One of the newest compact system cameras (DSLM) cameras from Panasonic, the LUMIX G5 features a newly integrated 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine to render clear, crisp images in both photo and video recording. Featuring a compact, light-weight body with built-in flash, the LUMIX G5 boasts ultra-high mobility while offering users a powerful camera performance which achieves spectacular image quality, realizing true-to-life photo details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color production. When used with the LUMIX G5, the full line of high-grade lens combines with its precision AF (Auto Focus) to achieve high resolutions, with an optimal balance of resolution and noise reduction to produce lifelike image rendering and high precision auto exposure and white balance for faithful color reproduction.
When used with the LUMIX G5, the full line of high-grade lens combines with its precision AF (Auto Focus) to achieve high resolutions, with an optimal balance of resolution and noise reduction to produce lifelike image rendering and high precision auto exposure and white balance for faithful color reproduction. A redesigned Venus Engine features exceptionally advanced signal processing capabilities, producing clear, crisp images in both photo and video recording.
The 3DNR detects smooth areas or edges in photos and adjusts the strength of noise reduction (stronger for smooth portion, milder for edge portion) to maintain object descriptiveness. The Multi-process NR quickly detects brightness in each part of a picture and applies optimal noise reduction in multiple steps. The newly incorporated HDR (High Dynamic Range) allows for several pictures consecutively shot at different exposure levels to be overlaid, producing a single composite picture to eliminate over-exposure or under-exposure.
Reviewed by 2 customers
I got this camera as an upgrade for a single lens superzoom camera. According to the reviews it would be a significant upgrade in image qualty, and it was. The price was very competitive given the better images and the interchangeable lenses. On the down side, the manual was opaque, and the extended manual supposed to be online is unavailable. So figuring out the capabilities and how to use them has been an extended trial and error process.
I upgraded to this camera from one of the first entrants in the m 4/3 category. After debating between this and a model from 'the other brand', I chose the Panasonic because it just felt right- the ergonomics in hand are wonderful. The fully articulating screen is bright and clear. It is, however, a bit less responsive than most will be used to due to the use of a resistive touch panel instead of capacitive. I have not shot much with it yet, but the few images and video that I have taken were superb. We're getting closer all the time to a compact body that can get close to APS-C quality images. This body may be considered 'chunky' by some, but for those with bigger hands/longer fingers, it's a godsend. Many of the smaller rangefinder styles now feel too cramped for me. I've seen a lot of reference to subpar battery life, and I'm not sure whether that is the case yet or not, but there's always the option to pick up a spare battery! The benefits of having a slightly larger body are: more thoughtful button layout, and a built in pop up flash and EVF, things you typically pay to add on in a smaller body. In the end, it's not quite pocketable, but I will be keeping it on a sling / in a sling bag anyway. Very excited to see what I can do with this.