Panasonic has introduced a new GM-series mirrorless camera. The Lumix GM5 continues the legacy of the GM1, the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera, with several improvements over its predecessor.
The second model of the GM line-up has just been unveiled at Photokina 2014, as the rumor mill has already predicted. The Panasonic GM5 is now official with a Micro Four Thirds sensor and a built-in viewfinder, the latter being a novelty when compared to the GM1.
Panasonic GM5 becomes world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera with an EVF
Panasonic has repeatedly said that the GM-series has been a major success. In fact, things have been so good that the G, GF, and GX line-ups have all been put on hold and only the GM one has had a model announced this year.
The new Lumix GM5 comes with stylish magnesium allow body, which is also the smallest interchangeable lens camera with an electronic viewfinder in the world, said Panasonic.
This mirrorless camera employs a 1,166K-dot electronic viewfinder with 0.92x magnification and 100% coverage. If you prefer using the Live View mode, then the GM5 is offering a 3-inch 921K-dot LCD touchscreen.
Focus Peaking and a very fast electronic shutter mode are both available in the Lumix GM5
The Panasonic GM5 features a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor and it is powered by the Venus Engine, which allows the camera to capture up to 5.8fps in burst mode.
A 23-point autofocus mode sits at users’ disposal along with Focus Peaking in order to enable very quick autofocusing.
The ISO sensitivity range is identical to the one offered by the Lumix LX100 Micro Four Thirds compact: 100-25,600 (through built-in settings).
Moreover, the GM5 is also packing an electronic shutter mode that supports a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000-sec.
WiFi-enabled Panasonic GM5 now features a hot-shoe, too
The Lumix GM1 does not have a hot-shoe, so users cannot mount external accessories onto it. However, Panasonic has corrected this issue in the GM5, so the camera now employs a hot-shoe. As a bonus, the company has added a small flash into the package.
This new Micro Four Thirds shooter is capable of capturing full HD videos at up to 60fps with stereo audio support.
In the connectivity area, the Panasonic GM5 is offering USB 2.0 and microHDMI ports, and built-in WiFi for controlling the camera remotely via a smartphone or tablet and to transfer files to a mobile device.
Release date and price details
Panasonic has not added in-body image stabilization into the Lumix GM5. This is a situation similar to the one of the GM1 and it does not seem like the company will bring this feature anytime soon to the GM-series.
Either way, the GM5 is weighing 211 grams / 7.44 ounces, while weighing 99 x 60 x 36mm / 39 x 23.6 x 14.2-inches.
The Micro Four Thirds shooter is expected to become available on the market this fall for a price of $899.99. The GM5 will ship with a 12-32mm lens and external flash bundle, which can be pre-ordered at Amazon.