Being an established name in the camera market, Panasonic keeps on adding new upgrades to its camera lineup. Panasonic usually revamps the controls and the looks of its mainstream Lumix G-series camera, while maintaining the resolution as well as its capabilities. The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is a remarkable upgrade from its predecessor G3 and its most significant enhancement lies in its larger grip both at its front and back.The digital camera’s sensor remains at the good old at 16.05 megapixels, along with the 3.00x zoom 14-42mm lens and its 3 inch LCD display viewfinder. However, Panasonic claims that both its sensor and Venus Engine have been improved for better performance. The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 G5’s autofocus speed has been also enhanced, which actually beats the fast autofocus of other cameras of its class. Panasonic chooses to call this new improved autofocus, the Lightspeed AF. This is such a noteworthy upgrade in itself that the camera actually didn’t need any more. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is a strong upgrade as it has updated the performance and capabilities of the already capable and competent Lumix G3. Thus the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is a more powerful version of a very strong performing digital camera that also includes a changed button position and functionality to make it standout in the market. The great advantages of this compact camera include its small size with amazing focusing and exposure capabilities. Moreover, the new and improved touchpanel LCD screen enables capturing image and review a thing of pleasure which is mated with superb HD video recording quality. On the downside, the camera has some controls that are rather difficult to access and it also lacks a microphone-in jack, which limits the video recording utility. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is available in the market with the price tag of US$699.99, and a kit along with the G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 MEGA O.I.S. lens is tagged at US$799.99. However, its body only price can be significantly lower.