The Panasonic GH5 camera will not feature a Super35/APS-C sensor

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Here is a video recorded last week at the 2016 NAB show where Panasonic representative confirms (at the 5:44 mark) that the upcoming GH5 will remain a MFT camera and will not have a larger sensor (Super35/APS-C sensor):

The question was based on the JVC GY-LS300 camera that has a large Super 35mm sensor inside a MFT mount.

The Panasonic GH5 camera will most likely be announced at Photokina in September.

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  • Ok, no Super35 for the GH5 – I wonder if they can do that for an AF100 successor.

    If Panasonic can pull off the now old multi-aspect 1.86x crop with 10-bit, I’m certain that people will really look for the GH5. The RED Raven has that same crop.

    I think that what Panasonic is trying to balance out is the 4K crop they use vs full sensor read out, because that can also means more rolling shutter. In the end they can always give the user the option to choose between full sensor readout, 4K crop, etc.

    If Panasonic was bold enough, they would bring a 12MP sensor just to ramp up low light performance and eliminate the crop, although a pretty good photo camera, most people using the GH line up they do so because of the video, let the photo priority for the GX line up and go all-in for video.

  • Marco –

    Global shutter, raw video or, at least, at 10bit with internal recording are the features that videographers are looking for, rather than a bigger sensor.

    • SH*T666

      And high speed video rather than 8K.

      • Eno

        I’ll take 8K any day over high speed video, but the first does not necessarily excludes the second!

  • Zos Xavius

    JVC already has a super 35 in micro four thirds Mount. Its not rumor, that much is real.

    • Which model is that? I could not find it.

    • Spy Black

      What’s the point of that? Micro 4/3rds lenses can’t make use of it. Sure, you could stick an adapter on it, but you can just get a Sony and be done with it.

      • Zos Xavius

        Flexibility. It can use any lens up to super 35 without cropping. The a7 cannot use m4/3 lenses. I’m not saying its a game changing design, but I can see some benefit to it.

        • Spy Black

          Yeah, I dunno. I think more importantly is production capabilities. Global shutter, raw video, 10-bit 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 4K, multiple frame rates, etc. THAT is more desirable than a large sensor, as far as I’m concerned.

          • Zos Xavius

            people desire the super 35 for the cinema look. the jvc does 12-bit raw. its not bad. i wouldn’t buy one, but I can see why the super 35 is desirable to people looking for the low dof cinematic look. the m4/3 mount is active on that camera. so you can sleeplessly move the aperture and such. af probably works too if the camera has an AF capability. I didn’t read the review all that much….

            My guess is that when they developed this the e-mount was still in its infancy with the nex line and its hardly inspiring line of lenses at the time. JVC has been a 4/3 licensee for some time now.

          • Spy Black

            Yeah, but when it comes to the GH, more of what it already does is better. Anyone who’s invested in the system would be disrupted by Panasonic switching gears like that. There’s an entire production infrastructure out there built around the existing system. Panasonic isn’t going to disrupt that cash cow.

    • Eno

      It dos not matter what JVC has or has not, from this interview it’s pretty clear that Panasonic will not make something similar. 🙂

  • Eno

    Thanks for posting it Admin!

    • A lot of non-sense rumors going around the Web, so this should clear it.

  • Duarte Castelo Branco

    I think Panasonic should release something like the af100 again, same sensor as the gh5 but with better codecs anxlr and all that jazz

  • David M

    Bit late at seeing this, but thanks. What I would like to see is:

    1. Less noise, especially at ISO 200 to 400 at least (I never shoot above this on my GH4 due to the noise). Maybe bigger pixels would help also. So you end up with a cleaner image and also improve low light performance and allow for flatter image profiles like people want. This is one of the most important things for me, cleaner images.

    2. Dedicated Log profile, not like the V-log L which as nice as the extra dynamic range is, didn’t really work well with the GH4 due to banding, more noise, off colors etc…since that profile was really meant for the Varicam and stripped down for the GH4.

    3. More dynamic range for all profiles. At least 13 stops or higher, which is I think what the BlackMagic Cinema Camera 2.5K has 13 stops and it has a M4/3 sensor proving it can be done with less noise too.

    4. Add something like Wide DR gamma like the Canon cameras have to reduce over exposed areas and give you better dynamic range.

    5. For internal 10-bit, they could just use the H.265 main 10 codec for 10-bit 4:2:0 files.

    6. Fast auto focus for video. I usually only use manual focus on the GH4, but it would be nice to have fast, accurate auto focus on the next GH5, especially if you want to shoot videos of yourself in front of the camera or track something moving. Yes the face tracking/tracking does work for me in 4K with the GH4, but the background keeps going in and out of focus I find, which is annoying.

    7. 10-bit RAW via HDMI (or HD-SDI) for use with external recorders.

    8. Smoother looking images, especially edges of objects. People say the GH4 has a “brittle” look to the image so they turn down the sharpness, I think this is because some thin edges look rough and I have seen this with grass blades, thin fences etc… when shooting with an atomos Ninja 2 to 10-bit 4:2:2 with the GH4 set to 10-bit 4:2:2 4K downconvert to 1080p via HDMI. If you turn down the sharpness in camera, I just find the images look too soft.

    9. In body stabilisation like the GX line has would be really useful and allow the use of many more non stabilised lenses. I don;’t tend to shoot with non stabilised images with my GH4 because of the change os more shaky images.

  • Devoe Valentino

    use CFast card slots and give us 10bit with 4k 120fps!!

  • Iconist

    The New GH 5 only needs a 5 axis, in camera sensor to be, no pun intended, the GH 5, as is 5 AXIS sensor!! My only problem w all the Panasonic cameras is Image Stabilization when hand holding, that’s why i bough an Olympus because it save one buying a Gimble & that’s why Sony just did it!! Panasonic has great 4K & image BUT No image stability!! Go Panasonic! Just Do IT!!

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