In The Box
- Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. Lens
Panasonic External Flash
Panasonic Flash Storage Bag
Panasonic Hot Shoe Cover
Panasonic DMW-BLH7 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 680mAh)
Panasonic Battery Charger
Panasonic USB Cable
Panasonic Shoulder Strap
Panasonic AC Cable
Panasonic Software DVD-ROM
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 with 12-32mm Lens, 16mp, LCD 3.0", Electronic View Finder, WIFI/NFC
- 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
- Venus Engine Image Processor
- Micro Four Thirds System
- 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD and 1,166k-Dot EVF
- Full HD 1080p Video at 60 fps
- MEGA O.I.S. and Contrast-Detection AF
- Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity
- Highly Compact Magnesium Alloy Body
- External Flash Hot Shoe & Included Flash
- LUMIX G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
The black Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera packs a full-featured interchangeable lens system into a sleek, compact magnesium alloy frame. It features a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor to produce high-resolution images and Full HD 1080p video at 60 fps. The camera introduces a high-resolution electronic viewfinder to the GM series, enabling confident shot composition in a variety of environments. An integrated hot shoe is featured for using the included external flash unit, as well as other optional flashes. Built-in wireless capabilities enable the GM5 to be remotely controlled from a linked mobile device and also supports image transfer to devices using the Panasonic Image App.
A wide array of focusing technologies are implemented in the camera to ensure fast and accurate focusing. The smart Contrast AF system exchanges signals between camera and lens at a maximum of 240 fps (with compatible lenses); especially useful when using the camera's high-speed burst shooting at 5.8 fps in full 16MP resolution, and up to 40 fps in with the electronic shutter. You'll also find convenient focusing technologies such as Face/Eye Detection AF, Low Light AF for focusing in dimly-lit (-4 EV) conditions, and Focus Peaking when focusing manually.
Included with the GM5 is the versatile LUMIX G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens; a standard zoom providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-64mm. Its retractable design meshes well with the small form-factor of the camera and the inclusion of MEGA O.I.S. image stabilization benefits working with longer shutter speeds and in low-light conditions.
- 16MP Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
- A 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor work together to produce high resolution imagery that exhibits a great deal of clarity, detail, and overall impressive image quality. The processing power affords heightened sensitivity to ISO 25600, with minimal noise for enhanced use in low-light conditions, as well as support for full HD 1080p video recording up to 60 fps.
- Electronic Viewfinder
- The 1,166k-dot viewfinder lets you frame and capture shots even in bright sunlight. Based on the Adobe RGB color space, the viewfinder faithfully reproduces the primary colors for more true-to-life hues, allowing you to accurate judge the colors of your scene.
- Silent Mode
- When lights and noise from your camera could be distracting to a performer or audience, you can active the Silent Mode. This mode switches the shutter from mechanical to electronic, turns off all sounds, and deactivates the AF assist lamp and flash.
- Autofocus Performance
- Fast, Accurate Autofocus
By exchanging digital signals between camera and lens at a maximum of 240 fps, the smart Contrast AF system is both fast and accurate. The GM5 also delivers high-speed burst shooting at 5.8 fps in 16-megapixel resolution, and a maximum of 40 fps with the electronic shutter.
Eye Sensor AF
Image output between the viewfinder and rear monitor is automatically switched by an integrated eye sensor. This same sensor also accommodates the Eye Sensor AF, which starts auto-focusing automatically by simply looking into the LVF, helping prevent missed shooting opportunities.
Low Light AF
Thanks to its low light AF ability, the camera is designed to focus on subjects in -4EV situations, such as shooting outdoors at night.
Face/Eye Detection AF
In additional to conventional Face Recognition AF, the Face/Eye Detection AF automatically adjusts the focus precisely on a subject's face or eye.
This feature incrementally sets magnification from 3x to 10x in 0.1x steps. This is ideal for precision focusing on a desired part of your frame, such as a flower or the pupil of an eye.
- Focus Peaking
- Focus Peaking can be enabled to show highlight around the in-focus edges, a feature useful when manually focusing in photo or video modes. The feature is also available in remote shooting when using a smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi.
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Wi-Fi connectivity lets you easily share images using the Panasonic Image App. By simply scanning the QR code displayed on the camera monitor with a smartphone or tablet, it also lets you use your mobile device as a remote controller for the camera. Additionally, a new Time function is ideal for sharing slow-shutter images like fireworks and nightscapes. Sharing while browsing is also made quicker, thanks to direct uploading capability.
- LUMIX G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. Lens
- Included with the GM5 is the standard zoom LUMIX G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens, which covers a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-64mm. The retractable design maintains a sleek, compact profile that complements the GM5. Three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element are incorporated into the optical design to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range while also contributing to high overall sharpness. Multi-coated lens elements also benefit the image quality through the reduction of lens flare and ghosting for more contrast-rich and color-neutral photos and videos. MEGA O.I.S. image stabilization minimizes the appearance of camera shake to support working in low lighting and with longer shutter speeds, while support for the contrast-detection sensor drive at max. 240 fps focusing system enables quick and precise AF performance.
