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Introduction

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a new flagship compact system camera featuring 4K 60p/50p and internal 4K 30p 4:2:2 10-bit video recording, a new 20.3 megapixel sensor with no low-pass filter, and upgraded 6K Photo function which extracts 18 megapixel images from a 30fps burst. Successor to the popular GH4 camera, the splash- and dustproof Panasonic GH5 features the very latest Venus Engine processor, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 0.05 second contrast-detect autofocus system with 225 focus points, 1/8000th top shutter speed, 1/250th second flash sync speed, 1,728-zone metering system, 3,680K-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, 3.2-inch 1,620K-dot swivelling and tilting LCD screen, touchscreen control system with touch-based functions like Touch AF/AE and Touch Shutter, 5-axis Dual Image Stabilisation system to help combat camera-shake, ISO range of 100-25600, completely silent electronic shutter, 12 (AFS) / 9 (AFC) fps burst shooting, Post Focus and Focus Stacking functions, and dual UHS-II SD Memory Card slots. The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is available in black and retails for £1699 / $1999 body only, £1899 with the standard 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 lens (M Kit), and £2199 with the Leica f/2.8-4.0 12-60mm lens (L Kit).

Ease of Use

Measuring 138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4 mm and weighing 645g body only, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is larger and heavier than the GH4 model that it succeeds, about 13% bigger in fact. The GH5’s body is made out of a magnesium alloy, full die-cast front and rear frame. Every joint, dial, and button is sealed to ensure that the GH5 is splash/dust-proof and also freeze-proof down to -10 degrees Celsius. The tripod socket is in-line with the centre of the metal lens mount and the camera has a shutter release life of 200,000 shots. This is the most well-constructed Panasonic camera that we’ve ever reviewed, and should stand up to some serious abuse.

The GH5 ships either body only, with the Panasonic 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 lens, or with the excellent Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lens that we reviewed it with. While the body of the GH5 is comparable in size and weight to a mid-range APS-C DSLR camera, the lenses are where Panasonic have really shrunk the overall system. Given the fast maximum apertures on offer, the Leica 12-60mm optic is relatively small and light, and delivers great image quality whilst being fast to focus and completely silent, perfect for video use. The Lumix GH5 is compatible with the new DMW-BGGH5 battery grip, which houses an extra battery to extend the overall battery life. The DMW-BGGH5 grip shares the same splash / dustproof design as the GH5 body.

Panasonic have significantly upgraded the image stabilisation system on the GH5. The new 5-axis Dual I.S. MK II system incorporates new gyro-sensor technology to combine the 2-axis stabilisation from the lens (if it has OIS built-in) and 5-axis stabilisation from the camera body, resulting in compensation for up to 5-stops slower shutter speed.

Unlike a conventional DSLR camera which uses a phase detection auto-focus system, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 employs a 225-point Contrast AF system, similar to that commonly used by compact cameras. The GH5 still has one of the fastest AF systems of any interchangeable lens camera, though, be that a compact system camera or a DSLR, with a claimed speed of just 0.05 seconds when used with certain lenses thanks to the inclusion of DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology, which further shortens the time to set focus. This is incredibly quick, and there were also almost no occasions when the GH5 failed to lock onto the subject, especially when using the centre AF point, resulting in a very quick and importantly reliable AF system. There are a wide range of AF modes on offer, including multiple-area AF with up to 225 focus areas, 1-area AF with a selectable focus area, Face/Eye Detection, AF Tracking, Custom Multi and Pinpoint AF. As it’s name suggests, the Custom Multi AF mode allows you to configure the AF points from a wide range of options and patterns, and you can even save up to three customised choices.

On the front of the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a small focus-assist and self-timer indicator lamp, lens release button, customisable Function6 button, metal lens mount, flash sync socket and a sculpted, rubberised hand-grip that’s really nice to use. By default the Fn6 button cleverly toggles between showing a live preview of the effects of the current aperture (effectively a digital version of Depth of Field Preview) and the current shutter speed. The latter will prove especially useful for beginners, providing a visible way of checking how different shutter speeds will affect the capture of different subjects – running water is a good example. The majority of the GH5’s exterior is matt black plastic, with the handgrip, right-hand and left-hand corners finished in a more tactile rubberised coating.

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Front of the Panasonic Lumix GH5

Found on top of the Panasonic GH5 are the burst mode/6K photo/bracketing/self-timer/time-lapse dial, external flash hotshoe, stereo microphones, lockable shooting mode dial surrounded by the on/off switch, shutter release button, front control dial, white balance, ISO and exposure compensation buttons, a customisable Fn1 button and a large one-touch movie record button. There’s also a tiny LED to indicate if wi-fi is on or off.

The row of white balance, ISO and exposure compensation buttons make it extremely easy to access the camera’s key exposure controls, while the dual control dials make it easy to use the fully Manual shooting mode. The GH5 has both a traditional mechanical shutter and a silent electronic shutter, which as well as not spooking your subject ensures that your subject is completely sharp by avoiding pixel shifting. The Delay Shutter option helps to remove the effect of hand-shake by releasing the shutter after a specified time (8, 4, 2 or 1 seconds).

The start-up time from turning the Lumix GH5 on to being ready to take a photo is impressively quick at less than a second. It takes about 1/2 second to store a JPEG image, allowing you to keep shooting as they are being recorded onto the memory card – there is no perceptible LCD blackout between each image. Storing a single RAW image takes around 1 second and doesn’t lock up the camera in any way – you can use the menu system or shoot another image while the first file is being written to memory. The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has an excellent Burst mode which enables you to take 12 frames per second with the focus and exposure locked at the first frame or 7.5fps with AF tracking for up to 600 JPEG images at the highest image quality or 60 RAW files.

