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Panasonic Lumix GH5 review

March 21, 2017

Overall Rating:

4.5

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

Manufacturer:

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Price as Reviewed:

£1,699.00 (body only)

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Autofocus

The GH5 offers 225 AF points spread out across the entire frame, a significant increase on the 49 AF points offered by the GH4.

While the GH5 employs the same DFD (Depth from Defocus) contrast-detect technology of its predecessor, Panasonic claims to have greatly improved the algorithms that underpin it. Combined with the new Venus Engine 10 processor this allows for a claimed focus-acquisition time of just 0.05sec.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 review sample image

Using the camera in ample light, we found autofocus to be all but instantaneous. Performance under artificial indoor lighting also impressed, with the GH5 giving speedy focus acquisition in well-lit interiors.

The orange AF Assist light is impressively powerful, helping the GH5 to make light work of locking on to nearby subjects when required. Switching the AF Assist light off did cause the camera to struggle in really dim conditions. However, the GH5’s AF range is rated down to -4EV, so even then the camera can often acquire focus after some hunting.

Focus mode options include AF-S (Single), AF-C (Continuous), AFF (Flexible) and Manual Focus. Focus Area options, meanwhile, extend to 225-Area, Custom Multi, Single Point, Face/Eye Detection, Tracking and Pinpoint. These are all highly customisable, and again the GH5 makes excellent use of its touchscreen, allowing you not only to move the active AF point/AF zone around the screen, but also expand or retract the size of individual AF points (or zones) via a pinch-to-zoom gesture on the touchscreen.

Overall, the GH5’s AF is both impressively speedy and highly flexible, and we can find no real cause for complaint.

  • 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)

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