The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Mark II is an improved version of the Panasonic Lumix GH5, which is the company’s Micro Four Thirds camera that focuses on video production the most. It has improved capabilities in comparison to the previous model, and it will ultimately be sold in conjunction with a more advanced GH6 model, the development of which was announced at the same time.
The GH5 II receives an upgraded version of the ‘Venus’ processing engine that was originally designed for the full-frame S1H. This makes it possible for the camera to record 10-bit 4K footage at either 50 or 60 frames per second and claims to deliver enhanced focusing. The sensor is the same as it was previously, but it has been coated with an anti-reflective material so that flare may be better controlled.
Panasonic Lumix GH5 II Price in USA
As it has done in the past, Panasonic is using the ‘Mark II’ nomenclature to signify that this is not an entirely new camera in the same range; rather, it is an updated version of the GH5 that was released earlier this year. The manufacturer feels that the additional capabilities of the more costly GH6 will not be required by all customers, and that an upgraded version of the GH5 will continue to make sense for a subset of consumers.
The suggested retail price (MSRP) for the GH5 II is $1699, which is $300 less than the original GH5’s pricing and on pace with the reduced price that the earlier model was selling for.
The GH5 II is able to deliver the same face/eye/body and animal recognition AF capabilities as Panasonic’s most recent cameras because it utilizes a more powerful CPU than those cameras. However, in addition to having more complex identification algorithms, the camera is also able to read out its sensor more quickly, which means that it is able to run its AF system at a rate of 48 frames per second when recording footage at a 24p frame rate. Because of this, the AF system receives more regular updates from the scene, which is something that the Depth-from-Defocus system really benefits from.
The new processor also expands the video modes that the GH5 II is able to offer. This opens up the possibility to shoot 10-bit 4:2:0 4K 50/60p footage, whereas the original GH5 could only capture 60p footage in 8-bit precision. This makes the camera significantly more usable for shooting in the Log color space. The H.265 codec is used to record the footage with a 10-bit depth and a greater frame rate.
All-I capture is now available for 29.97p and 23.98p, whereas it was previously only feasible for 24.00p on the GH5 II. 10-bit recording at higher frame rates is also a new feature of the GH5 II. “4K” Anamorphic material that was taken using the complete sensor region is currently accessible at frame rates as high as 50p.
In addition to having an expanded video specification, the GH5 II now also has the video tools that Panasonic has developed for its more recent models. These tools include the ability to shoot videos in portrait orientation, a wider selection of aspect ratio guides, and a red frame that appears around the screen while recording.
The GH5 II also incorporates the Luminance Spot Meter that was found on the S1H. This meter provides an exposure rating in percent IRE for a tiny, selected region in the scene as well as a rating relative to middle grey (42 IRE) in stops if the camera is set to operate in V-Log L mode. The GH5 II is equipped with more sophisticated live streaming features, enabling live broadcasting over the internet through Wi-Fi or, following the installation of an upcoming firmware update, via a USB connection to a smartphone or a wired LAN connection. Both of these methods will be supported.
Using the Lumix Sync application on a compatible smartphone, the camera is able to broadcast over Wi-Fi. You also have the option of using the Lumix Network Settings software for Windows or Mac to write the streaming settings to an SD card. This will enable the camera to connect and stream directly over a Wi-Fi network without having to go through a PC or smartphone, and it will support resolutions of up to 1080/60p.
This complies with the RTMP/RTMPS standard, and as a result, the camera will be able to broadcast straight to YouTube, Facebook, or any other platform that is compatible with this protocol. Additionally, this indicates that continuing support is not dependent on Panasonic’s proprietary software in any way. This solution, in contrast to many others that use the camera as a webcam, also incorporates the camera’s audio.
Support for wired connections, including the option to tether directly to a smartphone through USB, will be added via a software update that has already been announced. This will allow for connections that are more reliable and of a higher quality (Android only, at first). Additionally, the camera will be able to connect directly to a PC by means of RTP/RTSP protocols while connected to a wired LAN. According to Panasonic, this upgrade is expected to become available by the end of 2021.
Panasonic Lumix GH5 II Specifications
|MSRP||$1699 (body only), $2299 (w/12-60mm lens)|
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||5184 x 3888|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||22 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 200-25600 (expands to 100-25600)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|CIPA image stabilization rating||6.5 stop(s)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, standard|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Panasonic RW2)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||225|
|Lens mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focal length multiplier||2×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder magnification||1.52× (0.76× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/16000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)|
|Flash modes||Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off|
|Flash X sync speed||1/250 sec|
|Drive modes||Single, continuous, 6K photo, focus bracketing, self-timer|
|Continuous drive||12.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Format||MPEG-4, H.264, H.265|
|Storage types||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)|
|USB||USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Full size)|
|Wireless notes||802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 LE|
|Remote control||Yes (via cable release or smartphone)|
|Battery description||DMW-BLK22 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||400|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||727 g (1.60 lb / 25.64 oz)|
|Dimensions||139 x 98 x 87 mm (5.47 x 3.86 x 3.43″)|
One of the most capable picture and video cameras available today, the GH5 II only brings a few minor improvements to its already impressive feature set. The autofocus has been improved, but it is still one of the camera’s weak points when capturing 24p video. This dulls the shine of an otherwise exceptional video camera. It is still one of the most powerful solutions for capturing 4K video for less than $3000 thanks to its outstanding image stabilization and extensive selection of video assist features.
- Included in this package is a flat V-Log L profile.
- Sensor stabilized for the Micro Four Thirds format
- Magnesium exterior with protection against dust and splashes
- Dual UHS-II card slots
- Extensive collection of lenses with autofocus
- Easily adaptable to glasses with manual focus
- Internal recording at 10-bit 4K60 resolution
- Does not allow recording in Raw video format.
- Video autofocus can drift at 24fps