Australian Review: Panasonic Lumix GH5 - Mirrorless Heaven

Panasonic Lumix GH5
Australian Review: Panasonic Lumix GH5 - Mirrorless Heaven

Panasonic’s new Lumix GH5 is their latest entry into the mirrorless camera market, and it boasts some excellent features. With 20.3 megapixels and 4K video recording at 60 FPS it’s impressive enough, but it also can shoot video at 4K with 10 bit colour depth, being the first camera of its kind to do so.

Panasonic generally makes high quality cameras, and the GH5 is one of the best feeling I’ve used. The controls are tight, and overall the camera feels very solid. Despite having a detachable lens, you would be forgiven for thinking it’s fixed on. The only downside is that the camera is a little bit heavy for a mirrorless; without looking into the viewfinder you'd probably think it was a DSLR.

The 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lens included in the kit I was provided features a large zoom ring and a smaller, but still generous manual focus ring. It’s a nice enough lens to use for quite a while until you decide to upgrade. The build quality is very solid for a kit lens, and the image quality is up to par with some slightly higher end ones I’ve used. The aperture makes it tricky to shoot highly stylised shots at night, but the camera’s ISO can always be bumped up to compensate. If you choose to upgrade the lens, you’ll be spoilt for choice, as the camera predictably uses the micro four thirds mounting system.

The rear touchscreen display flips out for shooting selfies with quality that will make your Instagram followers green with envy, or more practically for monitoring the framing on a self-shot video. Alongside the touchscreen controls are highly comprehensive manual controls which can be used for every conceivable feature on the camera and then some. If you choose to use the viewfinder instead, you’ll find a very nice set of crosshairs and information about your settings.

The Lumix GH5 features Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities for getting images off the camera as well as remotely controlling it. Pairing the camera to my phone was very simple, and the connection seemed stable during my use. The app provides all the controls you’ll need, as well as a handy live viewer which has surprisingly low latency.

Daytime shooting is a breeze with the GH5, and it takes highly detailed images. While there is a plethora of buttons to get your head around, once you figure them out you’ll have an easy time shooting away.

Night photography also works fantastically - even with the kit lens. There’s very little noise from higher ISO settings, and shots come out very sharp. Zoomed shots work very nicely too, in case you don’t feel like walking closer to your subject. Video works just as easily as the still image mode, and provides just as nice image quality.



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The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a very solidly built mirrorless camera aimed at the high end consumer market. Alongside its nice still image quality, it sports excellent video capability and surprisingly nice night shooting.

While there are other options for more advanced users, you’d be hard pressed to find ones that can compare with the GH5’s video capability. If you’re into videography, it’s an easy recommendation. Average users might want to look at other options, given the $4000 asking price for the kit I received, but those that do choose to buy it will be impressed with its capabilities. The Lumix GH5 features top notch build quality and video features sure to impress anyone.

Cybershack Score - rating backgroundrating 4.5

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Build qualityA little expensive
Excellent image capabilitiesSlightly heavy
Great video features

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