Panasonic Lumix G5 First Impressions Review

Offers a few safe, predictable upgrades to the G3's successful formula. Is that enough to stand out from the crowd?



Panasonic is back with another G-series Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system camera. The Lumix G5 is an update to last year's G3, sticking with largely the same formula with some incremental but noteworthy improvements.

Spec-boosts include an updated 16-megapixel Four Thirds MOS sensor, 6fps burst shooting, ISO up to 12800 at full-resolution, an even smaller body, a 920,000-pixel articulating LCD, 1080/60p video, a third Fn button and Fn lever, and faster, more accurate autofocus.

We spent some time with a pre-production G5 at a briefing last month. Read on for our first impressions.

The G5 will come in black, silver, and white bodies. Availability and pricing have yet to officially be announced, but Panasonic told us in a briefing that they expect the G5 kit (including a standard 14-42mm zoom lens) to cost $799 at launch—up from the G3's $699 MSRP.

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  1. Our First Take
  2. Product Tour
  3. Handling
  4. Modes
  5. Controls
  6. Hardware
  7. Conclusion
  8. Photo Gallery
  9. Specs

Panasonic Lumix G5

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