CES 2017: Panasonic unveiled its new Lumix GH5 hybrid

Panasonic has just introduced its new flagship in the segment of high-end hybrid cameras. Lumix GH5 is full of new and impressive features, especially in video.

Panasonic's flagship high-end hybrid camera, the Lumix GH5, first discussed at Photokina 2016, contains a lot of novelty. Far from a simple update of the much appreciated Lumix GH4, it gives pride to the video and is improved on many points. Its specifications and proves quite impressive.

Image sensor and processor

Improved version of the Lumix GX8, the LiveMos sensor GH5 has 20.3 Mpx. With this new frame, also arrives a new image processor: the Venus Engine, which would be 6 times more powerful than that of the GH4. It allows the camera to have many new modes, such as 4K 60p video and even the 4K cinema, or a 6K to 30p and 4K 60p photo mode. Last but not least, the GH5, which is designed for video, films in countless formats, definitions and throughputs. This should fill the enthusiasts as well as professionals.

Reactivity and stability

Based on DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, the autofocus of the new hybrid is able to focus in 0.05 seconds depending on the brand, and to photograph in burst at 12 fps AFS and 9ips AFC. The device incorporates a dual stabilization system: 5-axis sensor stabilization and 2-axis optical stabilization, both operating simultaneously. This allows "effectively remove camera shake, either in photo, video and even 4K freehand" says Panasonic.

Design and ergonomics

A slightly bigger and heavier than the previous version, the Lumix GH5 is equipped with a magnesium frame that is also tropical and therefore resistant to harsh climatic conditions (water, sand or dust). The video record button has been moved on the hood to make way for a joystick. Its 3.2-inch HDR LCD screen, mounted on a ball joint, has 1.62 million pixels and the Oled viewfinder is improved, for a total of 3.8Mpx. Also note that the camera abandons its integrated flash in exchange for a new and improved microphone.

Autonomy, ports and connectivity
The Lumix GH5 maintains a battery 1860 mAh but adopts a power saving mode to reach 1,000 shots per charge depending on the brand. High-end device requires, the connectors and ports are very comprehensive. There are two SDXC card slots, a headset port, microphone, remote control, USB 3.0 Type C and HDMI Type-A. No NFC this time, but Wi-Fi 5GHz and Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy.

Availability, price and Accessories

Scheduled for March 2017, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 will be sold at $1999, or with a Leica 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 optics for a price of $2599. The most demanding will also be able to complete their equipment with a DMW-XLR1E module at $399 or an additional grip at $349 allowing to extend the autonomy to 1800 shots per charge. Finally, note that all the features of the device will not be available immediately, some arrive in effect during the year via two firmware updates.The first will take place in April 2017 and will bring a full HD 4:2:2 internal 10bits mode. The second update, considered major, will arrive in the second semester 2017 and transform the GH5 into a real professional camera.

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