The Panasonic GH5 has been a favourite of many video shooters since its launch early last year. Offering 10Bit 4:2:2 video, 5-axis stabilisation, decent stills quality and a whole bunch of other features, it was an instant hit. Earlier this year, Blackmagic announced the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. Offering 4K DCI 12Bit RAW video and the same sensor as the Panasonic GH5S.
Despite being the rather good video-focused camera that it is, the Panasonic GH5 has been plagued with one big problem. Autofocus. While serious video professionals may say “Bah, who needs autofocus for video?!?!”, plenty of people still want good video AF performance. Many vloggers, for example, shoot with the GH5 and rely on the autofocus to keep up with constant movement in front of the camera.
But has the new 2.3 firmware finally solved the problem of the GH5’s autofocus? Well, Carl Yates at ProAV wanted to find out. So he took a pair of Panasonic GH5 cameras with identical Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 lenses, one running the older 2.2 firmware and the other with the new 2.3 firmware to test them side-by-side.
It probably wasn’t much of a surprise that Panasonic was planning to release new GH5, GH5S and G9 firmware updates. Mostly because Panasonic are always releasing new firmware updates for such cameras. But what was a surprise was Panasonic finding that the announcement planned for May 30th had been leaked in Japan a couple of days ago. Now, though, Panasonic has made the firmware announcement official, with a list of what users can look forward to.
Okay, we know that phone cameras can’t really compare to high-end professional gear. But this doesn’t mean phone cameras aren’t getting better and can’t give you some neat results. Lee Morris from FStoppers compares the new iPhone X with his favorite camera for the video, Panasonic GH5. He shoots 4K footage on both cameras in different conditions, and I have to say – the iPhone is surprisingly close to the GH5.
The Panasonic GH5 has an internal waveform and vectorscope, zebras, and you can check focus with focus peaking. Despite all this, it still makes sense to have an external monitor tacked on. Sareesh Sudhakaran from Wolfcrow suggests ten possible reasons why you still may need to use the external monitor when shooting with the GH5, and the principle also works with other cameras like Sony a7s II, Canon 5D Mark IV and so on.
The Photography Show is the UK’s biggest annual show. Held each year at the Birmingham NEC, it attracts all of the well-known brands, and a few newer ones. And while the main focus of shows now for me are the people I get to see and hang out with, you can’t ignore the gear. Because, like most shows, it’s packed to the gills with it.
DIYP went to The Photography Show 2017 last month, and we picked up seven of the most interesting products for your enjoyment:
When the GH5 was announced, there was a big deal made about its ability to shoot 10Bit 4:2:2 video. But there were a few issues. Mostly that it didn’t offer it in all resolutions and modes. The first of two planned firmware updates has now officially been announced. Available from April 24th, it offers 4:2:2 10Bit capture at 100Mbps for 1080/59.97p resolution, with 4:2:2 3328×2496 anamorphic at 150Mbps.
Also announced today is a new Micro Four Thirds lens. The Leica DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH and Lumix ZS70 / TZ90 20.3MP 4K compact camera. Taking square aim at the Canon G7X Mk II and Sony RX100 V, the ZS70features the same 30x optical zoom and 4K video of the ZS60. But, it also features a flip up selfie-mode LCD, an all new “Panorama Selfie” mode and more.
Video responses might be a thing of the past as far as YouTube’s concerned, but that’s not stopping Panasonic. There’s been a bit of talk around the web and YouTube since the Panasonic Lumix GH5’s release about its autofocus system. Well, Panasonic were listening and have responded. Surprisingly, that response comes to us via YouTube.
Lumix Luminary Joseph Linaschke (aka PhotoJoseph) reads the announcement in a video on his YouTube channel. It’s a fairly brief statement, which offers some recommendations for best results. Joseph also got together with fellow YouTuber and filmmaker Max Yuryev to do some comparisons. Two GH5 cameras, with different AF settings.
Back in 2009, I learned to shoot video on the now-classic Panasonic HVX200.
At that time shooting HD video to memory cards was pretty new in the video world. The HVX was released just a couple of years before the Canon 5d Mark II changed the whole video market. The HVX200 recorded SD (standard def) video to DV tapes, but 1080i recorded to Panasonic’s early flash storage, the P2 card. The problem was that our (only) 8gb P2 card could only store 11 minutes of HD video at a time at a cost of well over $1000! These days you can buy over 500gb of some of the fastest SD cards on the market for that for that much.
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.