Panasonic GH5 summary
Panasonic GH5 is Panasonic's Pro Mirrorless digital camera first launched on January of 2017. The camera has a 20MP, CMOS Four Thirds size sensor with a full resolution of 5184 x 3888.
The GH5 places at #46 out of 60 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & over all #129 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our collection. Please use our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personal factors.
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Panasonic GH5 history
The Panasonic GH5 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list below.
Panasonic GH5 Gallery
You can view the GH5 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic GH5 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Panasonic GH5 based on things that are typically regarded as important in a digital camera.
Panasonic GH5 Sensor features
The Panasonic GH5 houses the Venus Engine chip. The size of the sensor in the Panasonic GH5 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can capture 5184 x 3888 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CMOS sensor has 20MP and has a standard ISO range of 200 - 25600. The ISO can be increased electronically to a minimum of 100. RAW format is saved therefore the user has more margin for error.
Panasonic made the decision to omit the low pass filter for the Panasonic GH5. This might result in more sharper photographs but could create moire under some situations.
The image below illustrates the GH5's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The GH5 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is outlined in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Panasonic GH5 dimensions
Panasonic GH5 weighs 1.60 pounds (725 grams / 25.57 ounces) & the overall size of the camera is 139mm x 98mm x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4"). The weight of average Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 grams so the Panasonic GH5 is similar when compared with other competitors.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The following is a photo of the Panasonic GH5 beside a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will show you the button layout on the GH5.
Panasonic GH5 Lens features
The GH5 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses on sale. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the GH5.
Panasonic GH5 Connectivity
The GH5 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer images and sometimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Some apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Panasonic GH5 Video features
The highest possible video quality in the Panasonic GH5 is 4096 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 file format. 2160p offers a great quality for video. You can downsample to 1080p in order to get improved video. Be mindful of the massive file sizes and ensure you own high quality SD cards with good write speeds. The body does have both headphone and mic jack making it pretty valuable whilst capturing sound.
Panasonic GH5 Weather Sealing
Panasonic GH5 comes with environment proofing which makes it a excellent choice for use during tough climates. This is especially beneficial in case you are not sure about the conditions you may face during outdoor photography.
Panasonic GH5 Screen and Viewfinder
The Panasonic GH5 has a 3.2 inch fully articulated screen with a resolution of 1,620 thousand dots.
It includes a selfie friendly screen to take self portraits and group shots when required. Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means you can adjust focus point and change settings by using your fingertips.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The ViewFinder specifications for Panasonic GH5 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 3,680 thousand dots
- Coverage 100%
- Magnification 0.76x
Viewfinders can be very beneficial during bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.
Panasonic GH5 Shutter features
Panasonic GH5 continuous shooting speed is 12.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds. The camera also provides silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter can lead to "rolling shutter" under some lighting conditions.
Panasonic GH5 Flash and Hot shoe features
Panasonic GH5 features external flash support but does not have integrated flash.
Panasonic GH5 Autofocus features
Panasonic GH5 features only Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & accurate than Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection making it handy for portraits.
The AF system has 225 focus points to choose from. Panasonic GH5 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to change focus. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Panasonic GH5 boasts manual focusing in case it is needed during low light conditions or you need more exact focusing control.
Panasonic GH5 Battery life
The battery life on the Panasonic GH5 is built to last for 410 images based on the CIPA requirements which is lesser than it's competition. The average Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 457. Olympus E-M1X offers the best (870) battery life within this type of cameras.
Listed below is a collection of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
Panasonic GH5 for different categories of photography
The following chart indicates a summary of the Panasonic GH5 for different categories of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section below.
Panasonic GH5 Portrait photography features
The Panasonic GH5 receives a points total of 76 which is outstanding, and means the camera is a outstanding fit for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos & potential to utilize off-camera flash.
Panasonic GH5 as a Street photography camera
Getting a very good rating of 74, the Panasonic GH5 is a very decent pick to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Panasonic GH5 Sports photography features
A above average sports photography rating of 69 indicates the Panasonic GH5 is a very decent fit for taking photos of sports. A camera needs fantastic focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic GH5 Travel photography highlights
Weight is extremely important when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Panasonic GH5 gets a nice 69 as a travel camera which is a very decent pick for your travels.
Panasonic GH5 as a Landscape photography camera
If you find yourself planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic GH5 at it's great rating of 76 for a landscape camera is a fantastic pick within the current marketplace.
Panasonic GH5 Vlogging advice
A camera for vlogging should have a moving screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Panasonic GH5 is a respectable pick as a vlog camera as it receives a nice rating of 75.
Panasonic GH5 Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the GH5, here is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the category of Pro Mirrorless.
The diagram just below offers you an overview of the GH5 vs it's highest rated competitors listed above.
There are more cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.