Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


Here it is after all the rumours the Panasonic GH5 has been announced. No price as yet or date for delivery but 10bit 422 at full HD is stunning as is 4K 50p (not 10bit I have been told.) and dual card slots.

Panasonic today announced that it is in development of a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera LUMIX GH5 that is capable of recording smooth, high-precision 4K 60p/50p and faithful 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video for the first time in the world*1. It also features ‘6K PHOTO’ which extracts approx.18-megapixel still images from ultra-high-quality video with approx. 9 times the pixel count of Full-HD. The new LUMIX GH5 is scheduled for commercialization and introduction to the global market in early 2017.

Panasonic has been committed to the development of innovative digital cameras under the theme “Create a New Photo Culture in the Digital Era.” The world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera LUMIX DMC-G1 was introduced in 2008 and the subsequent DMC-GH1 achieved the world’s first Full HD video recording in 2009.


By advancing Panasonic technologies, such as digital signal processing and heat dissipation, and packing them into the compact, lightweight body of a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, the LUMIX GH5 enables 4K 60p/50p and 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video recording, which has never before been achieved. With this unprecedented video recording performance, Panasonic aims to further capitalize on the strength that it has achieved in the film production industry.

In the LUMIX GH5, the conventional ‘4K PHOTO’ function is dramatically advanced to form ‘6K PHOTO’ which lets the user cut a still image out of ultra-high-quality approx.18-megapixel video with approx. 9 times the pixel count than Full-HD. Taking advantage of its high-speed, long-time burst shooting capability, spur-of-the-moment shots can be saved in beautiful photos with higher resolution that complies with larger-sized printing by substantially increasing the resolution from approx.8-megapixel (4K PHOTO) to approx.18-megapixel (6K PHOTO). Furthermore, approx.8-megapixel 4K Photo images can be captured at a super-fast 60 fps.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

7 thoughts on “NEW from Panasonic at Photokina 2016 the GH5

  1. Any word on the FZ2000 having a better accessible battery /card compartment when using on a tripod ?

    HDW : Done as you can see Panasonic have listened.

  2. What about the XLR Unit pictured in the hot shoe?

    HDW : Its on the GH5 and not the clumsy YAGH we saw with the GH4

  3. Hi Philip,

    Your GH5 title graphic looks a little bit misleading. From the Panasonic press release it looks like the new GH5 can shoot 4K 30P 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4K 60P 8-bit, which is better than 10-bit 4:2:2 HD footage.

  4. And will the XLR unit transfer to other cameras, Lumix or otherwise ? If it could work on the FZ1000/2000 I’d have it.

    HDW : Absolutely lets hope so, I have emailed Mark Baber (Panasonic) to ask him.

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