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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
20 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

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
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
 
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differences

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
Lowest price Cheaper $275.00 vs $536.73
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The best price we've seen is $262 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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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              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
              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-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $450 - $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $576 with 14-42mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 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
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $575 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $898 body only

              $1,329 with 20mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 - $721 body only

              $780 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $272 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $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 Significantly more shutter lag

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