Panasonic announce the new GH5 – Full details
A leader in its class – the GH5 is here to shake things up.
The DMC-GH5 introduces a trio of world-firsts that make it an undisputed leader in its class. It is the first consumer digital camera to offer 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 25/30p video recording to SD Card, it has the distinction of offering 4K quality video at 50/60 frames per second (fps), and has evolved its original 4K Photo to the stunning 6K Photo.
20 Megapixel Sensor
The DMC-GH5’s 20-megapixel sensor – with the Low Pass Filter removed and a new Venus Engine processor – provides new levels of detail, outstanding low-light performance and impressive dynamic range.
4K 10-bit 4:2:2 25/30p video recording to SD Card
The DMC-GH5’s 10bit 4:2:2 video recording in 4K resolution captures over 1 billion colours – in comparison, other cameras in this class can only offer 16.7 million colours. The result is cinematic, subtle gradation and far more colour information. For the serious film maker, this provides significantly more editing flexibility in post-production. In the past, this level of quality could only be achieved with a broadcast camera, far larger and heavier and costing many times more than the DMC-GH5. To capture data, an external recorder would be needed, meaning additional cost and bulk. The DMC-GH5’s sleek, powerful body and direct SD Card recording is a highly mobile and lightweight solution with no compromise on quality – meeting the demands of a range of challenging professional shooting conditions, particularly when the user can’t carry a lot of equipment.
4K 50p/60p video recording
The DMC-GH5 is the only camera in its class to offer amazing 4K quality at 50/60fps. This higher frame rate is perfect for capturing very natural motion for applications such as documentary film-making and news reporting. It’s also ideal for creating gorgeous slow motion footage while maintaining the level of detail provided by 4K resolution. And for those who need even higher frame rates for cinematic slow motion, the DMC-GH5 is capable of recording at up to 180fps in full high definition.
Amazing 5-Axis Dual IS 2 Stabilisation
Panasonic’s Dual IS 2 technology combines 5-axis internal stabilisation with the optical image stabilisation in selected lenses to provide up to 5 stops of image stabilisation, even at telephoto focal lengths. Dual IS enables photographers to use much slower shutter speeds and ISO values and still achieve pin sharp results. Videographers can get incredibly stable performance when shooting handheld, even in the highest quality video modes. This is a revolutionary improvement for professionals, and will in many situations eliminate the need to carry a tripod or Steadicam rig.
Industry-leading 6K Photo
Panasonic was the first to introduce 4K Photo, allowing users to select a high quality still photo from a precise moment of video footage. Now, with 6K Photo, the DMC-GH5 can record a burst of 18 megapixel still images continuously at 30fps with no buffer limit, so photographers never miss that decisive moment. The original 4K Photo now features twice the frame rate, capturing 60fps in 8- megapixel resolution. In 6K/4K PHOTO, three exclusive modes can be selected depending on the situation: 6K/4K Burst, 6K/4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 6K/4K Pre-burst.
A camera built for the exacting professional
The DMC-GH5 has a magnesium alloy weather sealed construction that is splash, dust and freeze-proof, for professionals who rely on their equipment to keep performing in any environment. Panasonic’s heat dissipation technology prevents overheating and ensures the camera can record without time restrictions, even with stabilisation activated and using the highest quality 4K video modes.
The large capacity batteries enable hours of uninterrupted video shooting, and when paired with the optional battery grip the battery life is doubled. The Dual SD UHS-II Card slots – a first in a LUMIX camera – also provide the flexibility and protection of recording simultaneously to both cards or backing up data to the second SD Card slot. These features make the DMC-GH5 the best choice for wedding and event videographers, documentary photographers and film-makers – and in any situation where a professional’s reputation rests on their ability to capture a once in a lifetime moment.
For precise shooting, the camera is equipped with a best-in-class 3.6 million-dot OLED viewfinder that has an increased magnification of 0.76x. This very large, crystal clear and highly accurate viewfinder delivers perfect results in the brightest outdoor conditions, supported by a sizeable 3.2- inch articulated touch screen monitor, with a sharp 1.6 million-dot resolution. Other features the field user will appreciate are full-size HDMI output, removing the need for an adaptor and providing greater data protection. Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy connection and secure 5GHz Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11ac) streamline field work with convenient remote control and sharing with other devices, and faster data transmission.
The DMC-GH5 will be available in Australia in April 2017.
All pre-orders made before the 31st March 2017 will receive a bonus V-Log Profile.
To register your interest and view video content on the GH5, click here.