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GH5 High ISO grading test from Martin Wallgren


LUMIX GH5 High ISO grading test [4K] from Martin Wallgren on Vimeo.

This is a impressive GH5 test made by Martin Wallgren. This is what he writes:

This is my first uploaded footage that I shot with the GH5 pre-production model I got just recently. I shot the footage handheld at ISOs between 3.200 and 10.000, quick grade with FilmConvert Pro in FCPX.
Since I don’t have V-Log activated just yet on the camera, I was shooting this with a tweaked CineLike V profile, see below for details. I discovered to my surprise while goofing around with my anamorphic lens that the camera seem to deliver even cleaner looking footage at the highest ISO settings by shooting in any of the 4K 8bit 24/25/50/30/60p Anamorphic 4:3 modes. I really don’t know the reason behind this difference, but the footage in anamorphic mode is downscaled to 3328×2496 from full readout resolution, and there may be some sort of sweet spot for the internal processing. I cropped and upscaled the footage to a custom 3840×1620 2.35:1 timeline in FCPX. No de-noising or stabilisation was applied in post.
Download the ProRes Proxy “Original” if you want to have a closer look with less compression artefacts.
I am hoping this will put an end to all the low-light, dynamic range and sensor-size related criticism that a bunch of non-users of the camera have been discussing lately on social media. The GH5 is a major improvement over the GH4, the G80 and any other Micro Four Thirds camera produced to this date, and in all kinds of ways. While this footage is not all clean, it’s a way of showing what you can do in reality with this camera.
This was shot with the new LEICA DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 that will also be available as a kit lens with the GH5. I encourage you to imagine what you can shoot with this camera at these ISO levels with a really fast prime, such as the Voigtländer Nokton f/0.95 set of manual lenses or Metabones SpeedBooster Ultra adaptor and fast Canon/Nikon glass (all of which will benefit from the 5-axis sensor IBIS).
Picture Profile: CineLike V 0/-5/-5/-5/0, Master Pedestal +10, Luminance Level 0-255.
Music: Kai Engel – Shining Dawn (CC License, see below)
DISCLAIMER: Please note that this was shot with an early pre-production model of the Lumix GH5, none of this footage may be representative in any way or a measure of performance from the finished full production units of this camera when they hit the market. All images Copyright © Martin Wallgren Photography 2017.

Preorders (use these links to support my work thanks!):
GH5 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Panasonic US. In EU at, and ParkCamera.
Battery Grip for DC-GH5 at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
GH5 V-LOG activation code at BHphoto.
Leica 12-60mm at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
12-35mm F/2.8 II Asph at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
35-100mm f/2.8 II ASPH at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
45-200mm f/4-5.6 II POWER OIS at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II POWER OIS at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
Panasonic DMW-XLR1 XLR Microphone Adapter at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
DMW-DCC15A DC Coupler at BHphoto and Adorama.

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