Panasonic’s flagship Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera is a force to be reckoned with, says Audley Jarvis

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Panasonic Lumix GH5

Features:9/10
Build/Handling:9/10
Metering:8/10
Autofocus:9/10
AWB Colour:9/10
Dynamic Range:8/10
Image quality:8/10
LCD viewfinder:9/10

Pros:

  • + Class-leading 4K video capabilities
  • + Superb high-resolution EVF
  • + Excellent handling and operability
  • + Impressive resolution from 20.3MP sensor

Cons:

  • - Noise at higher sensitivities
  • - Prone to underexposing high-contrast scenes
  • - Large and heavy by Micro Four Thirds standards

Product:

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review

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Price as reviewed:

£1,699.00 (body only)

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Build and handling

One of the big selling points of the Micro Four Thirds format over the years is that it enables cameras to be made smaller, lighter and therefore more portable. While previous models in the GH range have been an exception to this rule, the GH5 is the largest in the series and easily comparable to an enthusiast-grade or even semi-pro DSLR in terms of overall size.

That said, the camera actually sits very comfortably in the hand, thanks to its deep, ergonomic handgrip. With the 12-60mm f/2.8-f/4 Leica DG Vario Elmarit lens attached, the GH5 also feels really well balanced.

Build quality impresses, too, with the GH5’s magnesium-alloy die-cast outer construction giving the camera an undeniably robust and reassuringly weighty feel in the hand. In addition to being sealed against dust and moisture, the GH5 has also been freeze-proofed down to -10 degrees.

Physical controls will be familiar to anyone who has previously handled a Lumix GH camera, although there are some layout revisions over the GH4.

Panasonic Lumix GH5

The most noticeable of these is the addition of a joystick on the back, just to the right of the EVF, which is used to control the active AF point(s). This falls within easy reach of your right thumb and allows you to move the focus point(s) around without having to re-adjust your grip and reach for the D-pad as with so many other cameras.

Elsewhere, the GH5 provides six physical Function (Fn) buttons, plus a further five accessed via the right side of the touchscreen. Overall, we found the GH5’s controls to be exceptionally well laid out, and we were also particularly impressed with how the touchscreen combines with them to enhance the camera’s overall usability.

The GH5’s in-camera menu has also been given a refresh, with the addition of a My Menu tab being the most noticeable difference from the GH4. This particular feature can be set up as you want to offer quick access to your most commonly used settings.

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Introduction
  2. 2. Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Features
  3. 3. Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: 6K Photo mode
  4. 4. Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Build and handling
  5. 5. Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Viewfinder and screen
  6. 6. Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Autofocus
  7. 7. Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Performance
  8. 8. Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Video
  9. 9. Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Dynamic range, resolution and noise
  10. 10. Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Verdict
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