December 10, 2022


Similar to earlier fashions within the collection, the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II ($1,699.99, physique solely) is a succesful stills digital camera that places its video options first. It makes use of the identical stabilized 20MP sensor because the GH5, however ups processing energy to get extra out of it. There are some updates to the physique, too, together with the viewfinder. It is a worthwhile improve for system house owners, and a top-flight alternative for videographers, however not fairly nearly as good an all-around performer because the Fujifilm X-T4, our Editors’ Selection winner within the class.

Refreshes GH5 Design

The GH5 II would not symbolize a large change in idea or capabilities. For the improve, Panasonic caught with the identical picture sensor, a 20MP Micro 4 Thirds imager with help for 4K60 recording at 16:9, and 6K30 when utilizing anamorphic lenses.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II


(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

One other GH digital camera, the Lumix GH6, is coming later this yr, however is not set to switch the GH5 II. As a substitute, the GH6 guarantees higher-resolution recording, 5.7K60. Panasonic hasn’t totally outlined its specs, however the two cameras will coexist within the lineup; the GH6 is anticipated to promote for round $2,500.

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The GH5 II’s physique design would not stray too removed from its predecessor. It is comparatively compact, about 3.9 by 5.5 by 3.4 inches (HWD), however dense at 1.6 kilos. The magnesium physique is protected against mud and splashes, so the GH5 II is as match for location work as it’s on a set.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II


(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

Its sensor and lens mount are Micro 4 Thirds. The digital camera works with autofocus lenses fromOlympus, Panasonic, Sigma, and some others, and has broad compatibility with guide focus lenses. It is not suitable with Panasonic’s full-frame L-mount system, although, so you may have to take somewhat care when searching for glass.

Panasonic sells the GH5 II as a physique just for round $1,700. It is also out there in a package, bundled with the superb Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4, for round $2,300. The package is a money-saving proposition, because the 12-60mm prices $1,000 when bought individually.

Centered EVF Design

Panasonic makes Micro 4 Thirds cameras in a few kinds. Some, just like the GX85 and different GX fashions, use corner-position viewfinders, very like a movie digital camera with an optical rangefinder. The GH5 II takes its cues from SLRs, with a centered viewfinder and substantial handgrip.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II


(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The physique contains high and rear management dials, together with high controls to set the seize mode and to vary the drive pace for pictures. The digital camera splits the shutter launch and video report button, placing report additional again on the highest plate so it is simpler to entry from a tripod. There’s additionally a rear swap to swap between focus modes, an unusual function, and the anticipated eight-way joystick for direct management over the main target space.

There are a slew of management buttons, offering direct management over white stability, ISO, and different ceaselessly adjusted settings. They’re supplemented with an on-screen interface. The GH5 II’s 3-inch LCD is delicate to the touch, supplying you with the pliability to faucet the display screen to vary settings or to go along with the directional controls on the rear for navigation via menus.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II


(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The Q button launches an on-screen menu, with as much as twelve programmable capabilities. The default set contains white stability, ISO, image management, and others. It is a malleable, versatile system, one that you may tweak to finest match your workflow. There are two show modes out there, and also you’re capable of arrange separate menus for nonetheless and video modes.

Panasonic has caught with a vari-angle design for the LCD, a favourite for video. The three-inch show swings out to the facet and faces ahead for vlog-style video. It is somewhat smaller than the three.2-inch GH5 display screen, however a bit sharper (1.8 million dots) and brighter for outside use. The EVF can also be improved. The GH5 already had a giant, crisp OLED, however now the 0.76x magnification EVF refreshes twice as quick (120Hz) for a smoother, extra pure view.

Energy and Connectivity

The GH5 II makes use of a brand new battery, the DMW-BLK22. It has the identical kind issue because the DMW-BLF19 bundled with the GH5, however holds a bit extra juice. It is rated for round 400 images per cost, or about an hour of 4K60 video. Older batteries will energy the GH5 II, and in-camera charging is out there through USB-C.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II


(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

There’s additionally a full-size HDMI port, the GH5 II sends out a clear 4:2:2 10-bit sign to be used with an Atomos Ninja V or different recorder. It contains twin UHS-II SDXC for inner recording, out there at as much as 4:2:0 10-bit high quality. There is a 3.5mm enter for exterior mics, and a headphone jack for monitoring. The Lumix XLR1 accent is out there for $400 if it’s worthwhile to use XLR mics—it provides two balanced inputs.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II


(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are inbuilt. The GH5 II connects to Android and iOS smartphones utilizing the Panasonic Lumix Sync app, a free obtain for both platform. The app helps wi-fi management, picture switch, stay streaming (to Fb, YouTube, and RTMP), and may save digital camera settings in your telephone. The latter is helpful should you’re sharing or renting tools—you will not have fear about going via the menu and setting the digital camera up manually. Saving to an SD card works too, should you do not need to fiddle with the telephone app.

Clever DFD Autofocus

The GH5 II depends on Panasonic’s DFD autofocus system. It is constructed round distinction detection, a distinct strategy than the hybrid phase-contrast system utilized by most rivals, together with Olympus’ high Micro 4 Thirds fashions, the E-M1 Mark III and E-M1X.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II : Sample Image


Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm, 400mm, f/7.1, 1/320-second, ISO 200
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

For many purposes you will not observe the distinction. The GH5 II locks focus in a snap, and has an clever focus system that acknowledges individuals and lots of animals. You’ll observe somewhat focus flutter within the viewfinder when utilizing steady focus, however it’s not as distracting as with earlier fashions.

