Panasonic Lumix GH5S hands-on: A small, light-weight, video-focused mirrorless
Panasonic’s top-end GH-series fashions have been successful with videographers lately, and the producer has lastly put and finish to rumours of a brand new mannequin arriving by saying the brand new Lumix GH5S at CES 2018.
Rather than making an attempt to fulfill two audiences with one digicam, Panasonic has targeted on creating the last word video digicam for videographers with the Lumix GH5S. Its specification has been fastidiously tailor-made in direction of the cinema and broadcast market the place there’s demand for the most effective film high quality from a small, moveable physique. Those after a succesful Micro Four Thirds stills digicam are after all properly catered for by the just lately launched Panasonic Lumix G9.
The new GH5S will sit alongside the GH5 and G9 on the prime finish of Panasonic’s G-series, with the GH5 remaining in manufacturing for the foreseeable future. The Lumix GH5 will proceed to be bought at £1,699 (physique solely), with the worth for the Lumix GH5S fetching £2,199 (physique solely) when it goes on sale in mid January. Unlike the Lumix GH5, which may be bought with a lens as a part of a bundle, the Lumix GH5S will solely be that can be purchased physique solely.
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Panasonic Lumix GH5S – Features
Instead of adopting the GH5’s 20.Three-million-pixel Four Thirds sensor, Panasonic has fitted the GH5S with a decrease decision 10.2-million-pixel Four Thirds chip. Although this pixel rely could seem low by at present’s requirements, it’s not a dissimilar method to what we’ve seen from the likes of Sony with their video-focused Alpha 7S and Alpha 7S II fashions.
The benefit the GH5S has over the GH5, in addition to different cameras with a better pixel density, is that every photosite (or pixel) on the chip is bigger. This ought to equate to superior light-gathering capabilities and a formidable low-light efficiency – one thing that’s mirrored within the Lumix GH5S’s ISO vary, which spans from ISO 160-51,200 (extendable to ISO 80-204,800). By means of comparability, the GH5’s sensitivity vary runs from ISO 200-25,600 (extendable to ISO 100).
Much just like the Panasonic’s skilled VariCam 35 digicam, the GH5S additionally boasts Dual Native ISO know-how. The thought behind that is it permits videographers to create excessive body price seize in low ambient mild environments whereas specializing in capturing the right shot with out worrying about background noise.
In an attention-grabbing transfer, Panasonic has opted to omit in-body picture stabilisation from the GH5S following suggestions from its skilled GH5 clients. By having a sensor that’s completely mounted and never liable to transferring, Panasonic expects the digicam to carry out higher in conditions the place the digicam could be topic to vibration equivalent to when it’s mounted to rigs and different helps.
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Another characteristic the GH5S omits is 6K-photo mode. This beforehand featured on the GH5 and allowed customers to create 18MP photos direct from 30p video seize. Panasonic hasn’t fully performed away with the thought of making stills from video and 4K-photo mode stays, offering customers the chance to extract 8MP nonetheless photos from 4K footage recorded at 60fps.
As to be anticipated from a class-leading video digicam, all conceivable body charges can be found, with the choice to document 4K video at as much as 60fps for a vast size of time. There is four:2:2 10-bit color out there in C4K and 4K at 30p/25p/24p for wealthy tonal gradations and monitor output choices embody four:2:2 10-bit output and inner recording (C4K/4K 60p/50p is output solely), with four:2:zero Eight-bit output and inner recording (C4K/4K 60p/50p) additionally out there.
The GH5S offers skilled customers the chance to document footage to an SD card inserted within the digicam and to an exterior gadget on the similar time through its HDMI Live Output. There’s additionally the choice to shoot tremendous gradual movement at as much as 240fps when recording film footage at Full HD high quality. The quickest variable body price in Full HD high quality on the GH5 is 180fps.
Unlike the GH5, the GH5S offers pre-installed V-Log L (digital destructive) recording in addition to the V-Log L view help operate with out the necessity to buy the DMW-SFU1 improve software program key that prices £80. Those who need distinctive flexibility in addition to wider dynamic vary for color grading throughout the post-production course of will welcome this with open arms.
