Panasonic Lumix G5, the hybrid that attacks the SLR: Review & Specs

With this new generation of hybrid, Panasonic takes confidence and finally openly defies SLR cameras with the annoucement of new Lumix G5 hybrid camera.

Panasonic Lumix G5

In September 2008 and Panasonic creates surprise at Photokina in Cologne – great international exhibition of the photo – by announcing the G1 , the first device of the first hybrid system, the Lumix G range based on the standard micro 4 / 3 which Olympus is a partner. And swear that these devices “are a new niche, are not there to replace the SLR” etc. A reassuring speech and logic as the performance of the time imposed a certain humility.

Since the R & D budgets have borne fruit with the G5 and Panasonic has clearly set the tone: “Our G5 is now positioned in front of reflex” Clearly, this is war. Lumix G5 is going to be the part of Lumix series and it is successor to Lumix G has it suggest. Below I have mentioned the review and specs of this new hybrid camera i.e. Panasonic Lumix G5.

The time of maturity

If you are talking about integrated viewfinder, swivelling touch screen, burst to six frames per second, RAW format and developed fast, you think logically about reflex. You would have been right in 2010. But this has changed: the new Lumix DMC-G5 offers the same refinement and the same performance as in a reflex enclosure is much smaller.

Decked out in a 346 g piles Panasonic Live MOS sensor of 16 MP delivering up six frames per second (unlimited JPEG, nine images in RAW), an electronic viewfinder HD, a swiveling touch screen, the full HD video fly high – you know the control of Panasonic in this area, etc.

Improvements rather than revolution

If Panasonic Lumix G5 definition is the same as the G3, it would be a new generation of sensor according to Panasonic and the increasing sensitivity (ISO 12 800 officials) shows how the brand is confident. The image processor is also improved – Venus Engine FHD 7 – as well as the screen is much better defined than the previous generation. This G5 is built into a logical improvement, not technological leap. Besides controlling the optical PowerZoom directly from the camera using a dedicated knob, the big news is the appearance of an electronic shutter.
Absolute silence

Panasonic introduced the Lumix G5 with a dual shutter, mechanical and electronic. If the first has many advantages – speed, no effect of vertical offset, etc. – The electronic shutter offers a weight advantage: absolute silence. Something impossible in SLR and compact reserved for – in hybrids, only the Nikon one is able. As a result, street photographers and other enthusiasts’ discretion will seriously start looking at the side of the G5. And for having a prototype in the hands for 24 hours, the system is fully developed.

The G5 will be available in September 2012 in various kits:
– body only 649 euros
– 749 euros with conventional optics 14-42 mm F3.5-5.6
– 849 euros with the motorized lens 14-42 mm F3.5-5.6 X
– 949 euros Double kit 14-42 mm F3.5-5.6 + 45-150 mm F4-5.6

Pros
Performance equivalent to a digital SLR camera
EVF
Swivel Screen and Touch, with Points 920,000
Possibility of switching to electronic shutter completely silent
The standard micro 4/3 has the largest (and best) of the world fleet of hybrid optical

Cons
Nothing