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:

Manufacturer:

Price as Reviewed:

£1,699.00 (body only)

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 review: Video

Panasonic’s GH series has always been focused on video, and the GH5 pushes this envelope even further, not only with the addition of 4K video footage at 50p/60p, but also with the addition of 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording at 30fps. In fact, this latter feat is likely to be the GH5’s chief selling point for videographers as it provides much greater scope for colour grading. There is no upper time limit on recording time, either.

Footage can be recorded using any of the standard Photo Styles, with two additional video-specific settings in the guise of Cinelike D and Cinelike V. An additional V-Log L profile that extends dynamic range from 10 stops to 12 is also available as an optional upgrade for £80.99. On top of this, Panasonic has also promised future improvements to the GHG5’s video capabilities via via future firmware updates.

  • 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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