Panasonic DMC-GM5

Digital single lens mirrorless cameras go ultra-compact.

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Sometimes there are advantages to not having a hefty professional-looking camera—and sometimes you just want something that fits in your jacket pocket. The latest hit in Panasonic’s GM series combines a compact size with high-level image quality and a range of pro features.

Building on the success of last year’s GM1, the GM5 has the same micro-four-thirds sensor as the GX7 in a smaller body, making it about a quarter of the weight of a DSLR. It’s a quick performer: lens and body communicate at 240fps, and it has a maximum shutter speed of 1/16,000. Shoot in RAW or JPG, using either the new live viewfinder, or the LCD screen with touch focusing. A new hotshoe mount and interchangeable micro-four-thirds lenses makes it highly adaptable.

The video capability has also been upgraded, now shooting Full-HD 50p footage in either AVCHD Progressive or MP4 format. There’s also a time-lapse mode for videos of up to 30 minutes’ duration, and a Snap Movie Mode for recording clips of up to eight seconds, creating ‘moving photos’.

If stealth and speed are high priorities, the GM5 is an appealing option.