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Panasonic Lumix G5

Techradar Recommended Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
A multi award winning SLR digital camera with good features
SLR 16.05MP Live MOS Black Nov 2014
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Panasonic Lumix G5 Review

With excellent reviews but good features, we have ranked the Panasonic Lumix G5 number 494 across all digital cameras.
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148 Reviews + 14 Awards
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Good Features
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2 Years Old
Overall Score
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Average

Why Has it Scored 53?

It has not bad expert reviews and great user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. This digital camera has received 14 awards including a "Highly Recommended" award from Camera Labs plus four other sites and a "Recommended" award from Vido.com.ua plus three other sites. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Panasonic digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report excellent product quality, good picture quality and nice design.
The Lumix G5 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution
Very slow camera shutter speed
Quite small eye relief
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Panasonic Lumix G5 Video Reviews


How Big is the Panasonic Lumix G5?

The Panasonic Lumix G5 is 119.9mm wide and 83.2mm tall. It is 70.8mm deep and weighs 346g.

Panasonic Lumix G5 front dimensions

Panasonic Lumix G5 size in context

Panasonic Lumix G5 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

14 Industry Awards

Amongst cameras, this Panasonic digital camera is one of the most awarded.

The experts at websites Camera Labs, Ljudochbild.se, Lydogbillede.dk, PhotographyBlog.com and Ephotozine all strongly endorse this camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Review sites Vido.com.ua, Akam.no, Trusted Reviews and Techradar all recommend this digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This Panasonic camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by review sites PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com, Log.com.tr and Photoreview.com.au all of whom decided that this Panasonic digital camera was excellent.

The writer at one other expert review site said that this camera was very good. This Panasonic camera received a "Top Product" award from Pc-magazin.de.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on 43 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this camera is 80%.

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Owner Reviews Are Good

Lumix G5 owners on average rated this digital camera 89 out of 100. 41 reviewers (86% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report Great Product Quality

Eight customers agreed that this digital camera was good quality.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

20 people mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images.

  • It will not be wrong to say that this camera is an average buy since it is not so suitable for amateur photographers…
  • It is highly suitable for professional photographers only who want some sophisticated features…
  • Image quality is decent, controls are never far away…
  • It has the ability to capture very clear images…
  • The electronic shutter is very handy when you want to shoot unnoticed and image quality is good in both photo and video modes…
  • Solid image quality, great lens selection…
    Gizmodo.com October 2012
  • The higher resolution is noticeable and makes it a lot easier to check critical focus has been achieved…
    TheProf (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2012
  • The controls and usability are very good also the pictures taken with the kit lens are of excellent quality…
    Smee (Amazon.co.uk) - January 2013
  • It is fast and the images look great, they are sharp…
    SFMK (Amazon.co.uk) - February 2013
  • Takes great photographs, easy to use, nice…

Panasonic Has Very Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 11,275 expert and owner reviews (including 2,753 verified purchases) for Panasonic digital cameras and found that on average Panasonic has very good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has very good ratings specifically within its digital cameras range. 95% of those that bought a Panasonic camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Nice Design

Five customers who purchased the product concluded that it was good looking.

Users Report it is Robust

Four people mentioned in their reviews that the product was well made.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Two owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording.

Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Six customers thought it was good value for money.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Six customers wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix G5 had a good lens and three people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus.

Users Report it is a Good Size

Four people said in their reviews that the product was compact and two people agreed that the product was lightweight.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good viewfinder and two customers mentioned that the product had a good screen.

Users Report Superior Technical Features

Four customers thought the product had good features.

  • It is highly suitable for professional photographers only who want some sophisticated features and f…
  • It comes with lots of amazing features and delivers excellent performance…
  • Lacks a few features of newer models…
  • This is a wonderful Camera, Just had a Baby Girl and have been taking pictures non stop as this camera makes it so easy with all the features…
  • For the price this is a beautiful little camera delivering lovely pictures and being full of features…

Users Report it is Easy to Use

Seven people mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use, three people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use the menus and two customers concluded that the product was easy to handle.