Another characteristic that can entice critical videographers is the GH5S’s Timecode IN/OUT compatibility, which is simple to set utilizing the flash sync terminal and bundled coaxial cable for a BNC terminal. The digicam can be utilized as a Timecode generator for different GH5S fashions camcorders and the performance makes multi-camera productions pain-free by immediately synchronizing recordings to different cameras or audio units.
At the aspect of the digicam there are two SD card slots, each of that are UHS-II appropriate to deal with the excessive knowledge charges required. The GH5S additionally inherits all the unique Lumix focusing options, together with Face/Eye detection AF, 1-Area AF, Pinpoint AF and Full Area AF along with MF help (as much as 20x magnification) and Focus Peaking.
Elsewhere, the GH5S inherits the brand new evening mode from the Lumix G9 to suppress the stimulation of eyes which are accustomed to capturing in darkness. There’s a brand new graphical consumer interface that’s been developed on suggestions from videographers and the battery life sees a marginal enchancment, accepting the DMW-BLF19E as beforehand used within the GH5.
Panasonic Lumix GH5S – Body and design
The GH5S’s physique is constructed across the similar magnesium alloy chassis because the GH5 and feels an identical within the hand. The chunky grip accommodates giant fingers extraordinarily properly and all the important thing controls are readily accessible like they’re on the GH5. The GH5S additionally affords customers reassurance when the going will get robust with freeze proofing (to -10°C) and splash/mud resistance.
The solely apparent variations you’ll discover between the GH5 and GH5S are the newly added flashes of pink across the physique. At the entrance the letter S stands out in pink beneath the mannequin identify, with the brand new pink ring across the drive dial highlighting its premium standing in Panasonic’s G-series very like the Lumix G9.
Up on the highest plate, simply to the proper of the Fn1 button, the movie-rec button has been made extra apparent by ending it in pink with its REC lettering clearly standing out towards it in white.
In all different respects of physique and design the GH5S is an identical to the GH5. The EVF employs a stunningly detailed Three.68M-dot OLED panel and offers a zero.76x magnification. Meanwhile the absolutely articulated 1.62M-dot Three.2in display is contact delicate and makes use of WhiteMagic know-how for elevated brightness.
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Rather than changing the Lumix GH5 outright, the GH5S positions itself alongside its sister mannequin and the Lumix G9 within the firm’s premium product lineup. Whereas the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is extra of a hybrid mannequin in the way in which it affords 4K broadcast-standard video specification with a gorgeous array of picture options, mixed with a 20MP output for stills photographers, the Lumix GH5S is extra of a distinct segment product in the way in which its been made pretty much as good as attainable for sure kinds of video consumer.
During our transient fingers on session, Panasonic confirmed a number of side-by-side comparability clips for example how properly the digicam performs in low-light in comparison with the Lumix GH5. High ISO video clips taken on the Lumix GH5S at ISO 6400, ISO 12,800 and ISO 25,600 displayed noticeably much less noise with greater distinction and extra vibrant color. Shortly afterwards, Panasonic in contrast the rolling shutter impact of the Lumix GH5S with the Sony A7S II. Comparisons of the identical scene revealed noticeably much less rolling impact on the Lumix GH5S than the Sony A7S II.
The Panasonic Lumix GH5S is clearly a specialist videographers instrument, subsequently it’s unlikely to seek out its means into the fingers of many stills photographers when there are such a lot of extra viable alternate options out there for much less cash. The GH5s’s 10MP decision is fairly low by at present’s requirements and by selecting the wonderful Lumix G9 as a substitute, stills photographers will get a much more versatile digicam in return that’s able to resolving finer element. The different bonus of selecting the Lumix G9 is that you simply’ll save £700 that might be higher spent on an accompanying lens.
With the Lumix GH5S being as area of interest as it’s, the demand for it’s unlikely to be as excessive as earlier G-series fashions. Anyone who shoots stills greater than they do motion pictures are seemingly to present the GH5S a large berth. For critical videographers who’ve already invested in Micro Four Thirds lenses nevertheless, not forgetting those that demand a comparatively small, light-weight and really succesful video digicam, there’s excellent cause to be excited by Panasonic’s newest G-series launch.