Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 camera review at PC Mag: It earns our Editors' Choice award for compact interchangeable lens cameras, even though it's not the least expensive of the bunch.

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is an excellent camera. It is capable of capturing excellent photos, focuses fast—even in dim light—and can rattle off shots at an impressive 5.3 frames per second. Its video quality is also impressive, and while the lack of a microphone input may turn serious videographers away from it, it's probably an overkill for recording home movies to share on YouTube or watch on your HDTV. You'll get an excellent shooting experience whether you use the eye-level viewfinder or the rear LCD to frame shots, and there is a vast library of native Micro Four Thirds lenses available from Panasonic, Olympus, Sigma, and Voigtlander. And if you are not afraid of focusing manually, you can mount almost

any vintage lens to the camera, provided you can locate the appropriate adapter. It earns our Editors' Choice award for compact interchangeable lens cameras, even though it's not the least expensive of the bunch. If $800 is a reach for your budget, the NEX-F3 and Olympus E-PL5 are both excellent cameras and are available for a bit less, and the Samsung NX1000 is a solid option if you want an interchangeable lens camera with Wi-Fi connectivity—although none of those bodies feature a built-in EVF.

Video performance has long been a strong point of the Panasonic Micro Four Thirds series—zero-budget filmmakers flocked to the company's GH1 upon its release, and hacked firmware expanded the camera's video capture capabilities. The G5 is not too far off from the previous-generation GH2 in terms of video performance—it can record 1080p60 footage at an impressive 28Mbps using the AVCHD Progressive format, and also supports 1080i60 and 1080p30 in AVCHD at 17Mbps, and 720p60 in AVCHD Lite at 17Mbps. The quality is excellent, and the footage is crisp and motion is smooth. The camera's stereo microphone managed to avoid recording the noise of my hand zooming the lens in and out. But the lack of a microphone input port will likely steer serious videographers to theLumix DMC-GH3, a camera that costs nearly twice as much as the G5 and is loaded with the latest in video recording bells and whistles."

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