Micro 4/3 GM5 Impressions

Aug 27, 2013
124
Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
Miguel Tejada-Flores
It's taken me awhile to start warming to the (lightly used) GM5 I picked up a month or two back. Have been doing a lot of writing lately and that hasn't left me for much time for photography...apart from the ubiquitous iPhone that is always in my pocket (and which is a surprisingly powerful photographic tool in its own right).

But in the last few weeks I've started playing more with the GM5 and the results are ... encouraging.

A few quick impressions and observations.

The tiny EVF is quite usable.

The dinky rear LCD screen - chopped down to approx 2.3" from the original GM1's 3" - originally seemed stupidly small to me but repeated use has gotten me to the point where now it's almost not bad.

But the most surprising discoveries of all have been in using the cleverly implemented and almost intuitive touch screen controls which if I'm not mistaken the GM5 shares with its sibling the GM1. Touch screen focusing is in general stupidly quick and surprisingly accurate. It doesn't hunt for focus forever in low-light interiors like the Ricoh GR (one of my main Ricoh complaints).

Last but not least the RAW files seem, on initial playing around with, to be every bit as good as those from my now slightly-dated GX7 .... which means they are rich, manipulable, and very fine indeed.

And finally it also mates beautifully with the diminutive Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens (I have the original iteration) - which, in spite of its occasional reputation for being slow on auto-focus, seems crazy fast on the GM5 to me.

A few shots. All taken with the 20mm pancake lens.

Taken in our local small-town coffee shop -


Caster wheel in Café
by MiguelATF, on ipernity

On my writing desk


the corner of his eye
by MiguelATF, on ipernity

Also on my writing desk, after taking off my glasses to rest my eyes -


Glasses with Keyboard
by MiguelATF, on ipernity

My coffee cup perched dangerously atop my printer -


Death before Decaf
by MiguelATF, on ipernity

A friend and fellow-photographer showing me a tiny digital camera -


Photographer
by MiguelATF, on ipernity

And asymetrical portrait in the relatively dim lighting of a local eatery -


Michele at the Standing Stone
by MiguelATF, on ipernity

The final two are lightly tweaked JPEG's taken using the in-camera 'Creative Control' aka Art filters - first a suburban exterior


Suburban encroachment
by MiguelATF, on ipernity

And finally a slightly impressionistic interior shot - a door-handle in my writing studio - taken using the in-camera 'Dynamic Monochrome' setting


Door handle
by MiguelATF, on ipernity

As I said, it's taken me more time than I thought to warm up to this tiny, tiny (did I mention that it's small?) tiny little camera. But I'm starting to like it.
 
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dalethorn

Guest
That's really a great lens. I used the 12-32 for a year, which had a nice rendering in most cases, but I should have tried the prime.
 
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dalethorn

Guest
I agree, Dale - it IS a great lens. But I have also seen quite a few fantastic images produced by the 12-32 which, though it's slightly slower than a prime, nonetheless seems like it has some outstanding qualities, not the least of which is its minuscule size.
The GM1 that I had was the smallest mirrorless camera I could shoot easily with one hand.
 
Aug 27, 2013
124
Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
Miguel Tejada-Flores
The size and IQ of this tiny tiny tiny camera are turning it into....a take-everywhere camera. Two more shots of the same subject - a piece of whacked-out automotive art in a neighboring southern Oregon town - both taken with the 20mm Panasonic pancake lens - the first in black-and-white -


Chopped Buick Riviera
by MiguelATF, on ipernity

The second in color -


Clean Air Station
by MiguelATF, on ipernity
 

davidzvi

Top Veteran
Apr 18, 2014
104
Boston Burbs
David
Have you added a grip to the GM5? If not the Richard Franiec is probably the best without changing the size, alternatively the Sony RX100 grips also work very nicely and are much cheaper. I did try one of the flipbac grips but did not like it. The other two work I think because they use the curve of the body so the finger hold is closer to the edge while the flipbac needs the flat part of the body.

Also while the screen is smaller I found that the smaller screen and placement of the thumb grip meant I was wasn't accidentally hitting the screen as often as I did on my GM1.
 

davidzvi

Top Veteran
Apr 18, 2014
104
Boston Burbs
David
Looks like you can still order it from his site, but who knows with something that's "Individually 3D CNC machined from high-grade aluminum alloy". I guess he could make then if he wants.

But the Sony grips works well too.
 

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