Panasonic Lumix G5 review by Ken McMahon at Camera Labs: The Panasonic Lumix G5 a great value mirrorless system camera which makes a number of improvements over its predecessor, the G3.

"Panasonic Lumix G5 final verdict: The Panasonic Lumix G5 is a solid upgrade to the earlier Lumix G3 and maintains its position as one of the best value Micro Four Thirds models in the Panasonic line up as well as more generally. The combination of a new 16 Megapixel sensor and updated Venus Engine processor improves on the low noise characteristics and excellent image quality established with the G3 and adds 1080p50/60 HD video and 6fps continuous shooting. And as my quality and noise results prove, the G5 can keep up with the larger APS-C sensors of rival models in most situations.

The G5 demonstrates that a well designed touch-screen interface can happily co-exist on a body designed primarily for physical control and with features like Touch Pad AF Panasonic continues to expore new ways of integrating the two to improve handling.

A higher resolution EVF would have been nice, but by sticking with the existing big, bright 1.4 million dot viewfinder Panasonic has maintained the G5's position as a highly capable, yet affordable enthusiasts' compact system camera. Like the G3 before it, it offers much of the Flagship GH3's capabilities in a smaller, lighter, cheaper and simplified package.

It's not just potential GH3 owners who'll be casting an eye in the G5's direction. Alongside any current compact system camera equipped with a viewfinder (or, for that matter fitted with one as an optional extra) the Lumix G5 provides a compelling and cost-effective alternative. I should also add the older G3 remains in the Panasonic line-up for now and is even better value for money if you can do without the G5's refinements.

 If you're looking for a camera that pushes boundaries and redefines how we take pictures, the Lumix G5 isn't it. But for a rock solid implementation of core features combined with excellent handling at a great price it's hard to fault and more than worthy of Cameralabs' Highly recommended award. And lest we forget, as a Micro Four Thirds camera, the G5 enjoys access to by far the broadest selection of native lenses of any mirrorless format, which makes it even more tempting to enthusiasts and specialists."

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