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Old January 4th, 2017, 12:34 PM   #1
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First Impressions of the GH5

Confirmed specs have now been released by those lucky enough to get their hands on the GH5.

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/mov...essions-review

Some key features for me:
4K at 50p
4:2:2 colour (including in 4K in a scheduled Summer upgrade)
5 axis IS
Dual Card slots
180fps slowmo in 1080p
waveform monitor
auto ISO in A and S modes
and no crop in 4K.

And I thought Christmas was last month.

The audio interface unit looks a nifty add on too.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 12:45 PM   #2
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Yes, after Photokina I was somewhat underwhelmed but these specs are much better than anticipated. They claim 2 stops better dynamic range as well.

Very excited about Hybrid-Log HDR, no crop (!), great OLED monitor, useful 4K slow motion, compatibility with GH4 batteries. Didn't see anything about the card speed requirements. Hopefully the fast 4K cards for GH4 are still fast enough for things like 10bit and 400mbps when the summer firmware upgrade ships.

This camera is perhaps slightly overpriced at launch, but it's worth it for an indie filmmaker in the market for a great M43 video camera for relatively small dollars.

Panasonic got this exactly right.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 03:22 PM   #3
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...yep, appears I need to again squeeze my piggy bank, as I'm pretty sure I will need one of these!!!
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Old January 4th, 2017, 04:13 PM   #4
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I already knew I'd be selling off my Canon gear this year. The Sony A6500 was going to be my pick, but this might be too good to pass up. They also talk about the firmware improvements in the next few months. Sweet.

I've got a wedding to shoot January 28th. Then all my stuff is for sale to switch over.

/solo wedding shooter.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 04:26 PM   #5
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No crop in 4K 50p/60p? Just want that clarified right off the bat.

Also, can it maintain 4K 50p/60p 10bit 4:2:2 going out the HDMI out to something like an Inferno?
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Old January 4th, 2017, 05:16 PM   #6
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Also, can it maintain 4K 50p/60p 10bit 4:2:2 going out the HDMI out to something like an Inferno?
Absolutely, yes.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 06:04 PM   #7
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No crop in 4K 50p/60p? Just want that clarified right off the bat.

Also, can it maintain 4K 50p/60p 10bit 4:2:2 going out the HDMI out to something like an Inferno?
I think the answer is yes to both. Panasonic GH5 at CES 2017: Internal 10-bit 422 4K recording at 400 Mbps, and HD up to 180fps and HD Warrior. If you listen through both these videos you will hear both your questions answered. Looks like just the camera I was looking for shooting UHD and crop/pan to 1920x1080.

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Old January 5th, 2017, 02:44 AM   #8
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Selling up all my stuff as well in March and going to go full Panasonic. 3 x GH4 R's as B / C cams and a GH5 as my A cam kitted out with a cage / xlr adapter. No record limits, unlimited 4K, super slo mo. What else do you need as an event videographer !?
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No crop in 4K 50p/60p? Just want that clarified right off the bat.
I have seen Panasonic reps say no crop in any video modes.
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To me, this seems like the ideal wedding camera. You can obtain narrow DOF when desired but the gear is a fraction of the weight of full-frame cameras. And now with in-body stabilization, my kit is going to get even leaner.
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I have seen Panasonic reps say no crop in any video modes.
I wonder what effect, if any, this will have on the Metabones SpeedBooster lens adapter? Can you use the one from the GH4 on the GH5?
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Has anyone found the bit rate for the audio with added XLR unit?
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Has anyone found the bit rate for the audio with added XLR unit?
I think it is up to 24bit at 96khz.
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A low light test video was posted in this article:

Can the Panasonic GH5 See In The Dark? Apparently, Yes

Looks like its somewhere around the Canon full frame quality, which seems pretty good for a micro 4/3rd to me.
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I think it is up to 24bit at 96khz.
Thanks Ron, I guess we will have to wait and see. So much marketing early on, but it looks interesting.
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