Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera (Body Only) Panasonic $1,379.99
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- MPN: DC-GH5KBODY
- Weight: 22.7oz.
- Bundle Listing: No
- Battery Type: Lithium-Ion
- Seller Warranty: Yes. Import Model w/1-Year Warranty via US Seller
- Color: Black
- Seller Warranty Coverage: One year for manufacturer defects like manufacturer warranty
- Series: Panasonic LUMIX
- Model: Panasonic Lumix GH5
- Screen Size: 3.2"
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4"
- Type: Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens
- Features: 4K UHD Video Recording, Body only
- Connectivity: USB
- Manufacturer Warranty: No
- Megapixels: 20.3MP
- User Guide/Instruction Manual: Not Included
- UPC: 0885170307100
Despite it's midrange pixel count, the Lumix GH5, a pro camera, is exactly what I was looking for and probably great for 90% of pro and high end amateurs. This is my 4th Lumix mirrorless camera, and It is amazing how much tech and improvements are in each new model. Many, I don't use, but it's good to know that Panasonic is on the cutting edge of technology. Also, with video specs that rival many standalone video cameras, this is the best of both worlds. With the latest 4/3rds sensor, both videos and stills are sharp and accurate. In camera stabilization, along with a number of lenses that have built in stabilization, you can hand hold low light shots like never before. Also many lenses have legendary Leica glass. I'm extremely happy with the decision to fork over nearly 2 grand. If you are a serious photographer, you will find that this is in the lower end of the pro cameras.
You can watch all the YouTube reviews you want and find people that will rip this camera for not having the best auto focus system on the market, but this is a beast of a camera for the price point. The video quality and 60fps 4K is almost unmatched. Dual IBIS, weatherproofing, and dual card slots make this camera an all around winner. Oh, and the images are great too. Will you get the same creamy bokeh as you will with a full-frame? In some cases yes. If you need ONE camera that can do it all this is the one.
I've been a amateur mirrorless camera shooter ever since they first came out and have owned 6 different Panasonic, Olympus, and Sony models. I primarily used them with legacy lenses for still photography, but I purchased the GH-5 in order to concentrate on video for awhile. I've only had it for a 3 or 4 weeks, but can give some initial impressions. This is a big camera, much bigger than my Sony a7ii full-frame, but it is perfect for my big hands. Ergonomically, it is the best camera I have ever owned. It has 10 programmable function buttons that are nicely spaced out and easy to identify while your eye is at the viewfinder. It also has two programmable control wheels, a joystick, and a dial control, so you can set this beast up exactly how you want it for very quick operation, no matter what type of shooting you are doing. Then you can save those settings in 5 different configuration memories. The viewfinder is the best I've seen and a big improvement over the a7ii's, which I never liked. The fully-articulating touch screen is also a big deal from a functional standpoint, especially for video. Manual focus legacy lens shooters will like this camera. It's very easy to assign the focal length to ensure proper stablization; and focus peaking and the ability to rapidly move the magnified focus box around the screen with the joystick makes getting an exact focus very easy. It has a 30-fps 6K still photo mode (6000 x 3375 pixel images) for action capture. One of the few things about this camera that I don't like is a bit of shutter lag in this mode that forces you to anticipate when to shoot. It doesn't seem to affect the single shot modes. Another thing I don't like is that the jpegs seem a little soft. The RAW files, on the other hand, are excellent and require very little editing. It's odd because other than the softness, the jpegs and RAWs look very similar ... much more so than any other camera I've owned. I suspect that Panasonic does some very nice default processing on the RAWs. Battery life is good, but not great, so buy a couple extra batteries. I've had good luck with Wasabi batteries. They function as well as OEM and maintain their performance for at least the 2.5 years or so that I keep a particular model. The camera has a lot of modes that use internal processing for things such as post-focus, focus stacking, and multi-shot sharpness and noise reduction. I haven't tried them all, but what I've seen so far is impressive. The shot of the Christmas lights below, which is straight out of the camera, was hand-held using the Intelligence-auto mode. It automatically took a burst of about 5-shots to produce this jpeg. Looks pretty good to me. That's about all I can say about the GH-5 at this point. I'll be posting shots to my Flickr photostream in an album dedicated to the GH5. If you like to check out my images, Google "Rick Bolin". My photostream will be among the first few hits.
A major all-around improvement over the gh4. The lightly increased weight and size makes for a much better fit in the hand and feels more solid. image quality and low-light is much improved. The auto-focus has always worked better at 30 and 60fps. I tracked a raccoon on rocks at night and it kept focus. It's not perfect but gets it done.
What can I say. Millions have bought the GH5. The GH5s is a good complimentary camera but I'd never sell my GH5 to get one. BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is all hype, and if not, will be a lot more expensive to use on top of the price of the camera itself.