Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II Camera Review – Is the Panasonic GH5 Mark II Still As Good As the First One?
Launched at midnight (AEDT) on 25 May last year, the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II (GH5M) a new upgrade to the company’s most successful model. The LUMIX II has many of the same great features as its predecessors including a high pixel resolution, high quality imaging sensors and an extremely responsive and user-friendly design. The increased pixel resolution enables the Panasonic GH5 LUMIX I to capture sharper images and video and to resist lens distortion.
The upgraded model offers users greater flexibility in terms of recording styles including ‘Vidmode,’ ‘Time mode,’ and ‘Burst mode,’ enabling the photographer to create as many videos and stills as possible. It also offers users increased shooting power, high speeds, and larger photo files. The addition of the high-end video recording features also improves the LUMIX II’s viability as a professional level compact camcorder. This article will provide a detailed review of the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 I and its performance when recording video.
Recording Video Panasonic LUMIX GH5 I is fitted with a standard size (standard) SD card that enables it to be used with many different devices including camcorders, mobile phones, and computers. In its simplest form, the GH5 records to an internal hard drive via the USB port on the computer or by connecting the camera up to an SD card reader. In order to record to the SD card, the user must plug in the camera and run the recording software that requires no initial purchase or installation. Once installed, it runs right out of the box and starts recording. The time delay in recording is only seconds and can be adjusted by using the on-screen menu options. The quality of the video is however likely to be lower than recordings made with the older model cameras.
Recording in High Definition The second major advantage of the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 I over the previous model is the higher quality of the audio recording. It boasts of internal recording gear that is superior to that found on competing brand’s cameras. However, for those wanting to record in HD then external HD capture devices may be required. This is where the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II scores over its predecessors. It has been reported that the audio recordings are better than the previous models and capture the sound better when recording in HD.
High Resolution imaging Another big advantage of the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 I is its high resolution imaging abilities. It has an extremely fast shutter speed, which enables it to capture moving images without any loss of detail. There are other minor advantages such as a higher vertical focal point along with the ability to adjust the ISO. These two features together should make the difference between a cheap digital camera and one that will serve you for many years.
High Image Quality The image sensors of the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 I are just like those of the previous model and this is what helps distinguish it from its competitors. One of the biggest factors contributing to this quality is the V-Log feature. The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 I also boasts of a higher dynamic range. This allows the camera to capture scenes with reduced contrast while maintaining the standard color temperature of the footage. In short, it offers a higher level of picture taking performance in the shadows.
Better Features and Performance With the latest firmware updates from Panasonic, there are more features available for users to enjoy. Some of these features include the Face recognition technology, panoramic imagery, improved zooming, and the new v-log lite option. The new v-log lite option takes the place of the small, dedicated video camera. In essence, the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 I is similar to the old model in that it offers a high level of functionality but also comes in a more compact size. While the old model could only record at a maximum of fifteen minutes per video, the v-log lite can record for up to one hour at a time, making it ideal for professional or corporate assignments.
Easier Shutter Speed Another improvement found on the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 I is the increased control over the shutter speed. While the previous model allowed the user to increase the exposure time, the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 I makes this possible by simply adjusting the shutter speed. In the past, increasing the exposure time would cause the footage to become grainy and subject to image distortion. This is no longer an issue as the shutter speed is now easily adjusted.