Size

Don't let Josh's big hands fool you -- the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 isn't terribly compact, and in fact is larger than the G3 and is one of the larger full-size ILCs out there. That's partly due to a much deeper grip than its predecessor has.
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

Top

Here you can see the Panasonic DMC-G5's dSLR-like grip, which I consider an improvement over the earlier model's. It's not a small camera, so trying to shave dimensions off with a shallow grip is kind of silly. You can also see the zoom lever just behind the shutter button, which is designed to work with Panasonic's Power Zoom line of lenses. I think that's another good idea, since I don't like where the zoom lever sits on the lens.
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

Top controls

While the mode dial and Intelligent auto buttons remain the same, Panasonic moved the record button from the back to the top, where I don't like it.
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

Articulated display

The new LCD is a bit higher-resolution than the old, but it's otherwise the same flip-and-twist touch screen, with an interface from more recent models.
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

Back

Panasonic rearranged the back controls slightly, adding a programmable AE/AF lock button at the top, which is welcome, and giving the thumb rest a more pronounced feel. However, it's also got the etched labels on the four-way-navigation switch, which I find annoyingly invisible.
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

Friendlier display

The new menu design offers helpful interface tips.
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:
Hot Galleries

Big stars on small screens

Smosh tells CNET what it took to make it big online

Internet sensations Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla discuss how YouTube has changed and why among all their goals, "real TV" isn't an ambition.

Hot Products