Panasonic want the G5 to rival the current crop of mid-price DSLRs. Does it deliver enough? We find out in the What Digital Camera Panasonic G5 review

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Panasonic Lumix G5

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:90%


  • Build-quality, handling, results, size


  • Touch screen still needs to be refined, pricey at launch compared to rivals


Panasonic Lumix G5 Review


Price as reviewed:


Value & Verdict

Panasonic G5 review – Value

At the moment, the G5 is available for £699 with the standard 14-42mm lens, and for an extra £100 you can pair the G5 with the 14-42mm powered-zoom lens.

Compared to rivals from Canon and Nikon already on the market that have had the benefit of seeing their street price drop since launch, you’re still paying a premium for the G5, especially if you opt for the pricier of the two kit lenses.

Panasonic G5 review – Verdict

While it may have a bit of a fight on its hands to tempt people away from the safer option of a DSLR, the G5 has a lot to offer those willing to try something a little less traditional.

The build-quality is as good as its rivals, if not better in some areas. The interface and touch screen technology make the G5 easy and quick to use, though as we’ve mentioned, there is still room for improvement in this area. Images are also very good, and unless you shoot a lot of high ISO shots where DSLRs have the edge, you won’t be disappointed.

Factor in the fast AF (in single AF at least), flip-out screen, 6fps and the largest lens and accessory support for a Compact System Camera range, and the G5 has to be the most complete Lumix G-series camera we’ve seen, that mounts a serious challenge to established DSLRs.


Video:1080 (25/30p) HD video (MP4) & 1080 (50/60p) HD video (AVCHD)
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1, 2, Colour Temperature Setting
Lens Mount:Micro Four Thirds
Built-in Flash:Yes
Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC
Exposure Comp:-/+3 EV in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV steps
Cable Release:No
Compression:Fine, Standard
PC Socket:No
Viewfinder Type:Live View Finder with 1.44m dots resolution
Output Size:4608 x 3456px
LCD:3in 3:2 aspect ratio, 920k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD touch screen display
Field of View:100%
Colour Temp Control:2500-10,000K
AF Points:23 area AF
White Balance Bracket:3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis
Sensor:16.05MP Live MOS
Max Flash Sync:1/160th
Focal Length Mag:2x
DoF Prview:No
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens-based
Metering System:144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Movie Mode:Yes
Live Mode:Yes
Exposure Modes:P, S, A, M, Intelligent Auto, Scene, Creative Control
Connectivity:Hi-Speed USB, HDMI
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion battery
File Format:Raw (RW2), JPEG, Raw + JPEG, MPO + JPEG
Dimensions:120 x 83.2 x 70.8mm
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000th second, plus Bulb
Focusing Modes:AFS (Single), AFF (Flexible), AFC (Continuous), MF
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous (up to 20fps), self-timer
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
  1. 1. Panasonic G5 review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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