Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

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Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 10.28MP Multi Aspect Ratio MOS Sensor
  • DCI 4K60p and Full HD 1080/240p Video
  • Internal 4:2:2 10-Bit Long GOP
  • V-Log L Gamma and HDR Hybrid Log Gamma
  • 0.76x 3.68m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.2" 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
  • Dual Native ISO 400 and ISO 2500
  • Dual UHS-II SD Slots; Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • Advanced DFD AF System
  • 12 fps Cont. Shooting and 4K PHOTO Modes
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Panasonic DC-GH5S overview

  • 1Description

Proving that they can push the GH-series even farther into the video realm, the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S is a mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera optimized for movie recording and low-light performance. Revolving around a 10.28MP Digital Live MOS sensor, DCI and UHD 4K video recording is possible at up to 60p and the large individual pixel size also affords impressive low-light performance to an extended ISO 204800, along with Dual Native ISO technology at ISO 400 and ISO 2500. Coupled with an updated Venus Engine, the sensor and processor combination also enables faster readout speeds along with 1.3x less rolling shutter distortion compared to previous GH-series cameras. Internal DCI 4K30p recording is available with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling and a full-size HDMI A connector can be used to simultaneously output to an optional external monitor or recorder. The sensor's extended sensitivity range has also been used to promote working with V-Log L and Hybrid Log Gamma HDR modes for effectively increasing your dynamic range and affording more flexibility when color grading during post-production.

Beyond its video prowess, the GH5S is no slouch when it comes to stills shooting, either. The sensor and Venus Engine combination enable recording 14-bit raw files with a top continuous shooting rate of 12 fps with single-shot AF, or up to 8 fps with continuous autofocus. Borrowing from the video side, 4K PHOTO modes are also available for shooting 8MP stills at up to 60 fps. Benefitting stills, the Depth-From-Defocus AF system works quickly and accurately using 225 dedicated AF areas, and is sensitive to -5 EV luminance for working in extreme low-light conditions.

Beyond imaging specs, the GH5S retains its professional build quality the GH-series is known for. The magnesium alloy body is fully weather-sealed for working in inclement conditions, and physical controls have been enhanced for easier tactile control. A large 3.68m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder is featured, for high-resolution eye-level monitoring, as well as a rear 3.2" 1.62m-dot LCD touchscreen with free-angle movement to suit working from high and low angles. Dual UHS-II SD memory card slots are available for flexible file recording and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth wireless connectivity enable seamless image sharing and remote camera control from a mobile device.

10.28MP Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
Engineered specifically for low-light shooting and high-resolution video recording, a 10.28MP Digital Live MOS sensor is featured, along with an optimized Venus Engine for clean color detail and texture along with fast readout speeds. Using Multipixel Luminance Generation and Intelligent Detail Processing, it will maximize sharpness and detail as well as accuracy in a variety of lighting conditions.

The sensor features a multi aspect ratio design, which enables the use of 4:3, 17:9, 16:9, and 3:2 ratios for shooting stills, recording DCI and UHD 4K, and for working in Anamorphic mode. This unique design allows you to maintain a lens's native angle of view despite changing the image format. Additionally, the sensor and processor combination avails high readout speeds and suppresses rolling shutter distortion by approximately 1.3x compared to the GH5 when recording video or working with the electronic shutter.

The sensor's deliberately low resolution design, and subsequently larger pixel size, also optimizes it for low-light performance and enables recording a greater dynamic range. Borrowing from Panasonic's broadcast line of video cameras, Dual Native ISO technology is used that sets ISO 400 and ISO 2500 as base sensitivities for low noise levels. The overall native sensitivity range runs from ISO 160-51200, and can be extended to ISO 80-204800.
DCI and UHD 4K Video Recording
Specifically geared for video shooting, the GH5S features a versatile and capable range of video specs, including the ability to internally record DCI 4K at up to 60 fps and 150 Mbps with 4:2:0 8-bit Long GOP; 30 fps and 150 Mbps with 4:2:2 10-bit Long GOP; and 24 fps and 400 Mbps with 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-I. UHD 4K recording is also supported along with Full HD at up to 240 fps for slow-motion playback. 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.

