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.
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?
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
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