As some of you may know I received my Panasonic G5 last Friday, see https://www.mu-43.com/f43/ordered-my-new-camera-today-surprised-myself-33498/ for the how and why, and as promised hereby my first impressions. Ergonomics (important reason for me to pick the G5): very nice indeed, the body is still small but the grip is perfectly formed. Buttons seem to be at the right place, especially the AE lock, and the power switch which is easy to operate with your thumb. All in all I have to say for me it is the best formfactor yet from any Mu43 camera so far. Sure the GH3 wil very likely be nicer still but at a price (size and cost). This is a camera that can work fine with the smaller pancakes, but slightly longer and heavier lenses (such as the upcoming 35-100 2.8) will be nicely balanced still. For me personally no Mu43 camera works really well with bigger lenses without tripod or battery grip, but for those of us who want to have a smallish camera that will handle nicely with the current native lens collection the G5 is definitely a good choice. Build: Despite a lot of plastic the camera feels very nicely put together, buttons have a solid feel with a good action (not squishy at all). The body feels solid, at about 400 grams (including battery) it seems to hit a sweet spot, good cross between weight and solidity. Interface / menu: Untill now I have not needed to look at the manual at all, the camera seems very logically laid out, menus are pretty much self explaining. With most menu options you get some explanation at the top of the screen, although this scrolls at an annoyingly slow space, still a nice touch. Features: The camera offers all the regular features I need for day to day use. Direct contols are readily available (direct ISO & WB button for instance, and 3 fn buttons, although one of those doubles as AE lock, so if you want to keep that one, as I do, you are left with 2, still enough for me actually). The swivel screen is very nice for those non standard shots. Talking about the screen, this is a 920k dot version, very sharp and punchy indeed. The viewfinder is very good, even for me as a glasses wearer it is still easy to see the entire picture, especially if you select the view mode with the information (Aperture, shutter speed etc) underneath the screen rather than inside. One special feature that comes to mind is the electronic shutter, which is supposed to also reduce camera shake. I did not really notice a difference to be honest, but I did not perform a scientific test yet. I can see this feature being very handy though when shooting your kid's schoolplay, or a wedding ceremony, or inside a church etc, as the shutter sound is greatly reduced to an almost inaudible level. One comment, when using the electronic shutter ISO is limited for some reason to 1600. Picture quality: Early days of course, as I only had one afternoon of shooting so far, and that in rather dull weather. Still I think I got some very decent shots, also with higher ISO, 6400 looked usable, if processed correctly, but my Lightroom version does not support the G5, so I only shot Jpeg today. Anyway, in summary I can say that so far I am very happy with the camera. For me it is a perfect compromise between size and usability, and features and IQ seem to be more than sufficient for me.. Attached some shots I took today, the color ones are pretty much OoC Jpegs (only resized, some slight adjustments in exposure and contrast due to the dull wetaher today, and a border added), the B&W ones are Jpeg's converted in Silver FX. All pictures taken with the 14-45 kitlens.