Panasonic’s flagship Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera is a force to be reckoned with, says Audley Jarvis
Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Verdict
Panasonic’s GH range has long catered for those with a particular interest in video and the GH5 continues this trend. That said, its still image capabilities have also seen big improvements over the GH4.
The jump in resolution to 20.3MP along with the removal of the optical low-pass filter results in crisp images with excellent levels of fine detail. And while the GH5’s comparatively smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor isn’t quite able to match its APS-C rivals at higher sensitivities, noise control nonetheless shows a noticeable improvement over previous GH models.
There are undoubtedly better low-light cameras on the market at this price point, but, the GH5 demonstrates how far Micro Four Thirds sensors have come and the differences in overall image quality certainly aren’t as big as some critics make out.
Elsewhere, the GH5 is a richly featured camera with numerous useful tools that will benefit stills photography just as much as video. The addition of five-axis image stabilisation is perhaps the most notable; indeed the fact that Panasonic’s Dual IS 2 performs exceptionally well in real-world use adds an extra dimension to the GH5 and greatly increases its overall flexibility.
The addition of 6K Photo Mode is also welcome, even though we suspect it is something that will appeal more to casual users than enthusiasts. Meanwhile, the 3.68m-dot EVF is one of the very best we’ve yet encountered on a mirrorless camera, which makes using the GH5 at eye-level a much more pleasing experience overall. Overall handling and build quality are hard to fault, too, with the GH5 shining in both departments.
So far, so good, then. Our only slight reservation with the GH5 is that at this price point, the market is exceptionally competitive – especially for those for whom 4K video capture is a useful but far from critical consideration. In this respect, the overall appeal of the GH5 will be almost entirely dependant on your shooting preferences and what you require from a camera.
But, while there are perhaps better cameras at this price point for stills, the GH5 remains the leader of the pack for those with a specific interest in videography.