Panasonic GH5S

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S front
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 160 - 51200 (Raise to 204800)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 660g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Announced January 2018
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic GH5S overview

Panasonic GH5S is Panasonic's Pro Mirrorless digital camera initially introduced on January of 2018. It uses a 10 MegaPixel, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3680 x 2760.

The GH5S comes in at #61 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all around #272 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your personalized requirements.

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Here is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic GH5S history

The Panasonic GH5S has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can see all earlier and most recent models alongside main specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH6 front thumbnailPanasonic GH6
GH5S vs GH6
25MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5-II front thumbnailPanasonic GH5 II
GH5S vs GH5 II
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GH5S vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
GH5S vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5S front thumbnailPanasonic GH5S10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G9 front thumbnailPanasonic G9
GH5S vs G9
20MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH5 front thumbnailPanasonic GH5
GH5S vs GH5
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
GH5S vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
GH5S vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH4 front thumbnailPanasonic GH4
GH5S vs GH4
16MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GH5S vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
GH5S vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GH5S vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GH5S vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
GH5S vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GH5S vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GH5S vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
GH5S vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GH5S vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
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Panasonic GH5S Pros and Cons

Below is a list of pros and cons of the Panasonic GH5S based on aspects which are oftentimes seen as important in a digital camera.

2 card slots
exports RAW files
features face detect autofocus
features tracking focus
focusing manually
fully articulated screen
good resolution screen (1,620 k dots)
great high ISO (51,200)
has bluetooth
has HDMI out
has headphone support
has microphone support
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
includes focus via touch
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
no anti-alias filter
screen size is good (3.2")
selfie friendly screen
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
silent mode (1/16,000s)
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
touchscreen functionality
weather proof
doesn't have Timelapse mode
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (10 megapixels)
no phase detect autofocus
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Panasonic GH5S Sensor details

The Panasonic GH5S features the Venus Engine 10 processor. The specification of the sensor in the Panasonic GH5S is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3680 x 2760 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 10 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 160 - 51200. This ISO can be extended electronically to 80 - 204800. RAW photos are saved therefore you have wider margin for error.

Panasonic chose to skip the anti-alias filter for the Panasonic GH5S. This could result in more detailed pictures but may introduce moire in certain situations.

The picture underneath shows the GH5S's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The GH5S sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is presented in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic GH5S dimensions

Panasonic GH5S weighs 1.46 lb (660 gr or 23.28 ounces) & the sizing 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 so the Panasonic GH5S is very similar in comparison with its rivals.

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Here is a shot of the Panasonic GH5S beside a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button layout on the GH5S.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S topview buttons dials

Panasonic GH5S Lens specs

The GH5S uses the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses that are available. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the GH5S.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Elmar-100-400mm-F4.0-6.3-ASPH-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH Power OIS100-400mmf/4.0-6.3 985g
Lensbaby-Sol-22-Micro-Four-Thirds lensLensbaby Sol 2222mmf/3.5144g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Macro-30mm-F2.8-ASPH-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm F2.8 ASPH Mega OIS30mmf/2.8 180g
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Elmarit-200mm-F2.8-Power-OIS lensPanasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power OIS200mmf/2.8 1245g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-7-14mm-F4-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH7-14mmf/4.0 300g
Samyang-20mm-F1.8-ED-AS-UMC-Micro-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC20mmf/1.8497g
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Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-14-42mm-f3.5-5.6 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.614-42mmf/3.5-5.6 190g
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Panasonic GH5S Connectivity

The GH5S has the following connectivity:

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

Cameras with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to send files and sometimes change camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Many applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Panasonic GH5S Video specs

The highest video resolution in the Panasonic GH5S is 4096 x 2160 and you can capture in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 file format. 2160p gives an excellent resolution for video recording. You can crop to Full HD in order to get better results. Be wary of the huge file sizes and ensure you get good SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does feature both headphone and microphone support making it extremely valuable while capturing audio.

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Panasonic GH5S Weather Sealing

Panasonic GH5S provides weather sealing making it a very good option for use for rough environments. This is particularly beneficial whenever you are unsure about the elements you might face for outdoor photography.

Panasonic GH5S Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic GH5S houses a 3.2" fully articulated display screen boasting a resolution of 1,620k dots.

The screen is selfie friendly to take self portraits and even group shots when required. Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you can adjust focus points as well as change settings with your finger.

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The View Finder specifications for Panasonic GH5S are as follows:

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

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be particularly useful.

Panasonic GH5S Shutter specs

Panasonic GH5S is able to shoot continuously at 12.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 sec. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 sec. Beware that the electronic shutter can result in "rolling shutter" in certain situations.

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Panasonic GH5S Flash and Hot shoe specs

Panasonic GH5S has external flash ability but comes without inbuilt flash.

Panasonic GH5S Autofocus specs

Panasonic GH5S has just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and precise when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which can be helpful for people photography.

It boasts 225 focus points to select from. Panasonic GH5S has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to switch focus points. It also comes with Tracking AF for things that move. Panasonic GH5S features manual focus when needed for low light occasions or you need to have more exact focus control.

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Panasonic GH5S Battery life

The battery power (DMW-BLF19) in the Panasonic GH5S is fashioned to last for 440 pictures as per the CIPA measurements which is about the same as it's competitors. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has got the highest (870) battery life for this class of cameras.

Following is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Panasonic GH5S for specific forms of photography

The following chart presents a overview of the Panasonic GH5S for specific forms of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Panasonic GH5S Portrait photography info

The Panasonic GH5S receives a score of 62 which is above average, and means the camera is a respectable pick to use for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files & flexibility to work with external flash.

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has manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
MP count low (10MP)

Panasonic GH5S Street photography information

Having a above average score of 68, the Panasonic GH5S is a very decent fit to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

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screen articulates fully
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
offers focus via touch
weather proof
above average high ISO (51,200)
no image stabilization

Sports photography with Panasonic GH5S

A moderate sports photography rating of 56 indicates the Panasonic GH5S is reasonably acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have very good focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet shooting (1/16,000s)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features tracking focus
weather sealing
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
lacks phase detect AF

Travel photography with Panasonic GH5S

Weight is super critical when choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Panasonic GH5S gets a above average 61 as a travel camera which is a very decent choice to take with you on your journeys.

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weather proofing
supports bluetooth
supports focus via touch
display is selfie friendly
lack of Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (10 megapixels)

Panasonic GH5S as a Landscape photography camera

For anyone who is looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Panasonic GH5S with it's above average grade of 63 for a landscape camera is a very decent pick among it's competition.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is decent (3.2 inch)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
good ISO range (51,200)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
has dual storage slots
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse function

Panasonic GH5S Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera really should come with a articulating display screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Panasonic GH5S is a very decent fit as a vlog camera as it comes to a nice score of 68.

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selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
comes with face detection focus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
includes external microphone jack
does not have image stabilization

Panasonic GH5S Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the GH5S, here is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall under the class of Pro Mirrorless.

The diagram just below shows you an overview of the GH5S versus it's highest scoring rivals shown previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To check out a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Venus Engine 10
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor measurements
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
3680 x 2760
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fully Articulated
Screen sizing
Screen resolution
1,620k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
3,680k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Highest silent shutter speed
1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
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
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 3.1
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
660 grams (1.46 lbs)
139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4")
Battery life
440 photos
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/3 images)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-II V60 cards supported)
Card slots
Pricing at launch