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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Filming the GH5 Micro Review

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Hopefully, cross fingers I will publish my Micro Review of the GH5 tomorrow, its taken many hours of sitting with Greylag geese to get some fantastic 180fps footage.

This is why my blog has suffered over the last few days, the Scottish weather has changed…for the better.

These are great birds to film and photograph

I had to amend my tripod handle with a hacksaw so it would not impede me while filming, mainly to stop it hitting the tripod legs.

This is the frame from the review that took over 7 hours to capture and what a classic bit of footage it turned out to be but you will see it in all its full glory tomorrow.

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4K-compatible broadcast zoom lenses from FUJINON

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The demand of 4K-compatible broadcast equipment is spreading rapidly in Japan, Europe, North America, etc. for live broadcast of sporting events such as soccer and golf tournaments, as well as the production of dramas, documentaries and other genres of programs, produced both in studio and outdoors.

Fujifilm released the world’s first 4K-compatible broadcast lens in 2015, and already offers four broadcast lens models worldwide in response to the expansion of the 4K broadcast market.  The company’s lenses are used in a wide range of applications in recognition of their premium image quality and superior operability.

The new “UA18x5.5,” “UA14x4.5” and “UA27x6.5” broadcast zoom lenses deliver 4K quality across their zoom ranges by preventing resolution degradation around the edges and controlling all types of aberrations.

The “UA18x5.5” and “UA14x4.5” are portable lenses with compact and lightweight bodies for advanced mobility.  With the recent market introduction of compact and lightweight “4K camcorders,” these lenses will accommodate an increasing number of videographers who shoot while carrying 4K equipment on their shoulder.  The “UA18x5.5” weighs 2.04kg and covers focal lengths from 5.5mm on the wide angle end to 100mm on the telephoto end, making it useful for production situations that require added mobility such as news reporting and on-location production.  The “UA14x4.5” covers the ultra wide angle focal length of 4.5mm despite its compact body, measuring just 238.5mm, allowing you to go up close and personal during live sport coverage or on-location production with a real sense of depth.

The “UA27x6.5” is a 4K-compatible 27x zoom lens, perfect for in-studio applications for news and variety shows.  With the wide-angle focal length of 6.5mm, it can also be used to give a full view of a concert venue in live coverage.  The “UA27x6.5” has a built-in extender*1, which doubles its focal lengths, covering up to 360mm in focal length while maintaining image quality in advanced definition.

FUJINON lenses by Fujifilm are known for high quality eloquent images, and have been used in the production of movies, TV programs and commercials around the world.  Fujifilm will continue to tap into its optical, high precision forming and assembling technologies that have been nurtured over many years in the field of cutting-edge video expression, to further expand and enhance its product lineup, thereby addressing the diversifying needs of broadcast production.

These three models will be on display at the NAB 2017 exhibition of broadcasting equipment, to be held in Las Vegas from April 24 to 27, 2017.

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Tim Palmer, Director of Photography interviewed by Rick Young.

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A great insight to the world of television drama lighting from Tim Palmer DoP interviewed by Rick Young of Movie Machine

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FUJINON MK 10-55MM T2.9 MFT-mount CINE lens for GH5 ($3,799) April 1st

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Finally we have a servo zoom lens for the GH5. Fujinon announced this cracking new cine lens yesterday. The price will be $3,799.

GH5 owners may have noticed an extra pin has been added to the camera to accommodate the extra power needed for a servo lens.

Ever wondered what the greyed out POWER ZOOM LENS feature is all about in menu 6/6 on the GH5, now you know.

Many micro four third owners have noted that a good servo zoom lens would make this camera range and now its here, starting shipping at the end of June.

HDW : Have not produced an April fools day blog for a while, although the pic from the GH5’s menu is legit as you can get 2 Lumix lenses with power zooms, not recommended. The lens above would make the GH5 very top heavy, if it existed.

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New Canon firmware updates provide enhancements to professional video and Cinema EOS cameras

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The C700 sees extra recording modes when using the Codex CDX-36150 recorder:

  • 4K/QFHD ProRes
  • 4.5K Max 100 fps
  • 4.5K cinescope 120 fps
  • 422 HQ 10 bit 60 fps
  • 2K

The new update also enables an option to upgrade the firmware on the CODEX CDX-36150 RAW recorder

The firmware update for the C100 Mk I deals with lens compatibility, enabling the useful peripheral illumination correction for the following lenses:

  • EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
  • EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
  • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-56 IS USM
  • EF 24-105mmf/1.4L IS II USM

The firmware also provides Cinema Servo Lens Support for the CN7x17KAS S*, the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S* and CN20 x 50 IAS lenses.

