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Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5

Portability
72
Imaging
34
Features
30
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 front
Portability
91
Imaging
55
Features
62
Overall
57

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ28
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-486mm (F2.8-4.4) lens
  • 417g - 118 x 75 x 89mm
  • Revealed January 2009
Panasonic GM5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 211g - 99 x 60 x 36mm
  • Announced September 2014
  • Previous Model is Panasonic GM1
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Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5 Overview

The following is a in depth review of the Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and they are both designed by Panasonic. There is a substantial difference between the resolutions of the FZ28 (10MP) and GM5 (16MP) and the FZ28 (1/2.3") and GM5 (Four Thirds) have totally different sensor sizing.

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The FZ28 was launched 6 years before the GM5 which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ28 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GM5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight to a in depth comparison, here is a brief overview of how the FZ28 grades against the GM5 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ28 over the Panasonic GM5

 FZ28 GM5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GM5 over the Panasonic FZ28

 GM5 FZ28 
AnnouncedSeptember 2014January 2009Newer by 68 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic GM5

 FZ28 GM5 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to travel with your camera often, you need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FZ28 has outside dimensions of 118mm x 75mm x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") having a weight of 417 grams (0.92 lbs) while the Panasonic GM5 has dimensions of 99mm x 60mm x 36mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 211 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have at that moment. Underneath is a front view size comparison of the FZ28 and the GM5.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ28 and GM5 is 72 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is difficult to envision the gap between sensor dimensions simply by reviewing specs. The pic underneath may give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ28 and GM5.

All in all, both of these cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The FZ28 due to its tinier sensor will make getting shallow depth of field harder and the Panasonic GM5 will offer more detail utilizing its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs more aggressively. The more aged FZ28 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic GM5 as a Portrait photography camera
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manual focus
supports RAW files
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (10MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
73
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Street photography features
Panasonic GM5 Street photography features
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
76
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
boasts touch to focus
lighter than competition (211g)
good ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic GM5 as a Sports photography camera
33
long zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (10MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
49
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
low max shutter speed (1/500 seconds)
low frames per second (5.8 fps)
does not have image stabilization
bad battery life (220 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Travel photography factors
Panasonic GM5 Travel photography factors
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has built in flash
relatively wide (27mm)
long zoom (486mm)
lack of Timelapse function
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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lighter than competition (211g)
boasts touch to focus
MP count good (16MP)
bad battery life (220 CIPA)
does not have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic GM5 Landscape photography advice
40
manual focus
relatively wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7")
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of Timelapse function
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you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
bad battery life (220 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ28 Vlogging information
Panasonic GM5 Vlogging information
24
relatively wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone port
35
screen is touchscreen
offers face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (211 grams)
does not have selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
missing mic jack
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Panasonic FZ28 vs Panasonic GM5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ28 and Panasonic GM5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2009-01-15 2014-09-15
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 4592 x 3448
Maximum native ISO 6400 25600
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW photos
Min enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 27-486mm (18.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8-4.4 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Available lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.9 2.1
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/500s
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames per sec 5.8 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 8.50 m (Auto ISO) no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2) Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps, 848 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 10fps 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 417 gr (0.92 pounds) 211 gr (0.47 pounds)
Physical dimensions 118 x 75 x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") 99 x 60 x 36mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 27 66
DXO Color Depth rating 17.9 22.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.1 11.7
DXO Low light rating 79 721
Other
Battery life - 220 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - DMW-BLH7
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $599 $966