PANASONIC LUMIX GH5 Body 4K Mirrorless Camera, 20.3 Megapixels, Dual I.S. 2.0, 4K 422 10-bit, Full Size HDMI Out, 3 Inch Touch LCD, DC-GH5KBODY (USA Black)
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The professional grade Panasonic lumix GH5 4K mirrorless camera offers over 28 lumix and Leica compact lens options built on the next-generation (ILC) interchangeable lens camera standard [Micro four Thirds] pioneered by Panasonic. Its “mirrorless” design enables a lighter, more compact camera body that includes cutting-edge 4K 60P (4:2:0 8-bit) and 30P (4:2:2 10-bit) in-camera cinematic video, 5GHz Wi-Fi + Bluetooth for fast connection and image transfer, lightning fast DFD focusing, dual I.S. 2.0 stabilization and exposure technologies not possible with traditional DSLRs. With the exclusive lumix 4K photo (8MP, 30/60 fps) & brand new 6K photo mode (18MP, 30 fps), simply pause that perfect moment from video to produce printable high resolution photos. Never miss the moment again with Panasonic lumix and the new GH5!
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296 of 302 people found the following review helpful.
The best traveling 4K video camera!
First of all, I can confirm that this memory card performs perfectly recording 4k at 100Mbps. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I3BQJNA/ref=oh_details_o04_s02_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I own a RED camera so have been dealing with 4K footage and working in the format for a couple of years now. I work professionally for one of the big 3 letter networks and have two Emmy statues sitting on my mantle. This camera absolutely blows me away.
Much can be debated about whether the DSLR form factor is suitable for professional video work. Its hard to get stable footage, most lenses are hard to focus with, zooming is difficult to impossible with most lenses, and the camera was designed to take still photos. What is hard to debate is that this is the best 4K camera currently available for travelers and DSLR style shooters.
I've put together a traveling kit that all fits into one backpack that includes the:
Tripod - 3 legged things "Brian" - Watch some videos on this extremely light and versatile tripod.
Monfrotto MVH500AH Fluid head - Seriously awesome and smooth
Slider - Edlekrone Slider Plus V2 - Medium with Motion module and Target module (waiting for shipment)
Jib - Aviator travel jib - Very compact. Extends 6ft. Haven't tested enough yet to determine worth.
Zacuto Marauder - Very Nice
Zacuto Z-Finder for GH3 - Pairs well with the higher resolution LCD on the GH4.
Olympus 12mm f/2 - Super sharp, no image stabilization
Pana Leica 25mm f/1.4 - Sharp at 2.8 everywhere. Excellent at 1.4. Creamy bokeh. Magical images but no IS.
Pana Leica 45mm f/2.8 - My Macro, 2nd portrait, and tele prime
Lumix G X 12-35 f/2 - Excellent all around zoom (24-70 equiv)
Lumix G X 35-100 f/2 - Excellent tele zoom (70-200 equiv)
Lumix 14-140 f/3.5-5.6 - Versatile run and gun lens. (24-280 equiv)
Yes, all of the above fits into a Lowepro Pro Trekker 400 AW! And is comfortable to carry.
I don't have much to add that hasn't already been written in these reviews so here are just a few notes from my experiences that may help others:
Editing 4K is no problem on a Mid 2012 Retina Mac Book Pro 2.7 i7 with 16GB Ram. With Adobe Premiere CS6 I edit at FULL resolution with no dropped frames usually. Sometimes when you hit play on the timeline it will drop 2 frames then playback the rest with no dropped frames. Or if your computer starts doing something else while you are playing it will drop a few frames. It will drop ZERO frames at HALF or QUARTER resolution. But remember, 4K is 4 times the resolution of 1080 so even at quarter resolution, you are previewing HD! There is no transcoding, just drag and drop on timeline and start editing.
Playing the files off the SD Card or even my SSD HD using quicktime player is not usable. It studders. I have to open premiere and import the files to play them back smoothly. Not an issue for me and my workflow. Haven't done much testing to figure out solutions.
HDMI to TV looks incredible. Some of the best looking HD you'll see at home. If you're a videophile who just has to watch movies on Blu Ray or better then you'll love the images from this camera.
You'll want to stick to the Panasonic Lumix / Leica lenses with image stabilization.
