Panasonic Lumix GH5: New Addition to 'Mirrorless' Camera Lineup

9 January 2017, 5:00 am EST By Shena Golosino Mobile & Apps

The Lumix GH5 is the newest addition to Panasonic's lineup of "mirrorless" cameras. The newest Panasonic flagship model took 3 years to build. It features a 20.3-megapixel sensor and Panasonic's latest version of Venus Engine processor which is able to eliminate the "rolling shutter effect"

According to Cnet, the newly unveiled Panasonic Lumix GH5 is equipped with a lot of useful capabilities, advanced video options as well as beefed up photo capabilities and enhancements. The camera's sensor is great for recording super slow motion videos.The camera also includes 4K/60p recording and 50p frame rate options, all-intra 400 Mbps (4K) and 200 Mbps (HD) codecs, 4:2:2 10-bit internal or simultaneous internal/external recording that allows professional color correction and green screen shots. The new GH5 includes a high-resolution anamorphic mode and it supports the 4K Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) standard.

According to Wired, the DFD (depth from defocus) AF system in the GH5 has been improved from the current 49-area maximum to 225 areas. The camera also contains the combo sensor-shift/optical Dual IS image stabilisation. Panasonic also announced the 12-35mm f2.8, 35-100mm f2.8, 45-200mm f4-5.6 and 100-300mm f4-5.6 lenses to support the system. The device's autofocus speed is 0.05 seconds and can capture 9 stills per second. The five-axis gyro-controlled stabilisation system allows perfectly steady shots.

With the GH5, Panasonic debuts 6K Photo for grabbing 18-mp frames. It uses the HEVC codec for recording in 6K photo mode. The GH5 is one of the few cameras that uses 802.11ac for Wi-Fi and a low power Bluetooth for a persistent connection.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5's design is freezeproof. The camera's body is a weather-sealed magnesium alloy that can withstand temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit or negative 10 degrees Celsius. It is splash and dust-resistant. The camera maker has included a built-in flash for better thermal performance and a new microphone with add-on mics to further reduce the noise.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is said to be out in the market around the end of March or beginning of April with a whopping price tag of $2000.

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