For video, autofocus is usually dependable, and helps face and eye detection. It is higher at holding in your topic at 30 or 60fps than at 24fps, just because the digital camera checks for focus extra usually when utilizing faster body charges. It is one thing to think about should you depend on autofocus and like the 24fps look. For that sort of video, take into consideration the Olympus E-M1 Mark III in Micro 4 Thirds, or the Fujifilm X-T4 should you’re not tied to the system.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II


(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

It does restrict the drive pace to 9fps in AF-C mode, however that is nonetheless fast sufficient for a lot of varieties of motion. With focus fastened after the primary shot (AF-S), the GH5 II helps 12fps seize with Uncooked (or JPG) high quality and the mechanical shutter. The buffer is ample, adequate for greater than 125 Uncooked+JPG pairs earlier than filling up. You possibly can swap to 6K (18MP) or 4K (8MP) Photograph mode to snap JPGs at 30 or 60fps, respectively, with the digital shutter—focus is fastened for the sequence.

Stabilized 20MP Sensor

Panasonic places the GH5 II’s sensor on a 5-axis stabilization (IBIS) system, helpful for each nonetheless imaging and video. It is a frequent function amongst mirrorless cameras—most opponents have IBIS, together with the Fujifilm X-T4 and Olympus’ Micro 4 Thirds cameras, the E-M1X and E-M1 Mark III.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II : Sample Image


Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm, 400mm, f/6.3, 1/500-second, ISO 1600
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The 20MP sensor is made for each, too. In stills mode it captures images in Uncooked or JPG format. Uncooked images have extra room to edit shade, whereas JPGs are able to share. The digital camera helps a local ISO vary from ISO 200 via 25600, and has ISO 100 out there as an prolonged setting.

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The default JPG output exhibits pure colours, with little noise and clear outcomes via ISO 6400. You possibly can tune the colour profile to style, or choose from loads of preset choices, together with a lot of good black-and-white seems, and video profiles like Cine2 can be found for stills, too.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II : Sample Image


Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm, 400mm, f/6.3, 1/500-second, ISO 400
(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

We took a have a look at Uncooked output in Adobe Lightroom Basic, our commonplace processor, and located them to be very editable. There’s room to regulate highlights and shadows, and fine-tune shade to style, with way more flexibility than with JPGs.

10-bit 4K60 Recording

The GH5 II enjoys an improve to its video engine versus the GH5, with the utmost body charge improved from 4K30 to 4K60. You will be restricted to 4:2:0 shade sampling at 60fps (24 and 30fps retain extra shade info, sampling at 4:2:2). Each are 10-bit, and the flat V-Log L is included with the GH5 II; it was solely out there as a paid improve for GH5 house owners.

Anamorphic choices are expanded, too. For those who’re utilizing a lens made for extra-wide facet ratios, you’ve gotten the choice of setting the digital camera to 4K30 or 6K30. You will want to use a correction when enhancing to get the correct widescreen look, a obligatory step for anamorphic lenses.

The Micro 4 Thirds format helps a great deal of tailored lenses, so you’ve got acquired the pliability to make use of trendy lenses for a pointy, excessive distinction look, or go along with classic lenses for a extra creative type. We went with an vintage Canon 50mm F1.2 for the pattern clip above, captured at 24fps utilizing the Cine2 profile.

There is a digital laundry listing of codecs and compression ranges to select from when recording to a card. The MP4 format is an possibility for informal use and initiatives with out heavy edits. The MOV container format opens up extra choices, with 150Mbps Lengthy GOP and 400Mbps All-I codecs.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II


(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

Panasonic would not embody Uncooked recording through HDMI, one thing you get with the first-generation GH5 and the low-light specialist GH5s. We do not assume it is a motive to skip upgrading. V-Log L affords loads of room to edit, and you may nonetheless have the ability to reap the benefits of extra sturdy codecs like ProRes should you’re recording to an exterior gadget.

Micro 4 Thirds for Video

Panasonic did a superb job updating the growing older GH5, a 2017 launch. The collection is a long-running favourite for video, and the Lumix GH5 II carries on the custom. It places video first, upping the standard of its 4K, and making some welcome updates to its autofocus system. Cinematographers will benefit from the higher motion photographs and half-speed slow-mo from 4K60, and we’re pleased to see V-Log L included with the digital camera.

The GH5 II remains to be a 4K digital camera, high-quality for a lot of initiatives, however not bleeding edge. If you wish to report at greater resolutions, it’s possible you’ll need to maintain out and watch for the 5.7K GH6, coming later this yr for an estimated $2,500. The total-frame S1H, additionally from Panasonic however with help for L-mount lenses, information at 6K and is licensed to be used in Netflix productions, however you pay for the high-end {hardware}, round $4,000.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II


(Photograph: Jim Fisher)

The GH5 II lives as much as the collection’ repute, and must be one of many first you have a look at for video initiatives. It is a very succesful stills digital camera too, with up to date autofocus for motion. We prefer it a bit higher than the Olympus E-M1 Mark III, one other current Micro 4 Thirds replace, however it’s not our favourite all-around digital camera on this class. The Fujifilm X-T4 is our Editors’ Selection winner, as it is a gorgeous stills digital camera and no slouch in the case of video.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II

Execs

  • Stabilized Micro 4 Thirds sensor

  • Magnesium physique with mud and splash safety

  • Twin UHS-II card slots

  • Broad library of autofocus lenses

  • Simply adapts guide focus glass

  • 10-bit 4K60 inner recording

  • Flat V-Log L profile included

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The Backside Line

The mirrorless Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II places video options first, with extra sturdy 4K recording than its predecessor and different smart upgrades.

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