The G5 includes full HD video recording capability in AVCHD format in accordance with the MFT system design standard. The G5 is the successor to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, and is Panasonic's most junior MFT camera, competing against entry level DSLRs from other major manufacturers. The G series cameras are designed primarily for users interested in still photography, with the more expensive GH series geared towards users who are interested in greater video functionality. The G5 differs from the G3 principally by offering a higher maximum ISO (12,800 vs 6,400), a higher continuous shooting frame rate (6 vs 4 fps), a higher resolution screen and a new image sensor and processor.
Physically, the G5 is very similar to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, but it has a larger hand grip. Because of limited real estate for buttons most camera functionality is also accessible through the articulated, touch control-enabled LCD panel.