Updated Panasonic GH5s specifications


Here is an updated list of Panasonic GH5s camera specifications based on my previous blog post (I am still getting conflicting information on the exact video capabilities)

  • Effective pixels: 10,280,000 pixels (as I already reported the Panasonic GH5s will be designed for low light performance similar to the Sony A7SII)
  • Total number of pixels: 11,930,000
  • 4/3 LiveMOS sensor, primary color filter
  • Digital zoom: 2x, 4x
  • Extra tele conversion: max 2.0x for pictures, 2.1x for motions pictures
  • Focus modes: AFS/AFF/AFC/MF
  • Auto focus mode: Face/Eye detection/Tracking/225 area focusing/Custom/1 area focusing/Pinpoint
  • 12 fps (10 fps RAW 14 bit)
  • ISO: 160-51,200
  • Extended ISO: 80-102,400
  • Minimum Illumination: approx 5 lx
  • Mechanical shutter speed: B (max 30 min), 60 sec - 1/8,000
  • Electronic shutter: 1 sec - 1/16,000
  • Motion pictures shutter: 1/25 - 1/6,000
  • Metering range: EV 0 to EV 18
  • Exposure compensation: -5 EV to + 5 EV (1/3 EV steps)
  • RAW pictures: 14 bit/12 bit
  • MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, ACC)
  • Flash sync: 1/250
  • Light metering system: 1728-zone multi-pattern sensing system
  • LCD screen: 3.2" TFT LCD (3:2), 1,620,000 dots, touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: OLED (4:3), 3,680,000 dots with diopter adjustment (-4 to +3), magnifications approx: 1.52x, 0.76x
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Battery charger: Panasonic DMW-BTC13
  • AC adapter: Panasonic VSK0815F
  • Battery: Panasonic DMW-BLF19PP
  • Two memory card slots
  • 4k photos
  • HDMI Type A / USB 3.1
  • Dimensions: 138,5x98.1x87.4
  • Operating temperature: -10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
  • Stereo mic, USB 3.1, HDMI Type A, remote, TC in/out
  • Monaural speakers
  • Dust-proof and splash-proof body
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (double slot recording function available)

Panasonic has a scheduled CES press conference on January 8th at 10 am pacific time.

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  • HD10

    As the GH5s is used primarily as a video camera (rather than as a stills camera), it makes sense that the camera sensor used be specifically optimized for 4K. This obviates the need to down scale the sensor resolution for 4K video which frees up the CPU for use in higher bit rate and/or frame rate while SNR, DR, tonality and color should improve.

    • Lyha Tyui

      So no raw video ? I was about to buy today the GH5 I am so glad to check this article

  • rhymeswithpulverine

    Seems to be the first m4/3 14 bit raw if true.

  • SteveHood

    So the most video-centric m43 camera ever, is the first m43 body to support 14-bit RAW for photos. That seems like a very odd decision.

    • Marc P.

      Into the APS-C Sensor World – we do have 14-bit RAW Recording since 2007 already (Canon EOS 40D) and Nikon followed with their D700/D300 back into 2008…with 14-bit RAW Files… 😉

      And you Guys know what? Sony was 1st – just right, my DSC-R1 from 2005 does record 14-bit RAW Files (uncompressed). Who doesn’t believe it – should read the specs from the R1, period.

      At last, quite an archivement, Panasonic managed 12 1/2 years after Sony to get a 14-bit RAW format. 🙂

  • You’d think they would be doing h.265 by now, considering the iPhone X can do it.

    • here we go with the iphone again.

      • Does it intimidate you or something? My point being, even a freaking phone can support h.265, and the latest camera from Panasonic can’t? Any camera coming out at this point should support the latest standards. it gives you more data in less space, and double the quality for the same space. Who wouldn’t want that?

        • Duncan Dimanche

          Samsung tried it and it wasn’t a success… I’m not sure if this codec is well supported yet

          • Originaru

            Samsung tried it many years ago…
            Not the same landscape, cmon…

        • Jeffry De Meyer

          I doubt they are going to be introducing a new processor on a minor version of a camera.

          Apple has dedicated hardware doing the encoding on the chip they have in the iPhone 7 8 and 10 and the iPad Pro line
          The iPhone 6s isn’t capable of it.

          In theory it could but the battery would last 5 minutes and most frames would be dropped.

          H264 with lots of bandwidth is good enough for now

        • Originaru

          The problem is that still is very processor intensive, for the camera and for the user processing it on it’s computer.
          From a camera stand point battery still is more expensive than a sdcard.

        • no it does not intimidate me, it just funny how you promote iphone being better than dslr/mirrorless, h.265 wow! how about put your iphone in low light with that h.265 and compare to the gh5. then tell what the hell your complaining about again when it comes to quality. h.264 bandwith is good enough for everyone, when you make actual movies film credited to you from theatres let me know, would definitely give you a thumbs up for that iphone.

    • Matt Culley

      Doesn’t the gh5 have an hevc mode that does h.265?

  • Duncan Dimanche

    alright so i will be buying this thing if it can compete with the likes of the A6500 then it will be QUITE an achievement from Pana !!

  • Zeneize

    These numbers may mean a lot to the geek, but they are worthless for actual photography. I know they are trying to justify the price, but… fail. The money stays at home.

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      Why is that?
      A m43 camera that isn’t handicapped in poor light, isnt A bad thing.

      • Zeneize

        Oh yes, you are right, what a fool I was. Here, have my two grand, you can as well burn it.

  • JamieLee

    Any PDAF news? I’m not sure how likeable is good AF in low-light without PDAF.

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