Panasonic Lumix G5 Review

4.5
July 24, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

TYPE

Type Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card (Compatible with UHS-I standard SDHC/SDXC memory cards)
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount

IMAGE SENSOR

Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 18.31 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 16.05 Megapixels
Colour filter Primary color filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter

RECORDING SYSTEM

Recording file format Still Image: JPEG(DCF, Exif 2.3), RAW, / MPO (When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds standard) / Motion Image: AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch) / / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard, / MPO+Fine, MPO+Standard (with 3D lens in Micro Four Thirds System standard)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
File size(Pixels)
Still Image [4:3] 4608x3456(L) / 3264x2448(M) / 2336x1752(S) / 1824x1368(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [3:2] 4608x3072(L) / 3264x2176(M) / 2336x1560(S) / 1824x1216(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [16:9] 4608x2592(L) / 3264x1840(M) / 1920x1080(S) / 1824x1024(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard) / [1:1] 3456x3456(L) / 2448x2448(M) / 1744x1744(S) / 1712x1712(When attaching 3D lens in Micro Four Third System standard)
Motion Image (MP4*1 : NTSC) [Full HD]1920×1080, 30fps (sensor output is 30p) / [HD]1280x720, 30fps (sensor output is 30p) / [VGA] 640x480, 30fps (sensor output is 30p)
Motion Image (MP4*1 : PAL) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 25fps (sensor output is 25p) / [HD] 1280x720, 25fps (sensor output is 25p) / [VGA] 640x480, 25fps (sensor output is 25p)
Continuous recordable time (Motion images)*3 AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 150 min with H-PS14042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 140 min with H-FS014042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 150 min with H-FS45150
Motion Image (AVCHD*1 : NTSC) [Full HD] 1920x1080, 60p (sensor output is 60p) (PSH: 28Mbps)*2 / [Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 60p) (FSH: 17Mbps) / [Full HD] 1920x1080, 30p (sensor output is 60p) (FPH: 17Mbps) / [HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 60p)?SH: 17Mbps)
Motion Image (AVCND*1 : PAL) [Full HD] 1920×1080, 50p (sensor output is 50p) (PSH : 28Mbps)*2 / [Full HD] 1920x1080, 50i (sensor output is 50p) (FSH : 17Mbps) / [Full HD] 1920x1080, 25p (sensor output is 50p) (FPH: 17Mbps) / [HD] 1280 x 720, 50p (sensor output is 25p)?SH:17Mbps)
Actual recordable time (Motion images) AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 75 min with H-PS14042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 70 min with H-FS014042 / AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 75 min with H-FS45150

VIEWFINDER

Type Live View Finder (1,440,000 dots equivalent)
Field of view Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.4x / 0.7x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m -1
Eye point Approx.17.5mm from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment -4.0~+4.0?dpt?
Eye sensor Yes
Eye sensor adjustment High / Low

FOCUS

Type Contrast AF system
Focus mode AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF mode Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
AF detective range EV 0 - 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF assist lamp YES
AF lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF lock
Others Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Eye Sensor AF, Touch AF, Touch Pad AF, Touch shutter, Touch MF Assist,

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Light metering system 144-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering range EV 0 - 18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual,
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Exposure compensation 1/3EV Step ±5EV
AE lock Set the Fn button in custom menu to AE lock
AE bracket 3,5,7 frame, in 1/3 or 2/3 or 1EV Step, ±3 EV

WHITE BALANCE

White balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting
White balance adjustment Blue/amber bias, Magenta/green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/ amber axis or in magenta/ green axis

SHUTTER

Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed Still Images: Bulb (Max.120), 1/4000 ~ 60 / Motion image: 1/16000 ~ 1/30 (NTSC), 1/16000 ~ 1/25 (PAL)
Self timer 10sec, 3 images/ 2sec / 10sec

BURST SHOOTING

Burst speed SH : 20.0 frames/sec, H: 6.0 frames/sec(with AFS), M: 3.7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2.0 frames/sec (with Live View)?
Number of recordable images 9 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed) / Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files) / (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)

SCENE GUIDE

Still image 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
Video 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 / Clear Nightscape / Cool Night Sky / / Warm Glowing Nightscape / Artistic Nightscape / Clear Night Portrait / Appetizing Food / Cute Dessert / Freeze Animal Motion / Clear Sports Shot / Monochrome

BUILT-IN-FLASH

Type TTL Built-in-Flash, GN10.5 equivalent (ISO 160 ?m), Built-in Pop-up
Flash Mode Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, / Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Synchronization speed Less than 1/160 second
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.

