Panasonic introduce the LUMIX G5 and LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S lens

Today, Panasonic UK introduced a new compact system camera into their range of award-winning cameras with the announcement of the LUMIX G5.

The DMC-G5 follows on from the G3 and includes a newly designed 16.05 megapixel Live MOS sensor which should result in images that have less noise than ever before. This is mixed with the power of the Venus Engine VII FHD processor, maximising the potential of both your still shots and the Full-HD movies that you shoot.

The quality advances of the LUMIX G5 are not restricted to still photos. The sensor and Venus Engine enhancements mean that the camera can record in Full HD 1080/50p, with stereo sound, producing professional movie quality with minimal noise. With outputs in both AVCHD progressive and MP4, the G5 provides wide compression and compatibility options.

Shooting in low light conditions has also been improved on the G5 (as opposed to the G3) as it now features a wider ISO range of 160-12,800.

If it is speed you are after, the G5 delivers here too, utilising its “Light Speed AF”. This is a high speed autofocus system that allows a wide range of options including multiple-area AF, Face Detection and AF tracking. All this means that the G5 can lock onto any subject, even if it moves. Combine this with the 6 fps shooting rate (or 20fps if used at a lower resolution setting) and capturing multiple shots of fast-moving subjects should be easy, and still achieve high quality clarity.

The design of the camera itself has not changed dramatically between this and the G3, although the grip has been adjusted to give you more confidence holding the camera and the movie recording button has been moved from the rear of the camera to the top, not too far away from where your finger naturally rests on the shutter button. The rotating LCD 3.0” LCD screen has also been kept, although you could use the Electronic Viewfinder should you wish. The LCD screen is also touch-sensitive, allowing you to be more creative by simply touching the area of your shot that you wish to be in focus.

For further details on the DMC-G5 and to place a pre-order, visit our dedicated Panasonic DMC-G5 pages.

In addition to the G5 being announced, Panasonic have announced a 45-150mm compact and lightweight zoom lens, designed to work throughout the whole range of Panasonic compact system cameras and in particular has been manufactured in such a way that crisp images are ensured and has been optimised for HD video recording. It also includes Panasonic’s MEGA O.I.S optical image stabiliser, so that when using the lens, particularly at the telephoto end (the 35mm equivilant of a 400m lens), your image should be free of blur. Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology has also been adopted in the lens, minimising reflection across the entire visual light range. This enables the lens to achieve clear pictures and a dramatic reduction in ghosting and lens flare.

For further details on this lens and to place a pre-order, visit our dedicated Panasonic 45-150mm f/4-5.6 page.


previouslysilent said...

one thing that puts me off the G3 and GX1 is that the sensor is only 25fps (or 30fps for US model), and so the true video capture mode is really 1080p30 or 720p30, this meant you could get the "jello" effect when panning quickly horizontally!

is there any evidence that the G5 and its faster 60fps will be a lot better?

Park Cameras said...

Hi previouslysilent,

As the sensor is outputting 50fps it should be considerably better (50p vs. 50i captures twice as much image information). Also because it is 50p, the bit rate for recording is much higher - 50p allows 28mbps vs. 50i which is only 17mbps.

I hope this is of help.

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