Panasonic Lumix GH5: Photo/Video Powerhouse
The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has officially broken cover and you need to take a deep breath to take in what it packs.
- 20MP Four Thirds sensor: No optical low-pass filter
- Updated Depth from Defocus AF system with a 480 fps drive speed and 225 selectable focus points.
- 5-axis in-body image stabilization system with ‘Dual IS 2’ support
- New 3680k dot EVF
- New Venus Engine processor which improves resolution, color, and noise reduction
- 3.2″ articulated touch screen with 1.6M dot resolution
- All 4K footage taken using full width of sensor
- Internal 4K/30p 10-bit 4:2:2 video capture
- 4K/59.94p and 50p shooting with 10-bit 4:2:2 output or 8-bit, 4:2:0 internal recording
- 1080 video at up to 180p, enabling 7.5x slow-motion
- 9 fps shooting with continuous autofocus
- Advanced DFD autofocus
- Auto ISO in manual mode
- Dual UHS II card slots (V60 ready)
- Autofocus point joystick
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
- Pre-configurable rack focus mode
- Uses the same DMW BLF19 battery as the GH4
- Rugged, weatherproof body
In particular the GH5 has video capacity that is properly “pro” level and puts the Canon EOS 5D IV to shame.
Additionally Panasonic have stated that it already has two firmware updates planned for the camera, one expected around April, which will bring 10-bit 4:2:2 1080p capture, and a second at some point during the summer.
The summer firmware update in particular promises some seriously big improvements, including DCI/UHD 4K 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 400Mbps, and 1080/60p 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 200Mbps, both using All-Intra compression. Support for anamorphic 4K capture will also be added at that point. WOW.
But its not all video the new camera has improved processing power which Panasonic claims allows more sophisticated sharpening and promises reduced unnatural-looking ‘halos’ on high-contrast edges.
Updated noise reduction is also supposed to be better at distinguishing between noise and detail, meaning that detail is better preserved during the noise reduction process.
As was suspected the GH5’s EVF is a completely new 3680k dot OLED unit with 1280 x 960 pixels, a truly massive improvement over the older EVF in the GH4 in fact it represents a near 25% increase in resolution.
Well I thought the Olympus OM-D EM1 II was impressive but the new Panasonic Lumix GH5 goes a step further and becomes the most complete well rounded photo / video hybrid camera on the market, who really cares it has a cropped sensor?
If Panasonic’s claims regarding improved image quality over other Micro Four Thirds (M43) are realised there will be long queue of still and videographers linning up to part with around £1800-900 for the new GH5
Mark Baynham ( January 2017)