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conclusion:We like it

83

Panasonic's latest interchangeable-lens compact camera has some very useful features, including a swiveling touchscreen LCD display, a wide range of shooting modes including a good HDR mode, and, of course, access to the full range of Micro Four-Thirds lenses. It's a good choice if you're looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot, or want to trade in an older Micro Four Thirds model. However, you should also check out gdgt Must-have Sony α NEX-5N and the new NEX-5R if you're on the fence about which compact system to choose.

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Critic reviews

8.1
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    7.9
  • Video quality
    8.8
  • Battery life
    8.2
  • Design and form factor
    7.8
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.3
  • Ease of use
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9.0
1 review
  • Image quality
    10
  • Video quality
    10
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    10
  • Ease of use
    10
9.0
PC Mag Jan 18, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 edges out some other excellent cameras to earn our Editors' Choice award for compact interchangeable lens cameras under $1,000.

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7.0
Gizmodo Oct 16, 2012

Not for enthusiasts or pros—they want better guts. Not for casual point-and-shooters—they don't care about interchangeable lenses. That leaves people who are transitioning from beginner to advanced, and want to learn how to properly control a camera.

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8.0
CNET Asia Aug 2, 2012

Panasonic has taken the G3 and gave it some enhancements such as a higher-resolution screen, proximity sensor and an improved handgrip. We were also impressed with the improvement in video quality, which is one of the best we've seen from an ILC.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Sep 6, 2012

The G5 will be usable by any level of user, yet the inclusion of full manual controls, lots of function buttons, the touch-sensitive LCD screen and a built-in electronic viewfinder leave almost no stone unturned for the more demanding snapper.

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8.0
CNET AU Oct 5, 2012

There's nothing fundamentally wrong with the Lumix G5, but with a lack of "wow"-worthy features, it's just another interchangeable lens camera.

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8.0
Imaging Resource Feb 1, 2013

Updating the performance and capabilities of the Lumix G3, Panasonic has improved an already strong performer. A subtle change of button position and functionality makes this compact shooter a standout in the Micro Four Thirds crowd.

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8.0
Reviewed.com Cameras Apr 17, 2013

As it stands, the G5 will probably find an audience among shooters who are already in the Panasonic Micro Four Thirds fold, or people who are just starting out with a compact system camera and want something that offers a little more than the low-end M43 options.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Aug 8, 2012

The Panasonic Lumix G5 is one of the most complete compact system cameras we’ve yet seen. While its launch price does make it slightly expensive at present (especially if purchased with the 14-42mm power zoom), it’s surely only a matter of time before the street price drops.

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9.0
ePHOTOzine Jul 24, 2012

The G5 is more expensive than the model it replaces, however we feel that the improvements make it worth the investment. The Panasonic Lumix G5 has an abundance of features, excellent image quality, and is good value for money, making it well worth investing in. Highly Recommended.

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9.0
Photography Blog Jul 24, 2012

A higher price tag means that it's not quite the bargain that the G3 was, but we can still highly recommend this realistic alternative to a bigger and bulkier DSLR.

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