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G5 vs GH2

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by dadelman, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. dadelman

    dadelman New to Mu-43

    Dec 3, 2012
    Has anyone out there compared the quality of JPEGs between the G5 and GH2? I have a GH2 but was thinking about "downgrading" to a G5 for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I'm getting lazy. I hate converting the AVCHD video format and I'm less and less enthusiastic about messing with RAW images. I am very content shooting JPEGs, but want to get the best image quality possible. I really like the size, ergonomics, and button layout of the GH2 and get a lot of great shots with it. However, a lot of my JPEG shots have have an unpleasant pale yellowish cast to them, especially indoors, regardless of the white balance and color settings I use.

    With the G5 I would get the more user friendly MP4 video format. I would miss some of the external control buttons from the GH2, but would give them up for better JPEGs. I am smitten with the looks of the Oly OM-D-M5, but don't like the way it feels in my hand. The GH3 would be overkill for me considering I'm trying to simplify, and I have no desire to biggy size my camera. The ergonomics of the G5 look similar to the GH2, and that's a good thing. I haven't seen a comparison between the two yet.
  2. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    I don't think Panasonic JPEGis as good as Olympus. Your mileage may vary.
  3. zapatista

    zapatista Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 19, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM
    Mike Barber
    G5 is supposed to have better JPEGs than the GH2, so it seems like it's better on all fronts...read the reviews in dpreview for the GX1 and improved skin tone rendering.
  4. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    my vote for the G5
  5. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Westchester, IL
    There are a series of threads on this forum that discuss how to get the best JPGs from Panasonic cameras. IIRC, most refer specifically to the Panny G2, but they should still give you a good starting place to make adjustments.

    One of the nicer things about the Pannys is the ability you have to adjust JPG attributes in the camera. That's what those threads will show you.

    For starters, see these threads…



  6. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Has the metering improved with the G5? I had the G3 and in high contrast scenes (typical on sunny SoCal days), the G3 was a pain to get accurate metering.
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