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CES 2017: New Panasonic GH5 Specs, Lenses, GX850 and FZ80 Cameras

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Panasonic is off to a strong start in 2017 with today’s announcement of complete GH5 specifications, a super-compact GX850 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless, the FZ80 super-zoom point-and-shoot, and a collection of five Micro Four Thirds zoom lenses.

The New Flagship GH5

Panasonic has finally released the full specifications for its new Micro Four Thirds mirrorless flagship, the DC-GH5, and they definitely do not disappoint. This hybrid stills/video camera offers some outsized specs for its size, including UHD 4K at 60 fps, DCI/UHD 4K at 24/30 fps with internal 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, 12 fps continuous shooting, 4K and 6K PHOTO, 5-axis in-body stabilization, and more. It also features a newly developed 20.3MP Digital Live MOS sensor without a low-pass filter with 1.66x faster processing and a new Venus Engine that is 1.3x faster to help produce and process the imagery.

A major selling point of the GH series has always been its video capabilities. The GH5 steps things up a notch with 4K recording at up to 60 fps, as well as the ability to record 4K video without any cropping on the sensor. It also can record internally at 10-bit 4:2:2 for 4K at up to 30 fps and can output 10-bit 4:2:2 at all settings via a full-sized HDMI port. Full HD gets a speed boost, with maximum frame rates up to 180 fps. Those looking for picture profiles will find various settings, including multiple Cinelike options built in, while the advanced V-Log L is available by picking up an optional activation code along with a V-Log L View Assist Function for easier viewing during shooting. Finally, as with early models, the GH5 does not have any recording time limits.

Panasonic V-Log L Function Activation Code

One of the huge advantages of the GH5 is its expandability, including live monitoring and recording over HDMI while simultaneously recording internally to an SD card. It also comes with an HDMI Cable Lock Holder accessory. Shooters will have access to a 4K 4:3 anamorphic video mode at up to 60 fps, with firmware updates promised to upgrade this feature in the future. Other benefits include a dedicated GUI for videographers, which includes access to settings such as Gain and Shutter Angles, a waveform or vectorscope monitor display, and luminance level settings for 10-bit video. Finally, not to forget about audio, Panasonic has implemented a redesigned microphone with enhanced noise suppression and created a DMW-XLR1 XLR Microphone Adapter that connects via the camera’s hot shoe and adds physical audio controls and two XLR inputs to the GH5.

These video capabilities are in addition to an extremely capable set of still-imaging features, including 4K PHOTO and 6K PHOTO modes with rolling shutter distortion correction for ensuring you don’t miss a shot. These record either 18MP stills at 30 fps using HEVC or 8MP stills at 60 fps using H.264 to provide a series of high-res stills for users to choose from. Also, it has a customizable 225-area Advanced Depth-From-Defocus AF system that is faster and more accurate, able to lock on in less than 0.05 second and, with the addition of a joystick to the camera, choosing an AF point is much faster and more intuitive. Speed is definitely a theme in the GH5, with 12 fps continuous shooting with AF-S and 9 fps with AF-C for up to 100 raw frames at full resolution.

A major change is the implementation of two SD card slots, both of which are UHS-II compatible, for auto switching, creating an automatic backup, or selecting which files are saved to which card for organization. Also, five-axis Dual I.S. 2.0 makes its appearance on the flagship GH series, here using a five-axis in-body stabilization system and a two-axis lens stabilizer. This system can provide about five stops of compensation for camera movement and shake, ensuring sharp, blur-free imagery.

In addition to this, the magnesium-alloy body has received numerous improvements, including the addition of freeze-proofing down to 14°F to the splash- and dustproofing. The rear 3.2" RGBW free-angle touchscreen LCD receives a resolution bump to 1.62m-dots while the OLED viewfinder is almost entirely revised, featuring much improved 3.68m-dot resolution, a large 0.76x equivalent magnification, and an eyepoint of 21mm. The physical controls have been optimized and now include a rear joystick and the placement of the video Record button on the top of the camera. Additionally, the GH5 now offers a USB 3.1 port for fast image transfer and tethering. A new DMW-BGGH5 Battery Grip is available for extending battery life and improving ergonomics during vertical shooting.

