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: Features
The GH5 is built around a new 20.3MP Live MOS sensor and Panasonic’s latest generation of Venus Engine 10 image processor. In terms of resolution, 20.3MP represents a step up from the 16MP sensor employed by the GH4 and brings the GH5 much more into line with its main rivals. The GH5’s anti-aliasing filter has also been removed in order to increase resolution.
Native sensitivity ranges from ISO 200 to 25,600 with an extended lower setting of ISO 100, while shutter speeds range from 60 seconds to 1/8000sec using the mechanical focal-plane shutter, or 60 seconds to 1/16,000sec using the electronic shutter. The shutter is rated to 200,000 actuations and benefits from a new suspended design that makes it quieter, too.
Exposure modes include the standard PASM quartet, backed up by Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto and Intelligent Auto+ mode for point-and-shoot duties. There are also 22 individual Creative Control digital filters plus three Custom settings that can be set up as you want.
Images can be recorded as lossless raw files in the proprietary Lumix .RW2 format, or as JPEGs in a variety of sizes including L (5184×3888), M (3712×2784) and S (2624×1968).
For JPEG shooters, the GH5 provides Panasonic’s standard range of Photo Style in-camera JPEG processing options along with a custom setting that can be set up as you wish. Other processing tools include Panasonic’s Highlight Shadow feature that allows you to select a custom tone curve, along with the company’s longstanding i.Dynamic and i.Resolution tools, which can be used to lift shadows and increase sharpening.
Rounding things off are Long Shutter Noise Reduction, Shading Compensation (vignetting control) and Diffraction Compensation tools. As ever, these tools are only applied to JPEGs processed in-camera.
In terms of connectivity, the GH5 gives a nod to its video-centric positioning with the addition of a full-sized HDMI output that can be locked in to prevent accidental disconnections during use, along with dedicated 3.5mm headphone and microphone sockets and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 socket. There’s also built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for image transfer and remote control using a smartphone.
Unlike previous GH models there is no built-in flash, but the GH5’s hot shoe can accept a range of flashguns and accessories.
- 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)