Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review

Overall 50
Imaging 18
Features 63
Size 85
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 200 - 25600 (Expands to 100)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.8 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 99 x 60 x 36 mm
  • Weight: 211 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Panasonic GM1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-GM5 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Sep 15, 2014. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Panasonic released to replace their older product GM1.

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #40 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 50/100 and it takes a rank of #71 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/16000
  • Continuous Shooting: 5.8 fps
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 721
  • Number Of Focus Points: 23
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has the following external dimensions 99 x 99 x 36 mm (38.98 x 23.62 x 14.17″) with the weight of 211 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 36mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 — 220 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 — 36 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 — 211 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 comes with Venus Engine processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 has the following ISO range 200 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 features a 16.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 66 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 1,166k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 are its 5.8 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Lumix DMC-GM5 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/16000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-GM5 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

In addition, Lumix DMC-GM5 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Lumix DMC-GM5 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Lumix DMC-GM5 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 provides a shooting life of 220, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-GM5 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 61. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (99 x 60 x 36 mm)
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Four Thirds(17.3 x 13 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 can be called a 67 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.8 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (23)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (721)
  • Small battery life (220 shots)
  • Small size (99 x 60 x 36 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (211 g)
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in Flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 can be called a 71 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (11.7)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (721)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-GM5
Announced Sep 15, 2014
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 94
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 1,166k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.46
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/16000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.8 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 66
DxO Color Depth 22.1
DxO Dynamic Range 11.7
DxO Low Light ISO 721
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.90 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4592 x 3448
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 200
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 23
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 211 g
Physical Dimensions 99 x 60 x 36 mm
Battery Life 220 shots
Battery Type 220 shots
Battery Model DMW-BLH7
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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