Features

Average Megapixels

The Lumix G5's sensor megapixels of 16.1MP is fairly standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lowest 1% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found resolution on digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Lumix G5's ISO sensitivity (max) of 12,800 is in the highest 24% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. Digital cameras have ISO sensitivities (max) of between 200 and 820,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 14,000.

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Very Slow Camera Shutter Speed

The camera shutter speed of the Lumix G5 of only 0.00025s is fairly slow compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the slowest 22% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. Across all the digital cameras the camera shutter speeds range from 0.000062s to 8s, and the average camera shutter speed is 0.16s.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Average Weight

The weight of the Panasonic Lumix G5 of 346g is fairly typical compared to most other cameras. It is in the lightest 1% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Panasonic Lumix G5 has a built-in flash. 66% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Quite Small Eye Relief

The Lumix G5's eye relief of only 17.5mm is in the smallest 18% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. Across all the digital cameras the eye reliefs range from 8mm to 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Lumix G5 has a vari-angle LCD display. 84% of digital cameras do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Lumix G5 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. 75% of cameras do not support Full HD video.

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Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This Panasonic camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Still Image Resolution

This camera supports a still image resolution of 4608 x 3456|4608 x 3072|4608 x 2592|3456 x 3456|3264 x 2448|3264 x 2176|3264 x 1840|2448 x 2448|1712 x 1712|1824 x 1368|1824 x 1216|1920 x 1080|1824 x 1024 pixels, which is the most frequently supported resolution on digital cameras.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Panasonic Lumix G5 has a built-in speaker(s). 92% of digital cameras do not have a built-in speaker(s).

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Lumix G5 of 3" is in the largest 10% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. Digital cameras have display diagonals of between 0.5" and 9", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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Has a Carrying Case

The Lumix G5 has a carrying case, which is unusual. 89% of digital cameras do not have a carrying case.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Lumix G5 features brightness adjustment. 79% of cameras do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Average Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the Lumix G5 of 4x is fairly average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Features Album Organization

The Lumix G5 features album organization, which is unusual. 96% of digital cameras do not feature album organization.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Lumix G5 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. 84% of digital cameras do not have a touchscreen.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Lumix G5 has an anti-dust function, unlike 91% of digital cameras which do not have an anti-dust function.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Panasonic Lumix G5 has an HDMI port, unlike 71% of cameras which do not have an HDMI port.

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Supports Live View

The Lumix G5 supports live view, which is unusual. 84% of digital cameras do not support live view.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Lumix G5 features saturation adjustment, unlike 88% of digital cameras which do not feature saturation adjustment.

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Has a Wind Filter

The Lumix G5 has a wind filter, unlike 96% of digital cameras which do not have a wind filter.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This Panasonic camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the aspherical lens depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of aspherical lenses are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Lumix G5 supports dioptic correction, which is unusual. 90% of cameras do not support dioptic correction.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Lumix G5 features contrast adjustment. 83% of digital cameras do not feature contrast adjustment.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Lumix G5 supports video capability, unlike 67% of digital cameras which do not support video capability.

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Features Calendar

The Lumix G5 features calendar. 86% of digital cameras do not feature calendar.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Panasonic Lumix G5 features multi burst mode, which is unusual. 87% of digital cameras do not feature multi burst mode.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

Panasonic released the Lumix G5 in November 2014.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic dmcg5hebk, dmcg5kegs, dmcg5x
Barcodes 00617529207294, 00848529000763, 00885170098879, 04010869245227, 05025232696383, 05025232696550, 05025232696574, 05025232696604, 05025232696703, 05025232696819, 05025232696826, 05025232696833, 05025232696895, 05025232696956, 05025232696963, 05025232750849, 05025232750863, 05025232750924

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Panasonic Lumix G5

3x lighter
Higher megapixel
Larger maximum aperture number
3x lower display resolution (numeric)
54% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)
Lower display resolution (numeric)

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