Last yr, Panasonic added the Lumix GH5 to its roster of digital cameras focused at skilled photographers and videographers, and at this yr’s CES, the corporate unveiled a brand new video-centric version of the digicam known as the Lumix GH5S.
Think of this as Panasonic’s reply to Sony’s A7S II mirrorless digicam, which is a model of its mirrorless A7 sequence, additionally primarily optimised for video. The Panasonic Lumix GH5S is designed particularly for low-light capturing and helps a variety of skilled recording codecs, in addition to the connectors that one would ideally anticipate. Priced at Rs. 1,84,990 for simply the physique, is the efficiency that Panasonic claims actually definitely worth the hype? We discover out.
Panasonic Lumix GH5S design and construct
The Lumix GH5S isn’t too totally different from the GH5 when it comes to design. The structure of the buttons is just about the identical as on final yr’s mannequin. There’s a wholesome collection of six programmable Fn buttons throughout the digicam, plus you possibly can assign shortcuts to the management dial on the again, and even add some extra to the suitable facet of the the on-screen menu. The physique doesn’t really feel too heavy by itself, however snap on a lens, and it does get cumbersome. We actually just like the grip that the GH5S affords. The hand grip is kind of thick with ample rubber cladding, so even these with massive arms will discover it snug to carry.
The shutter button strains up effectively along with your index finger, and has reassuring half- and full-press suggestions. There are dials on the highest and the again of the digicam (in addition to the principle management dial) for altering settings when capturing. The GH5S additionally has a joystick for flipping by photographs in playback mode or adjusting the main target space. All the buttons have good tactile suggestions, anticipate for possibly the management dial on the again, which feels a little bit flimsy whenever you rotate it. The video recording button is now vivid crimson and there’s a crimson ring across the drive mode dial, to tell apart the brand new mannequin from the older one.
On the highest of the digicam, we now have chunky dials for the drive mode and capturing mode. The latter might be locked into place so that you don’t by accident flip it when capturing. The association of the drive modes is identical as on the GH5, but it surely needs to be famous that the GH5S affords 4K burst capturing versus 6K on the GH5, resulting from its lower-resolution sensor. There’s no built-in flash however there’s a sizzling shoe for attaching an exterior one.
You get an OLED digital viewfinder (EVF), which delivers a 100 % subject of view. A sensor allows you to robotically swap between the LCD display and the EVF by bringing the digicam to your eye. The EVF’s three.6 million-dot decision produces actually crisp pictures, and you’ll go for a 120fps refresh price moderately than the default 60fps, for extra fluid movement.
You get a decently massive three.2-inch touchscreen which might be articulated absolutely and has a 1.6 million-dot decision. Viewing angles are respectable and the show doesn’t wash out too badly below daylight. Touch response is sweet, and you’ll shortly zoom in to your pictures when viewing them, in addition to change settings or lock focus.
Coming to the bodily connectors, we now have sockets for a microphone and headphones, an HDMI output, and a USB Type-C (USB three.1 Gen1) port on the left of the digicam. There’s a flash synchro socket on the entrance, which can be utilized for timecode synchronisation with a multi-camera setup. Panasonic contains the required cable for this within the Lumix GH5S’s field. There’s a devoted distant socket on the suitable, adopted by twin SD card slots slightly below that (SDHC/ SDXC playing cards are supported at upto UHS-II speeds). The GH5S is weather-sealed, and is constructed to face up to temperatures all the way down to -10 levels Celsius. It’s additionally splash- and dust-resistant. In the field, you get a battery, charger, Type-C cable, BNC conversion cable, shoulder strap, and cable holder.
Panasonic GH5S Lumix specs and options
The Lumix GH5S makes use of a 10.2-megapixel micro four-thirds sensor in a mirrorless physique, which is round half the decision of the usual GH5. This permits for bigger pixels, which ought to assist the Lumix GH5S in low mild, and is what this digicam was primarily designed for. The Lumix GH5S additionally boasts of what Panasonic calls “Dual Native ISO 400, 2500”, which could be a little complicated as these aren’t the precise ‘native’ ISO values.
The GH5S basically has twin acquire circuits for ISO, so the primary one is used between ISO 160-800 (Low), whereas the second kicks in at ISO 800-51,200 (High). You can increase the ISO vary to 80 on the low finish and the higher restrict can go all the way in which to 2,04,800. In the settings, you possibly can manually set this to Low or High, or go away it at Auto.
The digicam solely makes use of distinction detection autofocus (AF) with 225 factors, as a substitute of section detection. Due to this, steady autofocus isn’t very fast and you’ll’t pull off focus transitions very successfully. The GH5S does allow you to manually set as much as three focus factors and carry out a spotlight pull between them, however you’ll have to have a set body, and the method is kind of cumbersome. The digicam additionally has a multi-aspect sensor, which implies it makes use of the complete width of the sensor with none cropping even in the event you swap between Four:three, three:2 and 16:9.