The traditional shooting mode dial lets you choose from the different exposure modes. The usual selection of Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual are available for the more experienced photographers. Additionally there are 3 custom modes, marked C1, C2 and C3, which allow you to configure your favourite settings and quickly access them, Intelligent Auto for less experienced users, and the Creative Movie mode which provides access to all of the camera’s extensive range of video options. The Panasonic Lumix GH5’s Creative Controls, denoted by an artist’s palette on the shooting mode dial, offers 22 different options. There are also 8 different customisable Photo Styles in the Main Menu which still allow full control of the camera’s settings.

The red movie record button on the top, as you’d expect, allows you to start recording a movie with a single push of a button and then stop recording by pressing the same button, regardless of which shooting mode is currently selected. This is a lot more intuitive than having to select the movie mode then press the shutter button, although you can still start/stop movie recording via the GH5’s shutter button if you wish.

The Creative Movie shooting mode, accessed via the mode dial on top of the GH5, allows you to set the shutter speed, aperture or both settings manually during recording (a Program option is also available). Changing the shutter speed is especially suitable for shooting fast-moving subjects, whilst the ability to control the aperture is convenient when there are several subjects at different distances.

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Front of the Panasonic Lumix GH5

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has a plethora of movie options, making it the most full-featured interchangeable lens camera on the market in terms of video. It principally offers 10-bit 4:2:2 DCI 4K (4096×2160 pixels) at 24fps and consumer 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) at 24, 25 or 30fps with a bitrate of 150Mbps. There’s also 8-bit 4:2:0 consumer 4K recording at a higher 50 or 60fps rate, and Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) too. Unlike the GH5, which used a cropped area of the sensor to record, 4K footage, the new GH5 uses the full sensor then downsamples it in-camera, which means that your framing won’t be cropped when composing.

The GH5 is one of the few cameras that isn’t geographically limited, as you can choose from both NTSC and PAL settings, so you get the full range of frame rates regardless of where you bought the camera. It’s also now capable of recording continuously for an unlimited time in any mode until your memory card is full. Another improvement is the ability to output a 10-bit 4:2:2 signal via HDMI and record it internally at the same time. You can set the luminance level for 10-bit capture (0-1023, 64-940 or 64-1023), and enable V-LogL recording by purchasing the DMW-SFU1 software key.

The Variable Frame Rate option now allows you to set the video frame rate from 2fps to 180fps while recording Full HD video. Available for both JPEG photos and movies, the EX Tele Conversion option extends the focal length attached lens by 2x for still images, by 1.4x for 4K/UHD video recording, and 2.7x for 1080p without any loss of image quality.

The new Focus Transition tool allows you to create three focus points, between which the GH5 automatically shifts the focus at a constant speed. There’s a choice of five different speeds, and you can choose whether to start the transition immediately when recording begins or add a 5 or 10 second delay.

Dolby-quality stereo sound is recorded during video capture via the internal mics on top of the camera, which is a big improvement on the rather muffled noises recorded by most digital cameras, helped by the wind cut function which blocks out most of the noise from background wind. You can also add the optional DMW-XLR1 XLR microphone adapter which attaches via the hotshoe and offers two XLR audio inputs with physical switches and dials for changing the levels, gain, and low cut filter of each input individually.

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Rear of the Panasonic Lumix GH5

The rear of the Lumix GH5 is dominated by the large 3 inch OLED screen with 100% scene coverage. The rotating, free-angle monitor, which is hinged on the left side of the camera (looking from the rear), can be flipped out and twisted through 270 degrees. You can use the screen as a waist-level viewfinder, holding the camera overhead, and even for turning the GH5 on yourself for arm-length self-portraits. There’s also the added benefit of folding the screen away against the camera body to protect it when stored in a camera bag, preventing it from becoming marked or scratched.

The 1,620K pixel, high-resolution screen coped admirably with the majority of lighting conditions, even proving nice to use in low-light. The Auto Power LCD function automatically detects the current lighting conditions and boosts the LCD backlighting by up to 40% when shooting outdoors in bright sunshine, helping to keep the screen visible. The handy level gauge indicates the two directions of horizontal lean and front/rear tilt.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 inherits the GH4’s clever touchscreen interface. Panasonic have wisely restricted the amount of things that you can do by interacting with the screen, and indeed you can still operate everything on the camera without having to push and prod the LCD at all. You would be missing out on a lot of genuinely useful functionality, though, which really improves the overall shooting experience. A clever feature called Touchpad AF allows you to move the focus point area with your finger on the LCD while you’re looking through the EVF.

The most immediately noticeable function is the ability to use the 1-area AF mode to focus on your main subject simply by touching it on the LCD. If the subject then moves, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 cleverly follows it around the screen using the the AF tracking function. If the subject exits the frame entirely, simply recompose and tap it again to start focusing. Impressive stuff that makes focusing on off-center subjects fast and intuitive. It is a little too easy to accidentally press the screen and set the focus point to the wrong area for the current subject, but a simple tap in the middle of the LCD will center the AF point (or you can turn this feature off altogether). The size of the AF point itself can also be changed via an interactive onscreen slider.

If you prefer to manually focus rather than use the fast AF system, you can magnify any part of the subject by 1x, 5x or 10x by simply dragging the image around the screen. The final touchscreen ability from an image composition point of view is the ability to release the shutter, with a small icon on the right hand screen enabling this functionality, and then a single on-screen tap all that’s required to take the picture. All of the menu options can be changed via the touchscreen interface, including the Main menu system. You can also control image playback by touching the screen, with the ability to tap a thumbnail to see the full-size version, scroll through your images by dragging them from side to side, and magnifying them up to 16x.

