A Real Life Lumix G5 Mirrorless Camera Review

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Will Crockett is the Photo-Guru behind DiscoverMirrorless.com, ShootSmarter.com and a host of other websites. He’s an industry visionary who is ushering in a new era of “Hybrid Imaging” – a combination of photo, video and audio that can all be produced by a new wave of smaller, less expensive yet powerful and highly sophisticated mirrorless cameras. Of course, we here at MirrorlessCentral.com happen to agree with Will. That’s why we’ve created this website, so you can keep up to date with all the latest cameras, lenses and gear that will help you ride the wave of the Mirrorless Revolution!

Will, and other members of his inner circle, will be regular contributors to this site, and we’re happy to have his content featured here. We LOVE his no-nonsense, comprehensive reviews of cameras and gear, and here’s one of his latest “Real Life Reviews” of the Panasonic Lumix G5.

Here’s what Will has to say:
The SMARTER Photographers want to know if the Panasonic Lumix G5 mirrorless camera is the right one for them. It’s the replacement for the popular G3 and is loaded with creative photo and video filter presets designed to create quality images with a sense of style. Using the wide line of Micro 4/3 lenses from Lumix and Olympus as well as other brands, this little camera has some unique and attractive features for it’s $800 price tag. Is it worth the money? Could it be a replacement to your DSLR? If you have a G3 or an Olympus PEN system, is this the camera to move up to?

In this Real Life Review hybrid imaging expert Will Crockett skips all the silly tech specs and marketing hype and takes the G5 out on a few shoots to see how it handles in the real world to create photos and video, both indoors and out – bright sun and low interior light – and shares his insight with you in this 11 minute video.

While we’re big fans of the G5, we are NOT big fans of the standard 14-42mm kit lens that it’s often bundled with. So we’ll post some links for the best pricing on the G5 and some of our favorite Micro 4/3 lens options to go along with it.


shootsmarterdude says:

Hi Skipper!
Welcome to the hybrid imaging universe, great choice on selecting M43. We do not have lens recommendation content as of now – maybe later. But, here’s a short list of lenses that I REALLY like for the M43 cameras (both Lumix and Olympus) in no particular order:
Lumix 7-14mm zoom (magnificent!)
Lumix 20mm f 1.7
Olympus 45mm f 1.8
Lumix 25mm f 2.8
Lumix 45mm Macro f 2.8
Olympus 75mm f 1.8
Lumix 12-35mm f 2.8 zoom.
All good stuff there bud.

Skip Vanderslice says:

I have just recently gotten interested in 4/3. The G5 looks good here, but of course the camera isn’t the full story. What lens(es) do you recommend to get the outstanding performance that you reference, or is there a separate video or webpage on that topic?

shootsmarterdude says:

Comparing the G5 to the GX1, you have two cameras with similar performance but with different personalities. The G5 is too big to slip into most pockets, offers lots of creative filter options, and is a more user friendly menu setup. The GX1 really offers the same imaging power as the GH2 without the pro video add-ons (like external mic port, live view video thru the HDMI port) but it’s made to travel. The slide in EVF is brilliant and lets you take it anywhere in your pocket.

shootsmarterdude says:

Hi RV,
Thanks for the great question. The GX1 is really not connected to the GF family, and is nothing more than the “missing link” in the soon-to-be formed Lumix G line. The GF’s are small, stylish, female friendly G series cameras without a finder and are available in cute colors. They have been a sales dud even though they are a very good performing camera.

RVecc says:

Since the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is commonly regarded as the “proper successor” to the DMC-GF1, how would you compare it to this? I can see the G5 has an advantage with the tilt-n-swivel LCD even if the optional EVF is added to the GX1. Would the G5 be preferred to the GX1 for someone coming from point-n-shoot land? Or do you think the lower price point of the GX1 makes it better for the p-n-s migrator on a budget?

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