Panasonic Lumix GH5: First Thoughts!

My Panasonic Lumix GH5 just arrived today! I wanted to show some pictures of it and talk a bit about it.Ā Keep in mind… I am NOT a film maker. I know enough about cameras to be a bit dangerous, but that’s it. I shoot videos of tornadoes in usually crummy low light situations that often don’t yield good video. That said, I am hopeful this camera will be a decent hybrid to allow for some still photography as well. Also, excuse the poor application of the screen protector… I had a few pieces of dirt I didn’t see I guess, will be getting a new protector soon šŸ™‚

General Thoughts:

  • This thing feels so good in the hands. It’s heavy enough you know it’s there but not too heavy. It’s grips are perfect even for my big hands.
  • 4K 60p.. It’s here.. Really! 150mbps! My 1 minute video was about 1GB, just a bit more, so you know.
  • Dual SD slots is great!! So often when chasing I will pull my SD to get my footage to the computer, so now I can swap back and forth.
  • Really like how the screen, though only slightly bigger, has much more content on the menu at once. Makes it much easier.
  • The rubber button for navigation is much nicer and really makes navigating quite easy.
  • The viewfinder is definitely better quality (I know it has a better resolution, just meaning you can visually tell)
  • Auto ISO seemed to respond really well in manual video mode

General Notes:

  • Hookup to PC is USB type C
  • Full size HDMI port
  • In camera stabilization
  • 4k 60P recording
  • Dual memory card slots


  • The same battery from GH4 appears to be same model as what’s in GH5. That’s good if you had extras
  • The Panasonic DMW-MS2 microphone worked great.
  • Charger/charge cable look the same

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GH5 Still Photo


Cropped GH5 Shot

PANASONIC LUMIX GH5 Body 4K Mirrorless Camera, 20.3 Megapixels, Dual I.S. 2.0, 4K 422 10-bit, Full Size HDMI Out, 3 Inch Touch LCD, DC-GH5KBODY (USA Black) (Electronics)

The professional gradeĀ Panasonic LUMIX DC-GH5 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera Body (Black) offers over 28 LUMIX and Leica compact lens options built on the next-generation (ILC) interchangeable lens camera standard [Micro Four Thirds] pioneered by Panasonic. Its ā€œmirrorlessā€ design enables a lighter, more compact camera body that includes cutting-edge 4K 60p (4:2:0 8-bit) and 30p (4:2:2 10-bit)Ā  in-camera cinematic video, 5Ghz Wi-Fi + Bluetooth for fast connection and image transfer, lightning fast DFD focusing, Dual I.S 2.0 stabilization and exposure technologies not possible with traditional DSLRs. With the exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO (~8MP, 30/60 fps) & brand new 6K PHOTO mode (~18MP, 30 fps), simply pause that perfect moment from video to produce printable high resolution photos. Never miss the moment again with Panasonic LUMIX and the GH5!FEATURES:Professional photo and 4K video performance in a durable magnesium alloy body.20.3MP Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter.4K Video: Internal recording at 4K60/50p (4:2:0 8bit) & 4K30/25p/24p (4:2:2 10bit).Variable Video Frame Rates 4K: Max. 60fps & FHD: Max. 180fps.5-Axis Photo/Video Dual I.S. 2.0 up to 5 stops with compatible LUMIX MFT lenses, plus in-body stabilization support for classic non-O.I.S lenses.Fast and accurate focusing utilizing LUMIX 480 fps DFD focusing system and Venus Engine 10Full size (Type A) HDMI terminal with cable lock included & twin SD Card slots (UHS-II U3 Compatible). 3.5mm mic & headphone terminals – optional DMW-XLR1 microphone adaptor. Eye viewfinder 3680k-dot OLED, 21mm, 0.76x.V-LogL recording with (Optional) DMW-SFU1 paid upgrade

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Brandon Sullivan

I am an entrepreneur, meteorologist and storm chaser. I travel and take captivating photos and videos across the world. If I'm not chasing, I'm at the gym. All opinions are my own and do not represent my employers or investments.

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