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
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.