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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
Size
Really small
Mid size 113x68x33 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
 
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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
Overall image quality Better image quality 61.0 vs 54.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 20 fps vs 3.2 fps
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Around 6.5x 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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 194 ms vs 337 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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
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
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 Cheaper $149.00 vs $442.99
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The best price we've seen is $294 cheaper (3x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't 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
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-G5:$442.99
              DMC-GF2:$149.00
              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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              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G5:21.4 bits
              DMC-GF2:21.2 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-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-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $449 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

              $340 with 14-42mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $676 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,299 with 12-50mm 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,439 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $309 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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 - $700 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-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $294 body only

              $330 - $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $831 - $998 body only

              $1,428 with 20mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 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-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $998 body only

              $885 - $948 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $285 - $400 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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $538 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Color depth Better color depth
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 with 16-50mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen

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