All my Panny prayers answered with the GH4 upgrade
I have never been firmly in any “camp” with regards to photography. I used to use Nikon film SLR’s (Nikon F3 and F5) and a Bronica medium format camera way back when. I also worked for Nikon in Surrey for a while too but I now mainly use Canon gear for my stills photography work.
With regards to video, I love Sony and have used their HD Handycams since 2006 for filming in 1080p HD. However, since the release of the ground-breaking 4K GH4, I have used this wonderful camera a fair bit for my professional work with great results (even better when coupled with the Metabones EF to M43 Speedbooster, Canon glass and the superb Atomos Ninja Flame with its 10-bit, pro res 4:2:2 output).
There has been a huge buzz going on for a while as to what upgrades the GH4 would get when the GH5 was announced and it seems that most of my wants, as well as many other people’s, were met as a whole.
Panasonic GH5 Specifications so far
- 6K, 18mp Photo Capture at 30fps (approx. 9 times the pixel count of full HD)
- 4K video at 60fps (yay!)
- 4K video with 10-bit, 4:2:2 internal recording (30p and below only)
- 8MP/60fps Burst Photo (could be from the 4K/60p stream)
- “Possible” IBIS (in-body image stabilisation) – Very cool if so!
- Available first half of 2017
If Panasonic can improve stills image quality and low light performance in the GH5, this camera will surpass the popularity of the GH4 in a flash. People who already own the GH4, like myself, will be keen to add the GH5 to their video camera arsenal whilst keeping the trustworthy and superb GH4 as a second/backup/B camera.
GH5 best bits
I am personally very excited with this upgrade as the ability to shoot 4K video at 60fps for slow motion, coupled with 4K, 10bit 4:2:2 internal recording for smooth grading is huge and up to now, reserved for much pricier, and heavier cameras.
The high resolution, high speed photo bursts are also high on my list of “fun” features and, as long as the image quality is up to par, many people will be excited by this.
In-body stabilisation if it happens will also be a huge addition and judging by the similar cameras being released right now, I hope Panasonic run with this. I think that perhaps Panasonic went to Photokina to announce a “work in progress” whilst checking out the competition.
By then giving a release date of mid 2017, this gives them time to add all the appropriate goodies to capture and dominate once more, the M43 (micro four thirds) market place.
By using the Metabones Speedbooster adapters, anyone owning fast, high end Canon or Nikon lenses can capitalize on the GH4/GH5’s incredible video quality whilst adding a stop of light and wider angle of view.
You can see in the video below (which is still a work in progress), the quality of video from the GH4 starting at 36 seconds (the rest was shot with the DJI Inspire/X5/Osmo set up):
The GH4 had the cumbersome DMW-YAGH Interface Unit for attaching, recording and monitoring audio via XLR inputs which was never very well received. However, it seems that Panasonic are developing a new audio interface for XLR input for the GH5 that goes on the hotshoe mount…interesting.
Panasonic GH5 hopes
If Panasonic were to offer/include a couple of other features in the GH5, I would be in camera nirvana:
- 1080p at 120fps
- V-Log included in the price
- In body, 5-axis image stabilisation
Saying that, the camera as it stands is good enough for me to upgrade from the GH4 whilst keeping it as a second camera. Once that is bought, I should be good for a few more years of filming and photography before needing to upgrade again and my wallet can take a break!
Official press release:
Cologne, Germany, 19 September 2016 – Panasonic today announces the LUMIX GH5, the world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) interchangeable lens camera capable of recording high-precision smooth 4K 60p/50p and faithfully reproductive 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video. This premium camera will offer exceptional performance for professional photographers, videographers and emerging photo/video-hybrid creators.
The new LUMIX GH5 is scheduled to enter the market in the first half of 2017 and will feature Panasonic’s new ‘6K PHOTO’ offering – an approximately 18-megapixel-equivalent still image extraction from an ultra-high quality video with approximately 9x higher resolution than Full HD. Furthermore, an approximately 8-megapixel equivalent ‘4K PHOTO’ can be extracted from a video shot at 60 fps.
Panasonic also announces the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 lens series. These announcements demonstrate Panasonic’s dedication to continually deliver outstanding customer value and new culture in photography and film production by developing premium, new-era products and functions.
Commitment to innovation
The LUMIX GH5 will allow creative minds to capture their vision with ease and style, and further confirms Panasonic’s commitment to develop incomparable products and functions to address the new demands in photography and film production.
Panasonic is committed to the development of innovative digital cameras under the theme “create a new photo culture in the digital era”. The company brought the world’s first DSLM camera, the DMC-G1, to market in 2008 and the succeeding DMC-GH1 achieved the world’s first Full HD video recording in 2009.
Professional, versatile 4K videography with freedom and ease
The LUMIX DMC-GH4 has received much critical acclaim since its launch in 2014 and was the first camera to realise 4K 30p/25p video recording. Building on its predecessor’s success, the LUMIX GH5 will offer a new world first: 4K 60p/50p and 4K 30p with 4:2:2 10-bit.
Exceptional 4K video recording will be packed into a compact, lightweight design created for videographers to take the camera anywhere and shoot in any location. With the unprecedented video recording performance of the LUMIX GH5, Panasonic aims to elevate its status in the film production industry.