Panasonic's new GH5 is the most anticipated camera of the year so far. We have been lucky enough to get some hands on time before the camera ships in march. So in this video we run you through the features of the camera and talk through some of our experiences filming with it.
We will be posting more content on this camera soon, tests with the footage and an interview with Richard Payne from Holdan, so keep an eye out for that.
This video was filmed using:
Canon EOS C300 Mark II EF Mount
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens - Canon Fit
Monitor / Recorder
Atomos Shogun Flame
Sennheiser AVX-ME2 SER-3-UK Digital Wireless Microphone Kit
Datavideo TP-300 Teleprompter Kit for Apple iPad and Android Tablets
Lishuai Edge 700RSV 20 Inch Soft Bi-colour LED Light
Lishuai Edge 300RS 10 inch Round Soft Bi-Colour LED Light
Lishuai Edge 518ASV Bi-Colour LED Light
Hi, Carl here for ProAV TV, and today I am very excited to be able to show you this: The new Panasonic GH5. This is without a doubt the most anticipated camera at the moment and we are very lucky to be able to get our hands on one to show you guys. I have spent the morning filming with it and enjoyed every second, but before we get on to that lets just go over the key specs for those who don't know them.
It can capture either 4K video in a professional 10 bit 4.2.2 colour space or 8 bit 4K at 50 or 60p, which is a first for a small mirrorless camera like this. Plus, in 1080p it can go up to a hugely impressive 180 frames a second for some great slow motion. You get dual card slots, 5 axis image stabilisation, V-Log recording, waveform monitors and vector scopes and a much better viewfinder than the GH4 had. This really is a stills camera which has been designed with video users in mind. Theres also the benefits it inherits from the GH4 before it, sharp 4K footage onto SD cards, Long battery life, a flip out touchscreen and a nice small form factor. But perhaps the two new features that will make the most difference to your every day work are, firstly, that it no longer crops in when you are shooting in 4K. The GH4 would use the full width of the sensor for stills and 1080p video but when you switched to 4K it would crop in slightly, the GH5 uses the full width of the sensor all the time which is great. And secondly, there has been a significant boost in low light ability over the GH4, we estimate ISO 800 or 1000 on the GH4 should look about the same as ISO 3200 on the GH5 so thats going to make a big difference when using the camera.
The last spec thats definitely worth talking about is the 6K anamorphic mode. This isn't released yet, its not on the version of the camera I’m holding so I cant unfortunately try it out yet. But when it is released it will let you use the whole 4:3 sensor to record 6K 4:3 video, using H.265 compression. Pair this with a 2x anamorphic lens for a wide 2.35:1 aspect ratio and you will get some amazing results. I am very excited for this, as if the quality of this mode is good it could be one of the best options for anamorphic filmmaking out there, second only really to cameras like the RED helium sensor which is a £40 grand camera , so for a camera at this price that is just crazy.
Panasonic have also released this great little XLR adapter which is specifically designed for the GH5, it communicates and is powered through the hot shoe on the top of the camera, similar to how Sony do it with their A7 cameras. So thats very welcome as it means theres no wires to get in the way of things. You get 2 XLR’s, both with phantom power, and the ability to record up to 96 kilohertz, 24 bit sound. Plus all the controls with you need to get good sound, and the whole adapter isn't that big either. It shouldn't add too much bulk to your set up and keeps the gh5 a small compact camera, all run off one battery.
So thats what the camera can do, but whats it actually like to film with? We took it out to the woods nearby to get some footage for you to look at. Its pretty obvious from the footage just how foggy it was today, so definitely keep that in mind with the footage as it certainly wasn't a nice clear day with good light. I’ll use the footage to put some comparisons up online, I want to look at the difference between the 10 bit 4K and the 8 bit 50p 4K, plus some of the gamma profiles. So make sure you look for those videos which will be up on the channel soon. This is a pre-production model, and it is definitely Beta firmware. We did get some crashes when we tried 3rd party kit like the metabones adapters, and we had some difficulty playing back the footage, but thats to be expected. They will iron out those quirks by the time the camera is ready to ship and once they are gone this is going to be a very comfortable camera to use. Its slightly heavier than the GH4 was but its a nice comfortable weight in your hands so I don't think I mind that. The flip out touchscreen is really fantastic, I much prefer screens which flip out to the side like this as they are so useful when shooting video. Plus the new improved viewfinder will help a lot when you are handheld or dealing with sunshine. Theres 5 assignable buttons, and between the touchscreen and the joystick you can actually set an extra 15 giving you 20 features you can assign quick access to. I cant wait to get my hands on our own demo unit here as I definitely want to spend more time shooting with this. I have been really pleased with the image’s I got this morning
This is going to be without a doubt one of the most popular cameras of 2017. We will work on more content for this channel as soon as possible so please do subscribe if you want to see that. If you want more information on the camera visit our website with the links below or give our sales team a call and they will talk you through it. So are you as excited for this camera as we are? Any thing you want us to test out for you? Let me know in the comments section below, and i’ll see you in the next video. Thanks for watching.