Panasonic GM5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 front

Panasonic GM5 overview

Panasonic GM5 is Panasonic's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera initially released on September of 2014. The camera features a 16MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4592 x 3448.

Panasonic introduced this model in an effort to improve the older Panasonic GM1 (Read Full Comparison)

The GM5 comes in at #76 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all-around #359 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to use our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your custom criteria.

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The following is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic GM5 history

The Panasonic GM5 is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GM5 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GX9 front thumbnailPanasonic GX9
GM5 vs GX9
20MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX850 front thumbnailPanasonic GX850
GM5 vs GX850
16MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX85 front thumbnailPanasonic GX85
GM5 vs GX85
16MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF8 front thumbnailPanasonic GF8
GM5 vs GF8
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX8 front thumbnailPanasonic GX8
GM5 vs GX8
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF7 front thumbnailPanasonic GF7
GM5 vs GF7
16MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM5 front thumbnailPanasonic GM516MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GM1 front thumbnailPanasonic GM1
GM5 vs GM1
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX7 front thumbnailPanasonic GX7
GM5 vs GX7
16MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GM5 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF6 front thumbnailPanasonic GF6
GM5 vs GF6
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GM5 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF5 front thumbnailPanasonic GF5
GM5 vs GF5
12MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GX1 front thumbnailPanasonic GX1
GM5 vs GX1
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF3 front thumbnailPanasonic GF3
GM5 vs GF3
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GM5 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF2 front thumbnailPanasonic GF2
GM5 vs GF2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GM5 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GM5 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GF1 front thumbnailPanasonic GF1
GM5 vs GF1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GM5 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009

Panasonic GM5 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic GM5 based on aspects which are typically viewed as important in a digital camera.

above average high ISO (25,600)
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
comes with face detect autofocus
comes with tracking focus
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
has focus via touch
has HDMI socket
lighter than others (211 grams)
NFC connection
saves RAW files
screen has good resolution (921 k dots)
screen size is good (3")
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
silent shooting (1/16,000s)
touchscreen enabled
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
you can focus manually
does not have image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
low maximum shutter speed (1/500s)
no headphone socket
no mic socket
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.8 frames/s)
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
terrible battery (220 CIPA)
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Panasonic GM5 Sensor info

The Panasonic GM5 is powered by the Venus Engine chip. The sensor size in the Panasonic GM5 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can resolve 4592 x 3448 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. This ISO can be increased electronically to a minimum of 100. RAW photos are saved so the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the GM5's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The GM5 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is highlighted in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GM5 dimensions

Panasonic GM5 has a weight of 0.47 pounds (211 grams or 7.44 ounces) & has outer proportions of 99mm x 60mm x 36mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.4"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 grams so the Panasonic GM5 is lighter when compared to other rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Panasonic GM5 with a soda to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the GM5.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 topview buttons dials

Panasonic GM5 Lens info

The GM5 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses that you can purchase. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the GM5.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-30mm-F2.8-EX-DN-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN30mmf/2.8 135g
Samyang-135mm-F2.0-ED-UMC-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 135mm F2.0 ED UMC135mmf/2830g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-14-140mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH.-Power-O.I.S lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH. Power O.I.S14-140mmf/3.5-5.6 265g
Samyang-135mm-F2.0-ED-UMC-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 135mm F2.0 ED UMC135mmf/2830g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-X-Vario-12-35mm-F2.8-II-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 II ASPH Power OIS12-35mmf/2.8 305g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-8mm-F1.8-Fisheye-PRO lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO8mmf/1.8 314g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-12-50mm-f3.5-6.3-EZ lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ12-50mmf/3.5-6.3 211g
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Panasonic GM5 Connectivity

The GM5 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send images and oftentimes change settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Panasonic GM5 Video info

The maximum video quality in the Panasonic GM5 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance for video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD is not going to leave you with any room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone socket so you have got little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to order a different model should you need better audio for your videos.

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Panasonic GM5 Weather Sealing

Panasonic GM5 doesn't include weather sealing so wet conditions can damage the camera.

Panasonic GM5 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GM5 features a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 921k dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly so you can shift focus points plus change settings with your finger.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Panasonic GM5 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 1,166k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.46x

Viewfinders can be really beneficial for sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Panasonic GM5 Shutter info

Panasonic GM5 continuous shooting rate is 5.8 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/500 sec. The camera also provides silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter can result in "rolling shutter" in certain circumstances.

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Panasonic GM5 Flash and Hot shoe info

Panasonic GM5 features external flash ability but is without inbuilt flash.

Panasonic GM5 Autofocus info

Panasonic GM5 features just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and exact when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detection making it helpful for people photography.

The Sensor features 23 focus points to pick from. Panasonic GM5 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to change where you focus. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Panasonic GM5 has manual focus in case it is needed for low light occasions or you need to have more exact focus control.

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Panasonic GM5 Battery life

The battery (DMW-BLH7) for the Panasonic GM5 is built to last for 220 clicks according to the CIPA measurements which is less when compared to it's rivals. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 comes with the highest possible (750) battery life for this range of cameras.

Following is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:

Panasonic GM5 for specific categories of photography

The following graph gives a summation of the Panasonic GM5 for specific categories of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Panasonic GM5 Portrait photography info

The Panasonic GM5 gets a points tally of 71 which is very good, and means the camera is a good choice for portraits. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support & potential to use off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats

Panasonic GM5 Street photography info

With a outstanding score of 76, the Panasonic GM5 is a tremendous pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
provides touch focus
lighter than others (211g)
very good high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization

Panasonic GM5 Sports photography details

A modest sports photography score of 48 indicates the Panasonic GM5 is fairly acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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silent mode (1/16,000s)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
low maximum shutter speed (1/500s)
max fps very slow (5.8 fps)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery life (220 per charge)
has no phase detect auto focus

Panasonic GM5 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is really important when buying a travel camera. Overall, the Panasonic GM5 gets a nice 71 as a travel camera which is a respectable choice to buy for your vacations.

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lighter than competition (211g)
boasts touch to focus
decent MP (16MP)
terrible battery life (220 per charge)
screen is not selfie friendly

Panasonic GM5 Landscape photography factors

When you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic GM5 with it's nice score of 69 as a landscape camera is a good choice amongst it's competitors.

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manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3")
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
above average ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery power (220 CIPA)

Panasonic GM5 Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a moving display screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering all things, the Panasonic GM5 is just not good for vlogging as it receives a lousy rating of 34.

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touchscreen functionality
includes face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (211g)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
missing mic port

Panasonic GM5 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the GM5, here is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall into the category of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The diagram followed below gives you a bird's eye view of the GM5 versus it's highest ranking competitors listed above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may have a look at as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4592 x 3448
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest boosted ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
1,166k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/500 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
5.8 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
211 gr (0.47 lb)
99 x 60 x 36mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.4")
Battery life
220 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Pricing at launch