur shooters.

Released September 2013

$948
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