DMW-BGGH5 Battery Grip

Those looking for wireless connectivity will be pleased with the introduction of 5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy that will make pairing with a smartphone much easier. The full-time Bluetooth connection can communicate with the phone to switch to Wi-Fi to transfer images to the smartphone—all automatically, as well as to auto geotag phones with the smartphone GPS, remotely wake up the camera, and copy and set settings from one camera to another.

Super Compact GX850 Mirrorless Camera

We’ve seen small mirrorless cameras before, but Panasonic’s DC-GX850 is trying to step things up a notch with a super-compact design that rivals that of some pocketable point-and-shoots. The major advantage of the GX850 over point-and-shoots is the ability to work with any Micro Four Thirds lens, such as the retractable 12-32mm lens included with the camera, depending on your current shooting needs. Also, the 16MP Live MOS sensor is capable of quite a lot, including UHD 4K video, 4K PHOTO modes, sensitivities up to ISO 25600, and 10 fps shooting. This model even offers a 180° tilting 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen for intuitive control and easier selfies and a 49-point Depth-From-Defocus AF system for fast, accurate focusing. Benefitting those who want to use this as an everyday option, it features built-in Wi-Fi for connecting to a mobile device, a built-in flash, 22 creative filters, and multiple auto shutter modes. The GX850 is available in black or silver.

Lumix DC-GX850

The FZ80 with 60x Optical Zoom

The latest entry into Panasonic’s growing series of long-zoom point-and-shoots is the Lumix DC-FZ80, with an impressive 60x 20-1200mm equivalent lens with POWER O.I.S. The camera sports an 18.1MP High-Sensitivity MOS sensor, allowing photographers to enjoy sensitivities up to ISO 6400 and continuous shooting at 10 fps, while videographers can record UHD 4K/30p video at bitrates up to 100 Mbps. Other features have found their way into this model, including 4K PHOTO and Post Focus modes. Not to forget about the camera’s design, we need to mention the inclusion of a 1.166m-dot electronic viewfinder along with a 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen for natural and intuitive controls. Finally, the FZ80 does offer built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.

Lumix DC-FZ80

A Revamped MFT Zoom Lens Lineup

The only completely new lens to be released today is the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Aiming to be the go-to option for shooters looking for a one-lens setup, this high-quality optic offers a versatile 24-120mm equivalent zoom range and a Leica design. Also, it has a fast maximum aperture range of f/2.8-4 and utilizes four aspherical elements, two ED elements, and a Nano Surface Coating to minimize aberrations and maximize image quality.

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.

For the updates, we have the “pro” Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. and Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 II POWER O.I.S. zoom lenses, which offer equivalent zoom ranges of 24-70mm and 70-200mm, respectively. These are must-haves for many shooters, due to their extremely useful focal-length ranges and constant f/2.8 apertures. Both X Series lenses feature Nano Surface Coatings to minimize flare and reflections, as well as an assortment of specialized elements to combat aberrations. 

Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S.

Along with these more modest zooms, we have some super-telephoto options, with the Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. and Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. Featuring equivalent focal lengths of 90-400mm and 200-600mm, these lenses will help users capture distant subjects. Also, relatively fast f/4-5.6 apertures will permit working in a variety of shooting conditions. Both lenses utilize ED elements in their designs to minimize aberrations.

Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 II POWER O.I.S.

Shared features between all the lenses include a linear AF motor that provides fast, accurate focusing for stills and video, a POWER O.I.S. system that is compatible with the latest Dual I.S. 2.0 for even greater stabilization with compatible cameras, and splash-, dust-, and freeze-proof construction for working confidently in inclement weather.

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Is there a confirmation that the Metabones Speedbooster XL will mount on the camera? There's a bit of confusion I've seen with it. I know it's the same mount, but someone said (on an online forum) that it doesn't click into place. Just want to know if that's an all around issue or just that person's Speedbooster XL being broken. Thanks!

Hi Brennan,

It should be the same exact mount, so I can think of no good reason why the Speedbooster XL won't mount. One thing to note is that since the 4K is not cropped on the GH5, you have to use full-frame lenses to avoid vignetting (no APS-C/DX lenses).

