Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only)

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only)

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only)

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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 Shooting
  • Dual UHS-II SD Slots; Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
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Panasonic DC-GH5 overview

  • 1Description

Upgraded, redesigned, and filled with features, the Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera from Panasonic provides an outstanding imaging platform for shooters who demand some of the best video and still photography quality they can get in a single compact camera. At the heart of the camera is a 20.3MP Digital Live MOS sensor and a newly developed Venus Engine processor, which both offer dramatically improved processing times over its predecessor. This enables the ability to record 4K video at up to 60 fps, 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. Also, the camera features built-in 5-axis sensor stabilization, which can work with certain lenses to activate Dual I.S. 2 for highly effective shake correction that can compensate for up to 5 stops of shutter speed. Other improvements include a speedier and more accurate Advanced DFD autofocus system that can lock on in just 0.05 seconds, as well as 6K PHOTO at 30 fps and 4K PHOTO at up to 60 fps.

Along with all these internal improvements, the body received some significant upgrades as well. For viewing and composing images both the 0.76x OLED viewfinder and 3.2" free-angle touchscreen received resolution bumps to 3.68m dots and 1.62 m dots, respectively. This will make shooting more comfortable and more accurate. The magnesium alloy body is now freezeproof to 14°F in addition to splash and dustproof. For fast image transfer and saving, there are now two UHS-II SD card slots. Additionally, for a completely wireless setup it offers both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for advanced functionality when paired with a mobile app.

20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
Packing in a newly developed 20.3MP Digital Live MOS sensor without an optical low-pass filter and a new Venus Engine processor, the GH5 claims to produce the best image quality to date from a Lumix camera. Using Multipixel Luminance Generation and Intelligent Detail Processing, it will maximize sharpness and details as well as accuracy in a variety of lighting conditions. It offers excellent three-dimension color control and precise noise reduction techniques to help with shooting at sensitivities up to ISO 25600. It also enables shooting speeds of up to 12 fps with AF-S or manual focus modes.
4K Video Recording
The GH5 is an exceptionally capable video camera in addition to its outstanding stills capabilities. The flagship feature is UHD 4K video at up to 60 fps, though another excellent spec is the ability to record 4:2:2 10-bit files at resolutions up to DCI and UHD 4K at 24/30 fps. A full-size HDMI port is present on the camera for high-quality output at 4:2:2 10-bit in all settings for use with external monitors and recorders. The camera also offers high bit-rate recording for highly detailed images free of compression artifacts.

For more advanced users, multiple picture styles are available to provide a more gradable image, such as CINELIKE V and CINELIKE D, as well as an in-camera LUT to make monitoring easier. Also, users will have access to overcranking and undercranking settings which provide speeds up to 2.5x slower in 4K (60 fps) and 7.5x slower in Full HD (180 fps). Also, a 4K Anamorphic mode is available, which will let you record in a proper 4:3 ratio for adjustment in post-production.

