5 things we love about the Panasonic Lumix GH5
We recently received our new Panasonic GH5 and it’s been a hit so far. A local camera house in Utah, Pictureline, had them in stock so we went ahead and purchased the camera with an Olympus 25mm micro 4/3 lens, two 64GB SD cards, 4 batteries, and an EF to Micro 4/3 adapter for our Rokinon lenses.
Here are 5 things we love about the camera (in no particular order):
1. Depth of field:
A lot of folks were chatting about the lack of “Shallow Focus” on the micro 4/3 sensor. Theoretically, because the sensor is smaller than a Full Frame (A7S2), you wouldn't get the “cinematic” look that we all seem to strive for. Well, we have yet to be disappointed by the depth of field on the GH5. In fact, the GH5 does a good job of hitting a balance and not being “too shallow” which was a problem on the 5D series for us. The viewfinder on the back of the 5D is so small (and fixed), and the depth of field is so shallow, you could hardly ever get anything in focus. This is not an issue with Panasonic's new flagship system.
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2. the Viewfinder:
The screen on the back of the GH5 is large and almost fully articulating. It makes shooting in tight spaces at weird angles very easy. The 5D series and A7S2 are totally lacking in this area.
3. Dual SD card slots:
You can have two SD cards running simultaneously for backup or you can hot swap. Love this.
4. 4K 10 bit 4:2:2 & 4K 60P:
This is the only mirrorless camera on the market with these features. A DIT buddy of ours was completely sold on the 4K 10 bit. He feels it separates this camera from the pack. That said, the option is accessible in the menu, but currently unavailable. A firmware update will be released by Panasonic this summer unlocking the mode.
5. Image stabilization:
The GH5 has some cool new tech they’ve patented called the Axis Dual Image Stabilization 2 Anti-shake System. This system allows for “double IS” wherein the body image stabilizer works in tandem with the lens stabilizer to create an even more stable image. We've actually only worked with the single IS from the body, but it is still light years ahead of everything else. Shooting handheld on a long lens is no longer an issue. Images come out very smooth. No more shaky cam.
That’s all folks! We are still working with the new camera, and we are scheduled to film three fashion films with it over the next month (all handheld). We will keep you posted.