Panasonic GH5 II

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II front
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4992 x 3744 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 727g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Announced July 2021
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DC-GH5M2
  • Succeeded the Panasonic GH5
  • New Model is Panasonic GH6
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic GH5 II overview

Panasonic GH5 II is Panasonic's Pro Mirrorless camera first released on July of 2021. It comes with a 20 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5184 x 3888. It is also known as "Lumix DC-GH5M2" in some countries.

Panasonic launched this camera as a way to upgrade the previous Panasonic GH5 (Read Full Comparison) & then released the newer Panasonic GH6 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this model.

The GH5 II stands at #50 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all around #122 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can look at our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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Panasonic GH5 II family

The Panasonic GH5 II has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can check out all past and newer models along with key specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH6 front thumbnailPanasonic GH6
GH5 II vs GH6
25MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5-II front thumbnailPanasonic GH5 II20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GH5 II vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
GH5 II vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5S front thumbnailPanasonic GH5S
GH5 II vs GH5S
10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G9 front thumbnailPanasonic G9
GH5 II vs G9
20MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH5 front thumbnailPanasonic GH5
GH5 II vs GH5
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
GH5 II vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
GH5 II vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH4 front thumbnailPanasonic GH4
GH5 II vs GH4
16MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GH5 II vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
GH5 II vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GH5 II vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GH5 II vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
GH5 II vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GH5 II vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GH5 II vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
GH5 II vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GH5 II vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
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Panasonic GH5 II Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic GH5 II based on features which are generally seen as essential in a camera.

2 card slots
comes with focus by touch
does have HDMI out
does have headphone support
does have microphone support
environment sealing
exports RAW files
fully articulated screen
good megapixels (20MP)
good resolution screen (1,840 k dots)
great ISO range (25,600)
has bluetooth
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect autofocus
includes tracking focus
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
no low pass filter
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
selfie friendly display
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
touch screen
video res high (4992 x 3744 pixels)
you can focus manually
bad battery power (400 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Panasonic GH5 II Sensor specifications

The dimension of the sensor on the Panasonic GH5 II is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 5184 x 3888 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 20MP and gives a native ISO range of 200 to 25600. This ISO can be extended digitally to a minimum of 100. RAW photos are saved which means that you have wider margin for error.

Panasonic chose to skip the low pass filter on the Panasonic GH5 II. This can result in more sharp pictures but might cause moire in certain situations.

The picture underneath displays the GH5 II's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The GH5 II sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GH5 II dimensions

Panasonic GH5 II is 1.60 lbs (727 gr or 25.64 oz) & the over all size of the camera is 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 gr and the Panasonic GH5 II is very similar when compared to various competitors.

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Down below is a shot of the Panasonic GH5 II alongside a soft drink to help you get a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button layout on the GH5 II.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II topview buttons dials

Panasonic GH5 II Lens specifications

The GH5 II uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses available on the market. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the GH5 II.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Lumix-G-X-Vario-35-100mm-F2.8-II-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 II Power OIS35-100mmf/2.8 357g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Elmarit-12-60mm-F2.8-4.0-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH Power OIS12-60mmf/2.8-4 320g
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Venus-Laowa-Argus-33mm-F0.95-CF-APO-FourThirds-Mount lensVenus Laowa Argus 33mm F0.95 CF APO33mmf/1590g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-X-Vario-PZ-14-42mm-F3.5-5.6-ASPH-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS14-42mmf/3.5-5.6 95g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-12-100mm-F4.0-IS-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro12-100mmf/4 561g
Sigma-30mm-F2.8-DN-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSigma 30mm F2.8 DN30mmf/2.8 135g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-14-42mm-F3.5-5.6-EZ lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ14-42mmf/3.5-5.6 91g
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Panasonic GH5 II Connectivity

The GH5 II has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and oftentimes alter settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

A few applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

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Panasonic GH5 II Video specifications

The highest video resolution on the Panasonic GH5 II is 4992 x 3744 and you can capture in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 format. 3744p gives a outstanding resolution for video recording. You are able to crop to Full HD to get cleaner results. Beware of the considerable file sizes and make sure you get good SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does feature both headphone and microphone support making it incredibly useful while capturing audio.

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Panasonic GH5 II Weather Sealing

Panasonic GH5 II has got environment sealing which makes it a great candidate for use in tricky environments. This can be particularly beneficial any time you are unsure about the elements you might face in outdoor photography.

Panasonic GH5 II Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GH5 II comes with a 3" fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 1,840k dots.

The display is selfie friendly for self portraits and even group photos if necessary. Moreover the display is touch friendly which means that you are able to switch focus points as well as adjust settings with your fingers.

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The View Finder specs for Panasonic GH5 II are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 3,680k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.76x

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be very helpful.

Panasonic GH5 II Shutter specifications

Panasonic GH5 II has the ability to shoot continuously at 12.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter might cause "rolling shutter" in certain circumstances.

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Panasonic GH5 II Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic GH5 II has external flash ability but is without built in flash.

Panasonic GH5 II Autofocus specifications

Panasonic GH5 II has just Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and precise compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which can be useful for people photography.

The Sensor comes with 225 focus points to select from. Panasonic GH5 II has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to shift where you focus. It also includes Tracking AF for things on the move. Panasonic GH5 II comes with manual focus if required in low light situations or you need to have more precise focus control.

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Panasonic GH5 II Battery life

The battery power (DMW-BLK22) on the Panasonic GH5 II is fashioned to last for 400 pictures as per the CIPA specifications which is less as compared with it's competition. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X features the highest (870) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras with the best battery life:

Panasonic GH5 II for specific kinds of photography

The following graph displays a summation of the Panasonic GH5 II for specific kinds of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Panasonic GH5 II Portrait photography details

The Panasonic GH5 II receives a score of 77 which is wonderful, meaning that it is a fantastic choice to use for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files and potential to use external lighting.

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you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (20MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW files

Street photography with Panasonic GH5 II

Having a very good rating of 74, the Panasonic GH5 II is a good pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
features touch to focus
weather sealing
above average ISO range (25,600)

Panasonic GH5 II Sports photography factors

A very good sports photography rating of 70 means the Panasonic GH5 II is a respectable fit for taking photos of sports. A camera must have good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
environment proofing
not so great battery power (400 CIPA)
lack of phase detect AF

Panasonic GH5 II Travel photography details

Weight is super crucial when choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Panasonic GH5 II gets a above average 69 as a travel camera which is a respectable pick to take on your trips.

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environment sealing
has bluetooth
provides focus by touch
megapixel count decent (20MP)
selfie friendly screen
terrible battery (400 shots)

Landscape photography with Panasonic GH5 II

For anybody planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Panasonic GH5 II with it's great rating of 76 as a landscape camera is a excellent choice within the current marketplace.

Photography Glossary
has manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
environment sealing
two card slots
low battery (400 per charge)

Vlogging with Panasonic GH5 II

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a articulating display screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Panasonic GH5 II is a superb option for vlogging as it delivers a awesome score of 76.

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screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (4992 x 3744 resolution)
comes with mic support

Panasonic GH5 II Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the GH5 II, below is a number of the top rated cameras which fall within the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The chart down below will give you a bird's eye view of the GH5 II versus it's highest ranking rivals mentioned above.

Following are additional cameras you might consider as alternate options. To read through a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II
Also called
Lumix DC-GH5M2
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum boosted ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Fully Articulated
Display size
3 inch
Resolution of display
1,840k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
3,680k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
60 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed
1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
12.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
4992x3744 (30p/?25p/?24p)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
727 grams (1.60 lb)
Physical dimensions
139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4")
Battery life
400 photographs
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots
Retail cost