Getty Images takes the Panasonic G5 to the Olympic Games

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That is more communication and marketing than any thing else, but it is worth noting : the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 unveiled last week by Panasonic, will cover the London 2012 Olympics. This event was organized with the complicity of Getty Images, one of the photo agencies that cover the London 2012 Olympic Games. Dean Mouhtaropoulos, sports photographer, Getty Images member for 9 years, will have a Panasonic G5 to cover the event. They will post image of the day on Panasonic.co.uk website and you can see more images on lumixlifestyle.com.uk. Although Panasonic claims that with a max ISO setting of ISO 12,800 and a 6 fps burst rate, the G5 mirrorless camera is “action photography compliant” no question here to have the Lumix G5 competing against a $5,000+ DSLR like the Canon EOS-1D X or the Nikon D4. Actually, on the London 2012 image gallery shot with the G5, you will barely find sports photos, but are rather going to find ambiance shots. Dean Mouhtaropoulos will certainly not give his real feelings about the mirrorless camera he is in charge of babysitting during the Olympics as obviously there is a big commercial agreement between Panasonic (one of the 2012 London Olympic Games sponsors) and Getty Images. They will also display the images in the Olympic Village. Getty Images will take 3D stills with the G5.

The Panasonic Lumix G5 is te latest prosumer mirrorless camera, not even yet released, by Panasonic. It feature a said-to-be-redesigned 4:3 16MP MOS sensor that can reach ISO 12,800 and record Full HD 1920 x 1080p at 50p movies thanks also to the new DSP, the Venus Engine VII FHP. It has a high-definition EVF, a swivel touch-screen offering an interesting resolution of 920,000 dots. I would love to see superslow motion movies recorded with the Lumix G5 that offers a 720p 100 fps mode and a VGA 200 fps movie recording possibility.

Getty Images photographer is going to use lenses from 7-300mm including the Lumix G 7-14mm wide angle lens that I loved when I tested it for the Panasonic GX1 review, but also the promising Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH. O.S.I. zoom lens.


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