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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.
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.