Panasonic gh5 review PART 1

Updated: Apr 29, 2018



If you want to read a detailed specification of Panasonic GH5, then go to http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/panasonic-gh5/panasonic-gh5A.HTM


I got my new Panasonic GH5 with the lens a few days ago. As I have it only for short amount of time, this is going to be my personal opinion, rather than professional spec review.

I will try to make this post short and to the point, so stay with me ;)


I've ordered from Curry's PANASONIC Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Camera with 12-60 mm f/2.8 Lens - Black for £2,099.00.


I heard a lot of people actually complain about making photos in low light, bad ISO performance and not a lot of improvements from GH4, which I have to disagree with.


When it comes to video, the image quality is outstanding. 4K (3,840 x 2,160) video at frame rates up to 60fps, either for high frame-rate footage or for slow-motion playback at 24fps, 25fps or 30fps. Meanwhile, 1080p capture is at frame rates up to 180fps, allowing 7.5x slow motion at 24fps. What that means for me and for you as well is awesome video quality. The camera is capable of taking a 6k image as well. Which is extremely rare for DSLR for less than £1600.



The scene doesn't look like it, but it was extremely dark. I could barely see anything by myself. The results are great.


The flip screen is another great feature, getting more and more popular in DSLR cameras. In this case, it is very sharp and exact. However, it could be a bit brighter. Two SD card slots- extremely helpful for backing up your footage. You can either choose to report on two cards the same time or you can record on one card and it will automatically change to the second one, once you run out of the space.This also comes with excellent battery life. The interesting thing is that it is not as great as GH4. I believe it is due to much higher processing requirements, 4 k footage or maybe even the stabilizer.



There are few profile options that you can choose from: Natural, Vivid, Cine-D and so on. I am not going to get deep into that as I believe this comes down to personal preferences and also the scene itself. Choosing the right exposure, adjusting the white balance etc.

Also, we have a real-time LUT when recording on VLog, waveforms, vectorscope filters, great internal image stabilisation, focus stacking, and unlimited recording time.


I had some issues to figure out all the options on the Menu. It has so many options that average videographer will get lost. It takes time to get used to all the features and options, but for me, it is even more fun as I love to explore new options and play with the camera and check different modes. Challenge accepted :)


One more thing that I want to mention about is #focuspeaking. It is important for me to have this option, to see clearly without an external monitor. It will show you the areas of the image that are in focus by outlining the focus edge in the colour of your choice.


I will be testing autofocus options soon as I didn't have a chance to do it yet. And last but not least, the camera feels good. The camera body is just incredibly handy. Feels perfect in two or even one hands.


We went to the Chester Zoo a few days ago to capture animals and try the camera. Overall, I am happy with the footage. I think it does the job in low light. As we went with the family, I didn't have any time to play with settings, so all the film is set up to automatic settings, apart from exposure. I must say the lens wasn't a good option for animals that were far away, for situations like that I should take my zoom lens. All the footage are handheld, unprocessed, from the camera. Edited with Premiere Pro CC.


If you want to check the film, go to my Youtube channel



And some more pictures from the day:

PANASONIC Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Camera with 12-60 mm f/2.8 Lens - Black

PANASONIC Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Camera with 12-60 mm f/2.8 Lens - Black

Panasonic GH5_Chester Zoo

Canon EOD600D 24-70mm lens



Canon EOD600D 24-70mm lens


*Please note-The pictures have not been modified or photoshopped. There are all original pictures straight from the camera.


I will continue to have more fun with my new camera to go deeper into each setting and results. However, I do believe this is one of the top cameras that is available on the market right now within the reasonable price and it can be a great option for a videographer.




For those who are interested I will add an official instruction for Panasonic: ftp://ftp.panasonic.com/camera/om/dc-gh5_en_adv_om.pdf


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