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Panasonic GH5S – First hands on review

So the new Panasonic GH5S is here… but is it the low light king?

We’ve been using the new Panasonic GH5S for over a month. Take a look at our honest and revealing review where we put the camera through its paces.

Big question is… will Steve and Paul’s old GH5 cameras be on ebay soon?


DC-GH5S Motion Picture Specifications

Image Sensor Size: 17.3 x 13.0 mm (in 4:3 aspect ratio)
Image Sensor type: Live MOS Sensor
Color filter: Primary color filter
Colour Space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
System frequency: 59.94Hz, 50.00Hz, 24.00Hz
Total pixels: 11.93 Megapixels
Camera effective pixels: 10.28 Megapixels
Recording file format: MOV, MP4, AVCHD
Recording System: 17Mbps (LongGOP) to 400Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit ALL-Intra)
Aspect ratio: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
File size (Pixels): [C4K] 4096×2160, [4K] 3840×2160, [Full HD] 1920×1080
Anamorphic 4K mode (4:3): 3328×2496
Dual Native ISO: [Normal] 400, 2500 [V-LogL] 800, 5000 [HLG] 800, 5000
ISO sensitivity: 80, 100, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, 51200, 102400, 204800 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
Variable Frame Rate: 2, 12, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30, 37, 50, 62, 75, 87, 100, 112, 125, 137, 150, 175, 200, 225, 240 fps
Focus Type: Contrast AF system
Focus Mode: AFS (Single), AFF (Flexible), AFC (Continuous), MF
AF Mode: Face/Eye Detection, Tracking, 225-Area, Custom Multi, 1-Area, Pinpoint
Time code: Rec Run/Free Run selectable



  1. As a photojournalist in the states I’ve really enjoyed your podcast and videos. It’s nice to watch a proper gear review that uses b-roll instead of jump-cuts. Since you guys have done a couple of Panasonic reviews I’d like to request a tutorial on how you expose and grade VLOG. When shooting on the GH5 I use the exposer guide bars and zebra bars to judge proper exposer. Then in grade with FCPX by adding a LUT dropping the shadows and mid-tones, raising highlights, and adding saturation. It’s a laborious process and I’d love some tips for faster repeatable results.




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