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Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic G6

Portability
74
Imaging
52
Features
66
Overall
57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 front
Portability
74
Imaging
53
Features
79
Overall
63

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic G6 Key Specs

Panasonic G5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 396g - 120 x 83 x 71mm
  • Announced July 2012
  • Succeeded the Panasonic G3
  • Replacement is Panasonic G6
Panasonic G6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 390g - 122 x 85 x 71mm
  • Released April 2013
  • Replaced the Panasonic G5
  • Renewed by Panasonic G7
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Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic G6 Overview

Following is a comprehensive comparison of the Panasonic G5 versus Panasonic G6, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are produced by Panasonic. The image resolution of the G5 (16MP) and the G6 (16MP) is pretty close and they possess the exact same sensor sizes (Four Thirds).

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The G5 was manufactured 9 months before the G6 which means that they are of a similar age. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before going in to a complete comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the G5 scores versus the G6 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G5 over the Panasonic G6

 G5 G6 

Reasons to pick Panasonic G6 over the Panasonic G5

 G6 G5 
ReleasedApril 2013July 2012More modern by 9 months
Screen resolution1036k920kClearer screen (+116k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic G5 and Panasonic G6

 G5 G6 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic G6 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry around your camera often, you'll need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Panasonic G5 offers physical measurements of 120mm x 83mm x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8") and a weight of 396 grams (0.87 lbs) while the Panasonic G6 has measurements of 122mm x 85mm x 71mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.8") along with a weight of 390 grams (0.86 lbs).

Check the Panasonic G5 versus Panasonic G6 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you choose during that time. Below is the front view over all size comparison of the G5 vs the G6.

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic G6 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the G5 and G6 is 74 and 74 respectively.

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic G6 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic G6 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's hard to picture the contrast in sensor sizes just by viewing a spec sheet. The picture underneath should give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the G5 and G6.

Clearly, each of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same megapixels therefore you can expect comparable quality of images however you would want to factor the launch date of the cameras into account. The more aged G5 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic G6 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic G6 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic G6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic G5
Portrait photography with Panasonic G6
71
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has face detection focus
exports RAW formats
71
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G5 Street photography info
Panasonic G6 Street photography info
66
fully articulated screen
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
boasts touch focus
no image stabilization
heavier than competition (396g)
73
fully articulated screen
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
has focus via touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G5 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic G6 Sports photography highlights
51
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
no image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
56
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
provides tracking autofocus
does not have image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic G5 Travel photography info
Panasonic G6 Travel photography info
66
boasts touch focus
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (396 grams)
72
has focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
lack of Timelapse function
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic G5 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic G6 as a Landscape photography camera
65
focusing manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
good megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
no image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse function
67
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3")
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
lack of Timelapse function
Photography Glossary

Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic G5 Vlogging advice
Panasonic G6 Vlogging advice
62
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
has face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
no image stabilization
doesn't have external mic port
heavier than competition (396 grams)
73
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen
provides face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external microphone port
does not have image stabilization
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Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic G6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G5 and Panasonic G6
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2012-07-17 2013-04-24
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine VII FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 12800 25600
Lowest native ISO 160 160
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 920k dot 1,036k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dot 1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.7x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 6.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 10.50 m 10.50 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/160 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 396g (0.87 pounds) 390g (0.86 pounds)
Dimensions 120 x 83 x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8") 122 x 85 x 71mm (4.8" x 3.3" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 61 61
DXO Color Depth rating 21.4 21.3
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.6 11.5
DXO Low light rating 618 639
Other
Battery life 320 images 340 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $699 $750