Panasonic Lumix GH5:
As good a combined video / still camera you can find
Dpreview has published its full, highly detailed Panasonic Lumix GH5 review and here’s their conclusion:
“Panasonic’s GH cameras have consistently been at the vanguard of convergence between the still and video worlds, and the GH5 arguably represents the biggest single leap in the history of the series. It adds features typically associated with more expensive, pro video equipment, though Panasonic is quick to remind you that it’s a still camera too.
The importance of internal 4:2:2 color and 10-bit video cannot be overstated, and has an impact on what you can do with footage in post processing. The addition of 4K/60p video also makes it possible to insert slow motion 4K into a project without sacrificing resolution.
Panasonic has also provided the tools needed to leverage the camera’s advanced features, including waveform, vectorscope, Log gamma, and built-in LUT display. Log gamma is becoming more common on cameras, but less so the ability to apply a LUT in-camera. Uploading custom LUTs is unique to the GH5 in this class.
If you’re primarily a stills shooter, the GH5 would make a fine choice if you’re looking at the Four Thirds ecosystem, but there are arguably better options out there for the money. That said, the tweaks to the JPEG engine and the 9fps burst shooting with reliable autofocus make the GH5 an excellent all-around proposition for hybrid video and stills photographers.
If you’re serious about video, it’s hard to go wrong. This camera can probably deliver the goods unless you have very specialized needs, and if you’re just learning, it’s a camera you can grow with. But what if you’re already a GH4 user? Think of it like this: the GH5 isn’t just a camera that does everything your current camera can do, plus a bunch of other things. This is a camera that does everything your current camera can do, but better (often by a wide margin)… plus a bunch of other things. So yes, it’s probably worth it”.
- New 20MP sensor gives increase in resolution without increase in noise
- Highly impressive video specifications (4:2:2 10-bit color, 4K/60p)
- Full sensor 4K capture with oversampling gives great detail
- Big, high resolution viewfinder
- Waveform and vectorscope displays
- Optional Log gamma profile for video
- Built-in LUT display when shooting Log
- Auto ISO added for manual movie shooting
- Improved AF performance and customizability
- Improved temporal noise in video
- JPEG color improved
- Dual UHS-II card slots, support for faster V60 cards in the future
- Solid, weather-sealed build
- AF joystick
- Improved menus
- New 6K Photo mode, alongside existing 4K Photo and Post Focus modes
- Wi-Fi with Bluetooth LE
- Settings can be saved to card
- Same battery as GH4
- On the larger end of the Micro Four Thirds spectrum
- JPEG sharpening improved over GH4, but still has room for improvement
- Viewfinder resolution drops noticeably during high speed bursts
- Necessity for AF tracking to be ‘cancelled’ gets in the way of shooting
- Autofocus in video can exhibit focus hunting
- Slight decrease in video quality when shooting high frame rates (180fps)
- Battery life decrease