Pana­sonic Lu­mix DC-GH5

Amateur Photographer - - Testbench -

Price £1,699 (body only)

Pana­sonic’s GH se­ries has long been tar­geted at video en­thu­si­asts and the GH5 pushes this par­tic­u­lar en­ve­lope even fur­ther, not only with the in­clu­sion of 4K video footage at 50p/60p, but also with the ad­di­tion of broad­cast-stan­dard 10-bit 10:2:2 record­ing. in fact, this lat­ter fea­ture is likely to be a chief sell­ing point for com­mit­ted videog­ra­phers who de­mand greater flex­i­bil­ity at the edit­ing stage. nat­u­rally, the GH5 also pro­vides a range of 1080p Full HD and 720p HD qual­ity op­tions, with mi­cro­phone and head­phone ports all present and cor­rect along­side an HDMi port.

While the GH5 boasts class-lead­ing video ca­pa­bil­i­ties, it’s no slouch in the still im­age depart­ment ei­ther. The cam­era is built around a new 20.3MP Live Mos sen­sor and Pana­sonic’s lat­est Venus En­gine 10 im­age pro­ces­sor. aut­o­fo­cus is taken care of via a new 225-point aF sys­tem that utilises Pana­sonic’s Depth from De­fo­cus con­trast- de­tect tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide a claimed focus ac­qui­si­tion time of just 0.05secs. in ad­di­tion, the GH5 also benefits from Pana­sonic’s Dual is 2 five-axis im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Else­where, the GH5 comes with Pana­sonic’s new 6K Photo Mode that en­ables 18MP still im­ages to be cap­tured at up to 30fps. While the GH5 is not par­tic­u­larly small or light for a mir­ror­less cam­era, build qual­ity is very much on the money, with the GH5’s durable mag­ne­sium al­loy chas­sis also ben­e­fit­ing from dust and mois­ture seal­ing. if you’re look­ing for the ul­ti­mate stills/video hy­brid then the GH5 should be at the top of your list.

Key fea­tures

Price £1,699 (body only) 20.3MP Four Thirds Live MOS 200-25,600 (ex­pand­able to ISO 100) 12fps con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing 3.2in, 1.62m-dot vari-an­gle touch­screen 10-bit 4:2:2 4K video cap­ture

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