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

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£1,699.00 (body only)
This product is featured in: Panasonic launches new flagship LUMIX G9 camera.

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.

Panasonic Lumix GH5

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.

RECOMMENDED-4.5

Details

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)
  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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