The GH5 is designed to be an expandable system, with multiple options available to help improve video recording capabilities. Examples of this are an optional V-Log L upgrade and separately available accessories such as the XLR Microphone Adapter that provides XLR inputs and physical controls through a hot shoe connection. Users can also use standard microphones and headphones via the 3.5mm input and output jacks.
6K and 4K PHOTO
Utilizing the GH5's video recording capabilities, a trio of still shooting modes are available for recording continuous 8MP stills at a 60 or 30 fps shooting rate or 18MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate:
  • Burst: This mode will allow you to continuously record, making it ideal for instances where you need a fast frame rate in order to capture the best moment.
  • Pre-Burst: This mode is ideal for times when you're unsure of the critical moment to press the shutter button and will record images one second prior to and one second after pressing the shutter button in order to give you 60 frames to choose from.
  • Burst (S/S): This mode most closely follows the video recording process, and 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 8 or 18 MP frame.
Dual I.S. 2
Helping to achieve the utmost sharpness when photographing handheld, Dual I.S. 2 combines the GH5's sensor-shift image stabilization technology with lens-based image stabilization to compensate for a broader range of movement types to render sharper, clearer imagery. Dual I.S. 2 requires the use of compatible Lumix lenses featuring O.I.S. This stabilization system is able to compensate for approximately 5 stops of camera shake.
Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • A large OLED Live View Finder has an impressive 3.86m-dot resolution and 0.76x magnification for eye-level composition.
  • A larger means for image composition and playback, the 3.2" 1.62m-dot rear RGBW LCD monitor has a free angle, tilt and swivel design to support viewing from a variety of angles. It is also a touchscreen, which permits intuitive menu navigation and settings control.
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots are present which provides settings such as Relay Recording to automatically switch cards when one is full; Backup Recording, which recording the same data to both cards simultaneously; and Allocation Recording, which lets you save certain files to each card for easier organization.
  • Constructed from magnesium alloy with die-cast front and rear frames, the GH5 features a durable design that also incorporates extensive sealing at each joint, dial, and button to render it both splash- and dust-proof as well as freezeproof to 14°F.
  • A joystick is available on the rear of the camera to make changing many settings easier and more intuitive, such as changing a focus point.
  • The sleek flat-body profile incorporates 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.
  • Built-in 5 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC and Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy allows for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from linked smartphones and tablets. Bluetooth LE also enables a constant connection to your mobile device, allowing for functions such as geolocation and automatic image transfer.
225-Area Advanced Depth-From-Defocus AF System
For accelerated autofocus performance, and Advanced DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) technology is employed to quickly calculate the distance to subjects and adjust the focusing position in as little as 0.05 seconds, which enables continuous shooting up to 9 fps with continuous AF. This contrast-detection type focus method benefits both still and video recording modes, as well as subject tracking applications where subject color, size, and motion vectors are used to intelligently lock-onto the moving subjects and ensure precise focus. The sensitivity and speed can be adjusted to further improve performance with certain subjects. It also features 225 AF areas which provide excellent control over where the camera will focus. Additionally, supporting working in low-light conditions, a Starlight AF feature enables accurate AF performance down to -4 EV.

Benefitting manual focus operation, focus peaking is available that highlights bright edges of contrast with a colored outline for quickly recognizing your focus point, as well as Touch MF Assist for touch-to-focus operation.
Other Camera Features
  • A mechanical focal plane shutter enables a fast maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 sec., as well as a top flash sync speed of 1/250 sec. An electronic shutter function also avails a top shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec. to better enable working in bright conditions and with wider aperture settings.
  • Raw image files can be processed in-camera for a more streamlined post-production workflow.
  • Depending on the lens in use, the included DMW-BLF19 battery provides approximately 400 shots per charge when using the rear monitor, or 380 with the electronic viewfinder.
  • Photo Style modes: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom, Cinelike D, and Cinelike V.
  • Creative Control modes: 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, and Sunshine.
Firmware Update Schedule
  • Full HD 4:2:2 10-bit video recording.
  • 400 Mbps 4:2:2 10-bit All-Intra video recording in 4K 30p, 25p, and 24p as well as Full HD.
  • Higher resolution Anamorphic mode.
  • Hybrid Log Gamma in Photo Style mode for 4K HDR video recording.
  • USB tethering.
UPC: 885170307100

Panasonic DC-GH5 specs

Imaging
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 21.77 Megapixel
Effective: 20.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 20 MP: 5184 x 3888
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, H.264, MOV, MP4
Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Format 4096 x 2160p at 23.98/24/25 fps
3840 x 2160p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
3328 x 2496p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94/180 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo + Mono)
Focus Control
Focus Type Autofocus
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Flexible (AFF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 225
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Pixel Count 3,686,000
Viewfinder Eye Point 21.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.76x
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3.2" Rear Touchscreen Swivel Touchscreen LCD (1,620,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 1/8000 Second 
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1 Minute in Bulb Mode
1/24 - 1/16000 Second in Movie Mode
Type: Electronic
Speed: 1 - 1/16000 Second 
Remote Control DMW-RSL1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multiple, Spot Metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 18.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2, White Set 3, White Set 4
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 12 fps at 20.3 MP
Up to 30 fps at 18 MP
Up to 60 fps at 8 MP
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
Forced On
Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction
Off
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Built-in Flash No
Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 Second
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
Performance
Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity 1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-mini (2-Ring), HDMI A (Full Size), USB 3.0, Viera Link
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Power
Battery 1 x DMW-BLF19 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 80%
Physical
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4" / 138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4 mm
Weight 1.59 lb / 725 g with battery and memory card
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 6.0 x 5.8"

