Panasonic’s new Lumix GH5 shoots 4K@60fps without cropping and 4:2:2 10Bit footage
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.
One huge surprise with the GH5 is that it features built in vectorscope and waveform views. Now, you don’t have to shoot with external monitors like the Aputure VS5 to get those features. External monitors will always be handy to let you more easily see all the information at once, but having it built into the camera is a huge deal.
Some of the highlight features include…
- Dual I.S. 2 – This combines the GH5’s sensor-shift image stabilization technology with lens-based image stabilization to compensate for a broader range of movement.
- Dual UHS-II SD card slots – Relay Recording to automatically switch cards when one is full, Backup Recording, or Allocation Recording, which lets you save certain files to each card for easier organization.
- Magnesium alloy die-cast front and rear frames. Durabile design with extensive stealing makes it both splash and dust-proof as well as freezeproof to 14°F (-10°C).
- Built-in 5 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC and Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy for wireless sharing and remote control.
- 225-Area Advanced Depth-From-Defocus AF System
- 400 shots per charge when using the rear monitor, or 380 with the electronic viewfinder.
Filmmaker, Griffin Hammond managed to get his hands on a pre-production model and put it head to head against the Panasonic Lumix GH4. It does look extremely impressive.
There doesn’t seem to be a product page up on Panasonic’s website yet, but you can read the full press release here.
It is available to pre-order from B&H priced a hair under $2,000 for the body only. Shipping is expected to begin at the end of March 2017.
What do you think? Does the GH5 give you everything you need for either stills or video? Will you be pre-ordering one? Have you done it already? Does the GH5 still lack a certain something for you? Let us know in the comments.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.