Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Estimated Street Price: $799 (with 14-42mm zoom)

INTRODUCED 7/2012

The first large-sensor interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera was Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G1, introduced in 2008. Now we have the fourth generation of that pioneering Micro Four Thirds System device (there was no G4 model). The Lumix DMC-G5 shares the “mini-DSLR” form factor of its predecessors, but incorporates a new 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS image sensor that works with the four-CPU Venus processing engine to enhance image quality, video and overall camera performance.

Maximum frame rate is 3.7 fps with live view, 6 fps with mechanical shutter (and single-shot AF, but no live view), and 20 fps with electronic shutter and no live view (full resolution for the first 2 fps, 4 megapixels for 20 fps). Light Speed contrast-based AF is very quick, and you can preselect an AF area, or choose one on-the-fly in still or video mode just by touching the desired area on the LCD monitor. The G5 can shoot 1080 full HD in AVCHD and MP4 formats, with stereo sound via a built-in microphone.

Panasonic offers 17 lenses for its Lumix DMC mirrorless cameras, from a 7-14mm superwide-angle zoom to a 100-300mm telezoom, including an 8mm fisheye and a 3D lens. This gives the user 35mm-camera equivalent focal lengths of 14mm through 600mm.

STANDOUT FEATURE: The best image quality in Panasonic’s G-series.

1. The built-in EVF provides eye-level viewing for still and video recording.

2. The 3-inch LCD monitor tilts and swivels for easy odd-angle shooting.

3. While the card slot accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC cards, best performance comes with the fastest, most recent cards.

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