The LensPal Review: Panasonic Lumix GH5 Mirrorless Camera

Hey Pals, with the arrival of the Panasonic Lumix GH5 Mirrorless Camera to our extensive line-up, we thought it would be useful to write up a review for all of our existing, as well as, new customers who would be interested in learning more about this amazing piece of equipment!

“One of the newest features includes the ability to record 4:2:2 10-bit in-camera 4K.”

The GH5 has some new key features that will attract a lot of seasoned users of the GH4 and new users, alike. One of the newest features includes the ability to record 10-bit, 4:2:2, in-camera 4K. What this means you will no longer need an external recorder while shooting in 4k, you’ll simply need a high bit-rate memory card. You also get 2 SD card slots which can be arranged to be of use in 3 different ways; 1) to have one slot only record video and the other photos, 2) have the camera record to both cards so both will be a carbon copy of each other, and lastly 3) overflow so that when one card is full the camera starts to record on to slot 2 without having to tell it in the settings (works for both video and photography). The slots are hot swappable, meaning if your using in overflow for example, the 1st card is now full so it records to card 2, you can pull out card 1, download your media, format it, put it back in slot 1 so that when card 2 is full it will overflow to card 1 and repeat until your production is complete!

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Much like the GH4, the GH5’s auto-focus capabilities are sorely lacking, but, this feature can be a make it or break it deal to some since the rest of the features offered completely blow the competition out of the water!

The GH5 can record in 4K up to 60p only at 8 bit 4:2:0, cinema 4k is locked at 24p and 1080 at all frame rates just mentioned. There’s no focal length crop or video time limit in any mode regardless of compression, frame rate or resolution. You can record until your cards are full or your battery runs out. Your aspect ratio will match your output settings.

Some improvements are an increase in megapixels at 20.3 from 16.5. Max resolution is 5184 x 3888 for a 6K image and aspect ratio of 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, WiFi and Bluetooth. Continuous Shooting, 12fps at 20.3 MP, 30fps at 18 MP, 60fps at 8 MP. A full size HDMI is included along with a USB C.

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The dial system at the top of the GH5 has an nice nostalgic camera feel that we think most will appreciate. The dial on the left of the camera controls the picture mode; which are single, continuous, 6k photo, landscape, timed shot, and time lapse. The dial on the right controls the camera modes, which include: video mode, manual, shutter priority, aperture priority, program mode, creative video mode, custom 1, 2 and 3, intelligent auto mode, and creative control mode. We definitely recommend trying out each mode to see the many capabilities this camera truly has to offer.

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In conclusion, we definitely feel like the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is an amazing camera that incorporates all the modern features a photographer or videographer could possibly need. This camera definitely will help take your next production to new heights. Consider renting the GH5 today only at

New Key Features:

  • 10 bit 4:2:2 in 4K up to 30fps
  • 8 bit 4:2:0 4K up to 60fps
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Allows for separating videos in one card and stills in the other
  • Camera records to both cards
  • Overflow recording
  • Card slots are hot swappable
  • 6K stills
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • Continuous shooting, 12fps at 20.3 MP, 30 fps at 18 MP, 60fps at 8 MP
  • Full size HDMI & USB C
  • No crop or time limits when recording video

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