The Panasonic Lumix GH5 turns every videographer’s wish list true
In the past decade, Panasonic has come to be known for its range of high-end mirrorless cameras made for independent and documentary filmmaking.
And now, Panasonic finally pulled back the curtain off its latest flagship model at CES – The Lumix GH5. It took them three years to build it. Aimed at professional photographers and videographers, the model is skilled to record 4K footage at up to 60 frames per second and also operates its photo mode in 6K. You read it right, 6K!
It is also the first in the GH collection to offer a 20.3 megapixel sensor with no optical low-pass filter.
The Panasonic GH5 is compactly packed in a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body that is splash, dust and freeze proof. The camera also supports Dual SD (UHS-II) card slots.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built-in. A full time Bluetooth connection is available for auto transfer of images. With an updated design, a larger screen and a higher resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), it looks great. The video record button is installed on the top of the camera. There’s also a new function button on the front of the camera, and an intuitive joystick control on the back.
What further distinguishes the GH5 from its contemporaries is its ability to record internally at 10-bit 4:2:2 for 4K at up to 30 fps and output at 10-bit 4:2:2 at all settings via a full-sized HDMI port. This has also further improvised the possibility of color correction.
In line with the previous models, there is no recording time limit with the GH5 but that’s not all. Panasonic has laid equal emphasis on the audio features too and gone ahead to redesign the microphone with enhanced noise suppression called a DMW-XLR1 XLR Microphone Adapter. It connects via the camera’s hot shoe and adds physical audio controls and two XLR inputs to the GH5.
You’ll be seeing tons of videos about how GH5 is taking over 2017, but the specs which impress us about it are:
- 10-bit 4:2:2 400 Mbps ALL-Intra recording
- Dual SD card slot
- 6K photo @ 30 FPS
- XLR Microphone Adaptor
There’s a lot to be disclosed until it hits the market; stay plugged until you have a hands-on experience yourself.