Optimizing your recording for post-production color adjustment, the GH5S features a pair of gamma settings suited to capturing a wide dynamic range. V-Log L has been pre-installed on this camera and is used to capture a flat, neutral gamma curve well-suited for grading. Additionally, a High Dynamic Range mode, and Hybrid Log Gamma, can be used to record greater detail in both the shadow and highlight regions of a scene. Additional 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 Variable Frame Rate settings which provide speeds up to 2.5x slower in 4K (60 fps) and 7.5x slower in Full HD (240 fps). Also, a 4K Anamorphic mode is available, which will let you record in a proper 4:3 ratio for adjustment in post-production.

For greater recording versatility, the recording system frequency can be changed between 59.94 Hz (NTSC), 50.00 Hz (PAL), or 24.00 Hz (Cine) for worldwide use, and there is no recording duration limit for all settings. Three separate video control panels can also be used—shutter duration/ISO, shutter angle/ISO, or shutter duration/dB—to match various worldwide production needs.

The GH5S is designed to be an expandable system, with multiple options available to help improve video recording capabilities. Examples of this are the included BNC conversion cable for syncing time code settings with an external device for multi-camera setups; LINE input support via the 3.5mm mic input for using an external audio device; and the optional 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.
Stills Recording and Depth-From-Defocus AF System
Beyond just a video camera, the GH5S is also adept at recording stills. Using the unique sensor architecture, the low-light capabilities and fast readout speeds make it ideal for working in difficult lighting conditions and for photographing fast-moving subjects. For 12-bit raw shooting, and when working with AF-S, continuous shooting up to 12 fps is possible, along with a top 8 fps shooting rate with AF-C. For greater color information, a 14-bit raw recording setting can also be used, and 11 fps and 7 fps continuous shooting rates are available.

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. 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 -5 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.
4K PHOTO Modes
Utilizing the GH5S'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:
  • 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 8MP frame.
Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • A large OLED Live View Finder has an impressive 3.68m-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.
  • Optimized for nighttime shooting, the viewfinder and rear screen can be tuned to benefit working in low-light conditions. A Night Mode allows you to separately reduce the brightness of the screen and finder in order to maintain your night-adjusted vision. Alternatively, brightness can be boosted by lowering the frame rate and increasing the gain in live view for working in extremely dark situation. And, for manual focusing, an MF Assist feature lets you zoom into the scene by 20x for focusing on small subjects.
  • 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 GH5S 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.
Other Camera Features
  • Lumix Tether software allows you to shoot tethered to a computer via USB connection. This software enables full camera control and shooting from the computer, along with video and 4K PHOTO modes support, with the added benefit of previewing and reviewing your imagery from a larger computer monitor.
  • 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 440 shots per charge when using the rear monitor, or 410 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.
UPC: 885170328266
In the Box
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera
  • DMW-BLF19 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1860mAh)
  • DMW-BTC10 Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Eye Cup
  • Flash Sync Socket Cap
  • Battery Grip Connector Cover
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Cable Holder
  • BNC Converter Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Panasonic DC-GH5S specs

    Imaging
    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 11.93 Megapixel
    Effective: 10.28 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 10 MP: 3680 x 2760
    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, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Image Stabilization None
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Video Format 4096 x 2160p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94 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 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94/120/240 fps
    Aspect Ratio 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, 160-51200 (Extended Mode: 80-204800)
    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 10.3 MP for up to 80 Frames in Raw Format
    Up to 11 fps at 10.3 MP for up to 80 Frames in Raw Format
    Up to 12 fps at 10.3 MP for up to 600 Frames in JPEG Format
    Up to 11 fps at 10.3 MP for up to 600 Frames in JPEG Format
    Up to 8 fps at 10.3 MP
    Up to 7 fps at 10.3 MP
    Up to 6 fps at 10.3 MP
    Up to 5 fps at 10.3 MP
    Up to 2 fps at 10.3 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, USB Type-C, Viera Link, X-Sync Socket
    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 1.45 lb / 660 g with battery and memory card
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.6 x 6.1 x 5.9"

