Definitive Panasonic GH5 Review

Panasonic Lumix GH5:

As good a combined video / still camera you can find

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Dpreview has published its full, highly detailed Panasonic Lumix GH5 review and here’s their conclusion:

From Dpreview

“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”.

Pros  Cons
  • 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

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 Pro Travel Zoom

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 Zoom: The perfect travel zoom

Online test – review site, Image resouring has tested the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm f4 Pro zoom a micro four third lens that offers the equivilent 35mm focal range of 12-200mm , so potentially very useful.

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Here’s their conclusion:

“Olympus continues to crank out stunning lenses. The 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro is yet another remarkable lens for their professional line of lenses. The Olympus Zuiko Pro family now has a smattering of primes as well as a trio of f/2.8 zooms, but now the 12-100mm squeezes into the lineup, aiming at those MFT photographers wanting “Pro” image quality, build quality and performance, but in an all-in-one package.

Optically, the 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro is excellent, with tack-sharp images across its entire zoom range, even wide-open — that’s a really tough feat, and often a point of compromise for other long-zoom interchangeable lenses of the “travel zoom” category. Other optical qualities are also top-notch, and the rugged build quality is classic “Zuiko Pro.” At around $1,300, however, the 12-100mm f/4 is a bit on the pricey side.

If you’re shooting with the Micro Four Thirds system and want a top-notch single lens setup, perhaps for traveling, hiking, or just keeping your camera bag’s weight at a minimum, the 12-100mm f/4 IS Pro is that lens. Its versatility and quality make it a winner for pretty much whatever you want to throw at it”.

Mt Take:

Well I have a 12-100mm f4 and I can tell you its a seriously good lens that offers the perfect focal range for a general purpose all-in-one travel zoom and here’s some images to prove it.

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Mark Baynham ( April 2017)

 

Fujifilm X-T20 – More “X” factor for Fuji

Fujifilm X-T20: 5-star winner from Fuji

This weeks Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine reviewed Fuji’s mid range “X” camera, the Fuji X-T20 and like other reviews they rated the neat little X-T20 very highly giving it a “Gold 5-Star” rating.

In many ways the X-T20 is a slightly cheaper, smaller, lighter X-T2 and although more expensive than its older brother on release (very much a sign of the times) the newer camera is a lot more capable and like the other 24mp APS-C Trans X cameras from Fuji, it delivers superb image quality.

The magazine review is worth a read if your in the market for a neat looking, high performing, user friendly camera that also gives access to some fantastic optic from Fujinon.

April 2017

Panasonic Lumix GH5 (Video Giant)

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Online review site Photography Blog UK has reviewed Panasonic’s flagship Micro Four Third camera, the Panasonic GH5 and no surprises, they loved it,rated it very highly giving it a 5-star thumbs up.

From Photography Blog UK:

“The Panasonic Lumix GH4 proved to be a runaway success when it was released back in 2014, so Panasonic certainly had a tough act to follow with the new GH5. They’ve evidently spent the three intervening years hard at work, as the GH5 represents a big step forward for both photographers and videographers. Our only caveat is that its extensive video capabilities are certainly overkill if you only dabble with movie recording. Otherwise, there are currently no other hybrid video/still cameras on the market that deliver as many features and as much quality at the same price-point as the new Panasonic GH5.

The GH5 can be used for everything from handheld-shooting to a full broadcast environment, with an even wider range of options than it’s already well-appointed predecessor, and even more major improvements via firmware upgrades scheduled for later this year. Panasonic have also paid attention to the stills side of things too, with the new 20 megapixel sensor and Venus engine producing the best image quality of any Lumix camera to date. Together with the numerous improvements to the camera body, operation, speed and the user interface, all of this adds up to make the GH5 an instantly familiar yet so much more capable camera than the GH4.

The sheer number of options available on the GH5 is undoubtedly initially confusing, but that’s merely an observation rather than a criticism. If you typically shoot both stills and video, there’s simply nothing to challenge the Panasonic GH5 at this price-point and in such a portable format, making it a worthy winner of our highest accolade – Essential”

April 2017

Another Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review

Panasonic GH5: A Videographic Giant (and it does decent stills as well)

This weeks Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine contained a full technical and user review of Panasonic’s flagship video/still Micro Four Thirds (MFT – M43) CSC, the Panasonic Lumix GH5, its worth a read, especially if your a serious shooter of video

Here’s some choice snipets from their final verdict:

From Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine:

“Panasonic’s GH range has long catered for those with a particular interest in video and the GH5 continues that trend. That said, its still image capabilities have seen big improvements over the GH4”.

“Elsewhere the GH5 is a richly featured camera with numerous useful tools that will beefit stills photography just as much as video. The addition of 5-axis image stabilisation is prehaps the most niotable”

Meanwhile the 3.68m dot EVF is one of the very best we’ve yet encountered on a mirroless camera”.

“While there are prehaps better cameras at this price point for stills, the GH5 remains the leader of the pack for those with a specific interest in videography”

March 2017

My take:

I’ve said it before but I’d personally still take the Olympus OMD-D EM1 II over the Panasonic Lumic GH5 but then I don’t shoot video. If you have already bought into Panasonic’s  Micro Four Third system and / or you want to start shooting video, the GH5 is a worthy flagship model. If you are simply a video shooter or wannabe film maker the GH5 is a bit of a no brainer really?

Mark Baynham (March 2017)