GH5 sensor tested at DxOmark: “Best performer in the lineup”

DxOmark tested the GH5 sensor. And unsuprising it has the best sensor of all Panasonic cameras yet:

Like its predecessor the GH4, there’s no doubt the Panasonic GH5 is oriented toward videographers, but there’s still plenty to like about the camera for stills use. In spite of the increase in pixel count to 20-MPix, noise remains at the same level as the earlier 16-Mpix GH4. Even when compared to the maker’s GX8 that uses a similar 20-MPix sensor, the GH5 has slightly improved dynamic range and color sensitivity.

GH5 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Panasonic US. In EU at, and ParkCamera.

New Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT lens reviews

The new Laowa 7.5mm lens will be in Stock on June 12 at BHphoto. It’s in Stock at Laowa store

We got a handful of new Laowa 7.5mm MFT lens reviews.

Cinema5D writes:

This lens is great for what it is. It’s really small and lightweight, and is a perfect option for a GH4 shooter like me. Would I take this lens with me on my next holiday? Yes, of course. It’s just great and handy. Would I use it on paying shoots, like music videos or commercials? Yes, if I needed a small camera to put in a confined space like a car, or if I wanted to have a camera ready on a light gimbal. I would probably not use it on my main setup, because I work with a Speed Booster that never leaves my camera. For those shoots, I’d probably use the Laowa 12mm full-frame lens.

Amin Sabet writes:

The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 is tiny, light, fast, relatively affordable, and is an excellent performer. I was supposed to send the review unit back, but I will be purchasing it instead. Disclosure: I am getting a 20% discount in purchasing the review lens copy.

Laowa 7.5mm review by Sapphireker

New Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT footage on gimbal:

Olympus 12mm prime vs Laowa 7.5mm prime on a DJI Inspire 1 X5:

Leica 12-60mm tested at Photozone: “very good job without being brilliant”

Photozone tested the new Leica 12-60mm lens:

Coming to a final conclusion is difficult – less so because of the Leica lens itself but because there are so many MFT standard zoom lenses. It tries to find the “right” balance between range, quality and size and it certainly succeeds here in our opinion. Whether this specific balance is right for you is a different question.

Panasonic-Leica 12-60mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Olympus US store, FocusCamera, eBay.

GX800 / GX850 review at CameraLabs: “one of the most affordable points of entry around”

Gordon from CameraLabs published the full review:

If you’re unlikely to ever fit a different lens from the kit zoom, you could enjoy similar quality and features from one of the many premium compacts around with 1in sensors – such as Panasonic’s own LX10 / LX15 – and these will also better squeeze into a pocket. But if you are wanting to swap lenses at some point, the Lumix GX800 / GX850 represents one of the most affordable points of entry around and comes recommended.

Good points
Compact, lightweight body with swappable lenses.

Crisp, detailed and relatively low noise 16 Megapixel photos.
4K movies and 4K Photo modes with post focus adjustments.
Touchscreen tilts up to face subject for selfies and vlogging.
Fast single autofocus that works in very low light.

Bad points
Screen doesn’t tilt down and becomes hard to view in bright conditions.

No built-in viewfinder (but not surprising at this price).
Optical stabilisation on kit zoom not as effective as other lenses.
No mic input (again not surprising, but great for vloggers).
Micro SD slot won’t work with any full size SD cards you might have.

Panasonic GX850 is in Stock at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Panasonic store.