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Panasonic LUMIX DC-GH5EB-K Compact System Mirrorless Camera Body only - Black
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- The marriage of an advanced Digital Live MOS sensor with the beautiful new Venus Engine 10 reproduces extraordinary colour detail and natural texture expression. The Three-Dimensional Colour Control with rich colours from dark to bright shades and high-precision Multi Process NR makes your images stand out.
- It's difficult to handhold a camera at the best of times but thanks to the 5-axis Dual image Stabiliser 2 Intelligent compensation comes to your aid. The LUMIX GH5 eliminates shakes in both body and lens from wide-angle to tele-end.
- Faster frame rates mean excellent motion compensation Plus you can slow down footage inside your video editing timeline without losing detail. You also achieve perfect panning control and a suppression of the rolling shutter Effect as seen in lesser frame rates.
- High-resolution images and perfect focal length can also be achieved as the LUMIX GH5 features Pixel for Pixel, no sensor Cropping recording. There's also no recording duration Limit so you can go beyond 30 minutes in all record settings.
- The LUMIX GH5 brings game changing internal 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video recording. The power of having film creation capabilities inside the camera sets a new precedent in guerrilla style filmmaking..Dfd (depth from defocus) allows the camera to calculate focal lens movement by comparing depth of field values of two images at incredibly high speed. A motion detector accurately tracks fast moving subjects, and enables smooth 4K photo/video & 6K photo recording..Shoot with unlimited Burst, then choose and extract the exact frames you want to keep. The new 6K photo mode at 30fps allows you to capture the perfect moments at a stunning approx.18-Megapixel high-resolution..It is freeze proof down to -10-degrees in addition to splash / dustproof construction thanks to weather sealing on every joint, dial and button. A magnesium alloy full die cast armour frame makes the body lightweight yet durable while bringing ruggedness to the compact size..A super high-resolution 3, 680k-dot OLED LVF (live view finder) brings gorgeous visibility and makes for perfect framing even under direct sunlight. Best of all, the OLED LVF ensures your pictures match up to exactly how you intended them..Compatible with the new “LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta)" software program for PC
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The LUMIX GH5 packs a real punch with its high performance Digital Live MOS sensor sporting a 20.3 megapixels to achieve the highest picture quality in the history of LUMIX G compact system cameras. Together with the removal of the low-pass filter from the sensor, you can confidently capture the sharpest & artefact free image with high dynamic range. The LUMIX GH5 is a camera of beauty created by you and crafted by Panasonic engineering. To reset the camera, you will need to carry out the following: Set the mode dial to P. Press the menu/set button. Select the setup option. Scroll through the setup listings until you get to 'reset'. Select the reset option to reset your camera. Once the camera has reset, you will need to turn it off and back on again. You will then be prompted to set the date and time.
DC-GH5EB-K, Battery Charger (AC Cable included), Battery Pack, Body Cap, Hot Shoe Cover, Eye Cup, Flash Synchro Socket Cap, Cover for the Battery Grip Connector, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, Cable Holder
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I didn't expect to be able to use the 4k files directly in my Avid without transcoding, but was surprised to find that I can just drag and drop 4k 8-bit files into an Avid bin and they convert immediately even though the Avid is V5.5 which is a few years out of date. The process does take about 8min per minute of video, about twice what HD takes, and it probably works because it uses quicktime codecs to convert and finds the codec even though I have not updated the Avid for 4k working.. The resulting HD edited video is the best I have ever seen - as good as the best blu ray video. Aliasing is at a very low level - the normal trade-off between detailed resolution and aliasing inherent in the use of an optical 'phase plate' anti-aliasing filter is gone since this camera dispenses with optical filtering and digitally filters instead from the high resolution sensor. No more gaps in guitar strings as was so evident on video shot on the Cannon 5D MkII !
The advantages of shooting in 4k 8-bit on the GH5 over shooting with the GH2 are enormous. Image quality is hugely better, and the in-camera stabiiiser works fantastically well on all my manual lenses. Where previously I stuck to ISO 320, and started to just see noise on higher settings, I can now use ISO 800 or higher routinely, and today I used higher ISO settings in an experiment shooting ants with extension tubes on a 35mm manual lens set to F/16 (needed for depth of focus in macro photography) with great results (each Jet-Black ant half fills the screen)..
