Panasonic GH5 is still the best for 4K video work (and 1080 HD)

Panasonic GH5 is still the best for 4K video work (and 1080 HD)

Panasonic GH5 is still the best for 4K video work (and 1080 HD)

It was a different world when Panasonic released its very first Micro Four Thirds camera in 2008. The original iPhone was just a year old and most DSLR cameras didn’t shoot video. These then-new “mirrorless” micro four thirds cameras aimed to make it easier to do so.

In less than a decade, Panasonic’s high-end micro four thirds mirrorless cameras have become massively popular for independent and documentary filmmaking.

Panasonic cameras record video at high bitrates, offer video-centric controls and menus, and have XLR and 3G-SDI modules designed for professional production. They may look like still cameras, but they’re movie-making machines at heart.

The Lumix GH5 is Panasonic’s best flagship model, taking three years for them to build it. The GH5 is designed to meet the demands of a 4K HDR world, and it’s the first camera in the GH universe to offer a 20-megapixel sensor.

There’s no optical low-pass filter on the GH5, which means its images look that much sharper. Panasonic says the camera’s new Venus Engine 10 processor is able to eliminate the “rolling shutter effect” inherent in most CMOS cameras.

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Panasonic says the GH5 shuttles data from its sensor nearly twice as fast as the GH4 did, making it a great weapon for super-slow-motion video. At 1080p, it can capture video at up to 180fps for smooth slow motion.

While video is the big draw, Panasonic also beefed up the GH5’s photography capabilities. Its autofocus speed is an astonishing 0.05 seconds, and it captures nine stills per second with its AF system adjusting for every shot. Your photographs stay perfectly steady, thanks to a five-axis gyro-controlled stabilization system.

The Panasonic GH5 is rugged too. A weather-sealed magnesium-alloy body is built to withstand temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s splash- and dust-resistant too, making it good for shooting at the beach, but not in the surf.

The Panasonic GH5 is still the best for 4K video work. You’ll be able to use the hundreds of Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses on the market.

How does HD video from the GH5 look?

 
In my 25 years of video production and photography I have used Canon, Sony and now Panasonic cameras. I can say, without a doubt, Panasonic destroys them all.
I was looking for a smaller camera to carry with me while out and about. My Canon 5D mkii was a bit too heavy with battery grip and extra lenses to be taken out everyday.
 
A fellow photographer had suggested I check out Panasonic cameras. To be honest, I thought he was crazy. Didn’t Panasonic make radios in the 1980s? I thought the leap was too much but tempted, I bought my first Panasonic camera, my GX85 and LOVED IT!
 
The GX85 blew me away right out of the box. The blacks were blacker, the lenses were sharper, and it felt right at home to me. Although the GX85 was more of a pocket point and shoot, it operates like a DSLR. Even in low light, there was very little to no video noise…the blacks were just black.
 
I couldn’t believe the video and photo quality I was getting from the GX85
 
I filmed everything from my YouTube videos to client work with my Panasonic GX85. After about a year, my Canon 5D mkii was not being used so I traded it, along with all my Canon L series pro lenses for a Panasonic GH5.
 
The GH5 is a DSLR body and very easy to use. There are tons of cool movie making accessories for the GH5 as well such as battery grips, XLR mic input adaptors, hot shoe adapters and of course many lenses.
 
panasonic gh5 camera for pro photography and 4k video
 
The only cameras I use in my studio are the Panasonic GX85 and GH5
 
A lot of YouTube creators love the thought of Sony as a video camera. Sony is very good but it lacks the features, design and overall quality of Panasonic. In the end, you will need to do your research to see what’s best for you.
 
I’ve been a photographer, videographer and video editor, professionally, for 25 years. I started photographing on film. I’ve seen a lot of cameras and lenses and what they’re capable of so I can tell you, without hesitation, the Panasonic GH5 is still the best for 4k video work and photography.
 
There is a new model, the Panasonic GH5s. This camera is just as good as the GH5 and is a little better at filming in low light conditions. Not only does the GH5s cost considerably more, but it doesn’t have the in-camera stabilization that the GH5 does.
 
In-camera stabilization keeps your camera smooth and steady while filming, almost as if it was on a gimbal. I would rather have the in-camera stabilization than a camera that does a little better in low light.
 
By the way, even if you film in low light, the GH5 does a great job. I don’t film in the street after dark so this is a non-issue. When filming, I either light the set or use the appropriate lens. If you know what you’re doing in video production, you can make anything great.
 
The GH5 is more than enough for me to get perfect 4k video or photos every time.

Some of the features of the GH5 I love:

  • Flip out screen for vlogging (you can see yourself as you film)
  • mic input
  • In-camera image stabilization
  • Very well made
  • Incredible image quality for photography and 4k video
I hope this post helps you decide what may be best for you when deciding on a 4k video camera. Any questions, let me know!
 

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