The Panasonic GH5 is a pro-grade hybrid photo/video camera for the Micro 4/3 system, and the predecessor to the GH5S. Key features include:
20.3MP Live MOS sensor with no low-pass filter
Internal 4K60p with no sensor crop or time limit
5-Axis Photo/Video with Dual IS 2 support
V-LogL upgrade pre-installed on all our GH5s
What’s New? While the GH4 is quite advanced for a hybrid mirrorless camera, the GH5 does everything it does noticeably better as well as adds professional video features like waveform and vectorscope monitors. Autofocus is faster with more points, 5-axis in-body stabilization has been added, and the new sensor/processor combo enables in-camera 4K60p capture.
20.3MP Live MOS 4/3 Sensor. This low-pass filter-free sensor produces detailed, high resolution images and video throughout its 200 – 25,600 normal ISO range. This sensor is paired with a new image processor that enables all the video wizardry inside this relatively small camera.
5-Axis Image Stabilization with Dual IS 2 Support. While other Panasonic cameras have in-camera sensor stabilization, the GH5 is Panasonic’s first to utilize 5-axis sensor stabilization. When paired with a stabilized Panasonic lens that supports Dual IS 2, you’ll see up to 5 stops of correction.
4K Video Powerhouse. Unlike its predecessor, the GH5 uses the full sensor width for 4K capture with no recording time limit. The camera offers internal recording at up to 4K/30p 10-bit 4:2:2 (400Mbps) and 1080/60p 10-bit 4:2:2 (200Mbps). Sending the signal out to a compatible external recorder increases the possible 4K frame rate to 60p, but does little else.
Professional Video Functionality. Waveform and vectorscope monitoring are major additions, but the GH5 also offers a variety of handy features like pre-configurable rack focusing and CINELIKE V and CINELIKE D picture styles with in-camera LUTs for monitoring. Additionally, there’s a 4:3 anamorphic shooting mode and overcranking ability for Full HD 1080 @180fps video.
V-LogL Upgrade Pre-Installed. Rather than messing with silly stock issues, we’ve opted to install the V-LogL upgrade on all of our copies of the GH5. This provides an extremely flat image out of the camera that’s able to extract up to 12-stops of dynamic range when graded in post.
But What About Still Photography? While headlining features are primarily video-centric, the GH5 is a quite capable still camera. The improved Depth From Defocus system offers faster, more accurate performance with 225 AF points. Panasonic has also added a dedicated AF point joystick for selecting the desired point, and the camera can capture up to 9fps with continuous autofocus.
OLED EVF & Touchscreen Rear LCD. One of the most welcomed new additions (at least around here) is the 3680k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.76x magnification. Outside of the Leica SL, it’s among the best available. Meanwhile, the 3.2-inch 1.62m-dot rear RGBWLCD is fully-articulating and touch-capable.
Durable Body. Build quality has been improved, with extensive weather-sealing around the magnesium alloy that Panasonic claims is dust-proof, splash-proof, and freeze-proof down to 14º F. Dual UHS-II SDXC memory card slots handle recording, while the same DMW-BLF19 rechargeable battery is carried over from the GH4.
Other Notable Features. While there’s numerous, a few most-notable are built-in 5 Ghz Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.2 LE for wireless image transfer and remote camera control, optional Panasonic DMW-XLR1 XLRMicrophone Adapter add-on for professional audio functionality, and 4K/6K Photo modes at 30 fps/60 fps (JPEG only).
Need a Memory Card? You’ll need an ultra-fast memory card for a camera this powerful, and we recommend the Sony 128GB SF-G Tough Series UHS-II SDXC. This camera can take full advantage of its superior 299 MB/s max write speed and 300 MB/s max read speed for high-resolution, high-bitrate capture.
The micro four thirds sensor has a 2x full frame crop equivalent, please see our MFT lenses here.
If those Micro Four-Thirds lenses don't do it for you, check out our Metabones Canon EF Lens to Micro Four-Thirds Speed Booster XL 0.64X to mount Canon EF glass to the GH5.
The Metabones Speed Booster XL 0.64X will vignette when used with APS-C lenses below 20mm with the Panasonic GH5 due to the full sensor 4k readout on the GH5. Full frame EF lenses are fine down to the Canon 11-24, but APS-C lenses like the Sigma 18-35 will vignette until 20mm.
What kind of card do I need to shoot 4K 10-bit and how long will I be able to record?
To record using the camera’s 4K 10-bit shooting modes, you will need an SDXC card that is rated for V60 speeds (or faster). This is the card we currently recommend. The highest recording quality uses about 180 GB per hour.
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|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Camera Format||Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)|
|Pixels||Actual: 21.77 Megapixel
Effective: 20.3 Megapixel
|Max Resolution||20 MP: 5184 x 3888|
|Aspect Ratio||1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9|
|Sensor Type / Size||MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm|
|File Formats||Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, H.264, MOV, MP4
Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch
|Dust Reduction System||Yes|
|Memory Card Type||SD
|Image Stabilization||Sensor-Shift, 5-Way|
|Video Recording||Yes, NTSC/PAL|
|Video Format||4096 x 2160p at 23.98, 24, 25 fps
3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps
3328 x 2496p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps
|Aspect Ratio||4:3, 16:9|
|Audio Recording||Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo + Mono)
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focus Mode||Continuous-Servo AF (C), Flexible (AFF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)|
|Autofocus Points||Contrast Detection: 225|
|Viewfinder Pixel Count||3,686,000|
|Viewfinder Eye Point||21.00 mm|
|Viewfinder Magnification||Approx. 0.76x|
|Diopter Adjustment||-4 to +3 m|
|Display Screen||3.2" Rear Touchscreen Swivel Touchscreen LCD (1,620,000)|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)|
|Shutter||Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 60 - 1/8000 Second
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1 Minute in Bulb Mode
1/24 - 1/16000 Second in Movie Mode
Speed: 1 - 1/16000 Second
|Remote Control||DMW-RSL1 (Optional)|
|Metering Method||Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multiple, Spot Metering|
|Exposure Modes||Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 18.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
|White Balance Modes||Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Shade, White Set 1, White Set 2, White Set 3, White Set 4|
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 12 fps at 20.3 MP
Up to 30 fps at 18 MP
Up to 60 fps at 8 MP
Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
|Max Sync Speed||1 / 250 Second|
|Flash Compensation||-3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)|
|Dedicated Flash System||TTL|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe, PC Terminal|
|Self Timer||10 Seconds, 2 Seconds|
|Connectivity||1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, 2.5mm Sub-mini (2-Ring), HDMI A (Full Size), USB 3.0, Viera Link|
|Battery||1 x DMW-BLF19 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1860 mAh|
14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 80%
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4" / 138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4 mm|
|Weight||1.60 lb / 725 g with battery and memory card|