Panasonic GH5s camera announced

The new Panasonic GH5s MFT mirrorless camera is now officially announced. If you have missed our previous reports, you can find all the details on Panasonic's website. The price of the new camera is $2,497.99 (pre-order: B&H | Adorama).

Here are the basic camera specs:

  • No IBIS
  • 10.28MP Multi Aspect Ratio MOS Sensor
  • DCI 4K60p and Full HD 1080/240p Video
  • Internal 4:2:2 10-Bit Long GOP
  • V-Log L Gamma and HDR Hybrid Log Gamma
  • 0.76x 3.68m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.2" 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
  • Dual Native ISO 400 and ISO 2500
  • Dual UHS-II SD Slots; Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • Advanced DFD AF System
  • 12 fps Cont. Shooting and 4K PHOTO Modes

Related videos and full press release:

Panasonic Announces the Ultimate Hybrid DSLM with a newly developed 10.2MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor

Introducing the LUMIX GH5S: Exceptional Mirrorless Videography and Photography, designed and developed for professional filmmakers

  • Introducing a newly developed 10.2MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor for enhanced image quality in low light: Allowing up to 51,200 ISO recording without extended ISO.
  • Time Code IN/OUT for easy synchronization of multiple cameras and Dual Native ISO, providing low range (400) and high range (2,500) ISO environments.
  • True “Multi-Aspect Ratio” Function in Both Photo and Video

Las Vegas, NV (January 8, 2018) - Panasonic is proud to introduce the new hybrid Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera LUMIX GH5S with expanded video recording capability and enhanced image quality. Designed and developed for professional filmmakers, the LUMIX GH5S achieves highest-ever image sensitivity and video image quality in the history of LUMIX cameras, especially in low-light situations.

Packed with big features to satisfy demanding photographers and videographers alike The new 10.2-megapixel Digital MOS Sensor with Dual Native ISO Technology and Venus Engine 10 faithfully reproduce even dark parts of the image, allowing high ISO capture when the use of supplemental lighting may not be possible. This sensor is a multi-aspect type with a sufficient margin for realizing the same angle of view in 4:3,17:9,16:9 and 3:2 aspect ratios. The sensor also enables photo shooting in 14-bit RAW format, providing higher flexibility for professional RAW stills development workflows. When shooting in dark environments, videographers can now focus on filming that perfect shot as they no longer need to worry

about noise which often results from having to use higher ISOs. The Dual Native ISO Technology suppresses noise to produce cleaner footage when taken in all light. Both videographers and photographers can now enjoy the same diagonal field of view across all aspect ratios with the True “Multi-Aspect Ratio” Function. This feature means you can easily swap between difference aspect ratios giving you the accuracy you want from your lenses, and making the process easier while producing and editing in post-production. The LUMIX GH5S is compatible with Time Code IN and OUT, like the professional camcorders, which is easy to set using the flash sync terminal and bundled conversion cable for a standard BNC terminal. This is especially important for “lip synchronization” when using multiple cameras.

The LUMIX GH5S can be used as Time Code generator for other GH5S cameras and professional camcorders. The Time Code IN/OUT functionality makes a production teams job pain-free as it provides synchronization for both video and audio devices used on multi-cam productions.

The LUMIX GH5 achieved 4KUHD 60p video recording for the first time as a digital mirrorless camera in 2017.2 The new LUMIX GH5S establishes a new milestone by realizing the world’s first 4K 60p video recording in Cinema 4K (4096x2160), 3 capable of internal 4:2:2

10-bit video recording up to Cinema 4K30p and internal 4:2:0 8-bit Cinema 4K60p. This is a color subsampling commonly used for film production, for even more faithful color reproduction.4

The LUMIX GH5S also records 4:2:2 10-bit 400-Mbps All-Intra in 4K 30p/25p/24p and 200- Mbps All-Intra in Full-HD.

Continuing the LUMIX GH tradition, there is no time limit for both Full-HD and 4K video recording. The LUMIX GH5S complies with 4K HDR video with Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) mode in Photo Style. A low-bit-rate recording mode, 4K HEVC for HLG, is available. This enables playback on AV equipment compatible with the HLG Display format, such as Panasonic 4K HDR TVs.

