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Panasonic Lumix G5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the build quality and performance are generally positive. The image quality and responsiveness are also mentioned favorably, whereas views about the viewfinder and usability are different. The color and screen get critical views.

portability, responsiveness, image quality, performance, build quality

value for money, sensor, exposure, screen, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix G5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix G5

 

Panasonic's middle child is a good performer in a cheap suit.

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Panasonic Lumix G5

 

The Panasonic Lumix G5 is a 16 Megapixel mirrorless compact system camera based on the Micro Four Thirds standard which Panasonic co-developed with Olympus. Panasonic now refers to mirrorless system cameras as DSLMs, or Digital Single Lens Mirrorless,...

920k dot flip-out LCD touch screen ; 6fps burst mode ; 28Mbps 1080p50/60 movie recording ; EVF proximity sensor ; Compact collapsible powered kit zoom ; Customisable Quick menu ; Access to broadest native lens catalogue

Poor battery life ; Lacks Manual exposure movie modes ; Creative effects dificult to access ; Average wide angle on kit zoom

The Panasonic Lumix G5 is a solid upgrade to the earlier Lumix G3 and maintains its position as one of the best value Micro Four Thirds models in the Panasonic line up as well as more generally. The combination of a new 16 Megapixel sensor and updated...

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The Panasonic Lumix G5 is the brand's latest compact system camera, joining the current Lumix G3 in the maker's Micro Four Thirds line-up

Swivel and tilt rear LCD ; High-res EVF ; Great at video and stills

Not very compact ; Cost as much as a DSLR

The Panasonic Lumix G5 certainly looks impressive at first glance. It may be a little on the bulky side compared to some other mirrorless snappers, but it's still light and comfortable enough to hold for several hours at a time.

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Panasonic Lumix G5 review

 

Panasonic's latest G5 compact system camera shows that the company's power zoom lenses are here to say. Why? Because the camera now has a compact-esque zoom toggle, though there's also the option to use more traditional twist-zoom or focus lenses too.

Fast autofocus, touchscreen responsiveness, decent image quality, detailed electronic viewfinder, body-based zoom toggle to control power zoom lenses

Continuous autofocus still not quite there, power zoom lenses won’t suit all, power zoom also adds to price, little image quality improvement compared to G3, high ISO performance won’t see off the APS-C sensor competition, where’s the microphone input

The G5 is the most hybrid-like mashup of a compact and DSLR-like camera that we’ve yet seen. There’s lots to like: image quality is decent, controls are never far away, the touchscreen LCD is responsive and power zoom lenses can now be controlled from...

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The excellent Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 produces consistently high-quality output and joins an ever-expanding range of lenses and companion models. It's a joy to use, but the price is high, particularly when compared to mainstream dSLRs. The score...

Image quality ; Range of available lenses ; Movie performance ; Firmware and build quality

Price

The G5 is a great camera. It's fast, accurate and absolutely packed with features. But as Andrew Hoyle asked in his preview of a pre-production unit, "if the price tag is closing in on some entry-level dSLRs, is the Lumix G5 worth considering?"

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Panasonic Lumix G5 review

 

Panasonic want the G5 to rival the current crop of mid-price DSLRs. Does it deliver enough? We find out in the What Digital Camera Panasonic G5 review

Build-quality, handling, results, size

Touch screen still needs to be refined, pricey at launch compared to rivals

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Panasonic Lumix G5

 

There's a new sensor with an extended sensitivity range, a higher resolution monitor screen, a more upmarket bodyshell

There’s a new sensor with an extended sensitivity range, a higher resolution monitor screen, a more upmarket bodyshell (using an aluminium front casing rather than polycarbonate) with improved ergonomics, a number of new features and the return of a...

The G5 is refitted with a proximity sensor on the viewfinder eyepiece to facilitate automatic switching between the EVF and the monitor screen. The resolution of the G5’s tilt-swing screen is increased to 920,600 pixels and has automatic brightness...

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