Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a camera many Panasonic video shooters were anxiously waiting for. We recently reported about it as it was released for pre-orders. The shipment starts in late March 2017, so you’ll have to be patient for only a little more while. But in the meantime, you can take a look at how well this camera performs in low light conditions.
This is the one that many Panasonic video shooters have been waiting for. And it seems to have many of the features they’ve been asking for, too. The Panasonic GH5 has a new 20.3MP sensor with no low-pass filter, new processor, dual SD card slots, and in-body stabilisation. It boasts the highest ISO capabilities of any Lumix camera, for outstanding low light shots. It also has a new 225 point AF system, up from the GH4’s 49 point AF, which can track moving subjects for both stills and video.
Previous big announcements with this camera included a couple of major attractions for video shoots. One was that it would shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second, and the other was that it would shoot 4:2:2 10Bit footage. It is capable of these, but not at all framerates. At 60fps, 4K video is 4:2:0 at 150mbps. At 30fps, it will shoot 4:2:2 10Bit at 150mbps. It can, however, do 4:2:2 4K 60fps over the HDMI. In the future, however, a firmware is planned to allow 4:2:2 10Bit with 4K at up to 400mbps recorded internally to SD.
The new Panasonic Lumix GH5 will record 10Bit 4:2:2 video internally, but what exactly does that mean? how will it benefit you? Isn’t video just video? Why is this such a big deal? No, video isn’t just video, and it means quite a great deal.
Fortunately for us, Filmmaker Griffing Hammond is here to explain. In short, it offers more tone in colours with less risk of banding in gradients. It makes it easier to chroma key or green screen your footage. It also makes it easier to correct and grade your footage with minimal loss.
Japanese site Nikkan is reporting that the Fuji GH5 is to come with 6K video. If true, this is very exciting and completely ridiculous. We’re only just getting used to 4K, and even most of that is being downsampled to 1080p. So, why might one need a 6K camera? Well, as more and more 4K TVs get into the homes of the general public, we’re eventually going to need to deliver 4K content.
Shooting 6K footage for 4K delivery will increase quality. Just as shooting 4K today and scaling down to 1080p provides a better result than simply shooting 1080p. It also provides extra options in post for panning & zooming, or stabilising footage. But, is it too good to be true?