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New G5 in da hood...

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by DHart, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Today I received my G5 from Kenmore Camera. Here are some images...

    Very neat and carefully done packaging job from Kenmore Camera
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    My first impression on holding the camera is that it is smaller than I expected. Panasonic improved and enlarged the grip since the G3, but the grip is smaller and less protruding than I thought it would be. The body feels excellent in the hand, even with larger and heavier lenses. No need to spend an extra $300 for a grip... the body was designed from the get go to make holding the camera feel very good and provide good hold for larger lenses.

    The body is polymer of some sort, so it doesn't have that rich metal feel, but that won't have any impact on the ability to hold the camera well, nor on the image quality.

    The rear wheel works very well, but I do miss the rubberized feel of the wheel that the G3 had. No big deal, though, really.

    Here are some snaps with a few different lenses to help convey the size of the camera relative to commonly used lenses.


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    Fits right in with the rest of the family (GH2 not shown, however)
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    This is a testament to the amazingly compact form factor of gear we have with m4/3. To be
    able to pack and carry this much photographic "horsepower" in such a small and lightweight
    package is remarkable - given the IQ we get from the gear.
    And away we go... :wink:
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  2. Pim

    Pim Mu-43 Regular

    Looks good Don, thanks for posting! I especially like the 12-35 on this camera, seems a fine match. Btw, great lens collection in your last picture..:) 
  3. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Very nice! That 12-35 looks great on the G5. How do you like the new rear dial location? Also, I would love to see a photo of the camera in hand, if it's not too much trouble. lol.
  4. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    Don,I believe you had a G3 before this?Is it about the same size excepting the grip?
    The G3 required a different hold because of the small size and grip.Because of the corner wheel, it seems that the hold on the G5 will be a bit different yet again, requiring your thumb to be far right when using it.How does this work for you compared to the G3?
    Can't say it's the most attractive camera body I've ever seen.Sorry to see they retained the chrome ring around the lens mount.And the chrome buttons on the back.Panasonic made some real improvements over the G3 though, which was my favorite Pany body.

    ps,I'll bet that camera case never gets left in a hotel room!
  5. nianys

    nianys Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks Don for this camera porn ;)  !
    It does look nice, and I feel like the previous posters, the 12-35 does look very good on it.
    I had never used an articulated screen before the G3 and realize I have no taste or use for it, I'd rather NOT have one. A tilt screen, OTOH, should be very useful for waist level shooting...
    After trying the G3 I can confirm mini DSLR form factor isn't for me (I'm more attracted to the GX-1 or NEX7), but that G5 looks like a cool and solid performing camera, very no nonsense. I hope the GX-2 will have a built-in EVF, or else I won't see much point in upgrading my GX-1...
  6. dgorman47

    dgorman47 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 13, 2012
    Holy freakin' gear! The grip on the G5 look super comfy but I don't like it visually. Nice stuff Dhart.
  7. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Super comfy sounds good to me!! :biggrin:
  8. ftwphoto

    ftwphoto Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 12, 2011
    Any links to that briefcase setup? I could totally use something like that.
  9. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    That's a BIG FAMILY that you have there....:biggrin:
  10. riverr02

    riverr02 Mu-43 Veteran

    May 2, 2011
    New York
    Some setup you got there- very nice collection!
  11. kevwilfoto

    kevwilfoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 23, 2011
    DON! OMG! Where did you find that suitcase / padded divider setup?!?!? I MUST have one. I have this and this and my :43: gear rattles around like marbles in a gas tank. I've been searching for a year for a good setup, and that looks perfect. (except my 100-300 wouldn't work vertical)
  12. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    Tried a G5 a couple of days ago in a dealers
    Tried out the Touch Pad facility (which the staff member was unaware of and denied was included till I altered the menu settings and demonstrated it to him!)
    This brings a completely new reason to having and using the swing out display as opposed to the flip type screen on O-MD and E-PL3 IMO
    I believe many will be won over to the Panasonic swivel screen design as a result of this implementation
    Whilst the screen is swung out to the left of the camera (having enabled Touch Pad in Touch Settings) you can look through the viewfinder whilst adjusting the focus point with your left thumb ? on the screen
    It sounds a bit weird the idea of holding the screen in left hand whilst using the viewfinder but it is surprisingly easy and a revelation for someone with less than ideal eyesight as I find it difficult to use an LCD screen by itself
    Coincidentally I used to think how good it would be to be able to use the touchscreen to focus in this way whilst viewing the results in the viewfinder but didnt think of it as a feasible idea - then low and behold they've done it
    I have a G3 at the moment (among other Panny and Oly bodies) and will definitely be seeking to buy the G5 when the price drops
    Well done Panasonic !
    The grip is much more comfortable IMO too and more comfortable than the GH1 and 2 as I always felt these were a little cramped feeling
    The G5 feels very much like a G3 with a grip grafted on to it
    The downside is that the G5 will be less 'pocketable' than the G3 due to the larger grip
    I believe it will be better with the larger lenses although I had no problem with the G3
    Oh yes the rocker switch for x lenses is also a great implementation and makes or very smooth zooming
    Didnt get the chance to try the rocker in manual mode for shutter / aperture adjustment but would assume it to be a great advantage
    I'm very much looking forward to seeing what the GH3 will bring into the equation
  13. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona

    All the details are here:

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  14. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Michael... I did make some images around the property. I don't like working with JPGs as I like to be able to access the full data of the image for best development potential, so I'm converting in SilkyPix to TIFs as we speak, then to LR4 to develop as I always do. Will post them later...
  15. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Now, that's what I call "organized"! Interesting shots of the camera, thanks.
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