G reveals his “secret sauce” on how to set up the Lumix G5 like a BOSS – and get the most out of what is one of the best, and most overlooked, cameras to be released in the last 12 months.
The Lumix G5 may be the little brother of the Panasonic’s flagship Hybrid Monster, the Lumix GH3 – but with the tips in this video I’ll show you how to take your G5 from a little bro to a BOSS. If you put in the time to get to know your camera, experiment with the settings, and most importantly go out and shoot, you can get some BIG RESULTS from this little camera and when you get your G5 tuned up, it’s going to help you take that idea you have in your minds-eye and make that into a reality.
I love when I’m shooting and I don’t even have to think about the camera settings. This allows me the freedom to focus on being creative instead of sweating all the technical details, which makes shooting a LOT more fun and yields cooler shots.
In my experience Lumix cameras’ factory settings are very conservative, so with the G5 I’m able to take the sharpness all the way down and still get a sharp image. I prefer to shoot with little to no noise reduction and keep the sharpness low. Having the noise reduction set to the minimum will show more grain in the images but will also make the image sharper. This happens because when the camera’s CPU reduces noise often times it also reduces fine detail. It’s a trade-off but one I’m happy to take. Also to compensate for the increased sharpness/grain, I turn the sharpness settings down as well. While setting the sharpness down offsets the increase in noise, a sharp lens will always produce sharper images, which is why I use the best glass I can afford.
The Leica 25/1.4 Summilux is a super sharp lens that is well worth the price, and one I recommend to every M43 shooter!
I also like to store my favorite color settings in the C1 and C2-1, C2-2 and C2-3 custom settings on the mode dial so that I’m able to quickly recall them on the fly. If I have to stop and think about what my camera is doing, I’ll more than likely lose the shot and I don’t want to do that.
I hope this post gives you some ideas how to setup your Lumix G5 like a BOSS. Be sure to catch my other video on customizing the G5 body.
My 2 Cents
Although it’s technically not a “Pro” level camera, the Panasonic Lumix G5 can nonetheless produce professional level image quality provided you know how to use this camera’s many feautures, and Giulio does a great job showing you how to set the camera up for maximum results. The G5 is loaded up with the same sensor as Panasonic’s former flagship model, the Lumix GH2, but it’s important to note that the G5’s processor is now run by the all new Venus II processing engine, which yields much better Image Quality and low light performance. You don’t get as much manual control in video with the G5, and there’s no external microphone input, but you’ll still find that the camera will produce eye popping video, and by tapping into it’s numerous built in creative filters and scene modes (which can be used for both stills and video) you’ll be able to get new and unique results more easily than ever before.
As I mentioned above, the G5 is one of the best – but most overlooked – cameras of the last year, mostly because the Lumix GH3 came out in the fall and stole it’s thunder. This camera is feature rich enough to please a pro, but easy enough for a beginner, and is one one of the favorite cameras among myself and my colleagues (Along with Giulio, I personally use one as do Pro-Tog Hybrid Heroes Will Crockett, Suzette Allen and Steven Lynch). At $498 USD (current Amazon Price), the G5 is also the best bargain in mirrorless cameras today.