The new firmware update for the EOS C100 Mark II comprises a shutter angle priority mode which maintains the shutter angle when the frame rate is changed. The update also enables peripheral illumination correction data for the new EF-24 -105 f/4 L IS USM II lens


The firmware update for the XC- series cameras enables support for the VPG (Video Performance Guarantee) 130 standard for CFast cards.

Canon’s ‘cube’ series of cameras gain new auto exposure modes including Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av) and Automatic Gain Control (AGC). You will now also be able to select Auto or Manual ND filter operation. Auto white balance has been improved and a 25PsF output option has been added to support monitor connection and viewing when shooting in 25P.

The ME20F-SH gains support for the recently introduced CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S lens, and both cameras will now support the following lenses:

  • EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II USM
  • EF 35mm F1.4L II USM
  • EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II USM

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Georgina’s latest Sci-Fi film “The Beyond”

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Having worked with this lovely lady almost two years ago on a film called Edradour all about Scottish Whisky, Georgina Blackledge is now embarking on a new film called “The Beyond”. Its great to see how her acting career has come along.

Its not by chance Georgina looks the part in a white coat because she is a working doctor in the NHS.

Here is Georgina’s newest role in the Sci-Fi trailer for The Beyond…

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Panasonic to tighten their belts, worldwide !

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Last November took me all the way down to Panasonic’s HQ in Bracknell to see an exclusive preview of the Lumix GH5.

Like all large electronics makers, Panasonic has found it hard to make profit in an industry with increasingly tight margins. The report puts forth ways to rationalize and reorganize its business units to focus on the company’s areas of greatest strength.

The paper identifies three businesses: ‘digital cameras, private branch exchange telephone systems and optical disk drives,’ which, it says: ‘will be dismantled. Each will be scaled back and placed under the umbrella of other operations, with headcount to be reduced.’

With the number of compact cameras being sold having fallen precipitously and the interchangeable lens camera market stagnant, the digital camera division is an obvious target for cuts as part of the company’s restructuring.

This announcement comes after one of Panasonic’s biggest sales records with the GH5 out selling even Panasonic’s conservative estimate for pre sales.

Panasonic ‘The recent article featured on the Nikkei regarding Panasonic’s Imaging business was not announced by Panasonic and refers to a change in our internal organizational structure.

Integrating all consumer electronics divisions, our consumer Digital Imaging business will move under Panasonic Appliances Company and is not being dismantled.

The aim of this change is to further deepen our relationships with customers, strengthen our product capabilities, and continue to firmly develop and promote our business.’

Main report derived from DPreview.

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The Wrong Camera

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So true in lots of cases…This bears no relation to the GH5 !

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Lumix GH5 Image Stabilisation Problem in Video Mode (Updated 27 March)

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The Lumix GH5 came today with inbuilt problems…The Image Stabilisation in video mode is not working properly. The picture jumps up and down as the camera is moved in hand held mode.

The GH5 works fine without Image Stabilisation which is the mode I prefer to use. The XLR unit is very quiet indeed and goes up to 96kHz 24bit via the menu.

MAKING A POINT… The first shot is hand held with IS turned on as I say in the VO while the second shot is on a tripod with IS turned off also stated in the VO.

Note : The jittery Image Stabilisation only happens in Video Mode.

You should see the hand in a box if you are in 5 Axis mode.

Panasonic have been informed and I am not the only person to have seen this problem. I am sure a firmware update will appear ASAP. I would agree with the statement “Its the price you pay for an early adopter” but this is a 5th generation camera and a major feature was the IS so you would think you would get it right !

Looks like the GH5 is not the only camera with Image Stabilizer problems.

NOTE : This may only be a problem with a small batch of GH5’s, I am still investigating.

The plot thickens…Just had a phone call from Bill who got his GH5 yesterday and tried the older 12-35 f2.8 lens with no stabilisation problems.

Note 2. My friend Stewart has the same problem.

NOTE : This only happens in Video Mode the Image Stabilisation is fine in Photo mode.

UPDATE : This problem seems to have settled down and I am no longer using the Lumix 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 lens with the GH5.

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