After months of rumours and anticipation, Panasonic finally unveiled their top end Micro Four Thirds Lumix GH5 camera at the CES 2017 convention in Las Vegas. The Panasonic GH5 takes off where the predecessor GH4 left off, and now includes 4K/60p capture, a first for a camera of its class, and also another world's first - 10bit 4:2:2 capture in 4K at 24 frames per second internally to SD cards.
Panasonic GH5 Highlights and Features
- New 20.3MP Live MOS 4/3 Sensor
- Venus Engine Image Processor
- UHD 4K/50 and 60p Video
- 10bit 4:2:2 internal 4K/24p
- Built-in 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization Dual I.S. 2
- 0.76x 3.68m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
- 3.2" 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
- Advanced DFD AF System with 225 focus points
- 6K & 4K PHOTO Capture
- 4:3 Anamorphic capture
- V-Log L optional extra - paid
- Max ISO 25600
- Weather-proof body - dust, splash and freeze-proof
- Dual UHS-II SD Slots
- Wi-Fi & Bluetooth equipped
- Available - late March 2017
It is worth to bear in mind that some of the functionality will be unlocked via a two firmware updates scheduled for April 2017 and July 2017.
Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update Schedule:
- 10bit 4:2:2 Full HD - April 2017
- 4K 10bit 4:2:2 Internal 400 Mbps ALL-Intra at 24, 25 and 30fps - July 2017
- 6K Anamorphic 4:3 recording - July 2017
- 10bit 4:2:2 Full HD 200 Mbps ALL-Intra - July 2017
To get an idea of the image quality in 4K/60p video you can get from the new Panasonic GH5, check out this mini-doc shot by GH5 ambassador and documentary filmmaker Griffin Hammond in New York.
For those more interested in what the GH5 can do as a stills camera, check out the GH5 First Impressions by Ross Grieve
Other exciting features for filmmakers and photographers alike are the built-in 5-axis sensor stabilization called Dual I.S. 2, which allows for up to 5 stops of shake compensation, which help greatly especially in video for those who prefer to shoot from the hip without stabilizing rigs.
The Panasonic GH5 is currently available to pre-order from our website and is scheduled to ship in late March this year.