Panasonic GH5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 front
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 725g - 139 x 98 x 87mm
  • Announced January 2017
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic GH4
  • Successor is Panasonic GH5 II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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.

Panasonic introduced this model in order to replace the earlier Panasonic GH4 (Read Full Comparison) & then launched the more recent Panasonic GH5 II (Read Full Comparison) to update this camera.

The GH5 places at #56 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & over all #156 out of 1465 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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The following is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic GH5 history

The Panasonic GH5 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH6 front thumbnailPanasonic GH6
GH5 vs GH6
25MPFour Thirds14.0 fps2022
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5-II front thumbnailPanasonic GH5 II
GH5 vs GH5 II
20MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2021
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Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G100 front thumbnailPanasonic G100
GH5 vs G100
20MPFour Thirds10.0 fps2020
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G95 front thumbnailPanasonic G95
GH5 vs G95
20.3MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2019
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-GH5S front thumbnailPanasonic GH5S
GH5 vs GH5S
10MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-G9 front thumbnailPanasonic G9
GH5 vs G9
20MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2017
Photography Glossary
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH5 front thumbnailPanasonic GH520MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G85 front thumbnailPanasonic G85
GH5 vs G85
16MPFour Thirds9.0 fps2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G7 front thumbnailPanasonic G7
GH5 vs G7
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH4 front thumbnailPanasonic GH4
GH5 vs GH4
16MPFour Thirds12.0 fps2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G6 front thumbnailPanasonic G6
GH5 vs G6
16MPFour Thirds7.0 fps2013
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH3 front thumbnailPanasonic GH3
GH5 vs GH3
16MPFour Thirds20.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G5 front thumbnailPanasonic G5
GH5 vs G5
16MPFour Thirds6.0 fps2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G3 front thumbnailPanasonic G3
GH5 vs G3
16MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH2 front thumbnailPanasonic GH2
GH5 vs GH2
16MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G10 front thumbnailPanasonic G10
GH5 vs G10
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G2 front thumbnailPanasonic G2
GH5 vs G2
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-GH1 front thumbnailPanasonic GH1
GH5 vs GH1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-G1 front thumbnailPanasonic G1
GH5 vs G1
12MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2009
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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.

change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
connects via bluetooth
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
delivers RAW formats
does not have low pass filter
environment proof
fully articulated screen
good ISO range (25,600)
has dual storage slots
has face detect focusing
has HDMI support
has headphone jack
has mic jack
has touch focus
has tracking focus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pixels)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
manual focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
screen has good resolution (1,620 thousand dot)
screen size is decent (3.2")
selfie friendly screen
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
touchscreen functionality
does not have phase detect AF
low battery life (410 shots)
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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.

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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.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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The following is a photo of the Panasonic GH5 beside a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its size.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show you the button layout on the GH5.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 topview buttons dials

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.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Leica-D-Vario-Elmarit-14-50mm-F2.8-3.5-ASPH-Mega-OIS lensPanasonic Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm F2.8-3.5 ASPH Mega OIS14-50mmf/2.8-3.5 490g
Samyang-35mm-F1.4-AS-UMC-Four-Thirds lensSamyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC35mmf/1.4 660g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-25mm-F1.8 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.825mmf/1.8 136g
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
Panasonic-Leica-DG-Vario-Elmarit-8-18mm-F2.8-4.0-ASPH lensPanasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH8-18mmf/2.8-22315g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-25mm-F1.7-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G 25mm F1.7 ASPH25mmf/1.7 125g
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Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-ED-40-150mm-F2.8-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro40-150mmf/2.8 760g
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 460. 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.

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manual focus
resolution is good (20MP)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files

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.

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screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
includes touch focus
weather proof
great high ISO (25,600)

Panasonic GH5 Sports photography features

A above average sports photography rating of 68 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.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
offers tracking focus
weather proofing
not so great battery life (410 CIPA)
no phase detect auto focus

Panasonic GH5 Travel photography highlights

Weight is extremely important when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Panasonic GH5 gets a nice 68 as a travel camera which is a very decent pick for your travels.

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weather proofing
supports bluetooth
has focus by touch
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
low battery life (410 shots)

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 nice rating of 75 for a landscape camera is a good pick within the current marketplace.

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manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
does not have low pass filter
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
weather proofing
has dual storage slots
terrible battery (410 shots)

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.

Photography Glossary
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect focus
video resolution high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
includes mic port

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.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5
Pro Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Venus Engine
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest enhanced ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
1,620 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
3,680 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Fastest silent shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, Auto/Redeye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On w/Redeye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync w/Redeye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
4096 x 2160 (24p), 3840 x 2160 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
725 gr (1.60 pounds)
Physical dimensions
139 x 98 x 87mm (5.5" x 3.9" x 3.4")
Battery life
410 images
Battery format
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs; 10 secs w/3 shots)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
Storage slots
Cost at release