Panasonic GM5 Looks to Prove Good Things Come in Small Packages

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The Lumix DMC-GM5 is Panasonic’s latest interchangeable lens Micro Four Thirds camera, as well as a tiny little powerhouse shooter that barely tips past the half-pound mark with a lens and battery attached. 

Panasonic Lumix GM5Looking more like a point-and-shoot pocket cam than a high performance piece of equipment, the GM5 includes many of the internal specs of last year’s GM1 that includes a 16 megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, a top ISO of 25,600, 1/16k shutter speed for action photography, and video recording capability of 1080p at 60 frames per second.

New inclusions to the GM5 include Snap Movie Mode, which lets users roll video while taking snapshots simultaneously. Snap Movie Mode can be set to record from between 2, 4, 6 or 8 seconds. Also added is a live viewfinder with 1,166k-dot resolution that claims full color reproduction and a 100 percent field of view.

The GM5 also includes Creative Control mode, which packs 22 filter effects and also includes Time Lapse Shot, Stop Motion Animation, and Clear Retouch. Manual long exposure photos can be set to a maximum time frame of 60 seconds.

Wi-Fi connectivity enables the GM5 to be connected to smartphones and tablets and controlled remotely, and an Instant Transfer function can be switched on to wirelessly transfer images or video to a mobile device the moment they’re shot. Supported photo file formats are JPEG and RAW.

The Lumix DMC-GM5 is scheduled for release during the second or third week of November and will likely price out around $900 with a 12-32mm lens.

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