New Lu­mix Flag­ship De­liv­ers ‘6K Photo’… And Much More

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Un­veiled at last year’s Pho­tok­ina and launched at this year’s CES in Las Ve­gas, Pana­sonic’s new Lu­mix G flag­ship raises the bar again in terms of mirrorless cam­era ca­pa­bil­i­ties both for still photography and video-mak­ing.

Fea­tur­ing a more stream­lined bodyshell than its pre­de­ces­sor, the Lu­mix GH5 is still a com­par­a­tively com­pact cam­era which again will be the at­trac­tion when com­pet­ing against the likes of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The mag­ne­sium al­loy body is fully weather-sealed and has a new OLED-type EVF with an in­creased res­o­lu­tion of 3.68 megadots and a mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of 0.76x. The mon­i­tor screen is an 8.1 cm LCD panel with a res­o­lu­tion of 1.62 megadots, touch con­trols and a full range of tilt/swing ad­just­ments. As be­fore, there are two SD mem­ory card slots, but both are com­pat­i­ble with UHS-II speed SDXC types.

Pana­sonic’s al­ready im­pres­sive DFD (Depth From De­fo­cus) con­trast-de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing has been up­graded to op­er­ate at 480 fps with 225 fo­cus­ing points and sen­si­tiv­ity down to EV -4.0 at ISO 100. Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing is pos­si­ble at up to 9.0 fps with full AF ad­just­ment, and up to 12 fps with the AF locked to the first frame. As the GH5 now records 4K video at ei­ther 60 fps (NTSC) or 50 fps (PAL), its ‘4K Photo’ modes have been up­graded to op­er­ate at 60 fps as well. Fur­ther­more, ‘6K Photo’ func­tions are pro­vided – run­ning at 30 fps – which de­liv­ers still frames with a res­o­lu­tion of around 18 megapix­els (up from 8.3 MP with 4K, tak­ing th­ese high-speed photography modes to a new level of us­abil­ity.

In ad­di­tion to record­ing 4K video at 50/60p, the GH5 is also the world’s first mirrorless cam­era to record 4K video in­ter­nally in 10-bit depth with 4:2:2 colour (ei­ther UHD res­o­lu­tion at 25/30p or Cin­ema 4K res­o­lu­tion) at 24p. This gives over a bil­lion colours and four times the tonal­ity of 8-bit. Equally im­por­tantly, it pro­vides sig­nif­i­cantly more edit­ing flex­i­bil­ity in post­pro­duc­tion. Avail­able down the track – via a firmware up­grade – will be 10-bit 4:2:2 colour for 1080p Full HD record­ing at 50/60p. The GH5 can also record a 10-bit 4:2:2 colour to an ex­ter­nal recorder via its HDMI con­nec­tor or, 8-bit 4:2:2 colour while si­mul­ta­ne­ously record­ing 8-bit 4:2:0 colour in­ter­nally for backup. A sec­ond firmware up­grade sched­uled for later in 2017 will give 4K record­ing at a bit rate of 400 Mbps and 200 Mbps for Full HD via ALL-In­tra com­pres­sion (and with 10-bit 4:2:2 colour). The GH5 can record 1080p footage at faster frame rates up to 180 fps for en­hanced slow mo­tion ef­fects. Notably too, there is now no time limit on clip du­ra­tions with any record­ing set­ting so the only fac­tor here is the ca­pac­ity of the loaded mem­ory cards or the ex­ter­nal recorder.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the GH5 is packed with pro-level video func­tions, in­clud­ing lu­mi­nance level ad­just­ment (in both 8-bit and 10-bit), syn­chro scan (SS) mode, SMPTE-com­pli­ant time cod­ing, wave­form and vec­torscope mon­i­tor­ing, colour bars, Cine­like pro­files (plus Like709 for HDTV and, op­tion­ally, V-LogL) and a mas­ter pedestal con­trol. The GH5’s new Mi­cro Four Thirds size ‘Live MOS’ sen­sor has a to­tal pixel count of 21.77 mil­lion and lacks an op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter to help op­ti­mise res­o­lu­tion. The read-out speed has been in­creased by 1.7x com­pared to the GH4’s sen­sor and there’s a new ‘Venus Engine 10’ pro­ces­sor which is 1.3x faster to en­able the 50/60p 4K record­ing. It also de­liv­ers a num­ber of new im­age data pro­cess­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing ‘Multi-Pixel Lu­mi­nance Gen­er­a­tion’, ‘In­tel­li­gent De­tail Pro­cess­ing’ and ‘Three Di­men­sional Colour Con­trol’ which col­lec­tively en­hance sharp­ness, de­tail­ing and colour re­pro­duc­tion. Noise re­duc­tion is also up­graded and Pana­sonic claims noise-free images across the cam­era’s sen­si­tiv­ity range of ISO 200 to 25,600. Five-axis sen­sor-shift im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion gives up to five stops of cor­rec­tion for cam­era shake. Built-in WiFi is in­te­grated with Blue­tooth 4.2 for more con­ve­nient con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions. The Lu­mix GH5 is ex­pected to be avail­able in Aus­tralia by the end of March and is priced at $2999 for the cam­era body, but is also avail­able pack­aged with ei­ther the Le­ica DG Vario-El­marit 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS zoom (equiv­a­lent to 24-120mm) or the Lu­mix G X Vario 12-35mm f2.8 II ASPH Power OIS zoom (equiv­a­lent to 24-70mm). Both th­ese kits are priced at $3999.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.pana­sonic.com.au

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