CES 2017: Panasonic’s GH5 ushers in a new era
Compared to the reveals of the Nikon D5 and D500 last year, there were precious few camera-related announcements at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. But one thing we were very excited to get more details on was Panasonic’s Lumix GH5.
Announced a few months ago at Photokina, but only made officially official this week, the flagship Micro Four Thirds camera looks to take the format — and consumer interchangeable lens cameras in general — to a whole new level, particularly for video shooters. While the GH4 ushered in the era 4K, the GH5 pushes beyond the current 30 frames per second barrier to serve up Ultra HD footage at 60 FPS thanks to the new Venus Engine 10 image processor. There is currently no other consumer ILC on the market that can match those numbers.
Shooting 4K at 60p also means that Full HD 1080p video can now be shot at up to 180 FPS with the Variable Frame Rate mode, providing liquid smooth slow motion performance. When shooting 4K/60p, the output is limited to 4:2:0 and 8-bit color, but the camera can record 4:2:2/10-bit at 30p and 24p.
Also new is the ability to record 4:2:2/10-bit internally and externally via HDMI simultaneously. On the GH4 (and many other cameras) recording externally shuts down internal recording. Having the option to run both at the same time is helpful for providing a redundant backup or using in-camera files to review dailies while sending externally recorded footage off to the editor.
Beyond video, the GH5 advances still photo capabilities with a new 20.3-megapixel sensor with no optical low-pass filter. The removal of the filter, a move popularized by Nikon and Fujifilm over the past few years, improves sharpness but at the potential expense of increased moiré and aliasing.
The sensor now rests inside a stabilization gimbal, the first in-body image stabilization on a GH series camera. When combined with compatible stabilized lenses, it offers up to five stops of shake reduction and operates on five axes — in both still and video modes.
4K Photo is also back, but like video it can run at 60 FPS now. Additionally, Panasonic has introduced 6K Photo, which shoots 18MP images at 30 FPS. This is a significant step up from 4K Photo and should hopefully be of more use to professional photographers.
Like its predecessor, the GH5 is a solidly built machine designed to weather the elements. It is dust and splash-proof, with a shutter tested to 200,000 actuations. It is priced at $1,999.99 and preorders are open now.
Pre Order The Lumix GH5
Panasonic’s Flagship has been updated and you can pre order it at no cost today. Pre Order the GH5 now so that you’ll be able to take advantage of its low light capabilities, 4k video, and power in a compact micro four thirds package.