What You Need to Know About the Panasonic GH5

Earlier today as part of CES 2017, Panasonic officially announced the GH5 camera with a large number of improved capabilities over its existing GH4 flagship.

We have seen the GH5 (or actually a pretty early prototype at Photokina 2016 last year), than the company had very little to say about the camera, however with the official introduction today, we now have a much wider understanding of this new camera which will offer quite a few important improvements in almost every aspect.

In the video above Sean Robinson from Panasonic talks to Doug Guerra from B&H about the new camera and explain some of these features (as well as some of the upcoming  features – coming in two planned firmware updates in the next year or so).

Here are some of the main features of the new GH5:

  • Sensor: 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor (no AA filter).
  • Processor – a new Venus Engine Image Processor.
  • Video resolution:  4K/60p – no crop (Output Only).
  • Internal 4:2:2 – 10bit (available April, 2017).
  • ISO – up to 25600.
  • Continuous shooting – 12 fps.
  • 6K Anamorphic Video Mode (4:3) – Available Summer, 2017
  • 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 2.
  • Slow motion (Variable Frame Rate): Max of 180fps/23.98 in FHD
  • Improved Auto Focus (0.05 sec AF, 9 FPS AF Burst)
  • Full size HDMI (Type A/USB 3.1)
  • 3.2″ 1,620-dot Free Angle touch monitor.
  • 0.76x 3.68m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 4K Hybrid Log Gamma (4K HDR Video) – Available Summer, 2017
  • SD Card Slota: dual UHS-II U3.
  • No Recording Time Limit (at least on the U.S. version).
  • Waveform Monitor Display + separate video menu mode.
  • Formats – .MOV, MP4 (AAC, LPCM) AVCHD Progressive; H265 encoding for 60/50p.
  • Body – Splash, Dust, Freezeproof Upto -10 Degrees Celsius
  • Bluetooth + WIFI.
  • Weight: 2.0 lbs / 900 grams.
  • Power: Same batteries as GH4 (but with a new , smaller optional external XLR unit).
  • Price: $2000 (available – March 2017).

Another more extensive look at the GH5



An interesting interview with Panasonic’s M. Uematsu-san (by cinema5d)



Besides the GH5 Panasonic (alongside Leica) announced a new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. for micro-4/3 sensor cameras – this lens will ship in late March for $1000.

The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0


Panasonic also updated the following lenses with new versions that add Power OIS system that works with the new 5-axis Dual I.S. and Dual I.S.2 systems as well as a new exterior finish and a new iris for smoother automatic exposure changes (and updated autofocus system for faster readout). These are the lenses:

  • LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S.
  • LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 II POWER O.I.S.
  • LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S.
  • LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S.

You can find many more photography gear announcements and new products on our photography gear section here on LensVid.

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