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Top of the Panasonic Lumix GH5

The Panasonic GH5 has an improved electronic viewfinder. The OLED unit has a large 1.52x (0.76x on 35mm equiv.) magnification, 100% field of view, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 3,680K-dot resolution, resulting in one of the best EVFs that we’ve ever used. The EVF (and also the main LCD screen) operates at a native rate of 60fps, twice the usual speed, which helps make it flicker-free.

There are three 6K Photo functions – 6K Burst Shooting, 6K Burst (Start/Stop) and 6K Pre-burst – which all record continuous 18 megapixel stills at a 30fps shooting rate. 6K Burst allows you to continuously record 18 megapixel images at 30fps, 6K Pre-Burst does the same but for one second prior to and one second after pressing the shutter button in order, giving you 60 frames to choose from, and 6K Burst (S/S) allows you to playback your video, pause at the chosen moment, and use the shutter button to mark a chosen frame from the video and save it as a single 18 megapixel frame. The GH5 also offers the same option for 4K Photo, which doubles the capture speed to 60fps but lowers the effective resolution to 8 megapixels.

The Post Focus mode allows you to take a series of photos all with a different focus point, and then choose your preferred one after you’ve captured the shot. This can be more useful for some subjects than others, for example with macro it’s a great idea. Focus Stacking is also new to the GH5. This feature enables you to take multiple shots with different aperture values, then combine them into a single image and choose how much of the subject is in focus, again good news for macro photographers. The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has a time lapse function in which you can set the time interval and the number of images to take, plus a multi-exposure option that lets you combine up to four exposures in a single frame, while the Stop Motion Animation mode allows you to create unique stop motion videos.

The Wi-Fi function (802.11ac) lets you use your smartphone to change the camera settings (focus setting, exposure compensation, ISO, WB and Photo Styles) and even fire the shutter button remotely (including interval video recordings), while the auto transfer function automatically backs up your photos onto a tablet. You can also use GPS data from your smartphone to record the shooting location onto your images. The new Bluetooth option establishes a low-energy, permanent connection between the camera and a smart device for easier transfer of images.

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The Panasonic Lumix GH5 In-hand

On the rear of the Panasonic Lumix GH5, from left to right, is a Playback button, an LVF button for manually switching between the two viewing methods (useful if you turn the eye sensor off) which can also be configured as the Fn5 button, conveniently located AF/AE Lock button which is surrounded by the AF Type switch, the rear control dial, which is used for, amongst other things, changing the aperture and shutter speed by turning from left to right and back again, and a brand new thumb-controlled joystick. This allows you to quickly and easily select the AF point without taking your eyes off the subject and is a very useful addition.

Underneath are the Quick Menu/Fn2, Fn3/AF Mode and Display buttons. In shooting mode, the Display button alternates between turning the display off, the main camera settings as icons, no settings at all, and an Info Display which shows the current key settings in a clear graphical format. You can additionally press the Q.Menu button and then use the navigation pad to move between the onscreen options. The Q.Menu button provides quick access to most of the principal controls, including ISO speed, image size, image quality and white balance (there are 16 settings in total, depending upon the shooting mode selected). You can still access all of these options from the main menu system too.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has a traditional 4-way navigation pad system with a circular scroll wheel and Menu/Set button in the centre. Unlike other G-series cameras, the four directions on the d-pad don’t have a specific function, other than to move through and select options, playback images etc. The circular scroll wheel can also accomplish many of the same things. The Delete button underneath the navigation pad doubles up as the Fn4 button.

The new main menu system on the GH5 is very clear and straight-forward to use and is accessed by pressing the Menu/Set button in the middle of the navigation pad. There are up to 7 main menus represented by a column of icons on the left of the screen, depending on which shooting mode you’re currently using, which then show 8 options onscreen at once.

On the bottom of the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a metal tripod socket, importantly in-line with the middle of the lens barrel, and the battery compartment, and on the right side are the Remote port and the dual and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots. On the left is the Remote/Mic socket for use with the optional remote shutter release or 3.5mm external microphone, and three connection ports, including a port for external headphones (again 3.5mm in size), and a very welcome full-sized HDMI port for connecting the GH5 to a HD television or monitor.

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Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20M Fine JPEG image size option, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 produced images of outstanding quality during the review period. It produces noise-free images at ISO 100 to 1600, with limited noise starting to appear at ISO 3200. ISO 6400 and 12800 exhibit quite visible noise and loss of fine detail, while the fastest setting of 25600 looks much better on paper than in reality.

The various Photo Styles and Creative Controls allow you to quickly and easily customise the look of the camera’s JPEG images before you take them, while the Intelligent D-range and HDR modes extract a little more detail out of the shadow and highlight areas. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 60 seconds allowing you to capture plenty of light.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Panasonic Lumix GH5 which you can select at any time if the camera is in one of the creative shooting modes. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

File Quality

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has 2 different JPEG image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

Fine (8.6Mb) (100% Crop)

Normal (4.11Mb) (100% Crop)

   

RAW (23.1Mb) (100% Crop)

 
 

Night

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 maximum shutter speed is 60 seconds and there’s also a Bulb option for exposures up to 30 minutes long, which is excellent news if you’re seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 100. The camera takes the same amount of time again to apply noise reduction, so for example at the 15 second setting the actual exposure takes 30 seconds.

Night

Image Stabilisation

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G80 has an antishake mechanism which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, we took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with the stabilizer turned off, the second with it turned on. Here is a 100% crop of the image to show the results. As you can see, with image stabilisation turned on, the images are sharper than when it’s turned off.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length

Image Stabilisation Off (100% Crop)

Image Stabilisation On (100% Crop)

1/8th / 24mm
     
1/8th / 120mm

Post Focus and Focus Stacking

Post Focus is a function that enables users to select the in-focus area after shooting simply by touching it on the LCD screen. The first three images show the effects of switching between the three memory cards.

