Panasonic Lumix GH5 Gordon Laing, February 2017
 
 

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review-in-progress

NEW: Panasonic GH5 sample images! Scroll down for movies.

Panasonic's Lumix GH5 is a high-end mirrorless camera, aimed at skilled photographers, videographers and movie pros. Teased back in September 2016 but formally announced in January 2017, it's the successor to the Lumix GH4, launched three years previously; like that model it's based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. My GH5 preview is based on updated information and hands-on experience with the camera at a recent Panasonic event.

The Lumix GH5 is based around a new 20 Megapixel sensor, giving it a boost of four Megapixels over the GH4 and now also dispenses with the low-pass filter for potentially crisper results. In a big upgrade over the GH4, the GH5's sensor is now stabilized within the body, allowing it to iron-out the wobbles on any lens you attach; it's the same five-axis mechanism as the Lumix G80 / G85, claiming five stops of compensation. The shutter is quieter with less vibration than before, focusing is quicker, burst shooting with AF is now available at 9fps, and both the screen and viewfinder have received upgrades: the screen has a larger and more detailed 3.2in / 1620k dot panel, while the viewfinder sports a 3680k dot panel with 0.76x magnification and 60fps refresh for one of the most detailed EVFs around. There's also now twin SD slots, both supporting UHS-II U3 cards.

All are very worthy upgrades over the GH4, but the major headlines concern video with the GH5 now supporting unlimited 4k recording up to 60p and 6k Photo capabilities. You can now film 4k UHD at 50p or 60p internally in 4:2:0 / 8-bit or at 24, 25 or 30p internally at 4:2:2 / 10-bit - both un-cropped and at 150Mbit/s. The wider Cinema 4k is still available and a firmware update in Summer promises the option to record it or UHD (up to 30p) using an All-Intra Codec at 400Mbit/s. There's also the option to shoot 4k in 4:3 aspect for use with anamorphic lenses, the fastest 1080p frame rate has been boosted from 96 to 180fps, and there's a programmable focus-racking feature. Like all recent Lumix cameras, the GH5 supports 4k Photo, allowing you to grab 8 Megapixel stills (now at the faster speed of 60fps), but the sensor and processing now supports 6k Photo, capturing 18 Megapixel stills at 30fps. Completing the feature-set are built-in Wifi (at 5GHz) and Bluetooth too, the latter used for responsive remote triggering and easier connectivity, along with a full-size Type-A HDMI and USB 3.1 port. I've started testing a production-ready body, so scroll down for my movie samples or check out my Panasonic GH5 sample images!




 
Panasonic Lumix GH5 handheld / 4k UHD / 60p / 8 bit / 800 ISO
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Above: Sample movie filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 in 4k UHD / 60p / 8 bit at 800 ISO using the Leica 12-60mm at 12mm f2.8 and the Standard Photo Style. You're looking at Dual IS stabilisation, using a combination of sensor-shift and optical compensation. I also filmed this sequence in a variety of other modes and styles for comparison. See my Lumix GH5 Cinema 4k 24p 10 bit Cinelike D, Lumix GH5 Cinema 4k 24p 10 bit V Log L, Lumix GH5 4k 25p 10 bit Cinelike D and Lumix GH5 4k 25p 10 bit V Log L sample movies.




 
Panasonic Lumix GH5: Slow Motion / 1080 / 180p / Conformed to 24p
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Above: Sample movie filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 in 1080 / 180p, conformed to 24p in-camera using the Leica 12-60mm at f11. Here's another Lumix GH5 slow motion 180fps sample movie.

 

 
Panasonic Lumix GH5 Stabilisation (sensor-shift only) / 4k UHD / 50p / 8 bit / 3200 ISO
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Above: Sample movie filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 in 4k UHD / 50p using the Olympus 17mm f1.8 at f2.8 and the Standard Photo Style; I used sensor-shift stabilisation only here. The clicking you can hear in the background is the 17mm lens refocusing, and doesn't happen with other lenses.




 
Panasonic Lumix GH5 Stabilisation (sensor and electronic) / 4k UHD / 50p / 8 bit / 3200 ISO
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Above: Sample movie filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 in 4k UHD / 50p using the Olympus 17mm f1.8 at f2.8 and the Standard Photo Style; I used sensor-shift and additional electronic movie stabilisation here. The clicking you can hear in the background is the 17mm lens refocusing, and doesn't happen with other lenses.




 
Panasonic Lumix GH5: Low light handheld / 4k UHD / 50p / 8 bit / 800 ISO
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Above: Sample movie filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 in 4k UHD / 50p using the Leica 12-60mm at 12mm f3.2 and the Standard Photo Style.




 
Panasonic Lumix GH5: Touch focus-pulling / 4k UHD / 50p / 8 bit / 400 ISO
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Above: Sample movie filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 in 4k UHD / 50p using the Leica 25mm f1.4 and the Standard Photo Style.




 
Panasonic Lumix GH5: Low Light / C4k / 24p / 10 bit / 3200 ISO / Cinelike D
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Above: Sample movie filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 in Cinema 4k / 24p / 10 bit at 3200 ISO using the Leica 12-60mm at 12mm and the Cinelike D Photo Style. Also see Lumix GH5 3200 ISO / 4k / 60p, Lumix GH5 3200 ISO / 4k / 50p, Lumix GH5 3200 ISO / 4k / 30p / 10 bit / Cinelike D, Lumix GH5 3200 ISO / 4k / 30p / 10 bit / V Log L, Lumix GH5 3200 ISO / 4k / 25p / 10 bit / Cinelike D, Lumix GH5 3200 ISO / 4k / 25p / 10 bit / V Log L.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS - Panasonic also announced the GH5 alongside three new Leica zoom lenses, an 8-18mm ultra-wide, 16-60mm standard and 50-200mm telephoto zoom, the latter pair with OIS and all three sharing the same f2.8-4 focal ratio. The company has also announced upgraded versions of four popular lenses, the 12-35mm f2.8, 35-100mm f2.8, 45-200mm and 100-300mm. All share the same optics as before, but now all support Dual IS 2, smooth changes in exposure, 240fps AF, Power OIS and dust and spashproof construction. The 12-35mm and 35-100mm may both have already boasted most of these features, but it's great to have the improved stabilisation, focusing and environmental sealing for the older 45-200mm and 100-300mm.

Next, check out my Panasonic GH5 sample images!

 
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