Another spotlight characteristic of the GH5S is its potential to shoot native Cinema 4K (2160×4096) and common 4K (2160×3840) movies at 10-bit depth, with Four:2:2 chroma sub-sampling. While recording, you possibly can actually have a simultaneous 4K feed despatched to an exterior monitor through the HDMI port. There are loads of recording codecs (MPEG-Four, H.264, H.265) and codecs (AVCHD, MP4, HEVC, LPCM, MOV) to select from, which implies that there’s good flexibility when capturing. 4K video tops out at 60fps at 150Mbps, or you possibly can go for a better bit-rate of 400Mbps (for higher particulars), however solely at 24fps.
You can document high-framerate (HFR) movies at 1080p, as much as 240fps. Videos shot on this mode look excellent, with good slow-motion results. The digicam additionally has superior capturing modes comparable to V-Log L, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma for HDR) and Like709, which might be graded later in post-production utilizing LUTs (Look Up Tables) to attain the specified impact.
The GH5S helps burst capturing of as much as 12fps and may even do 14-bit RAW burst pictures at 7fps with AF-C or 11fps with AF-S. The 4K Photo drive mode allows you to shoot bursts of 30fps or 60fps photographs (Eight-megapixel decision), that are saved as MP4 information. Once the recording is completed, you possibly can flick through the person frames which can be captured and save the specified ones. We discovered this to be very helpful when capturing fast-moving objects or actions, and the top end result is excellent.
You may also swap to a 4K Burst (S/S) mode, which requires you to press the shutter button for a second time whenever you need to cease recording. 4K pre-burst saves buffered footage from one second earlier than and after you press the shutter. There’s additionally a spotlight stacking mode that allows you to shoot the identical burst of photographs because the 4K Photo mode, however you possibly can choose which a part of the body you need in focus afterward, earlier than saving your chosen stills.
However, Panasonic has left one characteristic out of the Lumix GH5S, which is an in-body picture stabilisation system. This may appear to be an enormous letdown for individuals who will probably be capturing with out a tripod, however the firm appears to be banking on the truth that most of this digicam’s audience would use it on a gimbal or a stabiliser rig of some type.
Other capabilities embody a most shutter velocity of 1/8000 seconds; auto, aperture, focus, and white stability bracketing modes; artistic scene modes; built-in dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Four.2; and an anamorphic video mode to be used with anamorphic lenses. The Lumix GH5S may also be used with the Panasonic Image app on Android and iOS to regulate most of its settings and have pictures robotically transferred to your smartphone. The app is designed effectively and does not take lengthy to get used to.
Panasonic GH5S Lumix efficiency and battery life
For testing the Lumix GH5S, Panasonic despatched us a 42.5mm f/1.2 lens, which itself has a sticker value of Rs. 1,01,990. It options toggle switches for optical picture stabilisation and Manual/ Auto focus. There’s a spotlight ring and an aperture ring, the latter of which has a pleasant ‘clicky’ movement. The lens produces some actually sharp pictures and is nice for portraits, because of the super-wide f/1.2 aperture. However, it provides fairly a little bit of heft to the digicam because it weighs 425g by itself. Also, avenue images was a bit inconvenient resulting from its 85mm (35mm equal) efficient focal size.
Panasonic Lumix GH5S ISO check
We start with our ISO check, the place noise is nearly non-existent until about ISO 3200. Jumping straight to ISO 6400, we see a little bit of noise within the shadow areas below the color pencils, however not a lot on the pencils themselves. At ISO 12800, sharpness begins to scale back and the main points get mildly blotchy, however noise continues to be very a lot in verify. ISO 25600 introduces some grain on the pencils, and particulars are barely much less pronounced. Finally, at ISO 51200, the sides of the pencils aren’t clearly outlined anymore and the picture is kind of grainy, however not fully unusable, which is good. We can see that the dual-gain ISO implementation does make large influence at increased ISO ranges.
The GH5S isn’t the very best digicam for nonetheless images, primarily because of the low decision of its sensor, which doesn’t provide you with an excessive amount of artistic freedom. There’s not numerous flexibility if you wish to crop pictures afterward, though having mentioned that, this digicam does handle to seize good particulars when capturing in daylight. We didn’t discover any of the same old points comparable to chromatic aberrations or barrel distortion. You can allow HDR within the Settings menu, which robotically combines three consecutive pictures with various exposures right into a single picture. In panorama pictures, the sensor manages good dynamic vary and white stability, and light-weight metering is dealt with effectively even below harsh daylight. The stage of element is sweet even with massive objects within the distance.
Panasonic Lumix GH5S digicam pattern: ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/160, 43mm (faucet to see full-sized picture)
Panasonic Lumix GH5S digicam pattern: ISO 320, f/2, 1/4000sec, 43mm (faucet to see full-sized picture)
Panasonic Lumix GH5S pattern: ISO 160, 1/400sec, 43mm (faucet to see full-sized picture)
Macro pictures are additionally dealt with properly, and have been particularly enjoyable to shoot with such a lens. Colours are punchy with good ranges of saturation and edges round our topics have been usually sharp and exact. More than the usual burst mode, we wound up utilizing the 4K Photo mode for burst capturing because it’s positively simpler in capturing fleeting moments and we managed to get some fairly good outcomes. The focus stacking drive mode additionally works effectively, as you possibly can shift focus to any a part of the picture whenever you preview it on the digicam after which save that desired nonetheless. Continuous AF is a bit gradual because of the distinction detection system however the digicam is pretty fast to lock focus in any other case. You get totally different focusing modes like face/ eye monitoring, monitoring focus, 225-area, customized space, and 1-area.
