Face-Off: Lumix GX1 vs Lumix G5

Panasonic Lumix GX1
Panasonic Lumix GX1
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Panasonic Lumix G5
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Panasonic Lumix GX1
Overview - Full review
Panasonic Lumix G5
Overview - Full review
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Overall Scene
Panasonic Lumix GX1
Panasonic Lumix G5
Score
4/5
4/5
Handling
4/5 4/5
Speed
4/5 4/5
Image Quality
4/5 4/5
Video
4/5 4/5
User Score
5/5 (3)
4/5 (2)
Specifications
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 16 Mpx, 4/3" , 7 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 14-42 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Depends on lens
Viewfinder NA
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 460000 dots, 3:2, Monopoint
Sensitivity (ISO range) 160 - 12800 ISO ext. 101 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI Flash hot-shoe Viewfinder
Power source Li-ion
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 71 x 124 x 38 mm / 315 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 16 Mpx, 4/3" , 7 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 12-35 mm f/2.8 -2.8
Stabilisation Depends on lens
Viewfinder Electronic
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 920000 dots, 3:2, Monopoint
Sensitivity (ISO range) 160 - 12800 ISO ext. 94 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV Remote control HDMI Flash hot-shoe
Power source BLC12E (8.7 Wh)
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 87 x 124 x 72 mm / 347 g
Conclusion
The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is an excellent successor to the GF1, bringing a host of great new features from Panasonic's bulkier cameras (G3) and consumer models alike (GF3). This pleasant and effective hybrid compact is ideal for anyone looking for fast access to all kinds of settings and manual controls.
The Panasonic Lumix G5 is a real "mini-SLR" kind of a camera, with a good design, practical handling and plenty of controls. The electronic shutter is very handy when you want to shoot unnoticed and image quality is good in both photo and video modes.
Pros

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Sturdy metal body

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Customisable interface, loads of controls and settings

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Very good picture quality (sharpness and noise control up to 1600 ISO)

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Full HD video with stereo sound

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Compact zoom lens with electronic controls (good for smooth videos)

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Improved design and build (grip handle, more buttons, presence detector, etc.)

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Customisable interface (five Fn buttons, Quick menu, etc.)

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Swivel touchscreen

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Silent electronic shutter

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Excellent image quality up to 1600 ISO, still decent at 3200 ISO

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1080p video mode at 60 fps

Cons

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Noisy shutter

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No manual video modes or mic socket

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Electronic zoom controls (slight lag when changing focal length)

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Battery life could be better

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Viewfinder is dull, sequential display can cause colour break-up effects

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Limitations in Silent Shutter more (no flash)

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Video mode could be more comprehensive (no mic port or manual mode)