Ultimate yr, Panasonic added the Lumix GH5 to its roster of virtual cameras focused at skilled photographers and videographers, and at this yr’s CES, the corporate unveiled a brand new video-centric version of the digicam referred to as the Lumix GH5S.
Recall to mind this as Panasonic’s resolution to Sony’s A7S II mirrorless digicam, which is a model of its mirrorless A7 collection, additionally basically optimised for video. The Panasonic Lumix GH5S is designed particularly for low-light capturing and helps various skilled recording codecs, in addition to the connectors that one would preferably be expecting. Priced at Rs. 1,84,990 for simply the physique, is the efficiency that Panasonic claims in reality well worth the hype? We discover out.
Panasonic Lumix GH5S design and construct
The Lumix GH5S isn’t too other from the GH5 on the subject of design. The format of the buttons is just about the similar as on final yr’s style. There’s a wholesome choice of six programmable Fn buttons everywhere in the digicam, plus you’ll assign shortcuts to the keep watch over dial on the again, or even upload some extra to the suitable facet of the the on-screen menu. The physique doesn’t really feel too heavy on its own, however snap on a lens, and it does get cumbersome. We in reality just like the grip that the GH5S provides. The hand grip is fairly thick with abundant rubber cladding, so even the ones with huge palms will to find it at ease to carry.
The shutter button strains up nicely along with your index finger, and has reassuring half- and full-press comments. There are dials at the best and the again of the digicam (but even so the primary keep watch over dial) for converting settings when capturing. The GH5S additionally has a joystick for flipping via pictures in playback mode or adjusting the focal point subject. The entire buttons have excellent tactile comments, be expecting for perhaps the keep watch over dial on the again, which feels somewhat flimsy while you rotate it. The video recording button is now vivid purple and there’s a purple ring across the pressure mode dial, to differentiate the brand new style from the older one.
At the best of the digicam, now we have chunky dials for the pressure mode and capturing mode. The latter can also be locked into place so that you don’t by accident flip it when capturing. The association of the pressure modes is equal to at the GH5, nevertheless it will have to be famous that the GH5S provides 4K burst capturing as opposed to 6K at the GH5, because of its lower-resolution sensor. There’s no integrated flash however there’s a scorching shoe for attaching an exterior one.
You get an OLED digital viewfinder (EVF), which delivers a 100 p.c box of view. A sensor means that you can robotically transfer between the LCD display screen and the EVF by way of bringing the digicam on your eye. The EVF’s three.6 million-dot decision produces in reality crisp pictures, and you’ll go for a 120fps refresh price relatively than the default 60fps, for extra fluid movement.
You get a decently huge three.2-inch touchscreen which can also be articulated totally and has a 1.6 million-dot decision. Viewing angles are respectable and the show doesn’t wash out too badly below daylight. Contact reaction is excellent, and you’ll temporarily zoom in on your pictures when viewing them, in addition to trade settings or lock focal point.
Coming to the bodily connectors, now we have sockets for a microphone and headphones, an HDMI output, and a USB Kind-C (USB three.1 Gen1) port at the left of the digicam. There’s a flash synchro socket at the entrance, which can be utilized for timecode synchronisation with a multi-camera setup. Panasonic contains the essential cable for this within the Lumix GH5S’s field. There’s a devoted far off socket at the proper, adopted by way of twin SD card slots slightly below that (SDHC/ SDXC playing cards are supported at upto UHS-II speeds). The GH5S is weather-sealed, and is constructed to resist temperatures right down to -10 levels Celsius. Additionally it is splash- and dust-resistant. Within the field, you get a battery, charger, Kind-C cable, BNC conversion cable, shoulder strap, and cable holder.
Panasonic GH5S Lumix specs and contours
The Lumix GH5S makes use of a 10.2-megapixel micro four-thirds sensor in a mirrorless physique, which is round 1/2 the decision of the usual GH5. This permits for greater pixels, which will have to assist the Lumix GH5S in low gentle, and is what this digicam was once basically designed for. The Lumix GH5S additionally boasts of what Panasonic calls “Twin Local ISO 400, 2500”, which could be a little complicated as those aren’t the true ‘local’ ISO values.
The GH5S necessarily has twin acquire circuits for ISO, so the primary one is used between ISO 160-800 (Low), whilst the second kicks in at ISO 800-51,200 (Prime). You’ll be able to enlarge the ISO vary to 80 on the low finish and the higher prohibit can move all of the approach to two,04,800. Within the settings, you’ll manually set this to Low or Prime, or depart it at Auto.
The digicam handiest makes use of distinction detection autofocus (AF) with 225 issues, as an alternative of section detection. Because of this, steady autofocus isn’t very fast and you’ll’t pull off focal point transitions very successfully. The GH5S does permit you to manually set as much as 3 focal point issues and carry out a focal point pull between them, however you’ll want to have a set body, and the method is fairly bulky. The digicam additionally has a multi-aspect sensor, because of this it makes use of all of the width of the sensor with none cropping even supposing you turn between Four:three, three:2 and 16:nine.
