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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-GF2

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Size
Really small
Mid size 113x68x33 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
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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 10.3 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 3.2 fps
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Around 6.5x faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality Better image quality 61.0 vs 54.0
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More than 10% better image quality
True resolution Higher true resolution 15.9 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 194 ms vs 337 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DMC-G5's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 618 ISO vs 506 ISO
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The DMC-G5 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth Better color depth 21.4 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 320 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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Size Much smaller 113x68x33 mm vs 120x83x71 mm
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2.8x smaller
Thickness Much thinner 1.3" vs 2.8"
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2.2x thinner
Weight Lighter 310 g vs 396 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $249.00 vs $308.95
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-G5:$308.95
              DMC-GF2:$249.00
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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-GF2:21.2 bits
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-G5:11.6 EV
              DMC-GF2:10.3 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G5:61.0
              DMC-GF2:54.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-G5:618 ISO
              DMC-GF2:506 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $509 body only

              $450 - $622 with 14-42mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $431 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens
              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $745 - $809 body only

              $925 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $309 with 14-42mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $238 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Startup delay More startup delay

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