The GH5S boasts of with the ability to be give attention to a topic even in -5EV lighting situations, and whereas you are able to do this, the focusing velocity is slower. This digicam additionally manages to ship good dynamic vary even in low mild. Details are pretty effectively preserved and the various colors of the road and visitors lights in our pattern image have been captured properly. Finer particulars are a little bit tougher to make out because of the comparatively low decision, even at a 100 % crop. Close-up pictures additionally fared very effectively, and we managed sharp pictures with well-defined edges. The latter could possibly be all the way down to the lens however general, macros in low mild have been fairly passable.
Besides the PASM capturing modes, the GH5S additionally has an Auto mode and an Effects mode. The latter allows you to cycle by a variety of widespread filters together with monochrome, tender focus, miniature, and so on, and when used appropriately, they yield some attention-grabbing outcomes. There are additionally three customized capturing modes (C1, C2, C3), which might be arrange for various capturing conditions.
Panasonic Lumix GH5S digicam pattern: ISO 5000, f/1.2, 1/500sec, 43mm (faucet to see full-sized picture)
Panasonic Lumix GH5S digicam pattern: ISO 6400, f/three.2, 1/50sec, 43mm (faucet to see full-sized picture)
Panasonic Lumix GH5S digicam pattern: ISO 4000, f/2.2, 1/60sec, 43mm (faucet to see full-sized picture)
The Creative Video mode is the one you need to be in to make the most of the superior capturing modes like HFR. The drawback with capturing at a excessive framerate is that the focusing system defaults to handbook focus, which is a little bit unusual. One strategy to get round that is to shortly swap to a different mode, lock focus in your topic, after which soar again to Creative Video mode and start capturing. The gradual movement impact could be very good however you may should ensure you have ample lighting. Video high quality in daylight is superb. The stage of element is excellent, and colors have a impartial tone to them. Cinema 4K video shot at 60fps had rock-steady framerates.
The Lumix GH5S’s true potential is realised when you begin capturing in low mild. With the ISO set to Auto, we managed to get wonderful dynamic vary in our check footage. The reflections of the distant neon lights on the water are captured in nice element and as you possibly can see in our check footage, there’s no actual seen noise. We shot the identical scene once more, however this time, manually bumped the ISO as much as see how far we may go earlier than noise turned insupportable. Impressively, the Lumix GH5S offers you very usable footage until about ISO 12800, after which chroma noise is seen and on the highest ISO and pictures suffers extra the darker it’s. We did discover a little bit of focus looking right here too, which might be a difficulty in case your topic strikes sporadically or in the event you’re panning lots.
The Settings menus are laid out effectively and are simple to navigate. The settings for nonetheless and video capturing are grouped individually, adopted by superior settings for publicity, focus, re-mapping the shortcut buttons, and wi-fi connectivity. There’s a ‘Night Mode’ which provides a crimson tone to the viewfinder and EVF to make it simpler to compose pictures at midnight. The zoom stage of Manual Focus Assist is now 20x, so you possibly can precisely give attention to smaller distant objects too.
We discovered that this digicam’s battery held up effectively with common use. The rated battery life ranges between 440 and 1,300 pictures per cost, relying on how a lot you utilize the LCD display and EVF, and the time-out set for sleep mode. We managed to empty the battery midway after about 200 pictures, which included stills, 4K movies and plenty of 4K Photo bursts, which isn’t dangerous. With solely stills, we simply managed to cross 400 pictures on one cost.
The Panasonic Lumix GH5S is definitely top-of-the-line digital cameras for low-light images that we have come throughout, with spectacular high-ISO efficiency. It additionally helps loads of skilled video codecs and bodily connectivity choices, which might make it simple to combine with most professional setups. The digicam is geared toward videographers and it actually doesn’t disappoint. If you want high-quality video recording with in depth assist for trade video requirements, the GH5S could be definitely worth the funding.
Besides capturing actually prime quality 4K footage, the digicam additionally excels at burst pictures by the 4K Photo mode, has an excellent EVF, is effectively constructed, and options loads of superior choices that may preserve customers blissful. It’s not the very best digicam for general-purpose stills although, because of the low-resolution sensor, and steady autofocus is a bit gradual, that are issues to bear in mind.
Price (MRP): Rs. 1,84,990 (physique solely)
- Weather-resistant physique
- Wide vary options
- 4K video seems nice
- Impressive high-ISO efficiency
- Nifty burst capturing modes
- Good battery life
- Continuous AF isn’t fast
- Lacks in-body stabilisation
- Low decision sensor limits cropping prospects
Ratings (Out of 5)
- Build/Design: Four.5
- Image high quality: Four
- Video high quality: Four.5
- Performance: Four
- Value for cash: three.5
- Overall: Four
Adapted From: Gadgets360