Lumix GH5 micro review UPDATED

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My GH5’s arrived just over two week ago and I soon got to work exploring the new features. I spent a lot of time filming the local bird life mostly at 180fps as you can see above.

I still do not understand why the cameras came with 4K 422 10bit 25p and not Full HD 422 10bit as this was main the reason for upgrading my two GH4s. OK, Panasonic have told us the 10bit HD is coming just around NAB which is just over a week away.

I have only used the two SD card slots recently to add JPEGs in slot one and RAW in slot two, photographic job.

My new SDXC card of choice is the Lexar 64GB UHS-II technology (U3) for a read transfer speed up to 1000x (150MB/s).

Autofocus…What about the poor autofocus everyone is on about on You Tube, I rarely use autofocus but I did find out that autofocus is disabled during 180fps. I found the tracking very useful and accurate especially during my low light footage as seen in the video (ladies coming out of a pub, walking towards the camera).

Jitter update : I also found that the Olympus and older Lumix lenses did not seem to produce the jitter the same as the newer Lumix 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 lens did, so I stopped using that lens.

Battery life… screen open…dual image stabiliser…One slot only…2 hours 13mins before the red indicator, squeeze a further 5mins after the red flashing battery indicator giving a total battery life in a brand new DMW-BLF19e battery pack. Total = 2h 20m.

Filming in 4K 50p, screen open filming onto 2 SDXC cards. Total rec. time = 1h 45m.

Olympus Pro lens…40-150 f2.8 with a 1.4x Olympus converter

The lenses used were as follows…

Olympus Pro lenses…7-14 f2.8, 12-40mm f2.8, 40-150 f2.8 plus the 1.4x  Olympus converter.

Olympus Digital ED lenses…12mm f2, 60mm f2.8 macro.

Lumix…25mm f1.4 Leica and the 12-35mm f2.8

Focus Transition timings…

Sets the moving speed of focus

SH = 12 frames

H = 1 sec

M = 2s.14f

L = 4s.37f

SL = 14s.21f

Focus Transition Wait…

Sets the wait time before the start of Focus Transition for 5secs or 10secs or OFF.

This feature is very useful to avoid a small bump in the picture as you press the LCD.

Focus Transition Rec…

Starts Focus Transition when recording starts at either..

[POS 1]/[POS 2]/[POS 3]/[OFF]

Why Panasonic don’t refer to timings like I have translated above beats me or even better why can’t you dial in your own transition times.

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4 comments on this post

  1. James says:

    Looks very nice….. was that the heritage loch in EK?

    HDW : Yes a mixture of that and Maxwell park.

  2. Tim says:

    Thanks for the reveiw. Nice work! Your lens list interests me. I’m now using more Olympus lenses than Lumix. It really annoys me the way the Lumix zoom lenses focus hunt in manual focus mode when making slight zoom adjustments. Happens on my GH4, GH5 and Olympus cameras – therefore a lens problem. Wondering if the new Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 MK2 does this as well or if you’ve experienced this problem with the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Keen to know. Many thanks!

    HDW : As far as I am aware the new lenses are only a paint job and weather sealing, so they will be exactly the same as before.

  3. Rob says:

    Hi Phillip, excellent video – looking forward to getting my GH5!
    Can you tell me what tripod and video head you are using?
    Thanks

    HDW : I wrote a blog about it here…http://www.hdwarrior.co.uk/2016/12/11/a-tripod-finally-suited-for-dslr-and-mirrorless-video-work-300/

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