Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review – A Closer Look at Panasonic’s Flagship Camera

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Ok, the Panasonic GH5 has been out for a good few weeks (tho some in the USA still haven't gotten theirs)… so what kind of reviews are coming in? What's the consensus?

I plan to post a few articles this week outlining some of the results and opinions. There's plenty of good and bad to get thru.

For my needs, I'm sticking with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – I'm mainly shooting photos and some videos for planet5D etc. I'm not making movies full time nor am I shooting a ton of 4k. So I'm happy where I am for now – and realistically, many of you are probably in the same boat. Unless there's massive compelling reasons to move to a new camera, why would you?

Don't be shy about letting me know your thoughts in the comments please!

Panasonic GH5 Camera Review



Via The Slanted Lens:

Video Features of the Panasonic GH5

Video really is the reason to buy this camera. As stated before, the GH5 has 10-bit 4:2:2 capability. The mirrorless factor means you get great autofocus, with tons of autofocus points. An electronic view finder is nice because you see what you’re getting. Another neat feature is the ability to zoom in when using that EFV. So you can punch in, manually focus, and take the shot.

V-log is available to purchase as a license. It’s a very flat log, similar to Sony’s S-log. There is no log internally. With the help of SLR magic or other adapters, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is anamorphic, and we can’t wait to see the results. The camera shoots 60fps at 4k, which Kenneth’s Canon C300 can’t even do. The GH5 shoots that 60fps 4k internally, plus 60fps at 4k 10-bit externally. And our sources say that in the summer, Panasonic will release a firmware update that allows 400 megabits per second in 10-bit mode. That’s the same as Kenneth’s C300 ($12,000), on a camera that costs less that $2,000.

One thing we should mention (because we didn’t mention it with the Sony and got nailed for it) is 5 axis stabilization. The great thing about this is you can use vintage lens and still have stabilization. The 5 axis stabilization provides a smoother look and makes easier to use while handholding. It makes the GH5 easy to use without a rig.

A really interesting thing about this camera is the fact that it has no record limit. It has two SD slots and will automatically change to the empty card once the first is full. While it’s still recording you can open the slot door, and replace the full card. This is a vastly underrated feature of the GH5.

It’s a great video camera in a very inexpensive platform.

Stills

I enjoyed shooting with the Panasonic GH5. This camera does some amazing things. It has fast autofocus, with better tracking than a DSLR. The curve and tonality is beautiful, with very creamy results. We do seem to lose the crisp detail we’re used to seeing in the full frame Canon 5D Mark III. Part of that could just be the lens we used, but I have a feeling it’s also due to the smaller, 20 megapixel Four Thirds sensor.

I am very impressed with how the GH5 holds the highlights, even in direct sun. This camera has a great dynamic range. Everything from bright white to shadow is creamy and smooth.

Read full review at The Slanted Lens “Panasonic GH5 Camera Review”

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(cover photo credit: snap from The Slanted Lens)

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Comments

  1. Agreed! Why buy it for the amazing 4K video? I don’t need it. Quite happy with my Canon 5D mk II.
    I ordered the GH5 and two lenses and then cancelled the order.
    Simply no reason to have the camera with the required ramp-up in both learning to use it well, while avoiding it’s quirks. I simply have no time to spend on that. I just saved $4000.00 in lenses and camera.

  2. The GH5 is a substantial step up from my GH4, and I’m glad to see Panasonic is listening to their customers. The auto focus tracking is an epic fail, and the low light sensitivity is…well, MFT will always struggle. I think its a great little camera, and will suit many people’s needs. I’m waiting to see the next iteration of the A7S camera before I decided on replacing my GH4 with the GH5.

  3. Just photographed a lavish celebrity wedding in Los Angeles on two Lumix GH5’s, which will be featured in People Magazine this week, and the results are outstanding! Even though I have a closet full of Canon bodies and glass I prefer the Lumix GH5 for professional stills… WHY you ask…?

    Because I use off camera Profoto strobes for these huge ballrooms, and on the Lumix systems, the focus assist lamp is in the camera body instead of the on camera flash. That feature means that, unlike my Canon’s, which constantly hunt for focus on a dimly lit dance floor, the Lumix focuses every time and the sending unit on the hot shoe fires my strobes a hundred feet away up in a balcony lighting the room exquisitely from corner to corner.

    So, not only did Panasonic get it right on the GH5 for video, but this is a professional stills camera to be reckoned with as well.

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