Panasonic GH5S review

New to Panasonic’s Lumix range in 2018 is the Panasonic GH5S. Marketed as a more practicable tool for videographers than its predecessor – the GH5 – Panasonic have sacrificed some of the still image utility of the GH5S to offer improvements in this new model’s video capture capabilities. Capable of shooting in 4K DCI or Ultra High Definition, this affordable compact mirrorless 4K video focused instrument is ideal for aspiring videographers like myself, or seasoned pros like Owen Hunte. As well as continuing to increase the scope of possibilities available to users, the GH5S has been applauded for its stellar performance in low light situations.

Although it’s marketed as affordable, the GH5S does come in at the upper end of the price bracket for Mirrorless Compact System Cameras, and this is most likely due to its specialization as a primarily video unit. So, why did I plump for Panasonic’s latest offering instead of alternatives such as Sony, Olympus, and Samsung?

Specifications

 

  • 28 Megapixels
  • C4K/4K 60P/50P video recording
  • 4:2:2 10-bit Internal Recording
  • Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera
  • SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card/(Compatible with UHS-I/UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 standard SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards and UHS-II Video Speed Class 60 standard SDXC Memory Cards)
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • Multiple Aspect Ratios: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
  • Connectivity: 4Ghz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • OLED Live View Finder
  • USB Type-C, SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen1 Interface
  • Lithium Ion Battery capable of 440 images
  • 2 SD Card Slots

 

10.28 Megapixels

The excellent low light performance boasted by the GH5S has been achieved by lowering the pixel count by almost half from the GH5 predecessor. This allows for much larger pixels, capturing more light and increasing the ISO range. Another benefit created by lowering the number of pixels is a marked reduction in any appreciable negative effects from rolling shutter.

Achieve Multiple Aspect Ratios Without Cropping

 

To achieve a range of aspect ratios, usually camera will crop down from 4:3, meaning the image will not be utilising the full number of pixels available to the camera. To combat this, Panasonic have reintroduced the oversized sensor found on earlier GH models, meaning that not can you put the maximum number of pixels to work regardless of your chosen aspect ratio, but in addition the GH5S can offer a wider view angle in video mode.

Worlds first C4K/4K 60P/50P Camera

 

Offering ‘unlimited’ recording in C4K/4K 60P/50P and 10 bit as standard means the GH5S boasts more vivid 4:2:2 colour subsampling for a far richer image straight out of the box!

All the Bells and Whistles

Panasonic have added tonnes of other improvements over the previous model.  As well as being oversized, the sensor is billed as dual gain, allowing users to manually choose the senor mode. The model also comes with V-Log lite as standard, the use of which allows for a wider dynamic range more in line with how our eye perceives the world.

The price of the GH5S does men that if you’re not a professional videographer, or seriously committed to becoming one, then it’s probably out of reach. For those who are, however, the vast range of utilities and the specialization of the GH5S make it a commendable piece of equipment.