September 19, 2016 at 4:21AM

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GH5 announced!

The GH5 has been announced at Photokina! They have confirmed a 6K 30P mode at 18 Mp im still unsure if this is burst photo or video. They have confirmed a 8mp 60fps photo mode, and 4K 60p video. And what we have all been waiting for. The GH5 can shoot 10-bit 4:2:2 internally! I cant wait to pick this up as soon as it is available!

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It's been a long time coming, but 4K 60p 10-bit 4:2:2 was definitely worth it.. Delivery is the "first half of 2017", so my guess is that the finished camera will be shown at NAB 2017 with the camera hitting stores in May 2017.

https://goo.gl/WSYWmx

Got to start saving up your pennies... :-)

September 19, 2016 at 4:27AM, Edited September 19, 4:37AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Im working on my biggest job to date right now. Im getting payed in January, and ill preorder the GH5!

September 19, 2016 at 4:45AM

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Adrian Maurud
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Im also curios on what framerates we get in 1080p. Higher bitrate 1080 96fps would be nice. And I am really hoping for at least 150fps slowmo capture. With 4k 4:2:2 capabilities we should be able to get a decent amount of frames in 1080p

September 19, 2016 at 4:48AM

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Adrian Maurud
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Link to lots of GH5 prototype photos, including some that show a XLR microphone adapter...

https://goo.gl/6Vgzd5

September 19, 2016 at 6:16AM, Edited September 19, 6:17AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Great specs, but right now all pie in the sky as availability is far away. I think we'd be lucky if we can get one delivered in the summer of 2017.

September 19, 2016 at 6:29AM

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Cary Knoop
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I saw a quote from a European dealer stating May 7th delivery. ( can't find the link, as I've been jumping between 20 different photo websites this morning )

September 19, 2016 at 6:36AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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The Sony-style audio interface looks like a smart move.

September 19, 2016 at 7:18AM, Edited September 19, 7:18AM

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Does it have the 5 axis stabilisation?

September 20, 2016 at 7:29AM

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Don Nachos
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But if I read it right, it's either 4K30p 10bit 4:2:2 or 4K60p 8bit 4:2:0...
also I would actually guess that it has no 5 axis IBIS, as that makes it harder to get the heat away from the sensor. Maybe they think that the customers use more professional stabilizers with such a camera?

September 20, 2016 at 8:46AM

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I think 5-axis IBIS is a question mark right now. I am sure Panasonic will include it if it does not cause overheating or effect the unlimited shooting time of the camera.

Dual IS is new technology that helps to sell Panasonic branded lenses, so having IBIS in the camera is good for both the consumer and Panasonic itself.

September 21, 2016 at 1:32AM, Edited September 21, 2:27AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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It's a bit silly that G5 don't have stabiliser, but G85 has. But we don't know yet as the camera is not ready. They might have just shown G4 with G5 label on it. They gave part of the specs but not all.

Damn! I have been postponing of getting new came until Photokina, but this is coming out mid 2017 :/

September 20, 2016 at 9:20AM

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Don Nachos
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Apparently Panasonic was showing a 3D printed prototype at Photokina 2016, but I've also heard from a few folks that are under Panasonic NDAs, which makes me wonder if certain features of the GH5 are already being tested, even if the actual GH5 body has not been finalized.

I am thinking of getting a G85 camera just to have access to the 5-axis Dual IS feature while I wait for the GH5 camera to be released next May.

September 24, 2016 at 6:40PM, Edited September 24, 6:40PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I'd be interessted what bitrate the 4K 10-Bit 422 has. Because some no-budget and very low-budget filmmaker would have to buy some new SD cards to just get the writing speed that is needed to handle that kind of files.

I'm also interessted in the codec used. It's highly unlikely that it's still ordinary H.264. Maybe Panasonic has developed thier own codec like Sony has (have a look at XAVC S, some exeptional codec!).

I don't want to give some people that wrong hope but maybe (just maybe, don't be too disapointed if it's not there) Panasonic records thet files in ProRes. For the pros of us that would be very exciting. But for the less pro people around here the mass of gigabytes (or even terrabytes!) would be slaying.

September 20, 2016 at 11:51AM, Edited September 20, 11:51AM

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Eric Halbherr
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I would expect that Panasonic will use the h.264 CODEC for the GH5 camera because it's already designed to handle 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 footage, it does not require extra processing power from the camera's processors ( h.265 needs a lot more processing power or a dedicated ASIC chip ), Panasonic already has a lot of experience with this h.264 format, and it's well supported by playback and editing software. BTW, Sony's XAVC formats are built upon the h.264 CODEC too ( it's just a Sony branded "flavor" of h.264 ), so h.264 still has lots of performance left in the format.

As for bit-rate I would expect something in the range of 200 - 400 Mbps, which will require new high performance SDXC cards. ( maybe even the new V60 cards )

ProRes or Cineform would be nice to have, but the GH5 is essentially a consumer still-photo camera that will shoot amazing video, so the CODEC used must be something that the average consumer can handle.

September 21, 2016 at 1:25AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Hopefully color is better

September 21, 2016 at 11:41PM

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What's the color like on gh4 compared to a7s?

September 24, 2016 at 5:31AM

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Dean Butler
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I've had great success with the GH4 using "standard" and "natural" profiles, and the "Cine-D" profile with Paul Leeming's : Leeming LUT ONE : http://www.leeminglutone.com

September 24, 2016 at 6:44PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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