Footage Arrives From Panasonic GH5

Panasonic GH5By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

We’ve seen a few clips of the Panasonic GH5 thanks to documentary filmmaker Griffin Hammond, who was given a pre-release model in order to test it out. But now there’s more footage to feast your eyes on, and you can download it to take it for a test run.

“When the Panasonic GH4 came around, it was really the first camera to deliver 4K video into the hands of budget filmmakers. With the GH5, there’s a lot of new features, how well it’s built. The ergonomics are well thought out and it feels great in your hand. We’re really excited to be able to put the camera through its paces.” – Luke Neumann, Neumann Films

Neumann Films is the second production company tasked with the GH5 to provide some pre release footage, and the look is spectacular, even in YouTube’s quasi-2180p 4K presentation. There are some great shots featuring the GH5’s dynamic range, and a remarkable array of color and detail that gives you a next best thing to being there vibe.

“Keeping your kit light, but also not having to sacrificing quality is very appealing. Having dual SD card slots adds another layer of security. But 422 10 bit is the feature I’m most excited about. You start to pull out these details, these colors, with which to tell your story. It’s opens up a lot of creative options for filmmakers.”

Although still capable of recording in 4K like the previous GH4, the hallmark feature of the Panasonic GH5 is that it no longer needs a crop factor, and can record in UHD from edge-to-edge of its micro four thirds sensor. The result is recording internally in 10-bit 4:2:2 color imaged at 150 MBps at up to 60 fps per second, and Panasonic is planning updates which will incorporate All Intra Full HD in April, and expanded 4K at 400 MBps in July.

Downloadable Footage – 180fps via link here

Other features include:

  1. New 20.3 Megapixel CMOS (4/3 type) sensor
  2. Micro Four Thirds mount
  3. 5-Axis Photo/Video Dual I.S. 2.0 up to 5 stops with compatible LUMIX MFT lenses
  4. ISO 25,600 max
  5. Eye viewfinder 3680k-dot OLED, 21mm, 0.76x.
  6. V-Log L is an optional (paid) extra, same as GH4 – $98
  7. Cinelike-V, Cinelike-D, and Like-709 Picture Profiles
  8. Waveform and Vector Scope Built-in
  9. Weather Sealed Body
  10. Splash/Dust proof Rugged Design
  11. Freeze-proof to -10 Degrees C
  12. 6K Photo capture at 30p for 18 Megapixel photos
  13. 4K/60p Photo capture for approx. 8 megapixel images
  14. 4K/60p is at 8-bit 4:2:0 internally
  15. No crop in 4K!
  16. 4K/24/25 and 30p 10bit 4:2:2 internal
  17. 4K/60p at 150Mb/s at launch
  18. ALL-I (Intra) 10bit 422 1080p at 200 Mbps – free firmware update later in year
  19. ALL-I (Intra) 10bit 422 4K at 400 Mbps – free firmware update later in 2017
  20. Anamorphic mode (4:3) – free firmware later in year
  21. 1080p Slow-motion at 180fps
  22. 2 x SD card slots (UHS-II U3 compliant)
  23. Full-size HDMI output (Type-A)
  24. USB-C (USB 3.1)
  25. 225-Area Advanced Depth-From-Defocus AF System
  26. Weight: 725 grams with battery and SD card
  27. Same battery as GH4 – DMW-BLF19
  28. DMW-XLR1 XLR Hot-Shoe Audio Expansion Unit – $400

Here’s a few more shots to enjoy:

Downloadable Footage – link here

In addition to its 4K pedigree, the Panasonic GH5 can also shoot 6K stills, which makes one wonder if a hack can be achieved that will take the GH5 to even higher heights beyond ultra high definition video? Or could it be unlocked with an official future update from Panasonic?

The Panasonic GH5 footage is beautiful, there’s no doubt, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one to see for myself. The GH5 will be available in March for around $2000 body only [link to buy – affiliate].

Hat Tip: 4K Shooters

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.