Every other spotlight characteristic of the GH5S is its skill to shoot local Cinema 4K (2160×4096) and common 4K (2160×3840) movies at 10-bit intensity, with Four:2:2 chroma sub-sampling. Whilst recording, you’ll also have a simultaneous 4K feed despatched to an exterior track by means of the HDMI port. There are many recording codecs (MPEG-Four, H.264, H.265) and formats (AVCHD, MP4, HEVC, LPCM, MOV) to make a choice from, because of this that there is excellent flexibility when capturing. 4K video tops out at 60fps at 150Mbps, or you’ll go for the next bit-rate of 400Mbps (for higher main points), however handiest at 24fps.
You’ll be able to file high-framerate (HFR) movies at 1080p, as much as 240fps. Movies shot on this mode glance superb, with great slow-motion results. The digicam additionally has complicated capturing modes corresponding to V-Log L, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma for HDR) and Like709, which can also be graded later in post-production the use of LUTs (Glance Up Tables) to succeed in the specified impact.
The GH5S helps burst capturing of as much as 12fps and will even do 14-bit RAW burst pictures at 7fps with AF-C or 11fps with AF-S. The 4K Picture pressure mode means that you can shoot bursts of 30fps or 60fps pictures (Eight-megapixel decision), which might be stored as MP4 information. As soon as the recording is completed, you’ll flick thru the person frames which can be captured and save the specified ones. We discovered this to be very helpful when capturing fast-moving gadgets or movements, and the result is superb.
You’ll be able to additionally transfer to a 4K Burst (S/S) mode, which calls for you to press the shutter button for a 2nd time when you wish to have to prevent recording. 4K pre-burst saves buffered pictures from one 2nd ahead of and after you press the shutter. There’s additionally a focal point stacking mode that allows you to shoot the similar burst of pictures because the 4K Picture mode, however you’ll make a choice which a part of the body you wish to have in focal point in a while, ahead of saving your preferred stills.
Then again, Panasonic has left one characteristic out of the Lumix GH5S, which is an in-body symbol stabilisation gadget. This may look like an enormous letdown for many who shall be capturing with no tripod, however the corporate appears to be banking on the truth that maximum of this digicam’s target market would use it on a gimbal or a stabiliser rig of a few kind.
Different functions come with a most shutter pace of one/8000 seconds; auto, aperture, focal point, and white steadiness bracketing modes; inventive scene modes; integrated dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Four.2; and an anamorphic video mode to be used with anamorphic lenses. The Lumix GH5S may also be used with the Panasonic Symbol app on Android and iOS to keep watch over maximum of its settings and feature pictures robotically transferred on your smartphone. The app is designed nicely and does not take lengthy to get used to.
Panasonic GH5S Lumix efficiency and battery existence
For trying out the Lumix GH5S, Panasonic despatched us a 42.5mm f/1.2 lens, which itself has a sticky label worth of Rs. 1,01,990. It options toggle switches for optical symbol stabilisation and Handbook/ Auto focal point. There is a focal point ring and an aperture ring, the latter of which has a pleasant ‘clicky’ movement. The lens produces some in reality sharp pictures and is excellent for portraits, due to the super-wide f/1.2 aperture. Then again, it provides fairly somewhat of heft to the digicam because it weighs 425g by itself. Additionally, side road images was once somewhat inconvenient because of its 85mm (35mm identical) efficient focal duration.
Panasonic Lumix GH5S ISO check
We commence with our ISO check, the place noise is just about non-existent until about ISO 3200. Leaping directly to ISO 6400, we see somewhat of noise within the shadow areas below the color pencils, however now not a lot at the pencils themselves. At ISO 12800, sharpness starts to scale back and the main points get mildly blotchy, however noise remains to be very a lot in test. ISO 25600 introduces some grain at the pencils, and main points are fairly much less pronounced. In the end, at ISO 51200, the perimeters of the pencils aren’t obviously explained anymore and the picture is fairly grainy, however now not utterly unusable, which is good. We will see that the dual-gain ISO implementation does make large affect at upper ISO ranges.
The GH5S isn’t the most productive digicam for nonetheless images, principally because of the low decision of its sensor, which doesn’t come up with an excessive amount of inventive freedom. There’s now not numerous flexibility if you wish to crop pictures in a while, even if having mentioned that, this digicam does arrange to seize excellent main points when capturing in sunlight. We didn’t understand any of the standard problems corresponding to chromatic aberrations or barrel distortion. You’ll be able to permit HDR within the Settings menu, which robotically combines 3 consecutive pictures with various exposures right into a unmarried symbol. In panorama pictures, the sensor manages excellent dynamic vary and white steadiness, and light-weight metering is treated nicely even below harsh daylight. The extent of element is excellent even with huge gadgets within the distance.
