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Panasonic GH5 Review

Nov-29,2018

With competitors like the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k & Fujifilm XT-3 and other Mirrorless cameras catching up, let’s see how does the EISA Photo & Video Camera of 2017-2018 winner stack up in 2018.

Introduction

Panasonic GH5 was released in January 2017, with a MFT sensor which can shoot in 4k up to 60 frames per second. Along with some good promised firmware updates which they delivered.

With ability to record 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording with select settings, Full HD video at up to 180 fps, 12 fps continuous shooting, and sensitivities up to ISO 25600 stabilized by in-built 5-axis sensor stabilization, the GH5 shot (pun intended) the competition in under $2,000 (INR 1,40,000) camera market.

Product Highlights

20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor

Venus Engine Image Processor

4K Video with No Crop

Internal 4:2:2 10-Bit 4K Video at 24/30p

5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 2

0.76x 3.68m-Dot OLED Viewfinder

3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen

Advanced DFD AF System; 6K & 4K PHOTO

ISO 25600 and 12 fps Continuous ShootingDesign

The Screen

The 3.2-inch 1,620k-dot LCD Touch Screen which offers focus peaking and is hinge mounted, allowing wide range of viewing angles like front facing (as a Sony Alpha user this has saved my life in vlogs & shooting YouTube videos).

Connectivity

The GH5 features a full-sized HDMI port. It might sound like a regular feature but trust me, when you’re shooting using an external monitor the fact that you won’t have to take care of an extra cable is a stress buster. Filmmakers can relate to this totally.

Like any other modern camera, it has Wi-Fi and can transfer images to your phone via an app. But here’s the fun part you can also transfer 15-second video clips to your phone.

Also, it’s got a USB Type-C port so yeah, one less cable to carry.

Controls

The GH5 features both front and rear dials for intuitive control over aperture and shutter speed settings. Multiple assignable function buttons are also available, as well as a dedicated exposure compensation dial. When you’re shooting in lighting conditions that change very frequently or if you’re shooting a subject in indoor lighting, these controls are a life saver.

You’ve got your regular ISO, White Balance buttons, then we have the joystick.

The joystick makes it simple and fast to adjust the focal point in the pinpoint autofocus mode. With 225-area autofocus system this joystick comes in handy because the touchscreen isn’t always accurate in choosing the focal points.

Storage

The GH5 features two memory card slots and both support UHS-II SD cards. Unlike the competitors the GH5 supports unlimited recording even in 4k@60fps, unless you run of battery or space. This might seem like a regular feature to casual users but for filmmakers this is a blessing. Because Panasonic managed to overcome the sensor heating issue.

The dual memory card a nice feature and saves you a lot of patience when you’re shooting on a gimbal and one of the memory card gets full, the camera automatically switches and continues recording to the second card or you can separate one card for videos and one card for photos only.

Sensor Sizes – The Bigger, the Better?

Well, there was a time when anything below Full Frame was considered novice for videos but with the rise of mirrorless cameras in the past few years this has been proved wrong.

The GH5 features a Micro Four Thirds sensor with ability to capture 4k without any cropping and that too at 60fps. As a video guy, this has been the most sought-after feature by me and every other filmmaker who owns this camera. The 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording is a great feature for people who want to get the best out of their footage with advanced colour grading. Here’s a video that I shot in 10-bit in 4k & color graded with DaVinci, using the GH5 & 12-35mm f2. Lens.

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