Panasonic Lumix GH5 II review: an even better GH5
Panasonic Lumix GH5 II (or mark 2) is the direct descendant of one of the most popular micro four thirds sensor mirrorless cameras ever; the company has in fact wanted to update a model that is actually quite dated, waiting to finally make the GH6 available (presented in these days). Let’s find out together in ours review complete.
Aesthetics and Design
Aesthetically, the product does not vary from the original model, keeping the dimensions almost unchanged, equal to 98.1 x 138.5 x 87.4 mm (without lens) and 727 grams weight (with SD and battery included). It is a room that is not particularly bulky or heavy, designed specifically for use on the move, thanks also to one handle quite deep front, which greatly facilitates its use with one hand.
The structure is made of magnesium alloy, for greater strength and tropicalization against splashes of water and dust. The arrangement of the top recalls the latest full frame of the brand, especially in the choice of the registration button and the coloring inserts red. The feedback of the rings is still good, it is really difficult to miss a “click” or not find the right positioning. There are several FN buttons customizable, which prove (if necessary) to be a model also designed for professionals, and for users who want to “sew” it as much as possible on themselves.
On the edges we have all the connectivity, with 2 3.5mm jacks for the microphone and headphones (separate), a 2.5mm jack for the remote control, a HDMI for connecting an external monitor, and a USB type-C 3.1 for connecting to the computer. The two slots SD instead they are positioned on the right side of the chamber, with the integrated battery compartment below. Wireless connectivity is instead represented by bluetooth 4.2 and dual band 802.11 ac WiFi.
Hardware and Specifications
The sensor of the Panasonic Lumix GH5 II it is a Live MOS micro four thirds (17.3 x 13mm) from 20.3 megapixels effective, with AR coating e color filter primary, side by side as usual processor Venus Engine image. The focal plane shutter has shutter speeds from 1 / 16’000 of a second to 60 secondswith gusts up to 12 FPS.
In the center of the back we find the broad TFT LCD display from 3 inchesaspect ratio 3: 2 in 1.84 megapixels. The frames are quite marked, despite this the many points and the coverage of 100% of the field of view, allow all users to enjoy a very faithful reproduction of the framed scene. Details and sharpness are great, with a decent dynamic range. The other aspect to consider, in addition to touch screen fully functional, it is its being fully adjustable; the display can be oriented at will (not flipped by 180% as with the Sony Alphas), so that the camera can also be used for selfies or vlogs.
The layout of the buttons, always on the back, it does not changewith the presence of the focus mode selector (single, continuous or manual), as well as the very comfortable pad for the selection ofarea to focus. Finally, on the top there is the OLED viewfinder 3.68 million pixel LVF (Live View Finder), with 100% field of view, magnification 1.52Xup to 120fps and integrated eye sensor. A big step forward in comparison to the cheaper models, both in terms of refresh rate which of general quality, does not reach the level of full frame, but it comes very close.
The battery is lithium-ion, completely removablefrom 2200mAh; autonomy is in line with expectations, in the tests we managed to achieve it quietly 400 shots and record 60 actual minutes in 4K at 60fps, before having to recharge (with charger integrated in the package, or rechargeable via USB type-C).
The Panasonic Lumix GH5 IIlike the previous model, is mainly focused on the world of videomakers, for this reason the shots fail to reach the level of excellence which instead we find in video. The sensibility ISO oscillates between 200 And 25’600with shutter speeds up to 60 seconds.
In conditions of strong brightness the machine was unable to produce images excellent, especially for definition, resolution and general sharpness. There dynamic range it is sufficiently wide, while the white balance and the management of strong lights, do not present negativity to report. The limits are usually related to sensor same, the micro four thirds does not allow to reach one very high definitionconsequently it is complex to make enlargements, or large prints, without an effective loss of quality (but this applies to all products of the same type), as well as to obtain bokeh effects really satisfying.
The moment the light caladigital noise late in arrivingthe Panasonic Lumix GH5 II does not disappoint expectations, leaning on the stabilizer IBIS to counteract the annoying micro-blur. To high ISO the pictures are excellent, with decent detail and sharpness. It doesn’t reach the levels of a Sony or a high-end Canon, but if you don’t have too many pretensions, it can really be just fine.
As usual, the presence of the modalities should be noted 6K / 4K photo And Post Focus 6K / 4Kto record short high-definition videos, and then take pictures of them.
The registration video is at most in 4K to 60fpswith a 4: 2: 0 aspect ratio in 10 bit, without any cut (or crop) of the image itself. The final yield compared to the previous model it’s not that different, although for all intents and purposes we notice one greater definitionand one pasta softer and more appreciated. The quality otherwise does not change, it is Great from all points of view (as we have already told you in the past).
L’autofocus is exactly the same as the S series models, namely a 225 points contrast detection. The improvements are noticeable compared to over four years ago, although still not at the level of the results that Fujifilm And Sony they manage to catch up with their leading products. The transition from one subject to another fails to be as fast as we would like, and sometimes the shot is all too clear. As mentioned, small steps have been taken, but there is still work to be done.
The plus of all the products of the brand it’s surely stabilization, the real strength of the series. The system it’s a IBIS enhanced, ready to compensate 1.5 stops in addition, even reaching 6.5 stops overall. What can I say, you can resume quietly freehand while walking (even with a fast pace), still producing very stable videos. Such an important stabilization also allows you to get good shots with high shutter speeds, reducing the annoying micro blur. Really a excellent result.
Panasonic Lumix GH5 II: conclusions
Panasonic Lumix GH5 II is the direct heir of the Panasonic GH5, starting from the good the previous model was able to offer, refining some defects told in the past. The biggest plus is represented by the stabilization, the IBIS of Panasonic products is almost unmatched, still the best on the market; also excellent recovery videowith good additional features, to demonstrate the focus on a certain portion of users (precisely the videomakers, although the native Dual ISO is missing).
The only Achilles heel always remains theautofocusthe detection of phase with DFD technology still needs to be improved to be able to keep pace with the main competitors in the sector.
Panasonic Lumix GH5 II
Design and Ergonomics
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7.5 / 10
- Stabilization at incredible levels
- Truly excellent ergonomics
- Adjustable display and touchscreen
- Excellent battery life
- 4K 60fps recording without overheating
- No native Dual ISO
- Autofocus can be improved
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