- Additional Features
- MEGA O.I.S. in-camera image stabilization minimizes the appearance of camera shake to benefit working in low-light conditions or with longer shutter speeds
- External flash hot shoe enables the use of the included flash, which features a guide number of 23' at ISO 100
- Durable magnesium alloy body
- Scene Guide modes: Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, 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, Handheld Night Shot, Clear Night Portrait, Soft Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert, Freeze Animal Motion, Clear Sports Shot, Monochrome
- Creative Control modes: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, Sunshine
- Photo Style: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom
- Language support: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese (Traditional)
The smallest CSC aroundThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a rethink of the Panasonic GM1: the GM2 under a different name. The GM1 was released last year as the smallest Micro Four-Thirds camera around, but wasn’t all that easy to use. It’s just that bit too fiddly.
Aiming to fix this with reworked controls and an added EVF, the Panasonic GM5 could be the tiny compact system camera many people have been waiting for.
It's not cheap at £765 with the 12-32mm kit lens. But is it worth the money? We've had an early look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 for some early impressions.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5: DesignIf you want a small compact system camera, until recently you had to also compromise on image quality.
Cameras like the 1-inch sensor Nikon 1 J4 may have fast shooting, but they don’t tend to fare all that well in low-light conditions by CSC standards.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is out to plug this issue. It, like Panasonic’s other system cameras, uses a Micro Four-Thirds sensor, significantly larger than Nikon’s 1-inch sensor models.
It still gets you the same sort of portability, though, as the GM5 is about as small as a camera can get while packing-in a Micro Four-Thirds sensor. This is the second ultra-small system camera Panasonic has made, taking over from last year’s Panasonic GM1.
Both cameras feel high-end and exceedingly well-made, but the most important changes this year are about the design.
One of the most serious issues with the GM1 is that its rear controls feels quite fiddly, simply because they’re so small. Panasonic has completely re-worked the backplate of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5.
There’s now a thumbdial on the camera’s side, giving you quick and easy control over settings like exposure, aperture and shutter speed. Clicking the dial inward changes which one is used, also dependant on the mode you’re using.
While this dial isn’t very big, it goes give you immediate and clear control that was missing in the GM1, which used a back dial instead.
The body is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is also slightly larger than the GM1, which has given Panasonic the room to redesign the rear controls. It’s an improvement, but there’s still the odd choice in place. For example, there’s a focus mode switch on the top plate. We’re not convinced this is the best use of space.
It doesn’t have any form of grip either, although there’s only so much you can do with a camera of this size. I’ll have to see whether I feel the same after spending a longer time with the camera for review.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5: FeaturesPanasonic has also fixed another practical issue with the GM1 by adding an electronic viewfinder. On a bright sunny day, the rear LCD can become quite hard to see, which is of course no problem for an EVF.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5’s EVF sits to the left of the backplate, an arrangement it shares with rangefinder cameras. Resolution is pretty good at 1,166k dots, but the size of the thing is still limited. It’s not the sort of viewfinder you’re going to shoot with 24/7.
The 3-inch 920k-dot rear screen, which will probably be used most of the time, is a touch display supporting touch focusing and quick access to the Q menu for easy tweaking of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5’s settings. However, it’s a fixed display where the camera could arguably do with a flip-out one for more versatile composing of shots.
Is Panasonic still a bit too obsessed with making the Lumix DMC-GM5 absolutely as tiny as possible? Perhaps, but it is understandable given it’s the thing’s whole reason to exist.
Image quality of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 should be very good given our experience of recent Micro Four-Thirds sensors. You get a 16-megapixel sensor here, with an ISO range of 200-25,600, which can be expanded down to ISO 100 for when you’re shooting on a bright day. Continuous shooting maxes out at 5.8fps.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 can also capture video at up to 1080p 60fps, and photos can be shared with mobile phones as the camera packs both NFC and Wi-Fi.
First ImpressionsI can remember first getting my hands on the Panasonic GM1 and having mixed feeling about its size. After being initially impressed, you felt anxious about what a compact system camera this small would actually be like to use – especially if you want more control than just choosing when to press the shutter button.
Panasonic has made a bunch of sensible alternations in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, the most important to the control layout. The EVF is a neat addition, but as a rather small one it does act as a constant reminder that what you’re using is a bit of a compromise. For its image quality-to-size ratiom this camera should be hard to argue with, though.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 with 12-32mm Lens, 16mp, LCD 3.0", Electronic View Finder, WIFI
Focus Control Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus Mode Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S) Performance Continuous Shooting Up to 40 fps Self Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Capable Yes Software System Requirements Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Power Battery 1x DMW-BLH7 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 680 mAh Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 80%
Physical Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.4" / 98.5 x 59.5 x 36.1 mm excluding protrusions Weight 6.35 oz / 180 g body only