The onboard audio is decent but is very omni so you'll pick up sounds of your breathing and moving about. I have a rode stereo mic that attaches to the hotshoe.
Out of the box the footage is pretty sharp. Good for documentary shooting or everyday home use. But You can dial that back for a more cine style look.
I recommend shooting Cine-D.
This camera has no problem serving as a second camera to my RED or as my primary travel / docu camera.
I'll try and post more as I use this camera more, but if you're thinking about getting this camera- stop thinking and start clicking.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful.
Camera is awesome but BUYER BEWARE!!!
By Amazon Customer
Love this camera. The stabilization has changed the way I film weddings. It's a thing of beauty to use a 70-200mm lens on a monopod for wedding toasts. The dual card slots is great to have. As one card runs out it switches to the next. I haven't played with the variable frame rate for slow mo video or the 4:2:2 but this is the most excited I've been to get a camera since I first got my GH1 all the years back. So how can I rate this so high with my title? Well my warning is not a defect of the camera but rather the sellers on Amazon.
You see I ordered four Gh5's through Amazon. It explicitly states the USA version. The problem was of those four that I ordered only one was the USA version. The other's were the UK, Canada and Australia. Normally I couldn't care less. They are basically the same camera except for one big difference. If you look at your manual the non us versions state that the warranty is only valid in those other countries. Basically meaning those versions have no warranty in the U.S.
Once again, love the camera but CHECK YOUR MANUAL! Look on the second page of the manual for what country your camera is intended for or in the manual contents for what region the limited warranty is good for. Based on my experience you have a pretty good shot of getting a non-US version with absolutely no warranty and if you don't check now you might not realize this until it's too late.
128 of 135 people found the following review helpful.
I started clearing out old gear a month ago to make room and money for this camera. It's worth it.
By Kirk Tuck
To understand where I'm coming from I've been a professional photographer for about 25 years, have written five books about photography (all available here on Amazon...) and I've been shooting video on and off for well over a decade. I originally bought a Sony a99 to do video with since it seemed set up to do good video production but the camera is crippled with a poor codec, line skipping and a generally mediocre image quality (in video, the stills are great). Searching for another option I researched the Panasonic GH3 and bought two of them. They've been really great video cameras and I think their image quality, especially from raw files is as good as nearly all APS-C cameras and the Olympus m4:3 cameras. While I like my GH3's and have made money with them in video production the specs on the GH4 were too good to pass up. The camera isn't a giant step up from the GH3 but it's a great refinement. A well done evolution.
The processors in the camera are twice as fast as the ones in the previous generation and that means faster focusing, faster read times and generally better processing while the camera is reading information off the sensor. The camera will shoot 4K video which is twice the resolution overall as the 2K video on the previous generation. I won't be using the full 4k any time soon but the improvements required to handle 4k mean a better image in 2k.
I've had the camera for three days, have shot over 1,000 still images and tested the video in both 2K and 4k and everything about the camera exceeds my expectations. I love having more video controls. There is a master pedestal control that allows you to set black levels. There are two cine profiles that give you footage that's easier to color correct and grade in post processing. There's a better set of audio meters with a marked zero Db hashmark. There are two settings for Zebras to help you nail exposures. There's focus peaking to assist you in focus pulling and using manual focus legacy lenses.
The camera takes the same batteries as the GH3 which, since I own five or six of them, is a big bonus. But the best thing of all on the new camera is the very much improved EVF (electronic viewfinder) which I find to be much closer to an optical viewfinder than anything Panasonic has done before.
I've only had the chance to play with the large, Jpeg Fine files since I haven't loaded SilkyPix yet. Since my real need is for video production, and I have two of the GH3s, I have the luxury of waiting for Adobe to add the raw file converter to Adobe Raw in Lightroom and PhotoShop.
If you shoot only stills and you have the GH3 you probably don't need to change. I don't think the files are more than about 5% better in the new camera. If you shoot video you'll probably be interested in all the upgraded features and the ability, if needed, to buy a unit that attaches to the bottom of the camera and provides XLR microphone inputs and good pre-amps for the microphones.
My take on it is that the GH4 is the best of the DSLR video cameras at this moment. It's a moving target so check back frequently.
Final thing. The Autofocus. It's as fast as anything I've ever shot with and more accurate than a lot of them. I'd buy this camera again in a heartbeat.