Panasonic GH5 starts shipping tomorrow. Are you getting one?

March 29, 20170 Comments

Panasonic GH5

Tomorrow (Thursday) the new and highly anticipated Panasonic GH5 will start shipping from B&H and Amazon. I decided to get one for reviewing purposes and see how it goes. Will it be a keeper? The camera has so much to like. Especially the internal 10bit 400Mbps option that will be available mid summer. I wish it shipped with the codec on release. Oh well.


  • 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • 4K Video with No Crop
  • Internal 4:2:2 10-Bit 4K Video at 24/30p
  • 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization; Dual I.S. 2
  • 0.76x 3.68m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
  • Advanced DFD AF System; 6K & 4K PHOTO
  • ISO 25600 and 12 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Dual UHS-II SD Slots; Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

Here is whats coming…..

Firmware Update Schedule

  • Full HD 4:2:2 10-bit video recording.
  • 400 Mbps 4:2:2 10-bit All-Intra video recording in 4K 30p, 25p, and 24p as well as Full HD.
  • Higher resolution Anamorphic mode.
  • Hybrid Log Gamma in Photo Style mode for 4K HDR video recording.
  • USB tethering.

I’ve seen plenty of footage already and it looks really good. Check out this cool feature Matt from did on a very cool feature called “Extra Tele Conversion”. Gets you a little tighter shot and looks to do little if any damage to the image.

A look at the Panasonic GH5’s Extra Tele Conversion function when shooting in UHD/4K from Newsshooter on Vimeo.

This feature is also found on the Sony camera and it’s called “Clear Image Zoom“. You can read about it here. When using this feature watch you ISO settings because the noise will get magnified along with the image.

Atomos Ninja Inferno

Another piece of kit I’m eager to try is the new Atomos Ninja Inferno. Very impressive features for the price of $990. For me that bright 1500 cd/m² bright screen is huge. I have a SmallHD 502 and it’s nice and small but in the sun it’s terrible. At the station we have the SmallHD 702 high bright and I LOVE THAT MONITOR! It performs perfectly in the bright sun. I think it’s my favorite new piece of kit because it helps me get the shot. The Ninja Inferno has features that do too plus it’s ability to record 4K at 60p is impressive and 120 fps in full HD. The GH5 is going to love the Ninja Inferno.


  • 1920 x 1200 Touchscreen Display
  • 10-Bit FRC Monitor Processing
  • 4K HDMI Input
  • 1500 cd/m² Brightness
  • HDR Mode with 10-Stop Dynamic Range
  • High Bright Mode for Rec. 709 Viewing
  • UHD 4K up to 60p / 1080p up to 120 fps
  • 10-Bit 4:2:2 ProRes & DNxHR Encoding
  • Records to 2.5″ SSD/HDD Media
  • Dual Sony L-Series Battery Slots

With less than one month away from NAB it’s tough to resist all the gear news in the past few weeks but these two are really exciting.

Panasonic DMW-XLR1 for GH5Panasonic DMW-XLR1 inputs

Another add on for the GH5 that I think will be beneficial and worth getting is the DMW-XLR1 audio module. So much better than the YAGH. YUCK! Gets power from the camera too. So much better. Looking forward to playing! How about you?

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