LCD MONITOR

Type TFT LCD with Touch panel
Monitor size Free-angle 3.0inch (7.5cm)/ 3:2 Aspect / Wide-viewing angle
Pixels 920K dots
Filed of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness (7 levels), Contrast and Saturation (7 levels), Red tint (7 levels), Blue tint (7 levels)

LIVE VIEW

Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion Still image: Max.2x (Aspect ratio sets at 4:3. Not effective with L size recording. Magnification ratio depends on the recording pixels and aspect ratio.) / Motion image: 2.4x (PSH, FSH in AVCHD and FHD in MP4), 3.6x (SH in AVCHD and HD in MP4), 4.8x (VGA in MP4)
Other functions Guide Lines (3 patterns) / Real-time Histogram

LEVEL GAUGE

Level Gauge Yes (Built-in 3 shaft accelerometer sensor)

DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTION

Direction Detection Function Yes

FUNCTION BUTTON

Fn1, Fn2, Fn3, Fn4, Fn5 One Push AE / Preview / Level Gauge / Focus Area Set / Photo Style / Aspect Ratio / Picture Size / Quality / Focus Mode / Metering Mode / HDR / Flash / / Flash Adjust. / i.Resolution / i.Dynamic / Ex. Tele Conv / Digital Zoom / Electronic Shutter / Stabilizer / Motion Pic. Set / Picture Mode / Histogram / Guide Line / / Step Zoom / Zoom Speed / Rec Area / Sensitivity / White Balance / AF Mode / Drive Mode / Playback

PLAYBACK

Playback mode Normal playback, 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Slideshow (duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal/Picture/Video/3D Play/Category/Favorite), / Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Favorite, DPOF Print set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit

IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE

Protection Single / Multi, Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite

FUNCTION LEVER

FUNCTION LEVER Yes (AUTO/Zoom/EXP.)

CREATIVE CONTROL

Still image Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / Soft Focus / Star Filter / One Point Color
Video Expressive / Retro / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Dynamic Monochrome / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Miniature Effect / One Point Color

PRINT

Direct Print PictBridge compatible?Print size, Layout, Date setting are selectable ?

INTERFACE

USB USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI miniHDMI TypeC / Video: Auto / 1080p / 1080i / 480p / Audio: Stereo
Audio video output Monaural Type, NTSC/PAL, NTSC only for North America / *Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the products that are available in your market.
Microphone Stereo, Wind-cut: Off / Auto / Flicker reduction:[1/50] / [1/60] / [1/100] / [1/120] / OFF / Microphone level adjustable: Lv1 / Lv2 / Lv3 / Lv4
Speaker Monaural

PHOTO STYLE

Still image and Video Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom

LANGUAGE

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish(English)

POWER

Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1200mAh) (Included) / Battery Charger
Battery life (CIPA standard) Approx. 320 images with H-PS14042

Dimensions/ Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D) 119.9 x 83.2 x 70.8 mm / 4.72 x 3.28 x 2.79 inch?(excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 396g / 0.87 lb ?SD card, Battery, Body) / Approx. 346g / 0.76 lb ?Body only) / Approx. 491g / 1.08 lb ?SD card, Battery, H-PS14042 lens included?

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Operating temperature 0? to 40? (32°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10% RH to 80? RH

STANDARD ACCESSORIES

Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.2 PE / SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.1SE / LoiLoScope (trial version) / USB Driver
Standard accessories Body, Body Cap, LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-PS14042), / Lens Cap, Lens Rear Cap, Battery Charger, Battery Pack, USB Connection Cable, / Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-1

Lens Name LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/POWER O.I.S
Lens Construction 9 elements in 8 groups (4 aspherical lenses , 2 ED lens)
Nano Surface Coating Yes
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer YES (POWER OIS)
Focal Length f=14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent 28-84mm)
Aperture Type 7 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Aperture range F3.5(Wide) - F5.6(TELE)
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.2m / 0.66ft (14-20mm), 0.3m / 0.98ft (21-42mm)
Maximum magnification Approx. 0.17x / 0.34x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 75°(Wide) to 29°(TELE)
General
Filter Size φ37mm / 1.5in
Max. Diameter φ61mm / 2.4in
Overall Length Approx. 26.8mm / 1.1in *
Weight [g] Approx. 95g (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)
Weight [oz] Approx. 3.4oz (excluding lens cap and lens rear cap)
Others Electric zoom lever, Manual focus lever

Further Specifications

NOTE *1 Use a card with SD Speed Class with "Class4" or higher / *2 Continuous recording exceeding 4GB or 29 min 59 sec is not possible when recording AVCHD in PSH. / *3 Videos can be recorded continuously for up to 29 min 59 sec in European PAL areas. Continuous recording exceeding 4GB or 29 min 59 sec is not possible when recording MP4. For Full HD in MP4, the recordable time will drop below 29 min 59 sec.

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