Panasonic Lumix GH5: New M43 power-house on its way very soon
Panasonic is only a few days away from revealing its flagship photo/video hybrid Micro Four Thirds (M43) camera the Panasonic GH5 a replacement for the excellent multi purpose high end Panasonic CSC the current GH4.
Images of the new camera have been leaked and published prior to the official announcement as have its alleged full specs.
If the leaked specs are to be believed it looks like the recent Olympus OMD EM1 II has a real rival on its hands for top spot in the M43 world.
Like the EM1 II the GH5 will have a 20mp 43rd sensor but there are strong hints it will be a completely different unit with 200+ on chip focus points (almost double the number on the EM1 II?) so expect super fast AF performance.
There are also suggestions that the EVF in the GH5 will be totally new unit and see’s a significant jump in resolution. The OMD EM1 II was expected to have a revised EVF but in the end it kept the same EVF as the mark 1 camera (although the EM1 II’s EVF does have a faster refresh rate than that in the Mk1). Additionally it apears the rear screen in the GH5 also gains a resolution jump.
These updates have long been expected and on their own promise an ehanced photographing experience and that’s before we even get to what will be the GH5’s speciality namely video.
Expect new 4K modes / capacity, new slow motion capture and even 6K video in some shape or form?
All in all the new Panasonic GH5 looks like it will be a truly multi purpose dual function photo/video hybrid devise whilst the Olympus intends the OMD EM1 II to be more photography focussed.
Both of these M43 power-houses will be similarily priced & offer similar robustness but the new GH5 will maintain the GH ethos and also offer unrivelled video capacity.
Would be wedding / event photographers wanting a reasonably compact multi medium all in one solution and even plain old videographgers will be salivating at the prospect of the new Panasonic GH5.
I’d still personally opt for the Olympus OMD EM1 II as my preferred M43 camera but having said that if video played a part of my normal workflow I’d probably go for the new Panasonic GH5 especially as Panasonic is rumoured to also be announcing revised 12-35 & 35-100 f2.8 zooms as well as a brand new Leica 12-60 f2.8-4 zoom
Mark Baynham ( January 2017)