The Post Focus Stacking function enables users to take multiple images of the same frame with different areas in focus, then combine all or selected focus areas into one image. The fourth image below shows the effect of merging the first three images into one stacked image.

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Middle

 

Left

 

Focus Stacking

Intelligent Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix GH5’s Intelligent Resolution feature identifies outlines, texture areas and soft gradation areas of the image and then automatically optimizes the edges and detailed texture areas while using noise reduction to make the soft gradation areas smoother. There are three available strengths – low, standard and high.

Off (100% Crop)

Low (100% Crop)

   

Standard (100% Crop)

High (100% Crop)

Intelligent Dynamic

The Panasonic Lumix GH5’s Intelligent Dynamic feature adjusts the exposure setting to record more detail in the highlights and shadows, with three strengths available – low, standard and high.

Off

Low

   

Standard

High

HDR

In the HDR mode the Panasonic Lumix GH5 combines 3 frames taken at different exposures to create a single image with increased dynamic range (JPEG only).

Off

On 1EV

   

On 2EV

On 3EV

Multiple Exposure

In the Multiple Exposure mode the Panasonic Lumix GH5 combines multiple frames to create a single image.

Photo Styles

Panasonic’s Photo Styles, similar to Nikon’s Picture Styles, Canon’s Picture Controls and Olympus’ Picture Modes, are preset combinations of different sharpness, contrast, saturation and noise reduction settings. The six available Photo Styles are shown below in the following series, which demonstrates the differences. There is also a Custom option so that you can create your own look.

Standard

Vivid

   

Natural

Monochrome

   

L.Monochrome

Scenery

   

Portrait

Cinelike V

   

Cinelike D

 
 

Filter Effects

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has an extensive range of digital filter effects, denoted by an artist’s palette in the shooting mode menu, with 22 different options on offer.

Expressive

Retro

   

Old Days

High Key

   

Low Key

Sepia

   

Monochrome

Dynamic Monochrome

   

Rough Monochrome

Silky Monochrome

   

Impressive Art

High Dynamic

   

Cross Process

Toy Effect

   

Toy Pop

Bleach Bypass

   

Miniature

Soft Focus

   

Fantasy

Star Filter

   

One Point Color

Sunshine

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Panasonic Lumix GH5 camera, which were all taken using the 20 megapixel Fine setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We’ve provided some Panasonic RAW (RW2) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

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This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 4096×2160 pixels at 24fps / 10-bit / 150Mbps. Please note that this 15 second movie is 296Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 4096×2160 pixels at 24fps / 8-bit / 100Mbps. Please note that this 15 second movie is 184Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 60fps / 8-bit / 150Mbps. Please note that this 15 second movie is 273Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30fps / 10-bit / 150Mbps. Please note that this 15 second movie is 296Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 30fps / 8-bit / 100Mbps. Please note that this 15 second movie is 259Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 24fps / 10-bit / 150Mbps. Please note that this 22 second movie is 306Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 3840×2160 pixels at 24fps / 8-bit / 100Mbps. Please note that this 16 second movie is 182Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 60fps / 8-bit / 100Mbps. Please note that this 15 second movie is 182Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 30fps / 8-bit / 100Mbps. Please note that this 15 second movie is 178Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 24fps / 8-bit / 100Mbps. Please note that this 15 second movie is 179Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 180fps / 8-bit / 100Mbps. Please note that this 10 second movie is 251Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 180fps / 8-bit / 100Mbps. Please note that this 29 second movie is 373Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920×1080 pixels at 2fps / 8-bit / 100Mbps. Please note that this 15 second movie is 10Mb in size.