The viewfinder on the GH5 is superb; the clarity took me by surprise, and even with glasses on (which I prefer to adjusting the eyepiece as I am more comfortable being able to view the scene directly too) I can easily see the full image with no distortion; whereas on the GH2 the field of view was restricted and moving the eye position led to image distortion in the eyepiece. I do find that I keep accidentally pressing a button under my thumb which changes the viewfinder between brief, full info, and a horizontal line sort of spirit level check, which caused me confusion at first. (This may be because I am double jointed and my thumb joint presses against the camera when I hold it.) I have a lot of MFT lenses, and I have just tried my Voigtlander Nokton F0.95 25mm which I love for shallow focus effect. It works great, with the in-camera stabilisation working well, despite this being a manual lens, and the focus is made easy by the super viewfinder and focus peaking aid which comes into operation automatically (unless you turn it off) as soon as you use manual focus.. I have set the 'focal length' in the menu to 25mm and note that when I remove the lens and put another in a message appears saying 'focal length 25mm, do you want to change this?'
I'm pleased to find that there is a menu setting for audio gain (adjustable in 1dB steps) which I have set to -12dB to avoid overloading and for audio limiting (which I have turned off as I hate it). I recommend this setting for normal use - sensitivity is still adequate for normal levels.I have now measured the audio performance with a view to designing a Lindos line-level interface to use with professional line-level audio feeds such as from a professional mic pre-amp. Lindos Electronics sells a range of adaptors designed by me for various top cameras such as the GH2, Cannon 5DMkll etc.which provide line level input with passive bass compensation for each camera, allowing excellent results to be achieved with simple in-camera recording. This is easier to edit than when using separate audio recording, though I sometimes do this too, with a line level feed to the camera from a mixer or Tascam 8-track recorder output via the adaptor. A professional audio adaptor with XLR connectors and phantom power is available of course for the GH5, but this might be overkill for some users, and adds to the bulk.
The tests reveal that the basic in-camera audio is significantly better than on the GH2. Gone is the annoying 2.5mm mic jack, replaced by a 3.5mm one as on most cameras, and gone is the HF processor noise which tended to get into the mic lead through some sort of ground problem. The noise sounds pure white, without trace of processor beating, though it is at a level some 10dB above best 16-bit performance (such as CD quality). Automatic gain reductions still seems to kick in above max level, as it did in the GH4 (independently of the fact that the limiter is off), but whereas on the GH2 it kicked in below full scale on the meter, it now only operates to keep the level constant above full scale, giving an extras 6dB or more of usable dynamic range. Take a look at the online Lindos Electronics demo videos to see what surprisingly good sound is possible on the GH2 when properly done from good mics; on the GH5 we can expect even better.
I'm one of those people who would like video cameras to be simpler - many of the menu options and facilities are gimmicks as far as I am concerned and like most users of professional video cameras I often just want manual focus, and manual shutter and aperture settings without all the fancy things that just add to the risk of the camera getting accidentally put into a confusing state prior to shooting. However, I do value auto-focus on single-shot mode when using an auto lens, as it can be difficult to achieve precise focus to 4k standards manually and am pleased to see that when in AFS mode it is possible to use single shot auto-focus while shooting without stopping the recording. This works reliably on static scenes, but less reliably when there is fast motion, and this has been the main criticism of this camera by other reviewers (I note that the firmware upgrade now available for purchase claims to improve autofocus). In manual mode two thumbwheels function to change aperture (back thumbwheel by default) and shutter speed (top thumbwhelel by default) which is very convenient on the auto lenses - I love it.
I recommend the Panasonic 12 - 35mm F/2.8 zoom for general use (and it's longer partner), if you want a really good lens that can be used for shallow focus effects. The cheaper zooms reduce aperture from 3.5 to 5.6 as you zoom which is a nuisance for video. The Leica zooms may attract some people because of the name, but it seems they are no longer German made, and Panasonic may have overtaken them with their own lens production facilities. Micro Four Thirds lenses need to be ground to greater precision than bigger lenses, because the resolution required at the sensor is greater; so they are specialist items made to finer limits than many bigger professional lenses. Just because they are lighter (which is great) and have less glass doesn't make them cheaper! One niggle with the Panasonic zoom is that manual focus is too fine, with 'slippage'; in other words, if you turn the lens back from optimum focus to check then you may have to turn it twice as far the other way to get back to optimum focus - and there can be no calibrated distances around the lens. I also have a pair of Tamron (Nikon fit with adapter) zooms that I have adapted by wedging the aperture lever to fully open (f2.8 fixed), and these have proper manual focus without slippage, although the fixed aperture is not ideal.
