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Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6

Portability
74
Imaging
52
Features
66
Overall
57
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 front
Portability
87
Imaging
53
Features
64
Overall
57

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6 Key Specs

Panasonic G5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 396g - 120 x 83 x 71mm
  • Launched July 2012
  • Replaced the Panasonic G3
  • Replacement is Panasonic G6
Panasonic GF6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 323g - 111 x 65 x 38mm
  • Announced April 2013
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GF5
  • Updated by Panasonic GF7
Photography Glossary

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6 Overview

Below is a comprehensive overview of the Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both of them are built by Panasonic. The resolution of the G5 (16MP) and the GF6 (16MP) is fairly similar and they enjoy the exact same sensor measurements (Four Thirds).

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The G5 was manufactured 8 months prior to the GF6 which means that they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic G5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Panasonic GF6 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a quick summation of how the G5 matches up versus the GF6 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic G5 over the Panasonic GF6

 G5 GF6 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic GF6 over the Panasonic G5

 GF6 G5 
AnnouncedApril 2013July 2012More recent by 8 months
Display resolution1040k920kCrisper display (+120k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic G5 and Panasonic GF6

 G5 GF6 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurements
Touch display Easily navigate

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to lug around your camera, you'll have to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic G5 has got external dimensions of 120mm x 83mm x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8") having a weight of 396 grams (0.87 lbs) while the Panasonic GF6 has specifications of 111mm x 65mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5") along with a weight of 323 grams (0.71 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you use at that moment. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the G5 compared to the GF6.

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the G5 and GF6 is 74 and 87 respectively.

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's tough to visualize the contrast between sensor measurements just by reading technical specs. The photograph below will help offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the G5 and GF6.

As you can tell, both of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the exact same resolution therefore you should expect similar quality of photographs however you should factor the production date of the products into consideration. The older G5 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6 sensor size comparison

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic G5 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic GF6 Portrait photography factors
71
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
65
manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Panasonic G5 Street photography highlights
Panasonic GF6 Street photography highlights
66
screen can move to multiple angles
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
provides touch focus
no image stabilization
more heavy than competition in class (396 grams)
77
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
features touch to focus
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic G5 Sports photography highlights
Panasonic GF6 Sports photography highlights
51
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect AF
51
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic G5
Travel photography with Panasonic GF6
66
provides touch focus
good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (396 grams)
69
features touch to focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic G5
Landscape photography with Panasonic GF6
65
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3")
good megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse mode
67
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
no image stabilization
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic G5
Vlogging with Panasonic GF6
62
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen capability
provides face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
no image stabilization
doesn't have microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (396 grams)
32
built-in touchscreen
has face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
missing external microphone socket
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Panasonic G5 vs Panasonic GF6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic G5 and Panasonic GF6
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2012-07-17 2013-04-08
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Venus Engine VII FHD Venus Engine 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 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4592 x 3448
Highest native ISO 12800 12800
Highest enhanced ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 160 160
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 23 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 107 107
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 920k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames per sec 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 10.50 m 6.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160 secs 1/160 secs
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 (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 1280 x 720p (60i PsF/30p in NTSC models, 50i PsF/25p on PAL), 640 x 480 (30/25fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 396 grams (0.87 lbs) 323 grams (0.71 lbs)
Dimensions 120 x 83 x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8") 111 x 65 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 61 54
DXO Color Depth rating 21.4 20.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.6 10.6
DXO Low light rating 618 622
Other
Battery life 320 pictures 340 pictures
Form of battery 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 shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $699 $326