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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

65

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
20 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Size
Really small
Mid size (113×68×33 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
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
  1. 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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2.6 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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
194 ms vs 337 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
61.0 vs 54.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting
Shoots 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
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
Significantly smaller
113×68×33 mm vs 120×83×71 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
$177.00 vs $574.19
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The best price we've seen is $397 cheaper (3.2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              40 lenses
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-G521.4 bits
              DMC-GF221.2 bits
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-G511.6 EV
              DMC-GF210.3 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-G515.9 MP
              DMC-GF212 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-G561.0
              DMC-GF254.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-G5618 ISO
              DMC-GF2506 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $397 body only

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $536 - $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

              $534 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 with 14-42mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $452 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              $449 - $500 with 12-32mm lens

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 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

              $479 - $899 body only

              $499 - $1,140 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $695 - $798 body only

              $1,239 with 45-150mm 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

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 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-GF2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $472 body only

              $673 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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