Your complete overview of the Panasonic Lumix GH5 Mirrorless Camera

Gear Nov 27, 2019

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is the ultimate and one of the most advanced Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras available, it outstands with its features to match the creativity of the advanced to enthusiast photographers and of those, who are interested in producing videos.

Lets take a closer look at the Panasonic Lumix GH5 Mirrorless camera itself including;

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Description of Panasonic Lumix GH5

Featuring a new, high-sensitivity 20.3-megapixel Live MOS Micro Four Thirds Sensor without low-pass filter, which is combined with the new Venus Engine allows to achieve the highest picture quality in colour, reproduction, resolution and noise reduction.

Using 5-axis Dual IS II and a large ISO sensitivity with a range of ISO 100-25600, the GH5 is an outstanding camera to shoot in all lightning states, as well as to keep the camera stable while shooting with using zoom lenses. The image stabilisation can be maintained even further when used with adaptable Lumix lenses with additional 2-axis of stabilisation.

The GH5 features the 10th generation Venus Engine, designed to produce high-quality images with natural colours and fine detailing. The camera is capable of tracking fast-moving subjects, buffering full-resolution images at a striking 12fps with single AF and 9fps with continuous AF.

The new addition of 6K Photo allows to capture 18-megapixel and 8-megapixel JPEG images at 30fps and 60fps respectively, meaning that there won’t be any moment missed.

The new Panasonic GH5 can deliver professional-quality, ultra-high-definition, smooth videos up to 4K 60p/50p internally. Moreover, the GH5 is capable of 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 30p/25p internal video recordings, as well as producing even more accurate colour reproduction for the first time as a digital interchangeable lens camera.

Weather-secured. Able to handle splashes and dust, made from a magnesium alloy full cast front, the GH5 is a camera that can be used with full confidence even in challenging circumstances. It can tolerate freezing temperatures up to -10Cº and is rated for a lifetime of 200,000 shutter releases, with a battery life of at least 380 shots.

The GH5 is supplied with a double SD Memory Card slot, compatible with the high-speed, high-capacity UHS-II. The HDMI Type A terminal is included.

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has a large Live View Finder (LVF) with a magnification ratio of approximately 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm camera equivalent). A high-speed OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display features 3,680K-dot resolution and 100% field of view.

The GH5 has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, which offers a more flexible shooting experience and instant sharing with easy operations. Bluetooth 4.2 allows constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with its minimum power consumption.

Specifications of Panasonic Lumix GH5


Model Name: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

Model Number: GH5

Camera Format: Compact System Camera

Weight: 25.6 oz (725 g)  includes batteries

Size: 5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4 in. (139 x 98 x 87 mm)

Waterproof: Yes

Image sensor

Sensor Type: Live Mos

Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic

Effective Megapixels: 20.3

Sensor Format: 4/3

Sensor size: 224.9mm2 (17.30mm x 13.00mm)

Approximate Pixel Pitch: 3.34 microns

Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0x

Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Colour Filter Type: RGBG

Self-Cleaning: Yes

Sensor shift image stabilization: Yes

On-Sensor Phase Detect: No

DxO Sensor Score: 77

DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 23.9

DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 13.0

DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 807

Image capture

Image Resolution: 5184 x 3888 (20.2 MP, 4:3), 3712 x 2784 (10.3 MP, 4:3), 1820 x 1368 (2.5 MP, 4:3), 5184 x 3456 (17.9 MP, 3:2), 3712 x 2480 (9.2 MP, 3:2), 1824 x 1216 (2.2 MP, 3:2), 5184 x 2920 (15.1 MP, 16:9), 3840 x 2160 (8.3 MP, 16:9), 1824 x 1024 (1.9 MP, 16:9), 3888 x 3888 (15.1 MP, 1:1), 2784 x 2784 (7.8 MP, 1:1), 1968 x 1968 (3.9 MP, 1:1), 4992 x 3744 (18.7 MP, 4:3), 3328 x 2496 (8.3 MP, 4:3), 5184 x 3456 (17.9 MP, 3:2), 3504 x 2336 (8.2 MP, 3:2), 3840 x 2160 (8.3 MP, 16:9), 2880 x 2880 (8.3 MP, 1:1)

Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.31), RAW, RAW + JPEG

Continuous-mode frames/second: 11.9

Video capture

Can take movies: Yes

Movie File Format: MOV, MP4, AVCHD, AVCHD Progressive

Composite Video Out: No

NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a

Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a

HD Video Out: Yes

HD Video Connection: HDMI

Lens & Optics

Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds

Integrated ND Filter: No

Filter Thread: n/a

Thread Type: n/a

Optical Image Stabilization: No

Digital Zoom: Yes

Digital Zoom Values: 2x, 4x; Extra Tele Conversion:Still image: Max. 2x; 4K PHOTO: 1.6x (4:3), 1.5x (3:2), 1.4x (16:9, 1:1); Motion picture: 2.7x (FHD), 1.4x (4K)

Auto Focus

Auto Focus: Yes

Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection with DFD: Face/Eye detection, Tracking, 225-area, Custom Multi, 1-area, Pinpoint; One Shot AF, Shutter AF, Half Press Release, Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion picture recording), Eye Sensor AF, AF+MF, MF Assist, Touch MF Assist, Focus Peaking, Touch AF/AE Function, Touch Pad AF, Touch Shutter

Auto Focus Assist Light: Yes

Manual Focus: Yes


Viewfinder: EVF / LCD

Viewfinder Type: 3680K-dot OLED, 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm eq.) magnification, 21mm eyepoint, -4 to +3 diopter, eye sensor

Focus Peaking: Yes

EVF Resolution: 3,680,000 dots

Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 0.76x

Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 1.52x


Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes

Rear Display: Yes

Rear Display Size (inches): 3.2

Rear Display Resolution: 1,620,000 dots (405,000 px)

Touchscreen: Yes

Articulating Screen: Yes

Tilt Swivel Screen: Yes

Selfie Screen: Yes

Max Playback Zoom: 16.0x

Top Deck Display: No

Image storage

Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC

UHS Support: UHS-II

Dual Card Slots: Yes

RAW Capture Support: Yes

Thread Type: n/a

Uncompressed Format: RAW, RAW + JPEG

Movie File Format: MOV, MP4, AVCHD, AVCHD Progressive

Included Memorys: No memory included


Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes

Built-In GPS: No

Microphone Jack: Yes

Headphone Jack: Yes

External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed,USB 3.0 Super Speed,Bluetooth,WiFi

PictBridge Compliant: Yes

DPOF Compliant: Yes

Remote Control: Yes

Remote Control Type: Wi-Fi or optional wired

Connections (extended): USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI Type-A, 2.5mm Wired Remote, 3.5mm External Mic Jack, 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Performing timing

Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution: 0.33

Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 0.42

Camera penalizes early shutter press?: Yes

JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 11.9

Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 600

RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 11.9

Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames) 65

RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 11.9

Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames63Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid: 0.13 seconds

Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.066 seconds

Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.056 seconds

Startup Time: 1.0 seconds

Play -> Record Time: 0.7 seconds


Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 410 shots

Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF): 400 shots

Battery Life, Video: 55 minutes

Battery Form Factor: Proprietary

Usable Battery Types: 7.2v, 1860mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable

Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable

Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes

Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes

Internal Charging Supported: No


Included Software: None

Free downloads: PHOTOfunSTUDIO 10.0XE, SILKYPIX Developer Studio

OS Compatibility: PHOTOfunSTUDIO (Windows); SILKYPIX Developer Studio (Windows / Mac)

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For how long will the battery last when shooting video with the Panasonic GH5?
The DMW-BLF19 battery for the GH5 camera lasts for approximately 120 minutes when shooting in AVCHD format for video.

How 10-bit on the GH5 will make a difference for videographers compare to 8-bit?
The 10-bit will provide improved colour fidelity and details with fewer artefacts, by that making it better suited to grading and other post-productions.

What is the time limit for recording video on the Panasonic GH5?
There are no time limits for recording a video in either Full HD or 4K. Recording is continuous and is limited only by the memory card or recorder.

Places for you to purchase and rent the Panasonic GH5

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