Panasonic GH5 Woes – The Autofocus in Video Mode Sucks!

by planetMitch4 Comments

Yesterday I published a review from the Slanted Lens of the Panasonic GH5 and I'm going to continue this week posting more about this hot new camera – but it also seems that the autofocus in video is about what you'd expect from a camera using contrast based AF – it sucks and plenty of people are pissed off about it.

Presented below are several reviews of the autofocus system for video on the Panasonic GH5 and I'm not sure how it could be much worse. But again, I frankly wasn't expecting much.

Of course there is the best way to avoid this, and that's using a focus puller. But for those of us who are solo shooters – well, that's just not an option.

And of course you'll see thruought these videos, everyone continues to rate Canon's Dual Pixel AF as the best in the industry. So if you need to rely on that, it looks like you should be ignoring the Panasonic GH5 and going with a Canon EOS C300 II or a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or even the Canon EOS 70D.

The following videos are long and very detailed so be prepared to spend a good bit of time if you're really serious about learning what's going on with the Panasonic GH5.

And what do you think? Is this keeping you from buying the Panasonic GH5? Or do you not need it and everything else is worth it? Sound off in the comments!

(cover photo credit: snap from the Photo/Video Show video)


  1. The guy holding the camera on a selfie stick says it all lol. I think the camera is aimed more at the low budget filmmaker market and auto focus is not a priority for us over all the other features packed into the thing. If auto-focus is a priority for you there are plenty of better options out there.

  2. Why don’t you remember the Sony’s A5100, a6000, a6300 and a6500 when talking about better AF performance?

  3. if you take a step back and look at that function as part of the camera – even if you don’t use it. Who is it designed for? The actual functionality of autofocus is designed for non-pro or pros that need it while on a gimbal – so in that respect, Panasonic has failed. The camera is not supposed to just be better than the one from two years ago. It should be better going forward. I am really surprised that it released the camera with that when it would easily be compared to Sony A6500 for autofocus and fail miserably in comparison.
    The youtube vloggers arguing over the fact that the other in their tests did not set the camera up correctly is of course ridiculous. And is probably part of the reason Panasonic is making this announcement. Seasoned professionals that can’t figure out how to set up autofocus? Sounds like a big failure to me. So the novice is supposed to just stumble upon these settings? Good luck with that.

    All these prosumer camera companies need to spend less money on regular marketing and more on education and training in the use of their products. There is no reason anyone buying a camera should have to pay a youtuber type person to learn how to use a product, especially when the product is to make videos. Step up and pay someone to make absolute from the manufacture training videos. The better the shooters that come from a camera – the more demand there is for the product. Simple marketing.

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