Following its recent GH5 camera release, Panasonic has launched an upgrade in the GH5S. The camera was unveiled recently and targets professional film-makers. If we look at Pansonic’s lineup of LUMIX cameras, the GH5S achieves the highest-ever sensitivity and image quality.
The GH5S employs a new 10.2-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor with dual native ISO technology and a Venus engine. This means the camera can reproduce dark spots with no problem, allowing a maximum ISO level of 51,200 for high sensitivity while recording. Coupled with a -5EV luminance, good performance in total darkness is also possible. Additionally, the camera can maintain the same focal length at varying aspect ratios and supports 14-bit RAW photo-shooting providing flexibility for professional RAW development.
On the video front, it is the first mirror-less camera to achieve 60p/50p cinema 4K video recording. And for colour sub-sampling commonly used in film-making, it supports internal 4:2:2 10-bit video recording. At varying recording qualities, the camera is capable of bit-rates up to 400 Mbps with lower ones available for playback on AV equipment compatible with the HEVC compression format. But best of all, there is no time limit to video recorded both at 4K or FHD resolution.
Offering VFR (variable frame rate) support, users can overcrank or undercrank 4K video by changing frame rates. This allows for slow-motion recording when required whereas a V-LogL comes pre-installed with the camera for a higher dynamic range.
Additionally, DFD (depth from defocus) technology coupled with fast signal processing allows a fast auto-focus (AF) speed of 0.07 seconds. This is employed in a variety of different focus alternatives including tracking AF, 1-area AF and pinpoint AF.
Photographers will also appreciate the large LVF (live view finder) on the camera. It is a smooth 120fps OLED display with a magnification ratio of 1.52x. This provides a night view interface gentle to eyes, a Live View Boost mode for added visibility in dark scenarios and offers manual focus assist up to 20x for better astronomical photography.
Hardware and connectivity
Panasonic has built the GH5S tough enough to withstand heavy field use. The magnesium alloy die-cast makes it splash-proof, dust-proof and freeze-proof down to -10 degrees. In terms of connectivity, the camera can equip dual-high speed and capacity UHS-II SD cards. An HDMI Type-A terminal is also provided on the camera.
Wireless features for the GH5S include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for instant image sharing. Specifically, Bluetooth Low Energy (4.2) can enable connection to smartphones and tablets drawing minimum power. And as far as Wi-Fi is concerned, both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands are supported for stable and secure connections.
Pricing and availability
The Panasonic LUMIX GH5S will be available in the UAE at the end of March at a starting price of Dh9,899 (body only). For consumers who pre-order the camera, the company will bundle a 64GB SD card with their purchase.