What you need to know: The Panasonic GH4 is a mirrorless camera that looks like a small DSLR. Capable of shooting photos and video the GH4 was one of the first truly affordable 4K capable cameras that provides a host of features professional videographers love. The GH5 shipping in late March 2017 offers some noteable improvements that look to continue to place it at the top of 4K capable cameras BUT the now more expensive $1999 price certainly provides room for competitors.
I own and use the Panasonic GH4 daily – it is the camera I use to shoot all of my videos including my travel vlogs (except the recent Alaska trip where I tried the Olympus EM1 Mark II) The GH4 shoots beautiful 4K video, has a battery that lasts for hours and hours of shooting and it’s nicely portable with a fully articulating screen- I could go on but you are here because the successor to the GH4 has just been completely announced- I say completely because we had an official announcement from panasonic about the GH5 last September. That announcement wasn’t complete with some information missing. We now have the complete picture.
Panasonic GH5 Specs
- 20.3MP Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter.
- 4K Video: Internal recording at 4K60/50p (4:2:0 8bit) & 4K30/25p/24p (4:2:2 10bit).
- Variable Video Frame Rates 4K: Max. 60fps & FHD: Max. 180fps.
- No additional crop factor when shooting 4K
- 5-Axis Photo/Video Dual I.S. 2.0 up to 5 stops with compatible LUMIX MFT lenses, plus in-body stabilization support for classic non-O.I.S lenses.
- Fast and accurate focusing utilizing LUMIX 480 fps DFD focusing system and Venus Engine 10
- Full size (Type A) HDMI terminal with cable lock included & twin SD Card slots (UHS-II U3 Compatible).
- 3.5mm mic & headphone terminals – optional DMW-XLR1 microphone adaptor.
- Eye viewfinder 3680k-dot OLED, 21mm, 0.76x.
- V-LogL recording with (Optional) DMW-SFU1 paid upgrade
Body style looks very similar to the GH4 with a few differences
- Dual SD Card Slots
- Full-sized HDMI port
- USB-C for data transfer
- Joystick button for focus point selection & menu navigation (You can also use the touch screen)
Additional firmware updates planned in April and later in 2017 will provide additional bit rates.
Price $1,999 an increase over the GH4 and $600 more over the Sony a6500
GH5 vs the a6500/a6300
Benefits of the GH5
- Better Battery Life
- 4k at 60FPS
- Better slow mo
- Higher bitrate files
- Fully articulated touchscreen
- Touchscreen works well for ALL camera options
- Large photo burst rate
- no overheating. We don’t know for sure yet but the a6500 can in some warmer/hotter conditions shut down do to high internal temps.
- Better lens selection
- Stabilized sensor vs the a6300.
Benefits of Sony a6500
- Better low light performance
- Faster AF
- Better photos (greater resolution and cleaner high ISO)
- Cheaper and the a6300 is almost 1/2 the price.
The list certainly looks good for the GH5 but if you need better low light performance or want a more capable photo camera the a6500 or a6300 would probably be my pick. The GH5 wins in usability and offers that fully articulating screen if you need to vlog.
Buy the a6500 from B&H Photo $1,398.00
Buy the a6300 from B&H Photo $998.00
Pre Order the GH5 from B&H Photo $1,999.00
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