Panasonic G5 Review

 
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Model Name: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor: Panasonic G3
G3 vs G5
Successor: Panasonic G6
G5 vs G6
General
Model Number: G5
Camera Format: Compact System Camera
Currently Manufactured: No
Retail Price: $799.99
Street Price: $457.22
Date Available: 2012-09-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 20.3 oz (575 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.7 x 3.3 x 2.8 in.
(120 x 83 x 71 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: Live MOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic
Effective Megapixels: 16.1
Sensor Format: 4/3
Sensor size: 224.9mm2 (17.30mm x 13.00mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 3.75 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0x
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score:  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits):  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs):  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso):  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4608 x 3456 (15.9 MP, 4:3),
4608 x 3072 (14.2 MP, 3:2),
4608 x 2592 (11.9 MP, 16:9),
3456 x 3456 (11.9 MP, 1:1),
3264 x 2448 (8.0 MP, 4:3),
3264 x 2176 (7.1 MP, 3:2),
3264 x 1840 (6.0 MP, Other),
2448 x 2448 (6.0 MP, 1:1),
2336 x 1720 (4.0 MP, Other),
2336 x 1560 (3.6 MP, 3:2),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1744 x 1744 (3.0 MP, 1:1),
1824 x 1368 (2.5 MP, 4:3),
1824 x 1216 (2.2 MP, 3:2),
1824 x 1024 (1.9 MP, 16:9),
1712 x 1712 (2.9 MP, 1:1)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), MPO, RAW, RAW + JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 6.3
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60p/60i/30p)
1280x720 (60p/30p)
640x480 (30p)
Movie File Format: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch) or MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: No
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
Lens: Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 - 84 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 - f/22 (wide) / f.5.6 -f/ 22 (tele)
Normal Focus Range: 30 cm to Infinity
11.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: 52.0mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Magnification ratio depends on recording pixels and aspect ratio
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection: Face detection, AF Tracking, 23-area-focusing, 1-area-focusing, Pinpoint
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: EVF
Viewfinder Type: EVF; 1,440K dots eq., 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm eq.) magnification, 17.5mm eyepoint, -4 to +4 diopter, eye sensor
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution:  
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 0.70x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 1.40x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 920,000 dots (307,000 px)
Touchscreen: Yes
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen:
Selfie Screen:
Max Playback Zoom: 16.0x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 12800
Minimum ISO (native): 160
ISO Settings: Auto, Intelligent ISO, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800; in 1/3 EV steps
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, White Set 1/2, Color Temperature Setting (2,500-10,000K in 100K steps)
Shutter Speed Range: 60 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 144-zone Intelligent Multiple, Center-weighted, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Clear in Backlight, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow, Glistening Water, Clear Nightscape, Cool Night Sky, Warm Glowing Nightscape, Artistic Nightscape, Glittering Illuminations, Clear Night Portrait, Soft Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert, Freeze Animal Motion, Clear Sports Shot, Monochrome
Self Timer: 2, 10, 3 shots in 10 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Guide Number: 8.3 m / 27.2 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependent; GN=10.5 (ISO 160, m)
Max Flash Sync: 1/160
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: RAW, RAW + JPEG
Movie File Format: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch) or MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control:
Remote Control Type:  
Connections (extended): Mini HDMI (Type-C), Remote Jack
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.45
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.44
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): 8
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 6.3
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 18
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):  
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.19
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.079
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.47
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.063
Shutter Lag (notes): Full Autofocus lag, Multi-area AF mode = 0.191s
Startup Time: 1.3
Play -> Record Time: 0.6
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 3.8
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary
Usable Battery Types: 7.2v 1200 mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 310
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.2 PE, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, Super LoiloScope (trial), USB Driver
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Available in black, white, or silver in various kit options.


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