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Panasonic LUMIX GH5 Mirrorless Features World’s First 4K 60p/50p Video Recording and 6K (18MP) PHOTO

Panasonic LUMIX GH5
Panasonic LUMIX GH5

The following video presents [NEW] Panasonic LUMIX GH5 Product Overview:

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 (its development was announced back on September 19, 2016) is the first camera (mirrorless or DSLR) that can shoot smooth, high-precision 4K 60p/50p and 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video.

In addition, its 6K PHOTO function allows you to shoot 6K video at 30 fps and extract a high quality 18MP still image from the video. Or, you can shoot 4K video at 60 fps and extract an 8MP still image from the video.

This means that the Panasonic GH5 once again raises the bar against which other cameras offering video are measured, and photojournalists in the field now have a compact, lightweight and weather-proof camera that shoot high quality stills and professional-quality videos, and that can help them catch the right moment in any fast-moving news situation.

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 will be available at select retailers and at the Panasonic eStore in late-March.

PRESS RELEASE

PANASONIC CANADA INTRODUCES THE LUMIX DMC-GH5

Industry Leading Follow-up to the DMC-GH4; Features the World’s First 4K 60p/50p*1 and 4K 30p 4:2:2 10-bit*2 Video Recording and ‘6K PHOTO’*9

Mississauga, ON (January 4, 2017) – Today at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 (CES), Panasonic announced the availability of the LUMIX DMC-GH5, the latest flagship model of LUMIX G DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. This CES 2017 Innovation Award Honouree delivers a high-end, hybrid performance to photo enthusiasts and professional videographers looking to capture moments in 4K 60p/50p video and 6K PHOTO. The Panasonic DMC-GH5 will be available at select retailers and at the Panasonic eStore in late-March.

Panasonic DMC-GH5

Panasonic DMC-GH5

Defying all the general concepts of what a mirrorless camera can do, the LUMIX GH Series has reached a number of milestones with this introduction. Packing a host of innovative advancements in picture quality, response and performance into a small-sized body, the new LUMIX DMC-GH5 opens the door to a new stage of photographic and cinematographic culture.

Panasonic DMC-GH5 (top view)

Panasonic DMC-GH5 (top view)

Unprecedented Picture Quality in the History of LUMIX Cameras
The LUMIX DMC-GH5 is able to achieve high-quality images with real-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and colour reproduction. Its new Digital LIVE MOS Sensor increases the pixel count by 25 per cent compared to the DMC-GH4, from 16.05 to 20.3 megapixels, while also removing the low-pass filter.

The LUMIX DMC-GH5 also comes with a new image processor, Venus Engine, which achieves improvement in natural texture expression, compared to its predecessor. The engine’s Multi-pixel Luminance Generation renders clear, sharp images by referring to a 9x larger area of pixel information during the de-mosaic process for precise detail reproduction. With Intelligent Detail Processing, the characteristic of every single pixel is analyzed to detect whether the pixel is located at a flat, detail or edge part of the picture. Optimum processing, according to the characteristic of each pixel, is then applied. The results are high-precision yet natural images with stunning detail suppressing false colours at its edges.

Three Dimensional Colour Controls detect not only hue and saturation, but also brightness, and applies optimum control according to the value of each factor. This achieves rich colour reproduction from shadows to highlights of the image. The conventional Multi Process NR (Noise Reduction) is upgraded to High Precision Multi Process NR. It boasts 4x the noise identification accuracy compared to the previous engine and preserves details even after the noise reduction process. As a result, photos can be clearly shot even at high sensitivity ISO values of up to 25,600.

The LUMIX DMC-GH5 also incorporates the 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) 2*3, which suppresses blurring in more powerful and advanced ways for both photo and video recording, including 4K video. Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), it compensates for larger movements which were conventionally uncontrollable. The LUMIX DMC-GH5’s high-precision gyro sensor controls both the O.I.S. and B.I.S. compensation by studying the focal length and shooting conditions, making it possible to use a max. 5-stop slower shutter speed*4. This is highly beneficial not only for wide-angle and telephoto shots, but also in adverse situations, such as at night-time or when shooting with one hand.

The world’s first DSLM camera that meets professional quality standards
The launch of the LUMIX GH Series was an epoch-making industry sensation by achieving outstanding video recording performance with advanced features that meet the needs of professional quality levels and standards.

With the LUMIX DMC-GH5, the signal readout speed has been accelerated by max 1.7x in the new Digital Live MOS Sensor, and the new Venus Engine processes signals at max 1.3x higher speed. This synergy realizes 4K 60p/50p ultra high-definition, smooth, video recording for the first time in a DSLM camera. It is also capable of internal 4:2:2 / 10-bit video recording, which is the colour subsampling commonly used for film production, for even more faithful colour reproduction*5.

The high-sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine effectively suppress rolling shutter distortion and realize high-speed readout of full digital signals. This ensures an outstandingly high image quality for every single frame. In addition, the focal length in video recording is kept the same as that in photo shooting (no cropping).

Users can freely choose between MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD formats at a variety of frame rates, and there is no recording time limit for both FHD and 4K video. Professional users working globally can set the system frequency to 59.94Hz, 50.00Hz or 24.00Hz.

While ‘Cinelike D’ and ‘Cinelike V’, which have similar gamma setting characteristics for film production, are available in Photo Style for video recording, the LUMIX DMC-GH5 also provides ‘Like 709’ for compatibility with HDTV. A paid software upgrade to support V-LogL video recording is also available.

In response to requests from professional users, the LUMIX DMC-GH5 comes with a Waveform Monitor and Vector Scope. It also embeds SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods, which makes it easy to synchronize multiple video footage or sound sources in the post production workflow. Luminance levels can be selected between 64-1023 / 64-940 / 0-1023 (10-bit). Synchro Scan mode suppresses flicker and Color Bars (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) are also available.

New AF system with advanced DFD Technology never misses a once-in-a-lifetime moment
The LUMIX DMC-GH5 comes with a newly improved Depth from Defocus*6 and Contrast AF technology, which not only calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels, but also analyzes the form, size and even motion of the subject comprehensively. Thanks to the new Venus Engine, the time for measuring the distance to the subject is 6x faster, while factoring the distance into in-plane or in-depth is 2x faster.

The speed of sensor drive during auto focusing in photo shooting mode has been increased to 480 fps, which is 2x faster than that of the DMC-GH4. Consequently, the LUMIX DMC-GH5 realizes ultra-high-speed AF of approximately 0.05 sec*7 and 12 (AFS) / 9 (AFC) fps high-speed burst shooting using a mechanical shutter in full resolution. By analyzing every single frame precisely, it achieves a maximum 200 per cent higher precision frame detection with minimum motion detection error for higher tracking tolerance against moving subjects.

For even more precise focusing, the number of focus areas has been increased from 49 to 225. Users can create a group of focus areas depending on the composition and can control it easily with a new joystick located on the thumb position, without taking your eyes off the subject. This is possible even when using the LVF or releasing the finger off the shutter button.

If focus is not exactly as the user intended when the shutter is pressed, the LUMIX DMC- GH5’s Post Focus function*8 enables users to select the specific focus point even after shooting – particularly helpful in situations like macro shooting where severe focusing is required. In addition, the camera also features a Focus Stacking function. Taking a single macro photo with specific areas in focus can sometimes be difficult, Focus Stacking enables users to take multiple images of the same frame with different focus points. You can then combine them into one image with the defocus as you like.

The LUMIX DMC-GH5’s new 6K PHOTO*9 function makes it possible to capture unmissable moments at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of the 6K burst file (in 3:2 or 4:3 aspect) to save as an approximately 18-megapixel equivalent high-resolution photo. 4K PHOTO has also been upgraded enabling 60 fps high speed capture in approximately 8- megapixel equivalent resolution. In 6K/4K PHOTO, three exclusive modes are available to choose from depending on the situation; 6K/4K Burst, 6K/4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 6K/4K Pre-burst.

By compensating the signal information between the frames, the Venus Engine makes it possible to apply Post Recording Refinement over the pictures to correct distortion and reduce noise when playing back or cutting images out of the 6K/4K burst file. As a result, the picture quality of 6K/4K PHOTO shot at high shutter speed in high sensitivity or those shot in panning are dramatically improved.

High mobility in rugged design for heavy field use
To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the LUMIX DMC-GH5’s main structure is composed of a magnesium alloy, full die-cast front/rear frame. Secure construction and the sealing of every joint, dial, and button makes the camera not only splash/dust-proof, but also freeze-proof down to -10 degrees Celsius.

The LUMIX DMC-GH5 is equipped with a double SD Memory Card slot compatible with high- speed, high-capacity UHS-II for the first time in the LUMIX digital cameras. Users can choose the recording method either in Relay Rec, Backup Rec or Allocation Rec.

The LUMIX DMC-GH5 has a large LVF (Live View Finder) with a stunningly high magnification ratio of approximately 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm camera equivalent). The high- precision, high-speed OLED display features 3,680K-dot high-resolution and 100 per cent field of view. Adopting a static-type touch control system, the 3.2-inch free-angle rear screen in 3:2 aspect with 1,620K-dot high-resolution achieves approximately 100 per cent field of view.

Finally, the shutter unit is durable for approximately 200,000 releases.

Expandability, optional accessories, other features

  • The LUMIX DMC-GH5 integrates Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi® 5GHz (IEEE 802.11ac) connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.
  • The LUMIX DMC-GH5 is compatible with the new Battery Grip DMW-BGGH5. By using two batteries, one in the camera and the other in the grip, the DMW-BGGH5 extends the battery life for longer time shooting.
  • The optionally available microphone adaptor DMW-XLR1 is a plug-in adaptor for XLR microphone to record high quality stereo sound.
  • To save power, the camera automatically enters sleep mode after detecting the eye is off the LVF sensor. Various shutter systems are available with the LUMIX DMC- GH5: A mechanical shutter with maximum 1/8000 sec, an electronic-first curtain shutter with maximum 1/2000 sec which can be used with flash while suppressing the shutter shock, and an electronic shutter without shutter shock with maximum 1/6000 sec. Firmware updates will add: Full HD 4:2:2 10bit video recording capability (scheduled for April 2017); 400Mbps 4:2:2 10bit All-Intra video recording in 4K 30p/25p/24p; Full HD, high-resolution video recording in Anamorphic mode; Hybrid Log Gamma in Photo Style mode which enables popular 4K HDR video recording and USB tethering (all scheduled for second half of 2017).

1 As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera as of 4 January, 2017
2 As an interchangeable lens system camera as of 4 January, 2017
3 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 can be used with the H-FS12060 and H-FS14140 (requires firmware update) lenses as of January 4, 2017. The firmware for the use of 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 with H-RS100400 will be released in February 2017. The newly introduced lenses H-ES12060, H-HSA12035, H-HSA35100, H-FSA45200 and H-FSA100300 are all compatible with 5-axis Dual I.S. 2.
4 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50-140mm (35mm film camera equivalent f=100-280mm), when H-FS14140 is used.
5 4:2:0 8-bit in 4K60p/50p recording on SD Memory Card
6 Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.
7 In AFS, at wide-end with H-ES12060 (CIPA).
8 The Post Focus function needs to be activated manually in the camera menu.
9 6K PHOTO’ is a high speed burst shooting function that cuts a still image out of a 4:3 or 3:2 video footage with approx.18- megapixel (approx. 6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that the 6K image manages.

Panasonic DMC-GH5

Panasonic DMC-GH5

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The following video presents [NEW] Panasonic LUMIX GH5 Shooting Impression by Griffin Hammond:
“Griffin Hammond is a documentary filmmaker in New York City, covering politics for Bloomberg Television. He filmed his award-winning documentary Sriracha on the LUMIX GH3, and captured the drama of the U.S. presidential election on his LUMIX GH4.

His work shot with GH5 “HAND-CUT” is available on:
https://youtu.be/BoYbqSxPWrA


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