Panasonic unveils the GM5 and LX100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Yesterday Panasonic announced a new model to their G series cameras, the GM5. A compact system camera that really has taken into account what professionals are looking for in a secondary camera and also those people wanting the compact experience but don’t want to compromise on quality.
An electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage and full colour reproduction is on board making photography in the sun a breeze along with a hot shoe so that you can accessorise your GM5 with items such as a flash.
This tiny compact system camera weighs in at a mere 281 grams making it an ideal travel camera however the tiny body really doesn’t skimp on the details. Packing into the GM5 is a 16 Megapixel sensor, 1080p at 60 frames per second video, a max ISO of 25,600 making it great in all lighting conditions and a 1/1600 shutter speed.
One great feature we welcome to this Panasonic model is what they’re calling “Snap Movie Mode” which allows photos and video to be taken at the same time without any disruption to your video footage. Very handy when being responsible for shooting things like events.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Now this is a camera worth talking about! A compact system camera, small enough to take anywhere, under $1500 with a large sensor and wait for it… it also shoots 4K video!
The LX100 uses the same imaging engine as the GH4, including the ability to record 4K video. A f/1.7-2.8 9 bladed aperture lens is on board and while it isn’t a long focal length it is still larger than most of the precision compact cameras in the market.
Panasonic have also managed to support a continuous shooting rate of 6.5 frames per second with Auto Focus enabled which is quite a great feature for a camera of this size.
A lot of people will also welcome the integration of a Manual focus ring and Manual Assist which lets you quickly gauge focal crispness by enlarging a section of your composition by up to 10x.
At the heart of the LX100 is a 12.8 Megapixel Micro 4/3rds MOS Sensor with a surface area that’s seven times greater than a conventional compact camera. The large sensor and dedicated ratio switch lets you quickly select different aspect ratios – including 16:9 for wide angle composition.