Review and Photo example of the DMC-GM5 digital camera.

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The LUMIX GM5 was released in 2014, and I personally believe that it is a camera that pursues the compactness of the Micro Four Thirds concept.
Equipped with an EVF in an extremely small body, this product will appeal to the camera generation that requires a viewfinder to take photos.
The LCD display extends all the way to the back, and from the outside it looks like the second coming of MINOLTA CLE.

However, sales of this camera were poor. Nowadays, the popular style of digital cameras is to take photos while looking at a large monitor like a smartphone, but the popularity of compacts with EVF is very niche, and the GM5 was the only compact with EVF that disappeared from the product line. .

As of this writing in 2024, the camera is 10 years old, but it has a 16 million pixel sensor and I don’t feel dissatisfied with it in everyday use, but it is not very compatible with old lenses and has a questionable color. may be seen.
The genuine 12-32mm zoom is not a bad lens, but it shows the roughness of a compact zoom, and Panasonic Leica’s single focal length lens, Summilux 15mm F1.7, is barely acceptable, but the other lenses are generally large.
I think it would be more enjoyable if you had a very small MF lens with a focal length of 8mm to 12mm, but the Ms-optics (Miyazaki Optical) 17mm is the widest lens I have, which is equivalent to 34mm in 35mm format equivalent focal length. I think I would like a lens that is around 24mm.

Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds camera lineup has been narrowed down, and there is a feeling that they are focusing on video use, and there are almost no lens releases, so it seems that it is time to stop using Micro Four Thirds. That’s the place.

It feels like Olympus (currently OM Digital Solutions Co., Ltd.)’s PEN-F is a descendant of this lineage, but the body size (width x height x depth 124.8 x 72.1 x 37.3 mm) is slightly larger than the GM5.
Although it may not be in niche demand, I hope that a successor model will be released that maintains the same body size and improves the PEN-F equivalent pixel count to 20 million pixels and EVF to 2 million dots. The current situation is unfortunate because a product only matures if it continues.


Effective Pixels16 megapixels
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds Mount
Sensor4/3-inch Live MOS sensor, 16.84 million total pixels
EVFColor LCD Live Viewfinder 0.2-inch, approx. 1.16 million dots
Camera SizeWidth x Height x Depth 98.5 x 59.5 x 36.1 mmExcluding protrusions
Weight(g)211 (including body, battery, and memory card)

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  • 2024.03.03:Update article
  • 2022.04.12:First draft

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