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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5K
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$582.10 - $680.00
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Summary: A 16-megapixel camera from Panasonic with a 2.9-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, an image stabilizer and manual controls.
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Type: SLR-like digital cameras
About - Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5K
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5K is a 16-megapixel camera with a 14mm-42mm kit lens that has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28mm-84mm. It has a 2.9-inch LCD (920,000 pixels) and includes touchscreen capability. It also includes an electronic viewfinder, which is helpful when composing in bright light.

Because it accepts interchangeable lenses but does not have a mirror and through-the-lens viewfinder, we consider this model an SLR-like camera.

The camera's kit lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5. The camera's shutter speed range is 60 seconds to 1/4000 of a second.

The Lumix DMC-G5K stores photos and video on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards but has no on-board storage. It captures images as JPG or RAW files at a top resolution of 4608 x 3456 and full HD-resolution video as MTS, MOV files at a top resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Like most digital cameras, this model comes with a proprietary rechargeable battery.

This SLR-like has 23 autofocus points. It also includes 3 flash modes (for the on-board flash), 23 exposure modes, and an exposure compensation control that can be set at +/-5 EV. The image stabilization system for this camera is lens-based.

The Lumix DMC-G5K measures 4.9 inches wide by 3.5 inches high by 5.1 inches deep, and weighs 21 ounces (1.3 pounds) (with battery, memory card, and strap).
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Every Panasonic Lumix, from pricey super zooms to budget models, has optical stabilization. Many models offer great value when they combine optical image stabilization with innovations such as intelligent ISO, which automatically raises the camera sensor's sensitivity when it detects motion, allowing faster shutter speed.  Panasonic has several G-series Lumix models that are based on micro four-thirds sensor technology. This type of camera combines key SLR features—a large image sensor and interchangeable lenses—with the smaller size and weight of a point-and-shoot. It has a G Series camera that accepts a 3D lens to shoot 3D video and photos and has one 3D subcompact with two lenses.

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Features & Specs - Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5K
info LCD size (in.) 2.9
info 35mm equivalent multiplier 2.0
info Shutter speed range 60 - 1/4000
info Still image formats JPG, RAW
info LCD pixel count 920k
info Memory card slots/type SD/SDHC/SDXC
info Height (in.) 3.5
info Depth (in.) 5.1
info Max. ISO 12800
info Live view Yes
info Image stabilizer L
info Color space Adobe RGB/sRGB
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User Reviews - Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5K
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Panasonic G5 an excellent budget camera
High Quality Micro 43rds
Interchangeable Lenses
Live view/moveable LCD
Lots of useful options
Low Price-
Small And Light
Very good video features
Complex Camera
Only Good In Low Light
Best Uses
I got the camera primarily for very fast action shots- model planes/cars up close. I also wanted the best possible sensor for the money, which appeared to be a toss-up between Panasonic and Olympus. The Olympus is a professional quality camera with a metal frame, complete weather sealing(a bit of rain or dust won't get in), and the best 5-axis in camera stabilization, all for 3-4X the cost. The lenses are less expensive since the Panasonic system puts the stabilization in the lenses which isn't quite as versatile.<br /><br />Excellent value- I generally buy tech stuff 1-2 generations old. Through reviews I found this camera, although 2 gens old, they are now up to G7, it is still an excellent camera. The M4/3 sensor is at its max(16mp is actually a bit too many) for quality. The newer versions add some additional features for a camera enthusiast, but the basic camera performance- start up, picture quality, shooting speed, build quality are much the same. With new models out, somewhat older models like this are available new or used at much better prices.<br /><br />The camera is easy to use out of the box. It has an intelligent auto button which makes the camera automatically choose all the settings. Just turn the camera on, press the button, and it will adjust the camera for the best picture. Or you can scroll through about 20 different scene settings- portrait, sunset, city night, blue sky, food close up, etc. The normal Program mode works well also.<br /><br />For the photo enthusiast the camera offers pretty much complete control- Program-Shutter-Aperature-Manual-Custom1-Cistom2-Scenes-FilmEffects. The menus are a bit complex when you dig into them. My biggest problem has been figuring out why certain items are greyed out and not adjustable. The manual is not to clear since it isn't easy to figure out why something like flash is ignored in certain situations.<br /><br />The camera has a fully mobile touch screen. The screen faces into the camera to protect it. Fold it out to the left for viewing, or rotate it 180deg forward and it will face out when folded back. Or rotate it 90 deg. down for taking overhead shots, or any where in between from full forward for selfies to holding the camera straight overhead.<br />One still unique control feature is that the touch screen can be used to point to what you want to focus on. You can tap on someones face and the camera will focus and shoot. Once you tap on a highlight(face, etc.) the camera will stick with it during focussing and shooting. You can follow the action looking through the viewfinder and select a player with the touch screen in a game while they are running and still often catch a clear shot.<br /><br />This camera can handle low light better than almost all the point and shoot cameras. It will capture good color and focus at one or two ISO numbers lower than my old camera. In anything but the best light- a bright sunny day- it had to go to ISO 800 or 1600 or even 3200 and still lost color details on anything small in the field of view. The Panasonic can take clear, colorful pictures at those speeds.<br /><br />All is not perfect though. One lens can't shoot from close up to 720mm. That takes two lenses now. The exchangeable lenses do require greater care. Specs of dust, mostly pollen or road dust, can get onto the sensor so lenses need to be changed in a sheltered spot and done quickly. The camera has a sensor cleaning mode, but it's best to not let dirt in.<br /><br />Not surprisingly, the image quality is still not as good as a full frame DSLR. The M4/3 sensor is about 1/3 smaller than the popular inexpensive DSLR cameras, but 8-10x as large as the typical pocket camera. The individual pixels are only slightly smaller than those in the full frame cameras. So they can collect plenty of light. The pixel peepers can show that taking a frame with the M4/3 camera and taking the same scene with a full size DSLR and cropping out the smaller sensor area shows that the quality of the images are very close- pixel for pixel. Sometimes this makes it a little harder to frame a shot and get the quality you want. A larger camera can take a bigger picture and then crop out a portion afterwards.<br /><br />The battery life is not as long as I'd like, 300 shots or so, depending on how much you use the screen and the continuous autofocus(AFC).
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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