The VFR (Variable Frame Rate) function lets users record overcranked (time-lapse) and

undercranked (slo-mo) video in C4K/4K (60 fps, maximum 2.5x slower) and FHD (240 fps, maximum 10x slower). A V-LogL and Rec.709 LUT (Look Up Table) are pre-installed in the camera, so users can play videos recorded in V-LogL without having to separately purchase a Software Upgrade Key. Four additional LUTs can be installed using the Panasonic Varicam (.VLT) file format.

DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and ultra-high-speed digital signal processing achieve fast auto focusing of approximately 0.07 sec 6 with 12 fps (AFS) / 8 fps (AFC) in 12- bit RAW and 10 (AFS) / 7 (AFC) fps in 14-bit RAW high-speed burst shooting. In addition to a total of 225 focus areas, The options for Face/Eye Recognition, Tracking AF, 1-area AF and Pinpoint AF are available for precise focusing. The 4K PHOTO enables 60 fps high-speed capture in approximately 8-megapixel equivalent resolution.

Achieve outstanding footage in any environment, especially in low light

As a camera that excels in shooting in low light, the LUMIX GH5S boasts -5EV luminance detection performance with Low Light AF thanks to the higher sensitivity and optimized tuning of the sensor. Live Boost is another practical feature that makes it possible to check the composition even in total darkness, by boosting the sensitivity just for Live View. The magnification ratio in MF assist is increased from conventional 10x to 20x, which is convenient especially for astronomical photography. An AF Point Scope function, first introduced in the Lumix G9 and Night mode are also integrated.

In order to make the GH5S tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, it is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front, rear and top frame that is not only splashproof7 and dustproof but also freezeproof down to -10 degrees Celsius. The GH5S is equipped with a double SD Memory Card slot, compatible with the high-speed, high-capacity UHS-II and Video Speed Class 90. Users can flexibly choose the recording method from Relay Recording, Backup Recording or Allocation Recording. The HDMI Type A terminal is provided, along with the USB-C Gen1 interface.

Exceptional image capture without concern

The GH5S has a large LVF (Live View Finder) with a stunningly high magnification ratio of approximately 1.52x/0.76x (35mm camera equivalent) providing smooth display at 120 fps. A high-precision, high-speed OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display features 3,680K-dot resolution and 100% field of view. In addition to dual dials, an omni-directional joystick enables more intuitive and flexible operation.

The GH5S includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption. For Wi-Fi, 5 GHz (IEEE802.11ac)8 can be selected in addition to the conventional 2.4 GHz (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) for an even more secure and stable connection.

For extended battery life and a more stable hold, the new Battery Grip DMW-BGGH5 (sold separately) is available. The XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1 (sold separately) allows high-res sound recording with an external XLR microphone.9

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s will be available from end of February 2 and will retail for $2499 (body only).

*1 RAW files are in 14-bit even when 12-bit is selected.
*2 4K 60p/50p(for a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera), 4:2:2 10-bit (for a digital interchangeable lens camera) as of 4 January, 2017
*3 As of January 8, 2018 as a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera that complies with 4K (4096x2160) resolution defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives(DCI). According to a Panasonic study.
*4 4:2:0 8-bit in C4K 60p and 4K 60p recording on an SD Memory Card.
*5 Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.
*6 In AFS, at wide-end with H-ES12060 (CIPA) when LVF display speed is set to 120fps.
*7 Splash Proof is a term used to describe an extra level of protection this camera offers against exposure to a minimal amount of moisture, water or dust. Splash Proof does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this camera is subjected to direct contact with water.
*8 5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries.
*9 In MOV only

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  • Duncan Dimanche

    no IBIS ?!!!!!!!!!!! What on earth were they thinking ?!!!!
    It was one of the best feature of the GH5 !!!!