Macro pictures also are treated effectively, and had been particularly a laugh to shoot with one of these lens. Colors are punchy with excellent ranges of saturation and edges round our topics had been steadily sharp and actual. Greater than the usual burst mode, we wound up the use of the 4K Picture mode for burst capturing because it’s surely simpler in taking pictures fleeting moments and we controlled to get some lovely excellent effects. The focal point stacking pressure mode additionally works nicely, as you’ll shift focal point to any a part of the picture while you preview it at the digicam after which save that desired nonetheless. Steady AF is somewhat gradual because of the distinction detection gadget however the digicam is rather fast to fasten focal point differently. You get other focusing modes like face/ eye monitoring, monitoring focal point, 225-area, customized subject, and 1-area.
The GH5S boasts of having the ability to be focal point on a subject matter even in -5EV lighting fixtures prerequisites, and whilst you’ll do that, the focusing pace is slower. This digicam additionally manages to ship excellent dynamic vary even in low gentle. Main points are rather nicely preserved and the various colors of the road and site visitors lighting in our pattern image had been captured effectively. Finer main points are somewhat tougher to make out because of the quite low decision, even at a 100 p.c crop. Shut-up pictures additionally fared really well, and we controlled sharp pictures with well-defined edges. The latter might be right down to the lens however general, macros in low gentle had been fairly adequate.
But even so the PASM capturing modes, the GH5S additionally has an Auto mode and an Results mode. The latter means that you can cycle via various well-liked filters together with monochrome, comfortable focal point, miniature, and many others, and when used as it should be, they yield some attention-grabbing effects. There also are 3 customized capturing modes (C1, C2, C3), which can also be arrange for various capturing eventualities.
The Ingenious Video mode is the only you wish to have to be in to profit from the complicated capturing modes like HFR. The issue with capturing at a excessive framerate is that the focusing gadget defaults to handbook focal point, which is somewhat extraordinary. One technique to get round that is to temporarily transfer to any other mode, lock focal point to your topic, after which leap again to Ingenious Video mode and start capturing. The gradual movement impact could be very great however you will have to you’ll want to have abundant lighting fixtures. Video high quality in sunlight is very good. The extent of element is superb, and colors have a impartial tone to them. Cinema 4K video shot at 60fps had rock-steady framerates.
The Lumix GH5S’s true doable is realised while you get started capturing in low gentle. With the ISO set to Auto, we controlled to get superb dynamic vary in our check pictures. The reflections of the far-off neon lighting on the water are captured in nice element and as you’ll see in our check pictures, there’s no actual visual noise. We shot the similar scene once more, however this time, manually bumped the ISO as much as see how a long way lets move ahead of noise changed into insupportable. Impressively, the Lumix GH5S provides you with very usable pictures until about ISO 12800, and then chroma noise is visual and on the perfect ISO and photographs suffers extra the darker it’s. We did understand somewhat of focal point searching right here too, which can also be a subject matter in case your topic strikes sporadically or for those who’re panning so much.
The Settings menus are laid out nicely and are simple to navigate. The settings for nonetheless and video capturing are grouped one by one, adopted by way of complicated settings for publicity, focal point, re-mapping the shortcut buttons, and wi-fi connectivity. There’s a ‘Night time Mode’ which provides a purple tone to the viewfinder and EVF to allow you to compose pictures at nighttime. The zoom degree of Handbook Center of attention Help is now 20x, so you’ll correctly focal point on smaller far-off gadgets too.
We discovered that this digicam’s battery held up nicely with common use. The rated battery existence levels between 440 and 1,300 pictures in keeping with price, relying on how a lot you utilize the LCD display screen and EVF, and the time-out set for sleep mode. We controlled to empty the battery midway after about 200 pictures, which integrated stills, 4K movies and a variety of 4K Picture bursts, which isn’t unhealthy. With handiest stills, we simply controlled to move 400 pictures on one price.
The Panasonic Lumix GH5S is well some of the perfect virtual cameras for low-light images that now we have come throughout, with spectacular high-ISO efficiency. It additionally helps a variety of skilled video codecs and bodily connectivity choices, which might make it simple to combine with most professional setups. The digicam is aimed toward videographers and it indisputably does now not disappoint. If you want high quality video recording with in depth enhance for business video requirements, the GH5S could be well worth the funding.
But even so capturing in reality top of the range 4K pictures, the digicam additionally excels at burst pictures throughout the 4K Picture mode, has an excellent EVF, is definitely constructed, and contours a variety of complicated choices that can stay customers glad. It’s now not the most productive digicam for general-purpose stills despite the fact that, because of the low-resolution sensor, and steady autofocus is somewhat gradual, which might be issues to remember.
Worth (MRP): Rs. 1,84,990 (physique handiest)
- Climate-resistant physique
- Wide variety options
- 4K video seems nice
- Spectacular high-ISO efficiency
- Nifty burst capturing modes
- Just right battery existence
- Steady AF isn’t fast
- Lacks in-body stabilisation
- Low decision sensor limits cropping possibilities
Rankings (Out of five)
- Construct/Design: Four.five
- Symbol high quality: Four
- Video high quality: Four.five
- Efficiency: Four
- Worth for cash: three.five
- Total: Four