Panasonic released a PR on September 19th, stating that they have developed a new flagship micro four-thirds camera, the Lumix GH5. Successor to the very popular Lumix GH4, the Lumix GH5 is a powerful shooter at least from the specs of it. No wonder that the camera is getting a lot of eyeballs at the ongoing Photokina. Having said that the full specs of the camera is yet to be released. This preview is based on the little details that have been released by Panasonic so far.

Sensor

The GH5 is going to be powered by a newly developed 18 MP micro four thirds sensor. Panasonic states that the new sensor is capable of better and faster signal transfer. To add to it the sensor has a re-engineered heat management mechanism. Improved heat management signifies that the sensor is likely going to be less impacted when doing long exposures, especially low light captures and thus will produce cleaner files.

Video and still shooting

To start off Panasonic states that it is the first camera in the world capable of shooting 4K videos at 60p/50p. The camera can also do internal 4:2:2 10-bit 4K clips. It has also been claimed that the camera is capable of clicking 6K Photos. 6K Photo mode is basically an augmented burst mode, similar to the 4K burst mode on the GH4. The camera is capable of pulling very high quality stills from the 18 MP video clips. With the 6K Photo mode you get a much higher resolution, double to be exact (at 18 MP) than the previous version of 4K Photos (8 MP). At the 4K Photo mode stills can be captured at 60 fps.

Build Quality

The GH5 has been unveiled at the Photokina 2016 and one must admit if looks could kill the GH5 is looker. The GH5 has a lot to live up to and build on the legacy that has been built by the superb GH4. For one thing build quality has to be top notch. We expect that the new camera will be equally well-built if not better than the previous one, the GH4 was all weather compatible and there is no reason to believe that the GH5 would be anything different.

Pricing

There is no information on the pricing bit as yet. Panasonic revealed that the Lumix GH5 camera will be ready for shipping sometime in 2017.

Rajib Mukherjee

Rajib Mukherjee

Rajib’s love for the road is second only to his love for photography. Wanderlust at heart and a shutterbug who loves to document his travels via his lenses; his two passions compliment each other perfectly. He has been writing for over 6 years now, which unsurprisingly, revolve mostly around his two favourite pursuits.
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    Great tips. I’ll add another one : #10 If you are not limited ( by recycle time on a flash, for example ) take multiple shots in quick succession. If the time gap is very small, people haven’t changed posture, but smiles come and go. You can splice the best parts of two shots in quick succession.

    #11 Take another one about 1/4 to 1/2 sec after the “official” shot. It’s often better because people relax their stiffness and grimace. Smiles may be better. I’ll often do “3…3…1…” click … click

    Apropos of #7 above, I often ham it up with the Austin Powers line: “Work with me…Work with m..”

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    Emile, awesome tips, thanks for sharing!