Hi guys.
It's possible a price change of the old lens?
Thanks

2nd question. The Panasonic rep seemed to imply that focus could lock onto to something and not let go, even in video. So if I focus on a face, hit record, and then move closer or farther back from the face, the face will stay in focus? Or will there be distracting focus hunting? If they the camera can truly lock on, I'd love to see a video sample of that.

Shawn, I'm still a little unclear about 60p in full 4K or UHD. Will 4:2:2 10-bit be possible to record "in-camera" with no need for an external recorder? In discussing the firmware updates, it was unclear about these specific settings... 60p, 4K or UHD, 4:2:2 10-bit, in-camera... coming or not coming via future firmware updates? Thanks!

Hi Andy,

It looks to me that 60p recording will be available for UHD 4K, but that DCI 4K can reach 60 fps in the variable frame rate mode (not saved as a native 60p file). 4:2:2 10-bit is possible in camera, but only up to DCI 4K at 24 fps and UHD 4K at 30p as well as Full HD 1080p at up to 60 fps. If you want 4K at 60p with 4:2:2 10-bit you will need a recorder still. At launch all of these modes will be available, but only with Long GOP compression at up to 150 Mbps. Firmware updates will unlock ALL-I compression at up to 400 Mbps, a high resolution anamorphic mode, and more.

As for your second question. The new AF system will definitely provide enhanced tracking capabilities in both stills and video, but whether it is going to be perfect or even usuable in all situations remains to be see. We will need to wait for reviews and production samples to really know how good the performance is.

Hello,

​does enyone know that GH5 autofocus will be fully compatible with this two af lenses:

​Panasonic-Leica 42.5mm​ f/1.2 and

​Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1.7

Hi Boris,

The GH5 will offers complete AF support with those lenses.

In some of the CES videos I notice Panasonic mentions offering the vlog upgrade for free if you pre-order the GH5. Would that also apply if we pre-order thru BH? 

According to Panasonic USA, they are not running a special offer for preorders of the GH5 receiving V-LOG free.  This appears to be a rumor that has been spreading on the internet.  That being said, preorders of the GH5 through B&H will not come with V-LOG for free, though you could purchase it separately. 

Does the GH5 use long GOP H264 ?  what is the bitrate ?
 

Hi John,

At launch the GH5 will use Long GOP H.264 compression at up to 150/100 Mbps in 4K and 100 Mbps in Full HD. Firmware updates are planned for ALL-I 400 Mbps 4K and 200 Mbps Full HD recording. Below are the settings available at launch.

DCI 4K (IPB): 150 Mbps at 48p (4:2:0 8-bit) and 24/23.98p (4:2:2 10-bit); 100 Mbps at 24/23.98p (4:2:0 8-bit)

UHD 4K (IPB): 150 Mbps at 59.94/50/48 (4:2:0 8-bit) and 29.97/23.98/25/24 (4:2:2 10-bit); 100 Mbps at 29.97/23.98/25/24 (4:2:0 8-bit)

Full HD (IPB): 100 Mbps at 59.94/50/23.98/25/24 with either 4:2:2 10-bit or 4:2:0 8-bit recording

In some of the CES videos I notice Panasonic mentions offering the vlog upgrade for free if you pre-order the GH5. Would that also apply if we pre-order thru BH? Also, when do you think you will be offering the kit with the new 12-60 lens (if Panasonic decides to offer it)?

Is there a contact at Panasonic that I could suggest they consider an H.265 video recording mode to with their software upgrade later in the year?

Any suggestions on a f/1.4 or f/1.2 50mm prime lens for the GH5 that doesn't cost more than the camera?

Hi Jorj,

Panasonic seems to already be considering implementing H.265 in the future, as they are using it for the 6K PHOTO mode in the GH5. It would not surprise me if they add it as a firmware update.

As for lenses, and assuming you mean 50mm equivalent there are a couple inexpensive options. The Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 is a great option and the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (60mm equivalent) while slightly longer is also available. If you are willing to give up AF and work entirely manually, Rokinon offers a 21mm f/1.4 (equivalent to 42mm) that would also work well.

