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Panasonic G5 review

With an exciting number of new technologies, is this the ultimate CSC?

Panasonic G5
Panasonic's latest compact system camera, which it is dubbing a DSLM, has lots to offer enthusiast and novice photographers

Panasonic is keen to push the G5 under a new category name, DSLM, or Digital Single Lens Mirrorless.

It has a slightly larger size (when compared with something like the GF5 for instance), so this would seem to fit a move away from "compact" system cameras, whether it will catch on as a name is another question though.

Overall we have been extremely impressed with the output from the G5 and we can see it being very appealing to lots of people, especially with innovative new features such as the TouchPad AF operation.

It also has a good number of automatic controls, digital filters and scene guides to appeal to novices or those looking simply to point and shoot.

We liked

The newly designed grip makes holding and using the G5 a more pleasant experience than its predecessor, while also giving it a feeling of improved build quality.

We disliked

It's a shame that art filters can't be deployed in manual/semi-automatic modes, as you can on Olympus cameras, as this would be really beneficial to those wanting to be extra creative.

Final verdict

Panasonic has once again delivered a very interesting proposition in the shape of the G5. Purchasing the camera as a twin lens kit, with the new ultra-portable 45-150mm lens would arguably make this the ultimate holiday combination.