    Panasonic DC-GH5S reviews

    Lumix DC-GH5S Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from VFR / Noise / Horizontal Would have been 5 star if vfr worked correctly! Can’t even go past 60fps as really bad noise appears no matter the exposure/iso settings! There are many of us who are experiencing the same problem! Horizontal noise / not clean at all when shooting vfr. (Above 60fps especially noticable. Greenish tint/horizontal lines etc.) There is also another issue: when changing iso, nothing happens... You have to hit record for the iso to change. (Many are experiencing this as well) Gh5s Facebook groups are all talking about these issues. Will a firmware update fix them?
    Date published: 2018-05-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good camera, but not for slowMotion: noise horizontalpattern Panasonic: We are expecting a software update for fixing the big noise problem in VFR (slow motion)� all units have the same� chrominance, luminance and horizontal pattern noise. More noise in v-Log, less in Estandard profile, but more than GH5 Really, is a great camera with amazing DCI4K in 24-30-60Fps, but i need shot in slow motion
    Date published: 2018-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is for FILM MAKERS, not really for stills or wedding vi I am an indi film maker and have a tight budget. Most of my work is for reels for actors and short form as well as some industrial and feature work. This is an amazing camera. PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BUY. If you are a wedding video or run and gun with no stabilizers, this is not the camera for you. I own equipment to make up for the fact that they took out stabilization and the trade off for the low light is well worth it. If you are needing to shoot weddings, probably not the best hybrid and stick to the GH5. But if your a film maker and loved the GH5 this is a great camera. My old lenses feel new now that I can shoot with lower light. So I still light and shape light on set - that is part of film making, but now with more control of the ISO my options are much greater. The quality is amazing and it already comes with V-LOG. I am loving the camera.
    Date published: 2018-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect video camera for my needs I love this camera for video. �I shoot still photos and video full time and I previously owned Panasonic GH4's and GH5.'s � I enjoyed those cameras for video except they were not good in low light. �Panasonic addressed this with the GH5S. �I use the GH5S primarily for wedding and event videos and short promo videos, �I do not use this camera for still photos. �I do not think the GH5 produces the best stills � This camera is perfect for me I am almost always filming on stabilizer �monopod, or tripod so the trade off to receive low light by giving up stabilization is no problem. Compared to Sony E cameras (which I also own) I find the GH5S controls, touch screen, and no 30 minute limit makes this camera much simpler to use. �If you want nice bokeh in the background invest in a couple 1.4 or 1.2 lenses and you will be very happy with the results.
    Date published: 2018-03-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from VFR horizontal noise yields unusable footage Rating would have been a 5 star rating if there's no VFR issues. Upgraded from a GH4, love everything from the low light performance improvement to the 4k60p, 10 bit shooting modes, one big issue is the horrible horizontal noise you get when you use the Variable Frame Rate mode above 60fps. This noise only appears when you use the VFR mode, not an issue of how high the ISO is, or what color profile you use, cos even at the native ISOs the really HORRIBLE noise is present, 8bit or 10bit mode. Can't use the VFR for slow motion at all, even for personal use. it is YUCKY, and frustrating.� On fb groups a lot of gh5s users have the same problem, and we're hoping a firmware update fixes this HUGE PROBLEM of the GH5s. Panasonic, we hope you're listening to your loyal customers on this issue, we're not happy at all.
    Date published: 2018-05-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Micro Four Thirds Perfected One look at the specs and you'll know if this camera is meant for you. There's no IBIS, Autofocus is an afterthought, and you're missing that "full frame magic" (seriously, you already own a speedbooster, you're not missing out on much more). If those don't bother you then you're left with an amazing 4K cinema camera. The image quality is gorgeous and feels a bit more organic than the GH5, which may be due to the incredibly powerful oversampling the GH5 does (which is a great thing depending on your usage). The feature set is fantastic, improving on the already-substantial GH5. The low light arguably outhandles color in adverse conditions where the Sony A7SII, while less noisy, doesn't retain color information as well. IBIS is an amazing feature on the GH5, if you use your camera without a support system it's hard to go back to anything else, but the quality you gain from the GH5S makes the price, and the lack of 5-Axis smoothness, a much easier pill to swallow.
    Date published: 2018-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera This is for professionals. Great as a B or C camera. Small enough to get in places where a Red wouldn’t fit. Great as a main camera if your on a budget. I own GH5 as well and these two are my favorite mirrorless cams. Excellent image quality!
    Date published: 2018-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Panasonic finally got it RIGHT!! I have a history with Panasonic! I owned the Dvc7 (mini tape) camcorder in 2007, Panasonic Gh2 for 2 years, Panasonic Gh4 for3 years..� I have always desired the low light capability of the full frame 5D mk2.. and the current Sony A7sII... looking to upgrade, it was between the Gh5 and Sony A7sII... I was ready to jump ship from my beloved Panasonic for that full frame and low light... Then it happened. GH5s came and I wasted no time to buy it. No lie or exaggeration, Micro 4/3rds finally competes with the A7sII and Mini ursa 4.6k in low light!!!
    Date published: 2018-04-05
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