Panasonic GH5 Announced! Official Specs and Footage

You have waited for 3 years and you have been saving your hard earned cash, and now the wait is over. Panasonic just unveiled the long-awaited GH4 successor – the flagship interchangeable lens camera, the Panasonic GH5. The standout new features include 4K internal recording at 10bit 4:2:2 up to 30fps (24 and 25p are also supported), 4K/60p recording (however this is at the more compressed 8bit 4:2:0), 6K photo capture for approximately 18 megapixel stills images, and a 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 (in-body image stabilization).

The Panasonic GH5 sports a new 20.3 megapixel sensor in the familiar 4/3 type size, without a low-pass filter to assist with sharper images; the camera is equipped with the familiar Micro Four thirds mount, which allows numerous 3rd party lenses to be adapted or you can use any of the Micro 4/3 lenses made by Panasonic/Leica, Olympus, SLR Magic or others.

Panasonic GH5 Features/Specs

  • New 20.3 Megapixel CMOS (4/3 type) sensor
  • Micro Four Thirds mount
  • 5-Axis Photo/Video Dual I.S. 2.0 up to 5 stops with compatible LUMIX MFT lenses
  • ISO 25,600 max
  • Eye viewfinder 3680k-dot OLED, 21mm, 0.76x.
  • V-Log L is an optional (paid) extra, same as GH4 – $98
  • Cinelike-V, Cinelike-D, and Like-709 Picture Profiles
  • Waveform and Vector Scope Built-in !!!
  • Weather Sealed Body
  • Splash/Dust proof Rugged Design
  • Freeze-proof to -10 Degrees C
  • 6K Photo capture at 30p for 18 Megapixel photos
  • 4K/60p Photo capture for approx. 8 megapixel images
  • 4K/60p is at 8bit 4:2:0 internally
  • No crop in 4K!
  • 4K/24/25 and 30p 10bit 4:2:2 internal
  • 4K/60p at 150Mb/s at launch
  • ALL-I (Intra) 10bit 422 1080p at 200 Mbps – free firmware update later in year
  • ALL-I (Intra) 10bit 422 4K at 400 Mbps – free firmware update later in 2017
  • Anamorphic mode (4:3) – free firmware later in year
  • 1080p Slow-motion at 180fps
  • 2 x SD card slots (UHS-II U3 compliant)
  • Full-size HDMI output (Type-A)
  • USB-C (USB 3.1)
  • 225-Area Advanced Depth-From-Defocus AF System
  • Weight: 725 grams with battery and SD card
  • Same battery as GH4 – DMW-BLF19
  • DMW-XLR1 XLR Hot-Shoe Audio Expansion Unit – $400
  • Available End of March 2017
  • Price: $1,998
  • Pre-order B&H/Adorama

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Shooting Impression by Ross Grieve

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K/60p Video Sample – “HAND-CUT” by Griffin Hammond

Panasonic GH5 First Impressions by Griffin Hammond

Panasonic GH5 Video Specification in More Detail:

Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 21.77 Megapixel
Effective: 20.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 20 MP: 5,184 x 3,888
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size MOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, H.264, MOV, MP4
Audio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 4096 x 2160
3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080
Video Format 4K
4096 x 2160p / 23.98 fps
4096 x 2160p / 24 fps
4096 x 2160p / 29.97 fps
4096 x 2160p / 25 fps
3840 x 2160p / 59.94 fps
3840 x 2160p / 50 fps
3840 x 2160p / 29.97 fps
3840 x 2160p / 24 fps
3840 x 2160p / 23.98 fps
3840 x 2160p / 25 fps
3328 x 2496p / 59.94 fps
3328 x 2496p / 50 fps
3328 x 2496p / 29.97 fps
3328 x 2496p / 24 fps
3328 x 2496p / 23.98 fps
3328 x 2496p / 25 fps
High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps
1920 x 1080p / 50 fps
1920 x 1080p / 29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps
1920 x 1080p / 23.98 fps
1920 x 1080p / 25 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo + Mono

6K PHOTO / 4K PHOTO Format

  • 6K PHOTO: MP4 (H.265/HEVC, Audio format: AAC (2ch))
  • 4K PHOTO: MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio format: AAC (2ch))

Video Formats:

  • MOV: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Audio format: LPCM (2ch 48kHz/16-bit, 48kHz/24-bit*, 96kHz/24-bit*)) *When attaching DMW-XLR1 (sold separately).
  • MP4: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
  • AVCHD Progressive, AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Audio 2ch)

Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4″ / 138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4 mm

Weight 1.60 lb / 725 g with battery and memory card

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  • Marcvs Antonivs

    Someone in or around Brasilia wants to buy a GH4???!!! 🙂

  • LICE

    What would you recommend as the ‘Go-To’ lens for this camera? Right now, I’m on the a7s using the 24-70 Zeiss. Looking for comparable quality but in a native format for the GH5. Any suggestions?

    • Florian Lostix

      12-35 is the exact same equivalent obviously 🙂

      • Nelson

        or that Leica 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 that came with GH5 Kit, definitely want more range

  • LICE

    Although this is super tempting, I feel like ive already bought in to Sony. I’m hoping they will answer with an updated a7s3 with similar specs. Hoping NAB had some great things in store for the budget film maker this year!

  • adam

    explain the dif between these video recording modes, what codec is best to use?

    MOV: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC

    MP4: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC

    • MOV and MP4 are just encapsulation formats, you can have HEVC/H.265 or AVC/H.264 on both, but for some reason manufacturers like to encapsulate “traditional” formats or higher quality formats on MOV, HEVC/H.265 is the next version of AVC/H.264, it requires more CPU/GPU power and it can achieve 50% less bandwidth with the same quality in some scenarios, because 4K and higher resolutions require a lot of space, GH5 uses HEVC/H.265, Adobe Premiere can handle that codec, but some other third party apps can’t, you can always use HandBrake or FFmpeg to re-encode in other format.