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Specifications

TYPE Type Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
Recording media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card (Compatible with UHS-I / UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 standard SDHC / SDXC Memory Cards)
Image sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds mount
IMAGE SENSOR Type Live MOS Sensor
Total pixels 21.77 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels 20.30 Megapixels
Color filter Primary color filter
Dust reduction system Supersonic wave filter
IMAGE STABILIZATION SYSTEM Image sensor shift type (5-axis / 5-stop*), Dual I.S. (Dual I.S. 2 compatible)/* Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=60mm (35mm camera equivalent f=120mm), when H-FS12060 is used.
RECORDING SYSTEM Recording file format Still image JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.31), RAW
6K PHOTO*1 / 4K PHOTO 6K PHOTO: MP4 (H.265/HEVC, Audio format: AAC (2ch))/4K PHOTO: MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio format: AAC (2ch))
Motion picture MOV: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Audio format: LPCM (2ch 48kHz/16-bit, 48kHz/24-bit*, 96kHz/24-bit*)) *When attaching DMW-XLR1 (sold separately)./MP4: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC/AVCHD Progressive, AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Audio 2ch)
System frequency 59.94Hz, 50.00Hz, 24.00Hz
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Image quality RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
File size(Pixels) -Still Image 4:3 5184×3888(L) / 3712×2784(M) / 2624×1968(S) / 4992×3744(6K PHOTO) / 3328×2496(4K PHOTO)
3:2 5184×3456(L) / 3712×2480(M) / 2624×1752(S) / 5184×3456(6K PHOTO) / 3504×2336(4K PHOTO)
16:9 5184×2920(L) / 3840×2160(M) / 1920×1080(S) / 3840×2160(4K PHOTO)
1:1 3888×3888(L) / 2784×2784(M) / 1968×1968(S) / 2880×2880(4K PHOTO)
File size (Pixels) -Motion picture AVCHD Progressive*2/ AVCHD*2-59.94Hz 59.94p, 28Mbps (LongGOP) (Dolby)/ 59.94i, 24Mbps (LongGOP) (Dolby) (Sensor output is 29.97fps)/ 59.94i, 17Mbps (LongGOP) (Dolby) (Sensor output is 59.94fps)/ 23.98p, 24Mbps (LongGOP) (Dolby)
AVCHD Progressive*2/ AVCHD*2-50.00Hz 50.00p, 28Mbps (LongGOP) (Dolby)/ 50.00i, 24Mbps (LongGOP) (Dolby) (Sensor output is 25.00fps)/ 50.00i, 17Mbps (LongGOP) (Dolby) (Sensor output is 50.00fps)
Continuous recordable time (Motion picture) AVCHD [FHD/60p]: Approx. 150 min (rear monitor), 150 min (LVF) with H-ES12060, Approx. 160 min (rear monitor), 150 min (LVF) with H-HSA12035 / H-FS12060/AVCHD [FHD/60i]: Approx. 150 min (rear monitor), 150 min (LVF) with H-ES12060, Approx. 160 min (rear monitor), 160 min (LVF) with H-HSA12035 / H-FS12060/MP4 [4K/60p]: Approx. 100 min (rear monitor), 100 min (LVF) with H-ES12060 / H-HSA12035 / H-FS12060/MP4 [4K/30p]: Approx. 110 min (rear monitor), 110 min (LVF) with H-ES12060 / H-HSA12035 / H-FS12060″
Actual recordable time (Motion picture) AVCHD [FHD/60p]: Approx. 75 min (rear monitor), 75 min (LVF) with H-ES12060, Approx. 80 min (rear monitor), 75 min (LVF) with H-HSA12035 / H-FS12060/AVCHD [FHD/60i]: Approx. 75 min (rear monitor), 75 min (LVF) with H-ES12060, Approx. 80 min (rear monitor), 80 min (LVF) with H-HSA12035 / H-FS12060/MP4 [4K/60p]: Approx. 50 min (rear monitor), 50 min (LVF) with H-ES12060 / H-HSA12035 / H-FS12060/MP4 [4K/30p]: Approx. 55 min (rear monitor), 55 min (LVF) with H-ES12060 / H-HSA12035 / H-FS12060
WIRELESS WiFi IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac * 5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries./1-13, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140 ch
QR Code Connection Yes
Password-less connection Yes (ON / OFF selectable)
Bluetooth Bluetooth® v4.2 (Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE))
VIEWFINDER Type OLED Live View Finder (3,680k dots)
Field of view Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm camera equivalent) with 50 mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Eye point Approx. 21 mm from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment -4.0 – +3.0 (dpt)
Eye sensor Yes
Eye sensor adjustment High / Low
FOCUS Type Contrast AF system
DFD technology Yes
Post Focus Yes
Focus Stacking Yes
Focus mode AFS (Single) / AFF (Flexible) / AFC (Continuous) / MF
AF mode Face/Eye Detection / Tracking / 225-Area / Custom Multi / 1-Area / Pinpoint/(Full area touch is available) (Scalable AF frame size (by Joystick) and flexible AF position (by front/rear dial))
AF detective range EV -4 – 18 (ISO100 equivalent)
AF assist lamp Yes
AF lock Yes (AF/AE LOCK button)
AF custom setting AF Sensitivity, AF Area Switching Sensitivity, Moving Object Prediction
Others One Shot AF, Shutter AF, Half Press Release, Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion picture recording), Eye Sensor AF, AF+MF, MF Assist, Touch MF Assist, Focus Peaking, Touch AF/AE Function, Touch Pad AF, Touch Shutter
EXPOSURE CONTROL Light metering system 1,728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering mode Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Metering range EV0-18 (F2.0 lens, ISO100 equivalent)
Exposure mode Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity) Still image: Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)/Creative Video Mode: Auto / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV step ±5EV (±3EV for motion picture)
AE lock Yes (AF/AE LOCK button)
WHITE BALANCE White balance AWB / AWBc / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2, 3, 4 / Color temperature setting 1, 2, 3, 4
White balance adjustment Blue/Amber bias, Magenta/Green bias
Color temperature setting 2500-10000K in 100K
SHUTTER Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed Still image: Bulb (Max. 30 minutes), 1/8,000 – 60/Electronic first curtain shutter: Bulb (Max. 30 minutes), 1/2,000 – 60/Electronic shutter: 1/16,000 – 1/Motion picture: 59.94Hz: 1/16,000 – 1/30, 50.00Hz: 1/16,000 – 1/25, 23.98Hz: 1/16,000 – 1/24 (When using Synchro Scan)
Shutter life Approx. 200,000 images
Self timer 10sec, 3 images / 2sec / 10sec
Remote control Remote control with Bulb function by DMW-RSL1 (sold separately)
6K PHOTO*1 / 4K PHOTO Burst speed [6K PHOTO] 30 frames/sec/[4K PHOTO] 60 frames/sec, 30 frames/sec
Exif information Yes (Each JPEG image cropped out of the 4K burst file complies with EXIF.)
Marking function Yes (in 6K/4K Burst (S/S) mode)
Loop rec function Yes (in 6K/4K Burst (S/S) mode)
