Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

63

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

41

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
20 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Mid size 108x67x37 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
61.0 vs 50.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
20 fps vs 4 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
21.4 bits vs 20.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1030 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF5

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Size
Much smaller
108x67x37 mm vs 120x83x71 mm
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2.6x smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
1.5" vs 2.8"
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Around 50% thinner
Battery life
Longer battery life
360 shots vs 320 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
267 g vs 396 g
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More than 30% lighter
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
180 ms vs 194 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              DMC-G5:194 ms
              DMC-GF5:180 ms
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-G5:$342.00
              DMC-GF5:$309.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              23
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G5:21.4 bits
              DMC-GF5:20.5 bits
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-G5:11.6 EV
              DMC-GF5:10 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G5:61.0
              DMC-GF5:50.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-G5:618 ISO
              DMC-GF5:573 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 body only

              $496 - $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $439 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $495 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $407 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $800 body only

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $478 - $563 body only

              $590 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $1,130 with 20mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $133 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 body only

              $295 - $299 with 14mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

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