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Panasonic DMC-GM5LEB-K Review

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Multinational electronics corporation Panasonic has once again outdone itself when it introduced the latest in its line of interchangeable lens compact digital cameras, the DMC-GM5LEB-K. More popularly known as the Lumix GM5, Panasonic’s newest offering is a versatile Wi-Fi enabled feature-packed addition to the Micro Four Thirds GM-series of portable mirrorless cameras.

Key Specifications

The Lumix GM5 features an interchangeable Leica DG Summilux 15mm lens, which is a single focal length lens with a 35mm equivalent that uses the Micro Four Thirds lens system. This feature gives the Lumix GM5 more versatility when it comes to lens attachments and allows for more flexibility. It also comes equipped with a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor and a powerful Venus Engine image processor that allows it to create high-resolution images and full high definition 1080p videos at 60fps.

Added Features

One enhancement that Panasonic incorporated into the Lumix GM5 is the inclusion of a built-in 1166 k-dot equivalent live viewfinder, which the Lumix GM1 did not have. The live viewfinder on the Lumix GM5 offers approximately 0.92x / 0.42x magnification as well as a full 100% field of view. It also features the same near 100% color reproduction system used in the Lumix GX7.

Another change that Panasonic made to the Lumix GM5’s design is the addition of a hot shoe instead of theLumix GM1’s pop-up flash. The hot shoe gives users the option to attach multiple types of accessories to the top of the camera. For beginning enthusiasts, the Lumix GM5 also comes with an external flash that can be easily attached to the hot shoe.

New AF Functions

The Lumix GM5’s Contrast AF System sends and receives digital signals between the camera and the lens at a maximum rate of 240 fps, making it faster and more accurate than its predecessor. It also offers a wide range of AF functions, which include Face / Eye Detection AF, Pinpoint AF, Low Light AF, and One-Shot AF, for different shooting conditions.

Touch Control LCD

For a small digital camera, the Lumix GM5 features a relatively large 3-inch 921k-dot high resolution touch control screen that has a 16:9 aspect ratio. Users can simply tap the screen to direct focus onto the subject before releasing the shutter.

Photo Effects

With a maximum shutter speed of 1/16,000, the Lumix GM5 is highly capable of taking clear action shots. It also incorporates a Creative Control mode, which gives users a choice of 22 filter effects in addition to Time Lapse Shot, Clear Retouch, and Stop Motion Animation.

High Definition Video

The Lumix GM5 is capable of Full HD 1920 x 1080, 60p high quality video recording, in AVCHD progressive and MP4. It also features a cinema-like 24p video mode that offers a maximum bit rate of 24Mbps that gives a rich and expressive afterimage with exceptional image quality.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Users can connect the Lumix GM5 to a smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi in order to expand shooting flexibility. The mobile device can act as a remote shutter with a built-in monitor for live view. The camera also has an Instant Transfer function that automatically sends photos to the mobile device right after they are taken.

Price as a Deal Breaker

As great an addition the live viewfinder is to the Lumix GM5, however, when used alongside the LCD it adds to the overall power consumption which causes the battery to drain quickly. With the live viewfinder, hot shoe, and improved video capabilities, Panasonic’s newest GM-series camera does come with a heftier price tag.

Overall, the Lumix GM5 is a great follow up to the success of the Lumix GM1. Packing high performance into a sleek and compact casing, Panasonic’s second GM-series interchangeable lens digital compact camera has more to offer than what its size might suggest.

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