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Panasonic Lumix G5 review

Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera Review

My Panasonic Lumix G5 review actually started last week, when I posted a few of my favorite images from the Lumix. If you didn’t see those, be sure to check them out.

I’ve now been using the Panasonic Lumix G5 for a few weeks. I have to say that I’m pretty spoiled on my current professional DSLR and lenses setup, but I love trying new cameras, and I am definitely a camera-junkie through and through.

I have to admit, the images from the Panasonic Lumix G5 have a certain aesthetic quality. They almost look like film images, which is a delicious look in my book.

The 14 creative in-camera filters are also nice, especially for people who might not have access to software such as Lightroom or Photoshop. For instance, the photo at the top of this post was shot using the low key filter — love the appearance.

Below are a few examples of my favorite filters in the Panasonic Lumix G5.

Panasonic Lumix G5 Review

Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera Review

I got down on the ground to capture this extreme angle shot of my dog, Sasha. I used the cross process filter in the Panasonic Lumix G5. Love the cool blues and greens that this filter provides.

Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera Review

I used the expressive filter to shoot this image of the sky, and the top of my mom and dad’s house. Look at that lucious blue sky!

Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera Review

The photo above shows Kara through a window. The photo is made magical using the star filter, which adds a pretty twinkle.

Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera Review

I used the miniature effect filter on the nutcracker above. Now, this filter is supposed to be used to shoot something BIG, to make it look miniature. I kind defeated the purpose by shooting something that’s already small, but I still liked the color tones so I kept the photo.

Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera Review

One more shot using the lovely star filter. I find this particularly fun for holiday shots.

Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera Review

My Kara knows how to express herself. I used the retro filter on this image. Retro or vintage style images are really trendy right now, and the retro filter within the Panasonic Lumix G5 gives you that Instagram-esque look.

Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera Review

I used the expressive filter to capture this bright cord.

Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera Review

I shot a couple of Evan’s favorite dinosaurs with the toy effect filter. I’m certain that this filter would make really gorgeous photos of the kids outside on a bright sunny day. Summer can’t come soon enough.

Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera Review

Finally, while I already showcased the dynamic monochrome filter last week, I just really love these black and whites.

Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera Review

The in-camera filters available on the Panasonic Lumix G5 are: expressive, retro, high key, low key, sepia, dynamic monochrome, impressive art, high dynamic, cross process, toy effect, miniature effect, soft focus, star filter, and one point color.

There really are filters for everyone. Some people might not be into the star filter, or soft focus, while others might love that style of photo. My favorites were the dynamic monochrome, expressive, retro and low key filters.

Why should you buy a Panasonic Lumix G5?

People who are ready to transition from point-and-shoot to DLSR would love the Panasonic Lumix G5. The price is right, the camera is lightweight, and it also offers you the ability to shoot manually. The end-result images are really lovely, and like I said, they have a special-something, and at 16 megapixels you can print and hang those special images on your walls.

Panasonic Lumix G5

I was also impressed with the speed and performance in low light, which is a HUGE plus in my book, as someone who often shoots photos of her kids indoors.

I did find the touchscreen somewhat unresponsive (if you’re used to a smartphone).

I hope you enjoyed my Panasonic Lumix G5 review. This would certainly make a great gift for the camera enthusiast in your family.

I received a Panasonic Lumix G5 to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own.

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7 Comments

  1. December 3, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    Looks like it takes great pictures!! I am starting to do more with my current camera, but still looking for a better one!!

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  2. December 3, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Great camera for those that, like you said, don’t have or aren’t skilled at editing programs or perhaps aren’t ready for a DSLR. Thanks!

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  3. December 3, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    Those are beautiful pictures. I like the idea of different settings and less post-editing.

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  4. December 11, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    Great shots with the camera. U may check it out if its on display at my local retail store.

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  5. December 27, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    i love that some of the filters give the photos an analog feel. i still like to use analog, so i have a small film camera collection :) right now, as far as digital goes, i have a point and shoot…one that doesn’t even have manual settings no less :/

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  6. February 20, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Great photos. May I ask what lens you used?

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  7. April 20, 2013 @ 1:13 pm
    Diana

    Just bought my lumix from Amazon and got an awesome deal. Anyone can use my promo code here: http://amzn.to/15rCz77

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