Expert review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5
- With the 6K burst mode, you can photograph 30 frames per second and save 1 image as an 18 megapixel image.
- You can record detailed videos in 4K resolution with 60fps.
- Dual I.S. 2 image stabilization prevents motion blur.
- Thanks to the 2 memory card slots, you have extra storage space for your photos and videos.
- The camera is relatively heavy for a mirrorless camera.
- Doesn't have an integrated flash.
As soon as I hold the device in my hands, I feel that the body is made out of magnesium. You can tell from the weight. The device is heavier than other mirrorless cameras. But, thanks to the good grip, the camera feels sturdy in your hand. The box also included a 12-60mm lens. This is made out of metal. The box also contains a lens hood, a USB-C cable, an AC adapter, a battery charger, and the manual. Striking is the separate quick start guide that explains how photographing in the 6K burst mode works.
The most striking function of the GH5 is the 6K photo function. I decided to test this function while plane spotting. This Burst mode allows you to make 30 fps. Choose 1 frame from the 30 images that you want to keep as an image. The device will make an 18-megapixel image of 6,000x3,000 pixels. While the term 6K sounds impressive, it's actually more of a marketing term. More than anything else, the photo becomes very wide. The advantage of this is that you can capture a large part of the surroundings and you can easily crop the image afterwards.
4K video with 60 fps
You can record with the GH5 in 4K with 60 fps. This high film quality is noticeable in your footage. Editing your videos to slow motion footage is not a problem thanks to the high fps. From now on, I can watch smooth footage of airplanes taking off and landing. The device doesn't have a maximum recording time. How cool is it that you can record for as long as you want?! The 2 memory card slots in the device are the cherry on top. Because there isn't a crop factor, the entire width of the sensor is used while recording.
Dual I.S. 2 image stabilization
The GH5 has a 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 image stabilization. This came in very handy while plane spotting. I didn't have a tripod with me, and there was a lot of wind. I recorded everything with the camera in hand. Because the image stabilization compensates for the shutter speed with 5 stops, all my footage is free from motion blur. Dual I.S. 2 stands for double image stabilization. When you attach a Panasonic lens with O.I.S., you can combine the image stabilization of the camera and the lens. This causes even less vibrations and gives an even better end result.