The Panasonic and Lumix’s GH series has always been marketed as their higher-end mirrorless camera. With an increased focus on video capabilities, offered at a fair price, the next instalment of this series, the Panasonic Lumix GH5, released earlier this year, has yet to disappoint.
Physically, the GH5’s body is a tad bulkier than its predecessor’s, weighing in at 725g compared to the GH4’s 560g, though you won’t notice the size difference when holding it. The weight increase is due to a larger sensor, more custom function buttons on the body, and an internal image stabilizer.
That stabilizer is really something to take note of for run-and-gun filmmakers. Ccompatible lenses allow the shooter to make use of the stabilization functions of the body and lens in tandem, negating a surprising amount of handheld shake. These boosted specs are well-worth it, and if you’re someone who carries their gear for long sessions on the go, then the added weight is definitely something to consider if you’re upgrading.
The GH5 is the first in the series to record 4k video at 60fps which should be a huge selling point to anyone looking for that really crisp-looking slow-mo. For those wanting to go even slower, this model also hits a variable frame rate of up to 180fps at 1080p – almost doubling that of the GH4’s 96fps at the same resolution
Two more notable improvements are the higher bit depth for colour, reaching almost four times the number of colour combinations as the GH4.
Additionally, users are going to want to take note of the dual SD card slot on the side. These function as either an immediate backup of footage that you’re shooting or as an automatic replacement once the first card fills up.
Although the GH5 is a pretty future-proof camera right now, the price point is going to be a sticking point to some people. The GH5 comes in around $2,000 for the body alone, so it may be worth waiting until a price cut or maybe a Boxing Day sale.
There also seems to be some continuous autofocus issues, which Panasonic has officially addressed and announced a firmware update meant to resolve the issue.
A heavy price point coupled with some fixable autofocus complications aren’t enough to hold back this powerhouse of a DSLR. This one is definitely getting a seal of approval.