Your complete overview of the Panasonic Lumix GH5S Mirrorless Camera

Gear Nov 14, 2019

Following the outstanding Panasonic Lumix camera GH5, Panasonic has now introduced the new Lumix GH5S mirrorless camera which is reaching new heights in recordings low-light and high-quality images that are also expanding the possibilities for video makers.

Lets take a closer look at the Panasonic Lumix GH5S Mirrorless camera itself including;

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Description of Panasonic Lumix GH5S

Compare to GH5, the Lumix GH5S has a newly designed chip with half of the megapixels count, which is now 10.2 MP. It has Digital Live MOS Sensor with newly developed Dual Native ISO Tecnologies which are combined with high-performance Venus Engine. By this combination the Lumix GH5S has achieved the highest sensitivity and therefore, the best image quality in Lumix history. Dual Native ISO is radical technology which offers the advantage of having very high sensitivity while keeping the noise levels down. This extremely high sensitivity allows GH5S display subjects hidden in the dark and low-lit situations.

Combination of internal recording of video in 4:2:2 10-bit and 10.2 megapixels Digital Live MOS Sensor which is backed by a Venus Engine, the camera produces images with highly improved faithful colour reproduction and grading.

The new Lumix GH5S sensor can handle multiple aspect ratios:  4 : 3, 17 : 9 and 3 : 2. Due to broad margins of effective pixels, the focal lengths doesn’t change in these aspect ratios.

The first Lumix GH5 was able to record 4K/60p and 4K/50p videos on a DLSM camera. The new GH5S allows expanding your creative possibilities even further and now includes 4,096×2,160 Cinema 4K 60p/50p video recordings. Moreover, there is no limit of the recording time, even when shooting full HD or 4K videos (of course, this is a subject of SD card and battery life).

The new Lumix GH5S includes an option of 4K HDR video. The HDR is a mode, where both bright parts and dark parts of an image can be reproduced, by that making the subject appear as the human eyes perceive it.

The Lumix GH5S has a built-in 4 :3 anamorphic mode, which makes it possible to create videos in the cinemascope format with using anamorphic lens. These stunning cinemascope videos are created in post-production using specific software, but the de-squeezed cinemascope images can be previewed while recording. Read more about how to shoot anamorphic here.

For more flexible shooting, faster image sharing and smoother remote control, the Lumix GH5S has Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi connectivity. It is allowing your GH5S connect to a smartphone, tablet or computer and shoot, browse and share images remotely. Moreover, on a multiple GH5S camera shoot, the main camera settings can be transmitted wirelessly to other GH5S units.

Specifications of Panasonic Lumix GH5S


Model Name: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S

Camera Format: Compact System

CameraWeight: 23.3 oz (660 g)  includes batteries

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

Waterproof: No

Image sensor

Sensor Type: Live Mos

Sensor Manufacturer: Panasonic

Effective Megapixels: 10.2

Sensor Format: 4/3

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

Approximate Pixel Pitch: 4.51 microns

Focal Length Multiplier: 2.0x

Aspect Ratio:4:3

Colour Filter Type: RGBG

Self-Cleaning: Yes

Sensor shift image stabilization: No

On-Sensor Phase Detect: No

Image capture

Image Resolution: 3680 x 2760 (10.2 MP, 4:3), 3840 x 2560 (9.8 MP, 3:2), 4016 x 2256 (9.1 MP, 16:9), 2752 x 2752 (7.6 MP, 1:1), 2592 x 1944 (5.0 MP, 4:3), 2736 x 1824 (5.0 MP, 3:2), 2816 x 1584 (4.5 MP, 16:9), 1936 x 1936 (3.7 MP, 1:1), 1824 x 1368 (2.5 MP, 4:3), 1920 x 1280 (2.5 MP, 3:2), 1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9), 1360 x 1360 (1.8 MP, 1:1), 3328 x 2496 (8.3 MP, 4:3), 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), 12 or 14-bit RAW, RAW + JPEG

Continuous-mode frames/second: 11.7

Video capture

Can take moviesYesMovie File FormatMOV, MP4, AVCHD, AVCHD ProgressiveComposite Video OutNoNTSC/PAL Switchable Videon/aVideo Usable as Viewfindern/aHD Video OutYesHD Video ConnectionHDMI

Lens & Optics

Lens MountMicro Four ThirdsLensn/aIntegrated ND FilterNoFilter Threadn/aThread Typen/aOptical Image StabilizationNoDigital ZoomYesDigital Zoom Values2x, 4x; Extra Tele Conversion: Still image: Max. 2x; Motion picture: 2.1x (FHD)

Auto Focus

Auto FocusYesAuto Focus TypeContrast 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 ShutterAuto Focus Assist LightYesManual FocusYes


ViewfindeeEVF / LCDViewfinder Type3680K-dot OLED, 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm eq.) magnification, 21mm eyepoint, -4 to +3 diopter, eye sensorFocus PeakingYesEVF Resolution3,680,000 dotsViewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent)0.76xViewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed)1.52x


Eye-level ViewfinderYesRear DisplayYesRear Display Size (inches):3.2Rear Display Resolution1,620,000 dots (405,000 px)TouchscreenYesArticulating ScreenYesTilt Swivel ScreenYesSelfie ScreenYesMax Playback Zoom16.0xTop Deck DisplayNo

Image storage

Usable Memory TypesSD / SDHC / SDXCUHS SupportUHS-IIDual Card SlotsYesRAW Capture SupportYesUncompressed Format12 or 14-bit RAW, RAW + JPEGMovie File FormatMOV, MP4, AVCHD, AVCHD ProgressiveIncluded MemorysNo memory included


Built-In Wi-FiYesNFCNoBluetoothYesBuilt-In GPSNoMicrophone JackYesHeadphone JackYesExternal ConnectionsUSB 2.0 High Speed,USB 3.0 Super Speed,Bluetooth,WiFiPictBridge CompliantYesDPOF CompliantYesRemote ControlYesRemote Control TypeWi-Fi or optional wiredConnections (extended)USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, HDMI Type-A, 2.5mm Wired Remote Jack, 3.5mm External Mic Jack, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, TC In/Out via Flash Sync Terminal

Performing timing

Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution0.39Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):0.45Camera penalizes early shutter press?YesJPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution)11.7Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution)600RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):12.5Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames)120RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps)13.1Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames99Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid0.17 secondsShutter Lag (manual focus):0.083 secondsShutter Lag (prefocused):0.045 secondsStartup Time1.1 secondsPlay -> Record Time0.7 seconds


Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View)440 shotsBattery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF)410 shotsBattery Life, Video60 minutesBattery Form FactorProprietaryUsable Battery Types7.2v, 1860mAh Lithium-ion rechargeableBatteries Included1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeableBattery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter):YesDedicated Battery Charger IncludedYesInternal Charging SupportedNo

Reviews of the Panasonic Lumix GH5S

Panasonic Lumix GH5S vs GH5


Does the GH5S has a recording time limit?
There are no record time limits. It has an unlimited continuous recording time at all resolutions, unless there is no more battery life or the memory card is full.

What is the crop factor, when shooting 240 fps?
There is no crop factor. It is just consistent.

Where is the image stabilization?
The Panasonic GH5s has a relevantly bigger sensor and therefore it is lacking stabilization. This camera is mostly focusing on filmmaking, where the creator has the complete control over the sensor.

Places for you to purchase and rent the Panasonic GH5s

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