Hi guys, 

I am about to pre-order this camera however I only own Canon glasses (both EF and EF-S) and I was going to order  the Metabones Ultra but now I am reading wothout the crop like the GH4 the XL should work perfectly but as I still have a coupls APC lenses I am wondering what would work with which!

Thank you 

Hello,

does anyone know that which exact adapter I would need to use canon prime glasses on GH5 please? What dropback I should take into consideration such as vignette, no autofocus etc.? Thanks a lot for any help!

There's been general mention of using the Metabones adapters with the GH5, but no specifics regarding the Metabones "XL" version.  The "XL" on the GH4 is great for compensating for the 4K crop to maximize the light circle of FX and DX (I use Nikon glass)... question is, how will the "XL" work on the GH5?  Will it work at all?  Flange, physical mount, etc.  I know it should cuz it's M4/3 mount, but Metabones has created speciallized adaptors that should not be interchanged for risk of interfering with shutter mechanisms, etc... so I'm reserved in my expectation that the "XL" version will adapt to the GH5 without issue.  Can anyone confirm or shed some expert light on the matter?
 

Further more... what will the result of the "XL" on the GH5 be since it does not have the 4K crop like the GH4 has?  The GH4 has different crop factors for UHD 4K and Cinema 4K, which I don't recall the GH5 having... - how will the "XL" work with the GH5 in Cinema 4K vs UHD 4K?

I would be great to keep the "XL" paired with my 24-70mm 2.8, but I fear there's going to be a vignette...

Hi VSSP,

The XL will have the potential to cause noticeable vignetting but only when using DX (APS-C) lenses. If you use FX (full-frame) glass the XL should work just fine in all modes. And, the adapter should work without any issues on the GH5. 

What are the differences between the “pro” Lumix 12-35mm II lens and the previous version other than the graphics and color? Thank you.

I think its the fixed 2.8

The current 12-35 lens is also a fixed 2.8 throughout the zoom range. I'm going to assume it is simply a cosmetic update unless anyone else can chime in?

Hi Glenn,

The new lenses support Dual I.S. 2 and have improved weather sealing. 

Hi Shawn. Thank you so much for your response. Much appreciated!

I just learned that the older version of the 12-35 will also be upgraded to the Dual-IS in a firmware upate in teh future.

The older version is Dual I.S. compatible, but I don't think it will be updated to support the newer Dual I.S. 2., at least not per any of the documentation I have.

Question, did anyone talk about low light capabilities.  I am moving from canon and was considering Sony, however, this seems like a better option because of the 4:22 10 bit capabilities.  I love Sony As7ii based on its low light capabilities is Panasonic also touting this or not.  

Hi Robert,

The GH5 is slightly better in low light than the GH4, so you should go research GH4 quality if you want something relatively close to compare to the a7S II. However, the a7S II is many times better than the GH5 when it comes to low light. The a7S II claims a maximum ISO of 409600 while the GH5 maxes out at 25600. If low-light shooting is a concern, having cleaner footage in low light will probably trump the advantages of 4:2:2 10-bit recording. 

I didn't hear a mention of a mic jack as well as a headphone jack. Thought I saw it in on of the shots. Confirm?

Hi Logan,

I can confirm that it has both a mic jack and a headphone jack.

Two months ago I bought G7 and after couple of weeks I've made a switch to G80/85. Its seems like its time to switch again. This time to GH5 :-)

Do you know if the GH5 will be able to record VFR in 4.2.2 as well ? 

Hi John,

I suspect as long as it isn't a higher frame rate than 30p, the VFR settings should be able to be recording in 4:2:2 10-bit, though it may be a firmware update for some settings.

Can it overlay guides on the screen for shooting in Cinemascope rather than 16:9? The GH4 did not have this feature. 

Hi David,

As far as I know, there has been no mention of this feature in any GH5 literature.

"Finally, as with early models, the GH5 does not have any recording time limits." Does it mean GH5 offer unlimit time recording with all format. I am a G7 user and the unlimited time recording only available in AVCHD and it is only FHD. For the 4K recording in G7, the only option is MP4 and it has 30 mins time limted.

