- 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 200 - 25600
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Micro Four Thirds Mount
- 211g - 99 x 60 x 36mm
- Launched September 2014
- Succeeded the Panasonic GM1
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
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 #71 out of 115 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all-around #343 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. Remember to use our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your custom criteria.
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.
GM5 vs G10020MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
GM5 vs GX920MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2018
GM5 vs GX85016MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2017
GM5 vs GX8516MPFour Thirds8.0 fps2016
GM5 vs GF816MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2016
GM5 vs GX820MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2015
GM5 vs GF716MPFour Thirds5.8 fps2015
GM5 vs GM116MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
GM5 vs GX716MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2013
GM5 vs G616MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
GM5 vs GF616MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2013
GM5 vs G516MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
GM5 vs GF512MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
GM5 vs GX116MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2012
GM5 vs GF312MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
GM5 vs G316MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
GM5 vs GF212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
GM5 vs G1012MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GM5 vs G212MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
GM5 vs GF112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
GM5 vs G112MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic GM5 Gallery
You can check the GM5 from several angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
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 327 grams so the Panasonic GM5 is lighter when compared to other rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Down below is a shot of the Panasonic GM5 with a soda to help you to get a sense of its scale.
The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the GM5.
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.
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.
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.
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.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
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.
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.
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 339. Samsung NX mini comes with the highest possible (650) battery life for this range of cameras.
Following is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:
GM5 vs NX mini650 yesnono
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GM5 vs NEX-3N480 yesnono
GM5 vs NEX-F3470 yesnono
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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 72 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.
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.
Panasonic GM5 Sports photography details
A modest sports photography score of 49 indicates the Panasonic GM5 is fairly acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
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.
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.
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 35.
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.