Panasonic DC-GH5 reviews

Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 111.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every single penny I am a professional content creator and have used the GH4 metabones to canon EF for the last 2 years. I upgraded to the GH5 and decided to use the Lumix 12-35 2.8 ii instead of the EF lenses. I cannot believe this camera! Even for stills... I no longer run to my canon. I can walk into any situation and produce amazing video and stills all handheld. The low light is still not as good as the current Sony's but the GH5 can hold high ISOs and the noise has a film grain look to it which is awesome. A massive improvement over the GH4 I highly recommend this camera to everyone.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly good MFT camera GH5 levels up with waveforms and scopes, usable 120 fps, amazing 5-axis stabilization (when paired with dual I.S. lenses) and more customization than you could ever need. There's a "tripod mode" stabilization feature called I.S. Lock that no one is talking about that's truly a game changer for in-camera stabilization. Being able to switch on the fly from "handheld" stabilized to "locked down" stabilized is extremely useful shooting weddings without stabilizers or sticks. I haven't had a chance to grade the 10bit just yet but looking forward to saying goodbye to banding issues that plague in-camera recording on virtually every other camera sub 5k.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Legend Is Back, And Better Than Ever! The GH5 is the stuff of legend. This feature packed camera is capable for both stills and video. The rugged build quality and mostly good ergonomic make this body inspire confidence, regardless of where you may be. The GH5 is a professional tool, priced at a prosumer level. While lowlight is not perfect in movie mode, it is better than most dedicated Cinema cameras. Battery life is good. The back flip out screen is handy for taking creative shots. In the right hands this camera is a serious creative weapon. And being a M43 system camera means you can rig it to be as large or as small as your gig requires. The specs speak for themselves. If you are thinking about it, well just hit add to cart.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best camera I have ever used! I love this camera, the quality is crisp and clear, the color is clean and organic. I am coming from shooting on the Canon 5D Mark III. I love the accurate focus peaking and zebras, as well as the swivel touchscreen as well as many other features. The 5D just doesn't cut close to a number of features this camera has. The handiness of all these little features allows me to work much faster and more effectively than any other camera I have used in this price range. I am a run-and-gun shooter. I need to have my camera ready at a moments notice. Put a speed booster on the camera and it is pretty good in low light as well.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Improves on it's ground breaking predecessor the GH4 I have used the GH3, GH4 and now the GH5. They are improved/added almost everything you could have asked for in a video camera. No need to cover the specs, I'm sure you already know them. I will mention a few things I have noticed. -Clearer, brighter and over all prettier video -Better slowmo -A little bit shorter battery life than the GH4 -Much appreciated sensor stabilization -20 Mega Pixel sensor. I can't name all the other great things about this camera! The only thing that I can't see that they improved is the Dynamic range. But with V-Log you get 12 stops. That isn't bad at all. Happy shooting
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing Better for the Price This camera is by no means perfect for video (what else would anyone purchase it for?) but it is the absolute best you can get anywhere close to this price. Pros: High frame rates, internal stabilization, full sized HDMI, greatly improved image from the 4, higher bit rates and 422 color. Cons: Noise in low light (better than the 4), very noisy at higher ISO (no point going above 1600), watch out for some weird artifacting when combining internal stabilization with lens stabilization and camera movement (note- I'm using an older model Lumix 14-140, so this could be part of the issue).
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bang for your buck! Although I bought this with the intent to use it for videography, because of its video capabilities, I was pleasantly surprised at the stills the camera is capable of producing. The noise is minimal even for a MFT sensor. Definitely a run and gun camera or probably the best overall camera. If your intent is capturing video, but want to be able to take excellent stills, you should consider this camera. It may not take 50mp stills, but it'll take really good stills, if you don't need huge files and just want excellent family photos or portraits. I can see this camera as a perfect camera for traveling or outdoor adventures due to its size and weight. Perfect for the wanderer who does not want to carry all their gear. Will make an excellent run and gun. Pairs perfectly with the zhiyun crane for amazingly smooth video.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Upgraded to GH5 from GH4 I was going to hold off on upgrading from my GH4 to a GH5 because I was still really content with my GH4. After doing a little more research, I decided to make the jump. The main reasons I decided to upgrade to the GH5 was for the in-camera stabilization and the frame rate increase from 96 to 180 in 1080p. I've had the camera for 2 days now and I am very impressed. As prior reviews have mentioned, the GH5 is a tad bigger and heavier, but nothing so noticeable I would go back to my GH4. So far I am very impressed with the stabilization and slow motion from the GH5. I am not a professional videographer by any means, so take this opinion for what it's worth. I am very satisfied with the Panasonic GH5.
Date published: 2017-06-06
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