Super detailed Cinema5D test reveals strengths and weaknesses of the GH5

Cinema5D (Click here) posted the by far most detailed Panasonic GH5 review so far. It contains many different Lab test and interesting findings. Let’s start by mentioning the main disappointment. The 10-bit performance is disappointing. But probably this can be fixed via firmware update and therefore it shouldn’t be a major issue. For the rest the camera does it’s job very well:

If you can put the issues with Vlog aside and if you can settle with the other picture profiles, then the GH5 has some nice things in store for you. Even though most of its sensor performance (detail, dynamic range, lowlight, 180fps) is only average, the internal image stabilization was a pleasure to use for handheld applications, it gave me a very cinematic handheld look, the peaking is very useful and special features like the histogram and anamorphic recording options make this a more cinema capable camera than most other small handheld devices before.

UPDATE: There is a big discussion on the Cinema5D findings. Two well-known GH5 testers disagree with the C5D findings:

1) Giulio Sciorio told me that “The GH5 is not shipping yet so what’s available is unfinished hardware/firmware. Also, I believe V-LogL for the GH5 is not quite finished yet. Reviewing cameras properly takes a lot of time especially with a camera as sophisticated as the GH5 so I question the accuracy of their review.

2) Emmanuel Pampuri‏ tweeted: “I have the preproduction sample of the GH5 since 4 weeks now I do not agree with your tests ?! Is there any bug on your sample ?

3) Cinema5D answer on twitter is: “we were in constant communication with Panasonic during the review process.

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Lumix GH5 vs Olympus EM1 II vs Fujifilm XT2 vs Sony A7s II 4k movie quality

Gordon Laing from CameraLabs compared the 4K perforamcne of the four cameras. You can also Download the original file. Gordon writes:

In the video I compare the low-light quality of the Lumix GH5, Olympus OMD EM1 II, Fujifilm XT2 and Sony A7s II in 4k 25p at 1600 ISO to their maximum movie sensitivities of 12800, 6400, 12800 and 409600 ISO respectively. Each camera was set to the same colour temperature and using its standard profile. I used lenses which delivered roughly the same field of view and adjusted the distances where necessary – the Sony samples look different due to the perspective of a longer lens and bigger sensor. The lighting was fixed and the exposures matched at each sensitivity, so any difference in brightness here is due to processing styles and variations in actual sensitivity.

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GH5 Vlogging by Richard Sibley and new G85 review by Daniel J.Cox

Two of my favorite bloggers posted their new Panasonic GH5 and G85 tests/insights:

1) Photo Gear News Editor, Richard Sibley, spent a few days in Iceland, with the new Panasonic LUMIX GH5. He created a short vlog using the GH5 and shares some of his thoughts about using the camera for stills and vlogging.

2) Daniel J.Cox from Naturalexposures tested the G85

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New SLR Magic 8mm f/4.0 lens now available for $299 on eBay

The new SLR Magic 8mm f/4.0 MFT lens is now available for $299 on eBay (Click here).

Newsshooter tested the new lens and writes:

This is not a lens that is designed to be manually focussed on the go. Instead it is designed to be preset at a distance and left. There is a locking screw that can hold the focus in position to prevent accidental movement. With focus set at f4 it is said to be sharp from 2.8m to infinity – which should be fine for drone work. For handheld gimbal work it can be stopped down, or left at F4 the focus can be set closer, with it not extending to infinity.
The unique design of the SLR Magic 8mm F4 means that is it much lighter than other ultra wide angle lenses. Weighing in at 110g it is light enough to be carried by the DJI Inspire 1 and Inspire 2 drone cameras, as well as handheld X5 series camera/gimbals. Many popular Micro 4/3 lenses needs small counterweights or filter rings to balance properly with a DJI camera/gimbal.