Panasonic Lumix GH5 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Autofocus Points : 225
  • Other Features : 4K Photo Post Focus, Focus Stacking, Dual SD card slots
  • Weight : 1.6 lbs. (725g)
  • Battery : Li-ion
  • Weather Sealing : Yes
  • Screen : 3.2" tilting touchscreen, electronic viewfinder
  • GPS :
  • Wi-Fi : Wi-fi
  • Flash : External (sold separately)
  • Video : 4K video at 60 fps
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : 5-axis sensor stabilization, Dual IS 2
  • Autofocus System : Depth from DeFocus Contrast Detection
  • Burst Speed : 12 fps
  • Shutter Speed : 60 - 1/8000 second
  • ISO : 100 to 25600 expanded
  • Processor : Venus Engine
  • Sensor : 20.3 megapixel Micro Four Thirds MOS Sensor
  • Release Date: 2017-03-30
  • Final Grade: 96 4.8 Star Rating: Recommended


The Panasonic GH5 boasts incredible video capability
With 4K video at 60 fps, the GH5 is just as much a video camera as it is a still camera.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 1/5/2017

The Panasonic GH5 appears to be a video camera masquerading as a camera -- that's because the camera's list of specifications for video are just as impressive as the still features. The GH5 is the first mirrorless camera to shoot 4K quality (3840 x 2160) at 60 fps. And unlike most still cameras, Panasonic says the 4K video doesn't have a time limit imposed by the camera's processor -- though SD cards will likely fill up fast.

The Micro Four Thirds camera captures stills at about 20 megapixels with 225 contrast detection autofocus points and a speedy 12 fps burst mode. Shutter speeds reach a decent 1/8000 -- or 1/16000 with the electronic shutter. 

While the still photos spec list is impressive, it's the 60 fps 4K that's grabbing video shooters' attention. The video can be recorded at 3820 x 2160 at 60 fps, or stretching out to 4096 x 2160 at 30 fps. Video shooters can also record live through the camera's HDMI port. The GH5 also boasts a few more advanced video features, including luminance level settings and gain and shutter angle adjustments.

The 4K video also leads to some impressive photo effects -- using the Post Focus mode, users can automatically shoot a short 4K clip, with the focus adjusting throughout. That gives the camera the ability to adjust the focus after the shot has been taken. That same feature also allows for in-camera focus stacking, 18 megapixel bursts at 30 fps and 8 megapixel bursts at 60 frames per second. 

All those features are wrapped up in a body weighing 1.6 pounds, with a tilting touchscreen and electronic viewfinder. The mirrorless camera also offers a good amount of physical controls, including two control wheels.

So what's the first 4K mirrorless camera to shoot at 60 fps going to cost? A pretty $1,999 for just the body. While the list of features looks impressive -- and if previous experience is any indication, photo quality will be solid as well -- it's possible to pick up a camera with a full frame sensor that's twice the size for just as much or even less, like the Nikon D750 or Sony A7 II. Still, shooters looking for a camera that's just as powerful for shooting video as it is for stills may have just found the right match with the GH5.


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