• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 50,000

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Differences

Panasonic G5 advantages over Leica CL

  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $3495
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 310 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    84 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Leica CL advantages over Panasonic G5

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 70 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 6.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    140 vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/25000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    50000 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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.

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

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic G3

Panasonic G5
Panasonic G3
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Thinner
Leica CL
Panasonic G3
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Panasonic G6

Panasonic G5
Panasonic G6
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Leica CL
Panasonic G6
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Panasonic G5
Panasonic GX7
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Leica CL
Panasonic GX7
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $497
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Panasonic G5
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $1632
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Leica CL
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1632
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro3

Panasonic G5
Fujifilm X-Pro3
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $1800
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Leica CL
Fujifilm X-Pro3
  • $2795
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $1800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
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