Your complete overview of the Panasonic Lumix GH5S Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Mirrorless Camera Body

⦁ 10.2 Megapixels
⦁ Dual Native ISO technology
⦁ Cinema 4K at 50p/60p  video recording
⦁ 4K photo
⦁ Full HD 4:2:2 10bit video recording
⦁ Multi Aspect Sensor
⦁ Wi-Fi 5GHz & Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity

Description of Panasonic Lumix GH5S

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. 

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

General

Model Name Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S 
Camera Format Compact System Camera
Weight 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 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
Lens n/a
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; Motion picture: 2.1x (FHD)

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

Viewfindee 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

Display

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
Uncompressed Format 12 or 14-bit RAW, RAW + JPEG
Movie File Format MOV, MP4, AVCHD, AVCHD Progressive
Included Memorys No memory included

Connectivity

Built-In Wi-Fi Yes
NFC No
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 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 resolution 0.39
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 0.45
Camera penalizes early shutter press? Yes
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution) 11.7
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution) 600
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 12.5
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames) 120
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps) 13.1
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames 99
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid 0.17 seconds
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.083 seconds
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.045 seconds
Startup Time 1.1 seconds
Play -> Record Time 0.7 seconds

Power

Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View) 440 shots
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF) 410 shots
Battery Life, Video 60 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

Softwear

Included Software None
Free downloads PHOTOfunSTUDIO 10.0XE, SILKYPIX Developer Studio
OS Compatibility PHOTOfunSTUDIO (Windows); SILKYPIX Developer Studio (Windows / Mac)

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FAQ

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.

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