Panasonic DMC-GM5 sensor review: Updated model with built-in electronic viewfinder and hotshoe 2019, An overall DxOMark sensor score of 66 points reflects the Panasonic GM5 in the middle of the road for hybrid cameras featuring APS-C or FourThirds sensors.
In fact, it is 65 points ahead of the Canon EOS M2, despite the Canon option being an APS-C sensor that is physically 30% larger than the Fourthards preferred by Panasonic.
The GM5 still lags behind most Sony hybrids – which are the class leaders of this category, as well as the latest Samsung mirrorless option boasting APS-C-sized sensors.
GM5’s overall DxOMark score for all sensors is 66th at 137th and with no improvement over its predecessor GM1, also with 66 points. Not really a surprise, as they both use the same 16Mp CMOS sensor, so the advantage of the latest model lies in its built-in EVF and hotshot.
A DxOMark sensor score of 66 ranks the Panasonic GM5 in the middle of the road for hybrid cameras behind the latest models from Sony and Samsung
Given its GM5 sub score underlining the overall DxOMark sensor score, its Dynamic Range Score of 11.7 EVs ranks 135th overall. Its best performance is for the Low Light ISO where its score is 721 ISO at 127th, but the GM5 doesn’t fare too much for the color, which comes in further down the table at 156th with 22.1 bits.
Panasonic DMC-GM5 sensor review
The color sensitivity on the GM5 is excellent between ISO 100- 400 and better than ISO 3200, its maximum dynamic range is recorded at 11.7 EV before dropping below 15 bits from ISO 3200 to ISO 800 before ISO 100 GM5 Returns the result. Falling below 10 EVs,
just 6 EVSIO performance with ISO 6600 results is one of the stronger aspects of the GM5’s sensor, with good signal to noise ratios between ISO 100-400, although the highest sensitivity is below 20 dB. Goes down
Ranking 5th for Panasonic hybrid cameras, GM5’s sensor performance lags behind some of the Micro Four Third competition. The highest scoring options in the range are Panasonic’s own GH4 with 74 points, or the Olympus E-M1 with 73 points, both of which prevent overall better image quality than the overall GM5.
This is actually a bit surprising as they all feature 16Mp resolution on the same size chip, but the GH4 and E-M1 have a 2/3 fold increase in stop sensitivity and better stop dynamic range. In fact the results are consistent with the previous Panasonic GM1.
The strongest aspect of the GM5 is the lower ISO and the other two cameras here do not make any significant improvements.
With a DxOMark sensor score of 82 the Sony A6000 provides about 1 stop better image quality than the GM5. The Sony A6000 is currently the highest scoring hybrid on the database and has a small and compact build similar to the GM5.
The A6000 however uses a larger APS-C sensor and its 24.1 bits score for color exceeds the GM5 by 1 stop. The most obvious difference for color is noticeable at low ISO sensitivity between ISO 100 – 800, as well as ISO 12,800 and high sensitivity of 25,600.
This is a similar story to the dynamic range where between ISO 800 – 6400, between ISO range, the results are comparable to GM5 and A6000, but it is at the lowest and highest sensitivity where the A6000 comes into its own, 1 Stop the improvement in the base ISO offering more than 1 stop at the highest sensitivity.
Compared to the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II, its relatively large (albeit multi-aspect ratio) 1.5-inch Type Siemens weak GM5 edges further in performance bets. . It has about a +1/3 stop improvement in color, a wider DR near +1 (based on) and a +1/3 stop improvement in our low-light score.
The GM5 has more noticeable lag with performance characteristics behind Sony and its larger APS-C sensor. It has about 1 1/3 stop lower color depth, narrows DR near -1 -1/3 stop and low sensitivity at around -1 low-light.
Although the GM5 has a lower noise level than the G1 X Mark II, the Sony A5100 has enough noise in the larger APS-C sensor
If you are after a small and compact hybrid the built-in viewfinder, hotshot and accessory flashguns offer more versatility than the GM1 with the new GM5.
However there has been no improvement in image quality over the previous GM1 model, which is still available to buy and is available for a bit less.
With a DxOMark sensor score of 66, the GM5 certainly puts in a respectable display for image quality, but if this is the best hybrid image quality is after you, then the score from the APS-C sensor found in Sony and Samsung hybrids The ones remain defeated.