Summary

The Lumix GH5 is Panasonic's flagship camera, aimed at demanding photographers and video professionals. The GH5 is based around a new 20 Megapixel sensor that's stabilized within the body, there's twin SD slots, quicker focusing, bursts are faster at 9fps with a deeper buffer, Wifi and Bluetooth, and both the screen and viewfinder are now larger and more detailed. But it's the upgraded video that really impresses: unlimited and uncropped 4k up to 60p with internal recording, including 4:2:2 10 bit at up to 30p. There's also Cinema 4k, anamorphic options, 1080p at 180fps, programmable focus-racking and a full-size HDMI port. The GH5 also debuts 6k Photo which captures 18 Megapixel images at 30fps, while also offering 4k Photo at 60fps.

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Preview

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. Scroll down for my sample movies or check out my sample images!

 

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 video review / podcast

In the video below, Doug Kaye and I discuss everything you need to know about the Panasonic Lumix GH5! I also have an audio podcast of this discussion at Panasonic Lumix GH5 podcast, or you can subscribe to the Cameralabs Podcast at iTunes.

 

 

 

Above: Download the original file. In the video I compare the low-light quality of the Lumix GH5, Olympus OMD EM1 II, Fujifilm XT2 and Sony A7s II in 4k 25p at 1600 ISO to their maximum movie sensitivities of 12800, 6400, 12800 and 409600 ISO respectively. Each camera was set to the same colour temperature and using its standard profile. I used lenses which delivered roughly the same field of view and adjusted the distances where necessary – the Sony samples look different due to the perspective of a longer lens and bigger sensor. The lighting was fixed and the exposures matched at each sensitivity, so any difference in brightness here is due to processing styles and variations in actual sensitivity.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). 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.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). 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 and another Lumix GH5 1080 / 180p slow motion sample movie.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). 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.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). 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.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). 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.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). Sample movie filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 in 4k UHD / 50p using the Leica 25mm f1.4 and the Standard Photo Style.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). 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.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). Sample movie filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 in 4k UHD / 50p / 8 bit at 200 ISO using the Leica 12-60mm at 12mm f8 and the Cinelike D Photo Style; I had all the parameters turned down to their minimum -5 settings, including sharpness and noise reduction.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). Sample movie filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 in 4k UHD / 50p / 8 bit using the Focus Transition mode. I defined three positions and used the touch controls to pull focus between them.

 

Above: Download the original file (Registered members of Vimeo only). Sample movie filmed with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 in 4k UHD / 60p using the Leica 12-60mm and the Standard Photo Style. This is one of the fabulous models hand-painted by my friend Mark who publishes his tutorials at Sorastro’s Painting.

 

 

 

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