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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

66

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.6 EV
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
20 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Mid size (108×67×37 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
267 g

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5.
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G5

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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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3.2 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
Color depth
Better color depth
21.4 bits vs 20.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
20 fps vs 4 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
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
Significantly smaller
108×67×37 mm vs 120×83×71 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
Slightly 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$328.00 vs $545.00
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The best price we've seen is $217 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              108 lenses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              DMC-G5194 ms
              DMC-GF5180 ms
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G521.4 bits
              DMC-GF520.5 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-G515.9 MP
              DMC-GF512 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-G511.6 EV
              DMC-GF510 EV
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G561.0
              DMC-GF550.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-G5618 ISO
              DMC-GF5573 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $433 body only

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $533 body only

              $627 - $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $494 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $689 with 14-45mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $284 body only

              $350 - $448 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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $535 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $798 - $800 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $752 body only

              $979 with 45-150mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $217 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

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

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