Hi Isaac,

Information that I have states that there is no recording limit, even in 4K, when using MP4 (no mention of MOV here). With an SDXC card you shouldn't even have to worry about split files until you hit 96GB.

I read that GH4 batteries and battery grip would be compatible with the GH5. Is this true?

Jon - GH4 batteries will work in the 5.

Hi Jon,

The GH5 does use the same batteries as the GH4, but it will require a new battery grip, the DMW-BGGH5.

Is there confirmation that it is the exact same physical size?

This is very relavant for UAV platforms that use the DJI Z15 Gimbals...

It's "10%" larger

Hi Vince,

It is a slightly larger size and a bit heavier, so I can't confirm that it will work with any of the same gimbals or aerial platforms.

I'm just wondering how good the image stabilization will be.... do you still need shoulder mounts, gimbals and gliders to capture smooth video movements?

yes, of course. The image stabilization will just help remove minor jitters and shakes that are often present when using these tools, as well as help smooth out static handheld movements. Don't expect to run down a street handholding this and have it look like a gimbal shot. Think small micro movements being smoothed out.

Hi Dan,

Dan is correct, the in-body stabilization will be good enough to compensate for some handheld jitters, such as when you are standing still, but if you are planning long movements while walking or running a gimbal or rig is definitely advised.

Well i am getting ready to get the Panasonic Lumix dmc-fz2500 in a month. Seems that the gh5 has basically what the fz2500 has but you got to buy a few lenses to match the fz2500. Sounds expensive. Fz2500 is 20mp with a 1" sensor also. Records 4k video and never have to worry about dust on the sensor.

Hi Michael,

The major difference is that the GH5 has a Four Thirds size sensor compared to the FZ2500's 1". The new sensor should provide better low-light performance, improved dynamic range, and more. Also, the new processing power of the GH5 gives it a ton of features that aren't in the FZ2500, such as an improved AF system, 6K PHOTO, 4K video at 60 fps, and 10-bit 4:2:2 recording.

I wonder if anyone has an idea what drone the camera could be gimbaled to in the aerial shots in the above video. I'm guessing it could be something like the Dji spreading wings. Also, is there going to be a kit lens? From the video, I gather that the preferred lens will be from Leica?

I will be new to Lumix and 4/3 mirrorless. I have put way too much money into EF and L-series lenses for my 5D and 60D. Will I absolutely need to buy Lumix and Leica lenses or can I use an adapter for my Canon gear?

You can of course use an adaptor, M43 is one of the most versatile mounts in the industry. Virtually anything can be adapted to it. The Metabones Speedbooster adaptors or more expensive but very popular as they reduce the crop factor of adapted lenses and improve the light gathering, making them an excellent choice.

While unneccesary, I would still recommend investing in a couple native M43 lenses. For example, the new lumix 12-35 offers Dual IS that works in unison with the camera, as well as active electronic autofocus which can achieve automatic focus pulls and moves with a featureset rivalling the C300 mkII. In addition, a wide native M43 lens (IE Voigtlander 10.5 or a 7-14mm zoom) can be really handy on M43. Lastly, the Voigtlander 25mm f/.95 is a fantastic manual lens that does insanely well in lowlight.

I would recommend a Metabones Adapter and perhaps investing in one M43 lens that you think would fill in the gaps in your gear kit most effectively if needed (either for lowlight or wide angle, or new higher tech features that play to the cameras strength).

That said many (perhaps even most) pros using these cameras use adapter FF lens kits.

Hi Rod,

I have to say Dan has been doing a great job answering questions here. To answer your kit lens question though, we currently don't have a kit listed, but I suspect there may be one in the future. Also, the pairing from the video is with the just announced Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4. You won't need to ditch your gear, and the Metabones Speedbooster is a much loved option for adapting Canon lenses. Native lenses offer their own benefits as Dan mentioned, but it is a good idea to consider one or two to start along with your Canon glass. As for gimbals, as the camera is so new no official information on compatibility is available, but I suspect something like the DJI Spreading Wings will be made compatible, or a new version will be made available.

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