With all the fanfare surrounding the numerous camera launches a Photokina 2012 about a month ago, we thought it would be a good time to revisit one of our favorite cameras of the year, The Panasonic G5. No doubt, there were several impressive cameras that debuted in the last few weeks, including the Panasonic GH3, the Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL5) and PEN Mini (E-PM2), the Sony NEX 5R, NEX 6 and RX1, the Fuji X-E1, etc.
Yep… there are a lot of shiny new toys to distract you, but the G5 is a great little image making machine that still warrants your notice. Don’t forget, this is the camera that Getty Images Pro-tog Dean Mouhtaropoulos (say THAT 5 times really fast ~_^) used to shoot the 2012 London Olympic Games, and this little bad boy can pop out some great quality images and video. It’s easy to use and incorporates many pro level features, all at a mid-range price point.
The video overview above is from Currys PC World. Here’s what Currys has to say: The Panasonic Lumix G5 Compact System Camera allows you to capture the most detailed images thanks to the 16.05 resolution Live MOS sensor. With the Venus Engine, the Lumix G DMC-G5 boasts advanced signal processing for the crispest and clearest images. The high resolution sensor means that you can easily capture high quality images and even Full HD videos, so you will never miss an opportunity to shoot the way you want to. The Light Speed AF means that you can capture small, fast moving objects with ease. Whatever you’re taking a photo of, your camera will quickly and easily focus on your subject, providing you with blur-free images.
There are also a couple of recently written reviews that are worth a look (Hat Tip to 43Rumors).
If you’re one of those people who needs to pour over specs and you like to read a lot, there’s a really in depth (and we mean IN DEPTH) review posted on Steves-Digicams.com (Read Full Review) with sample images and every spec, dimension, feature etc., that you’d ever want. But here’s Steve’s conclusion below:
Bottom line – The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 offers a lot of high-end features in a small, lightweight, well-designed package. The biggest draws are its impressive low-light performance, high still image quality, and its customizability. The three customizable buttons plus two on-screen function buttons really help you adapt the camera to your style. The articulating live view LCD helps you get artsy angles, and the electronic viewfinder is a big plus when bright light makes framing shots with the LCD less than ideal. The LCD’s touch screen is tremendously convenient for tapping your way through menus, though swiping can be sticky – but the well-placed thumb wheel will quickly take you where you want to go. The biggest drawback here is the sometimes iffy contrast detection autofocus, which was not always accurate in my testing. Both still images and video sometimes suffered from inaccurate focus – even in bright light – which was surprising considering that the default uses 23 points to determine focus. Also, movies don’t look quite as high definition as you might expect from the 1080p spec. At about $699 for the body with the Lumix G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm lens, the G5 is competitively priced.
**Note: We think that the video resolution issues that Steve mentions above may have been a function of the lens and not the camera, as most of the video we’ve seen produced by the G5 has been great.
There’s also another good review on Digital-Photography-School.com (Read Full Review) – Their conclusions are below…
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Verdict
Quality: excellent in all sorts of conditions. Try it in soft light: you will be impressed as I was with this simple flower picture.
Why buy it: small; good in the hand.
Why not: your ambitions are higher.
The G5 is very appealing and, mostly due to its small size, would appeal to the ambitious and photographically aware traveler. Available in silver and black.
Check out the Panasonic G5 below: