Panasonic GH5 Field Test Part I: The new Lumix flagship’s photographic capabilities explored

by Jaron Schneider

posted Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11:09 AM EDT

 
 

The Panasonic GH5 was announced earlier this year to much applause from fans of the series, myself included, and I've begun our testing of this camera starting with its still imaging capabilities. I took a look at what it could do on its own, and then compared it to how the GH4 handled in the same situations. In this field test, along with image quality, I also take a look at the camera's build, ergonomics, its new peripherals and more. 

I have nothing but praise to shower on the GH5's body updates and changes. The new battery grip and microphone adapter both look and feel great, and perform in ways that the GH4's audio interface unit could not. (For a variety of reasons, as you'll read in my field test, it left a lot to be desired for many shooters). On the performance side, the Panasonic GH5's real-world image quality appears to be quite similar to its predecessor. In side-by-side testing, ISO performance in still images doesn't appear to me to have changed significantly. 

 
120mm-equivalent, 1/320 sec. @ f/5.6, ISO 200

For much, much more of my findings on the Panasonic GH5's body design and image quality, read my newly-published first Field Test for the Panasonic GH5