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Panasonic is proud to introduce the new hybrid Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera LUMIX GH5S with expanded video recording capability and enhanced image quality. Designed and developed for professional filmmakers, the LUMIX GH5S achieves highest-ever image sensitivity and video image quality in the history of LUMIX cameras especially in low-light situations.
Packed with big features to delight videographers and photographers alike
The new 10.2-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor with Dual Native ISO Technology and Venus Engine faithfully reproduce even dark parts of the image, allowing maximum ISO 51200 in high sensitivity recording, thus producing crystal clear images especially in low-lit situations. When shooting in dark environments, videographers can now focus on filming that perfect shot as they no longer need to worry about background noise. The newly applied Dual Native ISO Technology perfectly suppresses noise to produce cleaner footage when taken in low light.
The LUMIX GH5S is compatible with Time Code IN/OUT, like the professional camcorders, which is easy to set using the flash sync terminal and bundled coaxial cable for a BNC terminal. The LUMIX GH5S can be used as Time Code generator for other GH5S cameras and professional camcorders. The Time Code IN/OUT functionality makes camera production teams job pain-free as it instantly synchronizes recordings and audio visuals to another camera or audio device for reliable, seamless and efficient filming from more than one camera.
The newly developed sensor is a multi-aspect type with a sufficient margin for realizing the same angle of view in 4:3,17:9,16:9 and 3:2 aspect ratios. Both videographers and photographers can now enjoy the same diagonal field of view across all aspect ratios with the True “Multi-Aspect Ratio” Function. This feature means you can easily swap between difference aspect ratios giving you the accuracy you want from your lenses, and making the process easier while producing and editing in post-production. It also complies with photo shooting in 14-bit RAW format, providing higher flexibility for professional RAW development workflows.
Already the LUMIX GH5 achieved 4K 60p / 50p video recording for the first time in the world as a digital mirrorless camera.1 The new LUMIX GH5s again establishes a milestone by realizing the world’s first 4K 60p / 50p video recording in Cinema 4K (4096×2160).2 Capable of internal 4:2:2 10-bit video recording3, which is a color subsampling commonly used for film production, for even more faithful color reproduction. The LUMIX GH5s also records 4:2:2 10-bit 400-Mbps All-Intra in 4K 30p/25p/24p and C4K 24p and 200-Mbps All-Intra in Full-HD.
There is no time limit44 for both Full-HD and 4K video recording. The LUMIX GH5S complies with 4K HDR video with Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) mode in Photo Style. A low-bit-rate recording mode 4K HEVC for HLG is available, which enables playback on AV equipment compatible with the HEVC compression format, such as Panasonic 4K HDR TVs.
The VFR (Variable Frame Rate) lets users record overcranked / undercranked video in C4K/4K (60 fps, maximum 2.5x slower in 24p) and FHD (240 fps5, maximum 10x slower). V-LogL is pre-installed in the camera.
DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and ultra high-speed digital signal processing achieve fast auto focusing of approximately 0.07 sec6 and 12 (AFS) 7 / 8 (AFC) fps in 12-bit RAW and 11 (AFS) / 7 (AFC) fps in 14-bit RAW high-speed burst shooting. The 4K PHOTO enables 60 fps high-speed capture in approximately 8-megapixel equivalent resolution.
Comfortable operation especially in low light
As a camera that excels in shooting in low light, the LUMIX GH5S boasts -5EV luminance detection performance with Low Light AF thanks to the higher sensitivity and optimized tuning of the sensor. Live View Boost is another practical feature that makes it possible to check the composition even in total darkness by boosting the sensitivity just for Live View. The magnification ratio in MF assist is increased from conventional 10x to 20x, which is convenient especially for astronomical photography. For night mode the red interface provides mild backlighting, letting users see the subject comfortably in dark surroundings.
In order to make the GH5S tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, it is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front/rear frame and is not only splashproof8 and dustproof but also freezeproof down to -10 degrees. The GH5S is equipped with a double SD Memory Card slot, compatible with the high-speed, high-capacity UHS-II and Video Speed Class 60. Users can flexibly choose the recording method from Relay Recording, Backup Recording or Allocation Recording. The HDMI Type A terminal is provided.
Exceptional image capture without concern
The GH5S has a large LVF (Live View Finder) with a stunningly high magnification ratio of approximately 1.52x/0.76x (35mm camera equivalent) providing smooth display at 120 fps. A high-precision, high-speed OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display features 3,680K-dot resolution and 100% field of view. In addition to dual dials, an omni-directional joystick enables more intuitive and flexible operation.
The GH5S includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption. For Wi-Fi, 5 GHz (IEEE802.11ac)9 can be selected in addition to the conventional 2.4 GHz (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) for an even more secure and stable connection.
For extended battery life and a more stable hold, the Battery Grip DMW-BGGH5 (sold separately) is available. The XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1 (sold separately) allows high-res sound recording10 with an external XLR microphone.
The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s will be available from end of January 2018 and will retail for 2499 EUR (body only)
*1 4K 60p/50p(for a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera), 4:2:2 10-bit (for a digital interchangeable lens camera) as of 4 January, 2017
*2 As of January 8, 2018 as a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera that complies with Cinema 4K (C4K:4096×2160) resolution defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives(DCI). According to a Panasonic study.
*3 4:2:0 8-bit in C4K 60p/50p and 4K 60p/50p recording on an SD Memory Card.
*4Until the SD Memory Card becomes full or the battery runs out.
*5The angle of view narrows if you select a frame rate with a number of frames 240 or more.
*6 Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.
*7 In AFS, at wide-end with H-ES12060 (CIPA) when LVF display speed is set to 120fps.
*8 Splash Proof is a term used to describe an extra level of protection this camera offers against exposure to a minimal amount of moisture, water or dust. Splash Proof does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this camera is subjected to direct contact with water.
*9 5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries.
*10 In MOV only
About motion picture recording/4K PHOTO recording
– Use a card with SD Speed Class with ”Class 4” or higher when recording motion pictures in [AVCHD] or [MP4(under 28Mbps)].
– Use a card with SD Speed Class with ”UHS-I / UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)” when recording motion pictures with [MP4] in [4K], [MOV] or [4K PHOTO]. (SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.)
– MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [C4K/4K]:
– When using an SDHC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
– When using an SDXC memory card: You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 96 GB or 3 hours 4 minutes in length, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
– MP4 motion pictures with [MP4] in [FHD]:
– You can continue recording without interruption even if the file size exceeds 4 GB or 30 minutes in length, but the motion picture file will be divided and recorded/played back separately.
For [C4K/4K 60p][C4K/4K 50p] video output, use an HDMI 2.0 cable that has the HDMI logo on it, and that is described as”4K compatible”.