BRACKET AE bracket 3, 5, 7 images in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV step, max. ±3 EV, single/burst
Aperture Bracket 3, 5 or all positions in 1 EV step
Focus Bracket 1 to 999 images, focus steps can be set in 5 levels
White balance bracket 3 exposures in blue/amber axis or in magenta/green axis, color temperature setting
BURST SHOOTING Burst speed [Mechanical shutter] AFS/MF: H: 12 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)/[Mechanical shutter] AFF/AFC: H: 9 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)/[Electronic shutter] AFS/MF: H: 12 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)/[Electronic shutter] AFF/AFC: H: 9 frames/sec, M: 7 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
Number of recordable images More than approx. 60 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)/More than approx. 600 images (when there are no RAW files)/(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
FLASH Flash type TTL External Flash (sold separately)
Flash Mode Auto*, Auto/Red-eye Reduction*, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off * For iA, iA+ only.
Synchronization speed Less than 1/250 second
Flash output adjustment 1/3EV step ±3EV
Flash synchronization 1st. Curtain Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync.
Synchronization for flash dimming and exposure compensation Yes
Wireless control Yes (When using DMW-FL200L / FL360L / FL580L (sold separately)), Wireless Channel: 1ch/2ch/3ch/4ch
Flash sync socket Yes
REAR MONITOR Type TFT LCD monitor with static touch control
Monitor size Free-angle 3.2-inch (8.0cm) / 3:2 aspect / Wide viewing angle
Pixels Approx. 1,620k dots
Filed of view Approx. 100%
Monitor adjustment Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Red-Green, Blue-Yellow
LIVE VIEW Digital zoom 2x, 4x
Extra Tele Conversion Still image: Max. 2x/4K PHOTO: 1.6x (4:3), 1.5x (3:2), 1.4x (16:9, 1:1)/Motion picture: 2.7x (FHD), 1.4x (4K)
Other functions Level Gauge, Real-time Histogram, Guide Lines (3 patterns), Center Marker, Highlight display (Still image / motion picture), Zebra pattern (Still image / motion picture)
DIRECTION DETECTION FUNCTION Direction Detection Function Yes
FUNCTION BUTTON Fn1-20 Wi-Fi / Q.MENU / LVF/Monitor Switch / LVF/Monitor Disp. Style / AF/AE LOCK / AF-ON / Preview / One Push AE / Touch AE / Level Gauge / Focus Area Set / Zoom Control / 1 Shot RAW+JPG / 1 Shot Spot Metering / Cursor Button Lock / Dial Operation Switch / Photo Style / Filter Select / Aspect Ratio / Picture Size / Quality / AFS/AFF / Metering Mode / Burst Rate / 6K/4K Photo / Self Timer / Bracket / Highlight Shadow / i. Dynamic / i. Resolution / HDR / Shutter Type / Flash Mode / Flash Adjust. / Wireless Setup (Flash) / Ex. Tele Conv. / Digital Zoom / Stabilizer Sensitivity / ON/OFF of each item in White Balance / ON/OFF of each item in Photo Style / AF Mode/MF / Rec/Playback Switch / Off / 4K Live Crop / Motion Pic. Set / Picture Mode / Variable Frame Rate / Picture Mode / Synchro Scan / Time Code Display / Mic. Directivity Adjust / Color Bars / WFM/Vector Scope / LUT Monitor Display* / LUT HDMI Display* / Focus Transition / Silent Mode / Peaking / Histogram / Guide Line / Zebra Pattern / Monochrome Live View / Rec Area / Video-Priority Display / Step Zoom / Zoom Speed / Restore to Default *Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1 (sold separately) is required.
PHOTO STYLE Photo Style Standard / Vivid / Natural / Monochrome / L. Monochrome / Scenery / Portrait / Custom 1, 2, 3, 4 / Cinelike D / Cinelike V / Like709* / V-LogL*/**/*When Creative Video Mode is selected. **Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1 (sold separately) is required.
CREATIVE CONTROL Creative Control Expressive / Retro / Old Days / High Key / Low Key / Sepia / Monochrome / Dynamic Monochrome / Rough Monochrome* / Silky Monochrome* / Impressive Art / High Dynamic / Cross Process / Toy Effect / Toy Pop / Bleach Bypass / Miniature Effect** / Soft Focus* / Fantasy / Star Filter* / One Point Color / Sunshine* *For photos only. **Not available in 4:2:2 10-bit video or 4K video recording.
CREATIVE VIDEO MODE Exposure mode Program AE/ Aperture-Priority / Sutter-Priority / Manual Exposure
Variable frame rate 59.94Hz 2, 30, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 90, 120, 150, 180 fps/ 2, 15, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 45, 60 fps/ 2, 15, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 45, 60, 75, 90, 105, 120, 135, 150, 165, 180 fps/ 2, 12, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 36, 48, 60 fps/ 2, 12, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, 108, 120, 132, 144, 156, 168, 180 fps
50.00Hz 2, 25, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 75, 100, 150, 180 fps/ 2, 12, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30, 37, 60 fps/ 2, 12, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30, 37, 50, 62, 75, 87, 100, 125, 150, 175, 180 fps
24.00Hz 2, 12, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 36, 48, 60 fps/ 2, 12, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, 108, 120, 132, 144, 156, 168, 180 fps
MOTION PICTURE FUNCTION LUT display LUT Monitor Display / LUT HDMI Display *Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1 (sold separately) is required.
Master pedestal level 31 steps
Luminance level 8-bit: 0-255 / 16-235 / 16-255/10-bit: 0‒1023 / 64‒940 / 64‒1023
Wave form monitor / Vectorscope Selectable
Synchro scan Yes
Time code Count Up: Rec Run/Free Run selectable, Time Code Mode: Drop frame/Non-drop frame selectable (When system frequency [59.94Hz] is selected.)
SS/Gain operation Shutter Duration/ISO / Angle/ISO / Shutter Duration/dB
Color bars / 1kHz test tone Yes (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB) / Yes
Photo style for motion picture Cinelike D / Cinelike V / Like709* / V-LogL*/**/*When Creative Video Mode is selected. **Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1 (sold separately) is required.
Knee control Yens (in Like709 mode)
PLAYBACK Playback mode 30-thumbnail display, 12-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (Max. 16x), Slideshow (All / Picture Only / Video Only, duration & effect is selectable), Playback Mode (Normal / Picture Only / Video Only), Location Logging, RAW Processing, 4K PHOTO Bulk Saving, Light Composition, Clear Retouch, Title Edit, Text Stamp, Video Divide, Time Lapse Video, Stop Motion Video, Resize, Cropping, Rotate, Rotation Display, Favorite, DPOF Print Set, Protect, Face Recognition Edit, Picture Sort, Creating Still Pictures from a Motion Picture
