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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 278 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the performance and portability are overall positive. The responsiveness and value for money are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the contrast and features.

usability, value for money, responsiveness, portability, performance

features, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 ($799.99 direct with lens) is the latest in Panasonic's line of SLR-styled Micro Four Thirds camera bodies. The 16-megapixel shooter looks and handles a lot like a scaled-down D-SLR. It has an extremely sharp eye-level EVF, a...

Sharp EVF. Vari-angle touch-display. Fast burst shooting. SLR-like design. Outstanding high ISO performance. 1080p60 video capture

Kit lens could be better. No mic input. Lens-based stabilization system

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 edges out some other excellent cameras to earn our Editors' Choice award for compact interchangeable lens cameras under $1,000.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5


Based on looks alone, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G5 resembles any compact DSLR on the market. It has the familiar DSLR shape with a lens barrel, right-hand grip, and sturdy build. But take one into your hands and you'll notice that the small size and...

Excellent build quality ; Loaded with features designed with novices in mind ; Intelligent Auto mode effective ; DSLR-like operation ; Fast autofocus, and good image quality

The compact size may not fit well with larger hands ; Touchscreen isn’t as responsive as it should be in the age of smartphones ; Zoom ring on included lens a bit stiff to turn

For anyone looking to trade up from a point-and-shoot but isn’t ready to dive into the realm of DSLRs, the Lumix G5 is an excellent in-between that offers the best of both worlds.

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G5 Review


This compact mirrorless camera delivers a lot of high-end features in a lightweight, well-designed package. The biggest draws are impressive low-light performance, high still image quality, and customizability. You can get artsy angles with the...

High-resolution live view LCD ; LCD articulates and is a touch screen ; Works with third-party lenses ; Articulating touch screen LCD ; High-resolution electronic viewfinder ; Impressive low light performance ; Full-resolution burst up to 6fps ; High...

Inconsistent accuracy from contrast detection autofocus system ; Touch screen swiping can be sticky ; Autofocus can be slow to adjust when zooming in movie mode ; Video quality could be higher

This compact mirrorless camera delivers a lot of high-end features in a lightweight, well-designed package. The biggest draws are impressive low-light performance, high still image quality, and customizability. You can get artsy angles with the...


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5


Showcased in a pre-release event in Sonoma, the G5 replaces the G3 as Panasonic's high-end mirrorless camera. With new "light speed" autofocus, a rebuilt 16 megapixel MOS sensor, 1080/60p HD video at a whopping 28mbps bitrate, and 3.7fps continuous...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Review


It’s easy to see that mirrorless cameras have swamped the market, with models from Panasonic, Sony, Pentax, Olympus — even Canon! — and others, kicking the heels of the budget DSLRs.

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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, lens, portability, performance, usability

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic DMC-G5KBODY 16MP SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD - Body Only (Black)

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Great buy for the price


Good sensor and decent performance for the price

Images may seem noisy if you are a pixel peeper

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Great camera for the money


I like it and am glad I bought it! ...................................................................About me... Semi-pro videographer, Pro photographer

easy to use when want to take DSLR pictures using the screen (rather than the viewfinder)

hard to set up if not using auto everything

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Just Right


This is the perfect camera for someone who is interested in photography, but not interested in the idea of carrying around a bulky DSLR. As a new upgrader from the point-and-shoot, I'm still learning, but so far I love this camera!About me... Love...

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Great Camera quality with a ton for features.


Love this way better than my Nixon cool pix that I had. It has so many features I still have not figured out all of them. The picture quality is the best, I get so many complements. And I get alot of my photography friends that do it professionally...

Picture quality

Too many features

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D:3D READY / No
Chip Type:Live MOS
Sensor Size:17.3 x 13.0 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes