Watch our exclusive video interview with LUMIX G Ambassador and filmmaker Nick Driftwood on the key video capabilities of the new Panasonic LUMIX GH5 camera

It’s just a few days into 2017 but Panasonic has already taken the wraps off its long awaited LUMIX GH5 digital single lens mirrorless camera. The camera was briefly mentioned during the Photokina show in September 2016, with a few key specs revealed, but to get a much clearer idea of the GH5’s main video capabilities The Video Mode spoke to LUMIX G Ambassador and filmmaker Nick Driftwood to discover his thoughts on the new camera…

Prior to today’s unveiling we already knew that the GH5 would have 4K video capabilities at 50p and 60p, 10-bit 4:2:2 4K video at 30p and a 6K Photo capability extracted from “approximately 9x higher resolution than Full HD” – this will give you up to 18 Megapixel stills from 30p footage. For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting more info on the GH5 we can confirm it has the following:

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 – key points
• A slightly bigger body than its GH4 predecessor.
• A new joystick control on the back, which aids selection of AF points.
• A Type A, full-sized HDMI output with lock.
• The 5-axis Dual IS (image stabilisation) system, previously seen on the GX80/GX85, to ensure steady footage, even when working with longer lenses.
• Dual SD card slots for concurrent recording as a back-up or continuous from card to card.
• An improved EVF and OLED.
• 4K Photo mode from 60p footage for 8 Megapixel stills.
• Rack focusing on the rear screen where you can touch points of the picture, from A to B, and focus in and out from those two positions smoothly over five seconds.
• Pixel for pixel readout with no cropping.
• A redesigned shutter to reduce shutter vibration.
• A new 20.3 Megapixel sensor with no low pass filter.
• Variable frame rates from 2-180fps which, at high speeds, will allow for slow-mo shooting at HD levels.
• VLOG Video Assist and Rec.709.
• Better audio recording capabilities compared to the GH4.

Broadcast quality
Talking about the GH5 Nick Driftwood told the Video Mode: “It’s got 4K at 50p and 60p and that is a real game-changer. It has also got 4:2:0 8-bit internal but 4:2:2 10-bit external at 50p and 60p, which will give you much more chroma sub-sampling that means more room, more colour grading capabilities. So, 4:2:2 10-bit is professional broadcast quality standard in line with the BBC guidelines. I would say it’s considerably better than the GH4.”

Find out more…
To watch the full, exclusive video interview with filmmaker Nick Driftwood explaining the key video capabilities of the new Panasonic LUMIX GH5 just click on the play button in the video window at the top of this article.