IMAGE PROTECTION / ERASE Protection Single / Multi or Cancel
Erase Single / Multi / All / Except Favorite
PRINT Direct Print PictBridge compatible
INTERFACE Headphone output φ3.5mm for headphone
USB USB Type-C, Super Speed USB3.1 GEN1
HDMI*3 Monitor-through 4:2:2 8-bit/4:2:2 10-bit (When [4K/60p] [4K/50p] mode is selected, it is not possible to record motion picture or still picture on the SD memory card in the camera unit.)/Auto / C4K / 4K / 1080p/Information display ON/OFF (selectable)/Automatic down-conversion (4K –> 1080p only)
Playback HDMI TypeA / VIERA Link, Audio: Stereo/59.94Hz: Auto / 4K/60p / 4K/30p / 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 480p/50.00Hz: Auto / 4K/50p / 4K/25p / 1080p / 1080i / 720p / 576p/24.00Hz: Auto / C4K / 4K/24p / 1080p
Audio video output No
Remote input φ2.5mm for remote
External microphone input φ3.5mm for external microphone/Stereo/Lens Auto/Shotgun/Super Shotgun/Manual is selectable when attaching DMW-MS2 (sold separately).
Microphone Stereo, Wind Noise Canceller: OFF / Low / Standard / High / AUTO
Speaker Monaural
SD card slot Slot 1, Slot 2
LANGUAGE OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
POWER Battery Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh, 14Wh) (included)
Battery life (CIPA standard) Approx. 410 images (rear monitor), 400 images (LVF), 1,000 images (Power Save LVF mode*) with H-FS12060/Approx. 410 images (rear monitor), 390 images (LVF), 1,000 images (Power Save LVF mode*) with H-HSA12035/Approx. 400 images (rear monitor), 380 images (LVF), 1,000 images (Power Save LVF mode*) with H-ES12060/* Under the test conditions specified by Panasonic based on CIPA standard. When the time to get in the sleep mode is set to 3 sec.
Battery grip DMW-BGGH5 (sold separately)
DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT Dimensions (W x H x D) 138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4 mm / 5.45 x 3.86 x 3.44 inch (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 725g / 1.60 lb (SD card, Battery, Body)/Approx. 645g / 1.42 lb (Body only)/Approx. 935g / 2.06 lb (SD card x 1, Battery, H-FS12060 lens included)/Approx. 1030g / 2.27 lb (SD card x 1, Battery, H-HSA12035 lens included)/Approx. 1045g / 2.30 lb (SD card x 1, Battery, H-ES12060 lens included)
OPERATING ENVIRONMENT Operating temperature*5 -10℃ to 40℃ (14°F to 104°F)
Operating humidity 10%RH to 80%RH
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Software ・ The software to edit and playback images on computer is not bundled with this camera. To do this, PHOTOfunSTUDIO 10.0XE is available for download at Panasonic website using computer connected to the Internet. http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/soft/download/d_pfs99pe.html (For Windows) ・ The software to process RAW file on computer is not bundled with this camera. To do this, SILKYPIX Developer Studio is available for download at Ichikawa Soft Laboratory’s website using computer connected to the Internet. http://www.isl.co.jp/SILKYPIX/english/p/ (For Windows / Mac)
Standard accessories Battery Charger (AC Cable included), Battery Pack, Body Cap, Hot Shoe Cover, Eye Cup, Flash Syncro Socket Cap, Cover for the Battery Grip Connector, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, Cable Holder, Lens Cap*, Lens Hood*, Lens Rear Cap*/*Included with DC-GH5L kit, DC-GH5A kit and DC-GH5M kit.
INTERCHANGEABLE LENS-1 Weatherproof Splash/Dust/Freezeproof
Lens Name LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
Lens Construction 14 elements in 12 groups (4 aspherical lenses, 2 ED lenses)
Nano Surface Coating Yes
Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Optical Image Stabilizer Yes (POWER O.I.S.)
Focal Length f=12-60mm (35mm camera equivalent 24-120mm)
Aperture Type 9 diaphragm blades / Circular aperture diaphragm
Maximum Aperture F2.8 (Wide) – F4.0 (Tele)
Minimum Aperture F22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.20m/0.66ft (at focal length 12mm) / 0.24m/0.79ft (at focal length 60mm)
Maximum magnification Approx. 0.3x / 0.6x (35mm camera equivalent)
Diagonal Angle of View 84°(Wide) – 20°(Tele)
General Filter Size φ62mm / 2.44inch
Max. Diameter φ68.4mm / 2.69inch
Overall Length Approx. 86mm / 3.39inch (from the tip of the lens to the base side of the lens mount)
Weight [g] Approx. 320g (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap and lens hood)
Weight [oz] Approx. 11.29oz (excluding lens cap, lens rear cap and lens hood)
NOTE *1 6K PHOTO is a high speed burst shooting function that cuts a still image out of a 4:3 or 3:2 video footage with approx. 18-megapixel (approx. 6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that the 6K image manages.
NOTE *2 About motion picture recording / 6K PHOTO/4K PHOTO recording
NOTE – Use a card with SD Speed Class with “Class 4” or higher when recording motion pictures in [AVCHD] or [MP4(under 28Mbps)].
NOTE – Use a card with SD Speed Class with “UHS-I / UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)” when recording motion pictures with [mov], [MP4] in [4K] or [6K PHOTO/4K PHOTO].
NOTE (SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)
NOTE – MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K]:
NOTE – When using an SDHC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
NOTE – When using an SDXC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 96 GB or 3 hours 4 minutes in length, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
NOTE – MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [FHD]:
NOTE – You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB or 30 minutes in length, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
NOTE *3 For [4K 60p] video output, use an HDMI2.0 cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as”4K compatible”.
NOTE *4 High-res audio is selectable only when using the DMW-XLR1 (sold separately).
NOTE *5 The camera may stop recording when used in lower or higher than recommended operating temperature: -10 to 40 degrees.
NOTE ・4:2:2 10-bit recording is a recording mode for film production and the video needs to be processed on PC. The original video cannot be played on standard TV, Blu-ray Disc™ recorder and Blu-ray Disc™ player. It may cause problems such as freezing when played on these devices.

