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Panasonic Lumix GH5S Low-Light Camera Announced

Panasonic Lumix GH5S Low-Light Camera Announced - Panasonic has announced the new GH5S with improved low-light performance and advanced video controls.

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Panasonic Lumix GH5S in Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

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Panasonic has announced a new mirrorless camera which they are billing as the 'Ultimate Video CSC' with a newly developed 10.2MP High sensitivity Live MOS sensor. Panasonic says the new Lumix GH5S is an 'exceptional mirrorless camera for videography, designed and developed for professional filmmakers' and it will be available from the end of January 2018 with an RRP of £2199 / €2549.99 (body only).

GH5S Key Features:

  • 10.2MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor for improved image quality in low light
  • Timecode IN/OUT for easy implementation of multi-camera shoots
  • True "Multi-Aspect Ratio" Function in both photo and video

Full details on the new camera can be found in the announcement from Panasonic below and we've also got hands-on with the new Panasonic LUMIX GH5S. Plus, we've compared the GH5S camera with the GH5, announced last year, to find out what improvements to the Lumix range the new flagship camera brings.  

 

From Panasonic: 

Panasonic is proud to introduce the new hybrid LUMIX GH5S with expanded video recording capability and enhanced image quality. Designed and developed for professional filmmakers, the LUMIX GH5S achieves our highest-ever sensitivity and video image quality in the history of LUMIX cameras.
 

Packed with big features to delight videographers and photographers alike

The new 10.2-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine reproduce the darkest areas of the image with increased clarity thanks to the maximum ISO 51200. When shooting in dark environments, videographers can now focus on capturing the perfect shot without worrying about background noise thanks to the newly applied Dual Native ISO Technology.

The LUMIX GH5S is compatible with Timecode IN/OUT which is easy to set using the flash sync terminal and bundled coaxial cable for a BNC terminal. The camera can be used as a Timecode generator for other GH5S models and professional camcorders and the functionality makes multi-camera productions pain-free by instantly synchronizing recordings to other cameras or audio devices.

Both videographers and photographers can now enjoy the same diagonal field of view across all aspect ratios with the True “Multi-Aspect Ratio” function. The newly developed multi-aspect sensor provides sufficient margin to get the same angle of view in 4:3, 17:9, 16:9 and 3:2 aspect ratios.

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This feature means you can easily switch between different aspect ratios making the process easier while producing and editing in post-production. The GH5S now also provides the photographer with 14-bit RAW recording, providing greater flexibility within professional RAW development workflows.

The LUMIX GH5 was the world’s first mirrorless camera to achieve 4K 60p / 50p video recording1 and the new LUMIX GH5S again establishes a milestone by realising the world’s first 4K 60p / 50p video recording in Cinema 4K (4096x2160).2 The GH5S is capable of internal 4:2:2 10-bit recording3 for even stronger colour reproduction, while V-Log comes pre-installed on the camera.

There is no time limit4 for both Full-HD and 4K video recording and the LUMIX GH5S complies with 4K HDR video with Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) mode in Photo Style. A low-bit-rate recording mode 4K HEVC for HLG is available, which enables playback on AV equipment compatible with the HEVC compression format, such as Panasonic 4K HDR TVs.

The LUMIX GH5S also records 4:2:2 10-bit 400-Mbps All-Intra in 4K 30p/25p/24p and C4K 24p and 200-Mbps All-Intra in Full-HD. The VFR lets users record overcranked / undercranked video in C4K/4K (60 fps, maximum 2.5x slower in 24p) and FHD (240 fps5, maximum 10x slower).

DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and ultra-high-speed digital signal processing achieve fast autofocusing of approximately 0.07 sec6 and 12 (AFS) 7 / 8 (AFC) fps in 12-bit RAW and 11 (AFS) / 7 (AFC) fps in 14-bit RAW high-speed burst shooting. The 4K PHOTO mode enables 60 fps high-speed capture in approximately 8-megapixel equivalent resolution.

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Comfortable operation especially in low light

As a camera that excels at shooting in low light, the LUMIX GH5S boasts -5EV luminance detection performance with Low Light AF thanks to the increased sensitivity and optimised tuning of the sensor. Live View Boost is another practical feature that makes it possible to check the composition - even in total darkness - by boosting the sensitivity just for Live View. The magnification ratio in MF assist is increased from conventional 10x to 20x, which is convenient for astronomical photography.

For night mode the red interface provides mild backlighting, letting users see the subject comfortably in dark surroundings.

In order to make the GH5S tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, it is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front/rear frame and is not only splashproof8 and dustproof but also freezeproof down to -10 degrees. The GH5S is equipped with a dual SD memory card slot, compatible with the high-speed, high-capacity UHS-II and Video Speed Class 60. Users can flexibly choose the recording method from Relay Recording, Backup Recording or Allocation Recording. The HDMI Type A terminal is provided.

 

Exceptional image capture without concern

The GH5S has a large LVF (Live View Finder) with a stunningly high magnification ratio of approximately 1.52x/0.76x (35mm camera equivalent) providing a smooth display at 120fps. A high-precision, high-speed OLED display features 3,680K-dot resolution and 100% field of view. In addition to dual dials, an omnidirectional joystick enables more intuitive and flexible operation.

The model includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption. For Wi-Fi, 5 GHz (IEEE802.11ac)9 can be selected in addition to the conventional 2.4 GHz (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) for an even more secure and stable connection.

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5S will be available from the end of January 2018 and will retail for £2199 / €2549.99 (body only).

Check out our hands-on with the Panasonic LUMIX GH5S, plus we have a comparison of the new camera with the GH5 announced last year. 

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