After months of rumors and speculation, we finally get another piece to the Panasonic Lumix GH5 puzzle.
Back in September, Panasonic introduced us to the newest addition to their GH line of mirrorless micro 4/3 cameras, the GH5, but the intro left us with more questions than answers as we waited rapt and eager for more news to come in about.
Well, today's the day we've been waiting for. Panasonic held a press conference at this year's CES event and released a full list of specs, pricing, as well as a more solid time frame for release for the GH5.
- 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
- Venus Engine Image Processor
- UHD 4K 60p Video with No Crop
- Internal 4:2:2 10-Bit 4K Video at 24/30p
- 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 2
- 0.76x 3.68m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
- 3.2" 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
- Advanced DFD AF System; 6K & 4K PHOTO
- ISO 25600 and 12 fps Continuous Shooting
- Dual UHS-II SD Slots; Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
- Price: $1998
The GH5 definitely builds upon its predecessor, namely with its ability to shoot 4K at up to 60p. The brand new Venus Engine image processor, as well as the new sensor are to thank for giving the GH5 processing times that can handle shooting at that level, especially internally. And perhaps that's those are the biggest leaps forward that Panasonic has made with this camera: 4K slow motion and internal recording.
The GH4, though it was a powerful mirrorless micro 4/3s camera, required shooters to use an external recorder to capture 4K images, but Panasonic really listened to their base and beefed up the processing power of the GH5.
But the GH5 isn't just a better GH4. It's a pretty decent all-around camera. It has a high dynamic range with a max ISO of 25600, HDMI ports for high-quality output at 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K Anamorphic mode, optional V-Log L upgrade, and the ability to process Raw image files in-camera for faster post workflow.
Despite early reports of a possible January release date, Panasonic says that the GH5 will be released some time at the end of March of this year. However, you can pre-order the Panasonic Lumix GH5 on B&H right now for $1998.