Panasonic Lumix GH5 review
March 21, 2017
Panasonic Lumix GH5
- + Class-leading 4K video capabilities
- + Superb high-resolution EVF
- + Excellent handling and operability
- + Impressive resolution from 20.3MP sensor
- - Noise at higher sensitivities
- - Prone to underexposing high-contrast scenes
- - Large and heavy by Micro Four Thirds standards
Price as Reviewed:£1,699.00 (body only)
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Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Introduction
At a glance
- £1,699 body only
- £2,199 with 12-60mm f/2.8-4 Leica DG Vario-Elmarit lens
- 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds Live MOS
- 5-axis Dual IS 2 in-body stabilisation
- 3.2in/1.62M-dot vari-angle touchscreen
- 3.68-million-dot OLED EVF
- Twin SD card slots
- 10-bit 4:2:2 4K video recording
The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 succeeds the GH4, which upon its release in 2014 held the distinction of being the first interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera to offer 4K video capture.
The competition has since caught up, however, and the market now offers a good range of 4K-capable cameras to choose from, with the Fujifilm X-T2, Sony A6500 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 II all being notable alternatives.
Panasonic’s response has been to up the ante, with the headline addition being the ability to record 4K video at up to 60fps – something none of its competitors can match. The GH5 is also the only mirrorless camera on the market to offer broadcast-standard 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording at 30fps.
Of course, it’s not all about video, and in such a competitive market the GH5 also needs to distinguish itself as a still image camera. To this end, the new model boasts an extensive list of upgrades and additions over the GH4. In fact, there are hardly any areas of the GH5 that haven’t seen improvement.
The most headline-grabbing of these include the addition of built-in five-axis image stabilisation, a new 6K Photo Mode that enables you to shoot 18MP still images at 30fps, and an enhanced Depth from Defocus (DFD) autofocus system that employs significantly more contrast-detect AF points than the GH4.
Elsewhere, the GH5 also benefits from a new 20.3MP sensor, a powerful Venus Engine 10 image processor, a class-leading 3.68m-dot electronic viewfinder, a larger vari-angle rear LCD touchscreen and, last but not least, twin SD memory card slots.
- Sensor: 20.3MP Four Thirds MOS
- Output size: 5184x3888 pixels
- Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds
- Shutter speeds: 30sec to 1/8000sec (mechanical) 30sec to 1/16,000sec (electronic)
- Sensitivity: 100-25,600 (extended)
- Exposure modes: PASM, Intelligent Auto, Creative Control, Movie, Custom x3
- Metering: Multiple, centreweighted, spot
- Exposure comp: ±5EV in 1/3EV steps
- Cont. shooting: H (12fps), M (8fps), L (2fps)
- Screen: 3.2in 1.62M-dot vari-angle LCD
- Video: 4K (3840x2160)
- Viewfinder: 3.68-million-dot OLED EVF, 0.76x magnification, 100% coverage
- External mic: 3.5mm stereo
- AF points: 225 contrast-detect
- Memory card: 2x SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Power: DMW-BLF19E li-ion, 1860mAh
- Battery life: 380-410 shots
- Dimensions: 135.8x 98.1x87.4mm
- Weight: 725g (with battery and card)