Estimated Street Price: $899 (with 12-32mm zoom)
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GM1 was introduced about a year ago as the smallest Micro Four Thirds interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera. Now comes the GM5, barely bigger, but with a built-in eye-level electronic viewfinder, a hot-shoe for external flash (one external flash unit is included with the camera) and a magnesium-alloy body.
The new camera is still tiny, at 3.9×2.3×1.4 inches and 6.4 ounces, but features a 16-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds image sensor, a 3-inch touch-screen LCD monitor, sensor-shift MEGA O.I.S. image stabilization, and built-in WiFi for image sharing and remote operation. Making a connection between camera and smartphone is as easy as scanning a QR code on the camera with your mobile device.
The sensor and Venus Engine processing deliver ISO settings from 200-25,600 (expandable down to 100), 5.8 fps shooting at full resolution (or 5 fps with AF tracking) and full HD video in both AVCHD and MP4 formats with stereo sound. A new Snap Movie Mode lets you shoot short "moving photos" up to eight seconds in length. Contrast-based, off-the-sensor AF exchanges signals between camera and lens at 240 fps and works in light levels as dim as EV -4.
Like all Micro Four Thirds cameras, the GM5 can use all Micro Four Thirds lenses. Panasonic currently offers a range from a 7-14mm wide zoom to a 100-300mm telezoom; with the MFT sensor’s 2.0X focal-length sensor, this provides framing equivalent to 14mm to 600mm on a full-frame DSLR or 35mm camera. The GM5 can also take a wide range of non-MFT lenses via adapters, including a Panasonic adapter for Leica M and R lenses.
STANDOUT FEATURE: The smallest interchangeable-lens camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor and built-in EVF.
1. The built-in EVF is a critical feature for many photographers.
2. There’s no built-in, pop-up flash, but a hot-shoe-mount accessory flash comes with the camera.
3. This dial lets you set the focus mode directly.