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Panasonic GH5S Review – 10-bit Greatness

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Kevin:I wanted to take a moment and share with you what I feel to be an important demonstration of the GH5S. There’s a lot of negativity surrounding its size and lack of IBIS but under the right conditions / technique performs incredibly well.
This is a handheld test / demo with the Panasonic GH5S, Lumix 12 – 35mm F2.8 Power I.O.S. shot in 4K 60P captured to the Shogun Inferno in Pro Res LT and conformed to 24P. No warp stabilization has been applied!
Nudges and bumps are virtually non-existent with the smallest degree perceivable in the original 60P content . This has to do with technique, hand placement, and some weight put behind the camera.
The point behind this test is two fold; First it is a demonstration of the GH5S in conjunction with a Power ISO lens to reduce “hand jitter” or “bumps”. The second objective is to demonstrate how adding weight to the camera (less than 5lbs via cage and Atomos Shogun) can be functional as well as reducing jitter.
Some things to note; Yes I’m aware this is effectively “slow mo”, but the native content is smooth. This is how I shoot 90% of my B-Roll, so for me this is all that matters. Second, I own both cameras (GH5 & GH5S). I would never sub the GH5S in a scenario that had less than ideal conditions. For instance, I would never go handheld running with the GH5S, hike, climb, operate on uneven surfaces such as a boat or on a tele lens. You need to know when these cameras are appropriate to use, and when not. I swap these cameras / lenses in and out like a deck of cards, and no one camera is suitable for all work. That said the GH5S can perform beautifully without a gimbal for pushes, pulls, pans, slides, and even shoulder work. I hope you enjoy, and I hope this test / demo enables users to have a better understanding of its capabilities.

Camera: GH5S
Lens: Lumix 12 – 35MM F2.8 Mark 1
Capture: Atomos Shogun Inferno 4K 60P 10 Bit 4:2:2 Pro Res LT

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/285873928

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