March 29, 2017

Panasonic GH5 Image Stabilization Tests

Sample Footage and Review of the GH5's 5-Axis Image Stabilization

When finally released, the Panasonic GH5's specs were very well received. I found there were a lot of features included that had not been mentioned which I won't go into here.

One standout feature that everyone knew about and was keen to see was the in-body, 5-axis image stabilization. This is where the actual sensor does the stabilizing and not the lens. So how does it perform against (and alongside) the lens's O.I.S. system and a Ronin M from DJI thrown in for good measure?

Combining the internal 5-axis and the lens' O.I.S. stabilizers, you open up Panasonic's Dual IS system which is amazing. However, you must use a compatible lens. Also, make sure that the firmware is updated (if necessary) on your lens.

Note: I had to update my Panasonic 14-140mm lens before this would work.

My Thoughts

Personally, I preferred the look of the footage from the 12mm Olympus Zuiko lens (with no image stabilization) and the GH5's in-body, 5-axis stabilization to the Panasonic 14-140 lens (with O.I.S.) and in camera stabilization when walking about*.

The latter would work incredibly well when static and shooting hand-held without walking.

*Obviously the footage using the Ronin M was best but I wasn't here to test that…

I think by combining the internal and lens's stabilization, it is entirely possible to shoot still images in very low light with very slow shutter speeds and great handheld video. I am very impressed and I will be testing the low light capabilities soon.

Having used the camera extensively for a few days now, I think it is a winner. It is great for both crisp, sharp, high resolution stills and high end, 4K video. The features seem endless and will keep you busy and having fun for a lonnnng time! Highly recommended.

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