Panasonic Lumix GM5 Review - The Panasonic Lumix GM5 may appear tiny, but it still manages to cram in an awful lot of imaging punch
Panasonic Lumix GM5 Review – Design
It’s been mentioned a few times previously that the GM5 is in fact larger than the GM1, but when you really look at the fine details of the camera’s dimensions the differences really aren’t that huge.
The GM5 is in fact only 5.7mm taller and 5.4mm wider than the GM1, and as such is still very much firmly in the micro CSC market.
Where the GM5 does differ from the GM1 substantially is with regards to the control layout. Where the GM1 featured a scroll wheel which doubled as a D-pad, the GM5 now features four control buttons surrounding the menu / set button.
Owing to the 16:9 aspect ratio of the GM5’s screen there’s now a strip of space above it – an area which Panasonic has made use of.
The camera’s scroll wheel is now located horizontally above the screen for easy adjustment of camera settings, while a trio of buttons accompany the wheel offering quick access to the camera’s EVF setting, Wi-fi functionality and image playback.
Additional handgrip available
Owing to the relatively small size of the body, as well as the omission of a grip on the front of the camera to match that on the rear, the GM5 is compatible with the DMW-HGR1 handgrip.
This can be screwed in to the camera’s tripod mount and then offers a front handgrip for an extra secure hold. It does come at a cost however, and will set you back the best part of £100.
Owing to the distinctly compact body, it’s worth pointing out that the various controls and buttons located around the camera’s body can prove a touch fiddly as times, and this might prove especially irksome if you have larger than average hands.