Panasonic Lumix GH5s Price in USA

Panasonic Lumix GH5s Price in US

The Panasonic GH5S is a Micro Four Thirds camera that focuses on video and is based on a sensor that the firm touts as having 10.2 megapixels. It is best understood as a variation of the GH5 that is even more focused on video capture. It is capable of shooting DCI or UHD 4K footage natively (one capture pixel Equals one output pixel) at frame rates of up to 60 frames per second.

Panasonic was not the first company to introduce high quality video to what was otherwise a still camera; however, with its GH series, it has been constantly expanding the range of professional video features appearing in consumer stills/video cameras. This has been accomplished through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies. The Panasonic GH5S takes this line of thinking one step further by reducing the sensor resolution and deleting image stabilization in order to create a tool that is more focused on video production than a hybrid that is designed to be equally good in both video and still photography.

Panasonic Lumix GH5s Price in USA

The Panasonic GH5S retains all of the other capabilities of the Panasonic GH5, with the exception of these alterations. These capabilities include matching codec options and the same support tools, such as vectorscopes, wave forms, and preview modes for shooting in anamorphic, Log, and Hybrid Log Gamma, for example.

When shooting video at 400Mbps, Panasonic advises using memory cards with a V60 rating or faster. This is also the case with the GH5. However, the V60 standard seems to be sufficiently ambiguous such that even certain cards that are ostensibly compatible with the specification are nonetheless not quick enough. The business recommends using either its own brand of V60 or V90 cards or sticking to well-known manufacturers with a demonstrated history of creating fast cards. Alternatively, you can use both (and, ideally, to buy from a source with a good return policy).

The Panasonic GH5S incorporates a processor that is capable of shooting in DCI or UHD 4K natively. This means that just one of the sensor’s pixels is needed to make each individual pixel in the final video. The sensor is large, just as the ones found on the GH1 and the GH2. This means it can shoot multiple aspect ratios using the entire area of the image circle projected by the lens, rather than merely cropping down from the 4:3 region.

This ensures that the diagonal angle of view is maintained regardless of whether you are shooting in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, or in DCI 4K’s approximately 17:9 aspect ratio. This is in addition to the fact that the maximum amount of pixels and silicon is used for each aspect ratio, which has a positive impact on the overall image quality.

When it comes to shooting video, this also indicates that the GH5S should be able to provide a little broader field of vision than the GH5, particularly when it comes to capturing DCI footage.

The only potential drawback of using a bigger zone is that it may restrict the usage of APS-C and Super35 lenses in conjunction with focal length lowering adaptors such as SpeedBoosters. This is the only potential drawback of using a larger region. To cover the larger video region of the GH5S, a 0.71x reducer needs to capture an image circle that is approximately 30.5mm in diameter, while a 0.64x reducer needs an image circle that is 33.8mm in diameter. Both of these image circles are larger than what is guaranteed to be projected by an APS-C lens. With the 0.71x adapter, you should be OK because it has been demonstrated to function with the vast majority of APS-C lenses. However, with the 0.64x versions, it is likely that you will need to verify each lens individually to see whether or not it is compatible.

Standard video nomenclature for a dual gain sensor system is referred to as “Dual Native ISO,” which is what Panasonic refers to as having been included in the GH5S. These chips have two different read-out modes; one is designed to maximize the dynamic range at lower sensitivity settings, while the other is intended to minimize noise at higher settings, but at the expense of the dynamic range (the second mode changes the ‘conversion gain,’ which essentially means increasing the voltage output of the pixel). It is a feature that we first saw in Nikon’s 1 Series cameras, but it has grown more widespread over the past several years, resulting in observable gains at high ISO settings.

The only thing that differentiates the method that Panasonic has adopted from that of other manufacturers is that it allows the user to restrict the camera to a certain mode of the sensor, whilst other brands just switch modes in the background without the user being aware of it.

Another factor that Panasonic claims adds to the GH5S’s improved performance in low light is the camera’s utilization of fewer, and consequently bigger, individual pixels.

Individually, larger pixels have access to more light, which typically translates to less noise when viewed at a scale of one to one; however, once everything is scaled to the same size, the levels of noise and dynamic range tend to be similar. In other words, there is no significant advantage to having larger pixels as opposed to smaller ones. Instead, employing more pixels that are smaller can have a beneficial effect on resolution, even if the image is subsequently downsized. This is due to the fact that pixelated systems can only record a certain proportion of their nominal resolution. However, sampling at a higher resolution and then shrinking it (also known as oversampling) can preserve some of the higher frequency detail that it first collects.

The removal of image stabilization from the camera may appear counterintuitive from a photographic point of view; nevertheless, according to Panasonic, this decision is rational for high-end video filming. A number of electromagnets are utilized in the operation of sensor-shift IS systems in order to “float” the sensor. Even when they are “off,” they are not fixed in position; rather, they are just adjusted in such a way that the electromagnets are not attempting to compensate for any movement. This has the unintended consequence that, when the sensor is installed on a specialized stabilizing apparatus, there is a possibility that it will be moved about.

Panasonic Lumix GH5s Specifications

Price
MSRP$2499
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution3680 x 2760
Other resolutions3:2 (3840 x 2560), 16:9 (4016 x 2256), 1:1 (2752 x 2752)
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels10 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors12 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (19.2 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorVenus Engine 10
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 160-51200 (expands to 80-204800)
Boosted ISO (minimum)80
Boosted ISO (maximum)204800
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (4 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Panasonic ARW, 12/14-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x-4x)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points225
Lens mountMicro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,620,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.52× (0.76× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution3,680,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/16000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash modesAuto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuous4K PhotoFocus StackingSelf-timer
Continuous drive12.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, 10 secs w/3 images)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
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)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Modes4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 50p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 400 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 400 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 400 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 400 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 150 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 50p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 72 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 72 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 72 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 20 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 24 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 50i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 50i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-II V60 cards supported)
Connectivity
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingNo
HDMIYes (Up to 4:2:2 10-bit output)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Remote controlYes (wired or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionDMW-BLF19 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)440
Weight (inc. batteries)660 g (1.46 lb / 23.28 oz)
Dimensions139 x 98 x 87 mm (5.47 x 3.86 x 3.43″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone
8.5Expert Score
Good

The Panasonic GH5S is a highly specialized camera designed for filmmakers that makes minimal compromises to anything other than this camera’s primary use. The results are really stunning because to the combination of a high bitrate and a 10-bit 4:2:2 recording along with a superior sensor. Add an external recorder and these benefits continue, even for both UHD and DCI 60p recording. Due to the fact that it lacks stabilization, it can only be used with a gimbal or a tripod, however when used in certain situations, it excels.

Build quality
9.5
Ergonomics & handling
9
Features
9.5
Image quality
7
Performance
9
Connectivity
7
Value
8.5
Pros
  • Dual card slots.
  • The same high-quality construction as the GH5.
  • LCD screen with a movable touchpad.
  • Native 4K sensor and dual native ISO for superb low-light video quality.
  • Big, crisp EVF.
  • 14-bit Raw imagery is provided, as well as V-Log L and HLG.
Cons
  • Pricey.
  • The 10.2 megapixel sensor is not the best for imaging.
  • Omits the stabilization done inside the body.
  • There is not an internal flash.

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