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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
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
Lowest price Cheaper $308.95 vs $430.79
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The best price we've seen is $122 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-G5:$308.95
              DMC-GF5:$430.79
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              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
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              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G5:21.4 bits
              DMC-GF5:20.5 bits
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              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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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $509 body only

              $450 - $622 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $740 - $999 body only

              $870 - $1,099 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,247 body only

              $1,349 with 14-140mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 with 14-42mm lens

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $844 body only

              $249 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

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

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