Updating the G series of Panasonic System Cameras today is the Lumix G5. It plays host to a higher-res LCD with touch functions, a re-tooled 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor and faster full resolution burst shooting modes. Some light interface and ergonomic updates give it a fresh yet still familiar face.
Starting at the middle, the G5 is comprised of a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor. Being of the Micro Four Thirds persuasion, the chip measures 17.3 x 13.0mm, which sits somewhere between a point-and-shoot and a typical entry-level DSLR, size-wise. The G5's sensor differs from that of its predecessors in one significant way - it is now responsible for A/D conversion that used to happen in the processor. Faster full resolution burst shooting rates are possible in the G5, topping out at 6 fps (with focus and exposure locked in for the ride) and 3.7 fps (with AF tracking enabled).
Video recording is available at 1080 resolution, with 60 or 30p output in AVCHD. The system now records video at 28 Mbps, matching Panasonic's highest-spec'd consumer camcorder bit for bit. The camera's grip has been redesigned for a more substantial feel in the hand, with contours and texture more like a DSLR's. There's now a rotary jog dial around the compass switch on the back panel and a new lever on the camera's top deck for operation of power zoom lenses. The articulated touch screen 3.0-inch LCD is now comprised of 920k dots.
New in the G5 is the ability to utilize touch AF while composing through the 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder (offering 100% viewing coverage). There is a full palette of new in-camera filters, bringing the total to 14 up from 5. Native ISO sensitivity ranges from 160-12800.
A new Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 Mega O.I.S. lens is also introduced, covering a range equivalent to 90-300mm in 35mm terms.
Pricing and availability
No pricing has been announced by Panasonic at this time for the Lumix G5 or the 45-150mm lens but we expect it to debut around $600 like its G3 predecessor.
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