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Conclusion

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 proved to be a runaway success when it was released back in 2014, so Panasonic certainly had a tough act to follow with the new GH5. They’ve evidently spent the three intervening years hard at work, as the GH5 represents a big step forward for both photographers and videographers. Our only caveat is that its extensive video capabilities are certainly overkill if you only dabble with movie recording. Otherwise, there are currently no other hybrid video/still cameras on the market that deliver as many features and as much quality at the same price-point as the new Panasonic GH5.

The GH5 can be used for everything from handheld-shooting to a full broadcast environment, with an even wider range of options than it’s already well-appointed predecessor, and even more major improvements via firmware upgrades scheduled for later this year. Panasonic have also paid attention to the stills side of things too, with the new 20 megapixel sensor and Venus engine producing the best image quality of any Lumix camera to date. Together with the numerous improvements to the camera body, operation, speed and the user interface, all of this adds up to make the GH5 an instantly familiar yet so much more capable camera than the GH4.

The sheer number of options available on the GH5 is undoubtedly initially confusing, but that’s merely an observation rather than a criticism. If you typically shoot both stills and video, there’s simply nothing to challenge the Panasonic GH5 at this price-point and in such a portable format, making it a worthy winner of our highest accolade – Essential!

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 5

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review Image

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review Image

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Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Panasonic Lumix GH5.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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The long-awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR has now arrived, improving on its predecessor, the incredibly popular 5D Mark III, in almost every way. Does the new 5D Mark IV offer enough to justify the £3629 / $3499 asking price? Read our Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review to find out…

Fujifilm X-T2

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The Fujifilm X-T2 is a new compact system camera that builds on the success of the popular 2-year-old X-T1, most notably by adding 4K video recording, a more sophisticated auto-focusing system, and a wealth of other improvements. Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T2 review to find out if it’s worth the upgrade…

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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Capable of shooting at 18fps with focus tracking, the new Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II is a blisteringly fast professional compact system camera. Read our in-dpeth Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II review to find out if this speed demon can really deliver the goods…

Sony A6500

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The Sony A6500 is the latest high-end compact system camera with an APS-C size sensor. With 24.2 megapixels, 4K movie recording, in-body 5-axis stabilization, a touchscreen 3-inch tilting LCD screen, 11fps burst shooting, electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, is the A6500 the best Sony APS-C camera yet? Read our Sony A6500 review to find out…

Sony A7S II

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The Sony A7S II is a new compact system camera that can literally shoot in the dark. Building on last year’s A7S model, the new mark II version offers more video features, enhanced ergonomics, built-in image stabilisation and faster focusing. Read our in-depth Sony A7S II review now…

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review Image

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Review Roundup

Reviews of the Panasonic Lumix GH5 from around the web.

techradar.com »

While the last couple of GH-series cameras have felt a little like video cameras masquerading as stills camera, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a much more rounded piece of kit. It’s certainly one of the best 4K camera solutions out there, if not the best, before you start considering dedicated professional video cameras, and that video capability is backed up by a great set of features for the stills photographer.
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cameralabs.com »

The Lumix GH5 is Panasonic’s most powerful mirrorless camera to date and a worthy successor to the GH4, whether you’re shooting stills or movies. It’s fast, flexible and feature-packed, easily taking-on rivals in this category and out-performing virtually anything at its price for video. Like the recent Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II it proves Micro Four Thirds can not only play with the big boys, but beat them in many respects.
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ephotozine.com »

Panasonic’s new professional Lumix GH5, first shown at Photokina 2016, is the update to the GH4/R, and features a new 20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, in-body 5-axis image stabilisation, a 3.2inch vari-angle touch-screen, and a new 3.6m dot electronic viewfinder. The Panasonic Lumix GH5 will be available from March for £1699 body only, £1899 with the Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, or £2199 with the new Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lens.
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amateurphotographer.co.uk »

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 succeeds the GH4, which upon its release in 2014 held the distinction of being the first interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera to offer 4K video capture.

The competition has since caught up, however, and the market now offers a good range of 4K-capable cameras to choose from, with the Fujifilm X-T2, Sony A6500 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 II all being notable alternatives.
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videomaker.com »

Panasonic teased us for months after first announcing the GH5 at Photokina 2016. Out of the few details they released within the announcement, they would only confirm that this camera would shoot 10-bit 4:2:2 internally in both 24 and 30 frames per second. That’s all they said! Come on Panasonic, we want more!
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Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review Image

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review Image

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