All in all, an absolutely amazing camera. I sat three feet away from my new LG OLED65C6V 4k 65 inch screen (arguably the best screen available) last night, looking at the 4k 8-bit video I had shot, and decided I could not fault it, the sharpness left nothing to be desired even with such close viewing. I have been using three GH2's for several years for studio shooting of things like music videos, with quad-split editing in the Avid. I find it useful to keep one of them in my Steadycam Merlin, balanced and ready for use (otherwise once you take the camera off and put it back it takes a while to balance properly). I've just bought another GH5 to keep in the Steadycam, and may end up getting a third!
I've yet to even try stills, but expect to be able to do indoor shots much more easily for two reasons. Not only can I use higher ISO without running into noise, making higher shutter speeds possible, but the in-camera stabilisation should make camera movement a lot less important for a given shutter speed. I like to take stills from video, as a way of capturing the perfect expression rather than clicking and hoping; but with HD such stills were always a bit limited in sharpness. With 4k we get the possibility of extracting much better stills from video (with 8Mpixel resolution instead of 2Mpx). If 8k video becomes common (32Mpix frames) then stills and video will merge, at pretty much the highest resolution attainable from the best 'normal' cameras and lenses; an interesting thought.
Another major flaw on the GH5 is the horrendous auto-focus. It is bad, like really bad and it gets worse the darker the scene gets. When I mount it on my gimbal, I have keep it on manual focus at all times to keep the camera from hunting every second. Fortunately Panasonic did a great job with focus peaking on the GH5 - it is incredibly accurate. I guess I am just so spoiled and so used to the amazing auto focus that Canon and Sony cameras provide that, that feature became a crutch I leaned on too much (they are that good) and just disappointed that Panasonic engineers could not figure out a competent enough Auto-Focus system to put on this otherwise amazing camera.
The dynamic range on this camera is pretty limited too even with V-Log. Highlights clip at 80 IRE versus say a Sony A6300 S-Log clipping at 107 IRE. Despite the flaws, this remains my go to camera for most scenes.
When this camera came out it was well ahead of its time and still is. The sharpness and image quality on this camera is amazing the attention to detail is excellent. Don’t get me wrong my industry professionals, there are cameras out there with higher mega Pixels and better sensors, but to be honest higher mega pixels isn’t everything that decides quality on a camera.
The GH5 is exactly that, it may not be the best camera for some types of Photography but it’s bloody dam good when it comes to videography. And that’s why I bought, to create amazing motion pictures for mini documentaries, and videos.
If you want to create the best looking picture and spend a little higher the GH5 is the camera fit for the job. Gives you best image essentials for filming in great environments.
Even the colours pop right out from the footage making it nice and more vibrant in editing. I also love that they kept the time lapse feature from the GH4.
I can take this camera and create time lapses with ease instead of having to use third party plugins using remotes or a computer.
The only downside I would say to the GH5 is that it’s hard to film in low lighting conditions such as night time. The best quality I could get with night time recording is with the ISO up to 800. Anything above that would make the picture quality far to grainy and unusable. To combat most grain (noise) in my Video images I use after effects to make my images more clean, refined and pleasing to the eye. But as I said if it above 800 ISO including using after effects or a third party plugin to remove grain (noise) from the image, it will have little to no effect even if the grain reduction is at its highest will ruin the quality of the video, making it look more blurry and paint like which no one wants.
But most of the grain can be reduced from the video if your using good lighting at film locations to combat dark patches in your scenes. A few LED lighting kits might reduce that little bit more noise in editing making your picture quality smoother.
Apologies I have rambled on long enough, if you want excellent quality for Video and SOME great features of photography.
This is your camera.
The autofocus on this camera, as commonly noted, isn't amazing when compared to it's competitors. But I find that for my purposes, if I drift out of focus, a quick tap on the flip out touch screen will rectify that.
It also is solidly built. While I was staying in hotel, I accidently let it fall off the side of my bed while recording. The camera suffered no damage, and neither did the kit lens it came with. I had purchased a GH5 cage, which the camera was equipped with at the time, so that probably helped. But it was reassuring to see that this camera wouldn't instantly shatter with the first bit of stress it received.
Another bonus is its great performance to weight ratio. I was carrying this camera around with me up and down exceptionally steep slopes and walking the entire day with it in my bag for a week. I found I could get the great shots I wanted without being severely fatigued by carrying it. I imagine a canon with a full frame sensor would have caused my camera bag's shoulder straps to really dig in after a while.
If you have the money, the need for a rugged weather sealed camera, the need for a camera can shoot exceptional quality footage, and the need for a camera that is portable even while travelling over very demanding terrain, I would recommend this camera.
I was able to purchase this with monthly instalments, which helped smooth out the dent in my bank balance significantly. This camera is a investment. But so far it is one I am happy with.