    It sounds stupid but that might be a deal breaker for me… the low light will have to be a huge improvement ton compensate 🙁

    • Yes, I was surprised too – I was thinking that the info I got before was not correct…. but the rumors I reported were correct, no IBIS.

      • Duncan Dimanche

        what a shame ! Was it done deliberately ? to not compete too much with the GH5?

        It really is a tough call because the high ISO gain is fantastic (I just looked at the videos) They really nailed it with that new sensor.

        Hats off

        • Probably cost savings? The camera is already very expensive.

          • Duncan Dimanche

            I read that it was because of the heat and the cooling system

          • That could be too.

          • Licheus

            Per DPReview:

            “For high-end video work, Panasonic says its users would prefer to use dedicated gimbals and dollies, rather than internal stabilization, and that means physically locking the sensor in place to avoid unwanted interactions between these systems and a floating sensor.”

          • raziel28

            exactly, the majoritsy of GH users already have some type of rig…

          • I would think that turning IBIS off should be sufficient, but apparently not. What I am trying to say is that IBIS seems not to be so good of a tech as some think.

          • Zeneize

            Same idea here, except I am not surprised. Unsurprisingly, Sony and the other toy makers have been blowing their trumpets all along with this isis… Whoops ibis.

          • Yes, that’s my point, I have been hearing IBIS IBIS IBIS everywhere for years, and now this… there is a reason serious companies like Nikon and Canon never implemented IBIS.

          • pyktures

            Power management. Most could have gone to NR which m43 desperately needs.

          • whattheblazes

            Peter, thank you, as always, for the excellent coverage. In camera IBIS, more times than not, creates vibrations, when used with professional stabilisation systems, in certain situations. I’m glad panasonic have recognised this issue.

          • I see, thanks for the update but you can still turn it off, right?

          • Duncan Dimanche

            yes it can be turned off for sure

          • So is the concern that even when turned off, the sensor will still move around? Just curious.

          • Mike

            Yes. Several places have said that even when turned off the sensor, held in place by magnets, can move if jarred the right way. And according to dpreview, Panasonic said they had feedback that even when turned off it didn’t play well with gimbals etc. So it’s fixed in the S version to play better with external image stabilizers.

          • And this is one of the most popular cameras used for videos? I am just puzzled that this problem was so big that they took IBIS out.

          • I was thinking about that – so why do they put IBIS in the GH5 – it is also mainly a video camera, right?

          • Jer81

            No, the GH5 is a hybrid.

          • Yes, they all are, but people mainly use the GH5 for video, right?

          • Spy Black

            Can’t it be shut off?

    • Spy Black

      Yeah, shock. And stupid. I don’t care what excuse they give.

      • I agree, I somehow don’t buy their explanation.

  • Tom Co

    Great coverage of the launch. Thank you.

    • Thanks, I think my coverage was better before the launch 🙂

      • Tom Co

        But, but, but I got you a gold star to put on the wall…………

        • Thanks 🙂 my point was that my strength is in reporting rumors and I first brought the news about the GH5s but once the camera is announced, many other websites have hands-on reviews and I can only offer the videos and links.

  • Spy Black

    It’s funny, they’re calling it a “DSLM”, but really, the “SLR” aspect of all that no longer matters. It’s a phrase ingrained into language, but it’s original purpose was to differentiate it from the TLRs of the era. SLR to DSLR terminology made sense, phrase-wise, but really SLRs and DSLRs are really MLRs and DMLRs, for multi. So this new GM5s would be a DMLM. 😉

  • br0xibear

    Another video to add to the mix from Mr Wong…

    • Will do a post later, I have also a few photos from a reader.

  • stpr

    I would love this sensor in a FZ bridgecam for travelling.

  • Zeneize

    It should be “Enhanced per-pixel quality in low light”, not “Enhanced quality in low light”, and it should not cost more than the other one, which is already ridiculously overpriced.
    As usual with micro four turds, the marketing borders on downright lies.

    • Max

      What’s the difference between the two?

      • Zeneize

        The difference is, nobody (competent) prints or view larger if there are more pixels, while you can if the sensor is larger (and if you are competent).

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