Thank you to Panasonic for allowing me to be the global brand ambassador for the new Lumix GH5 camera!
VIDEOS I'VE SHOT ON THE PANASONIC GH5:
Features: 4K60p, 10-bit 4:2:2, in-body image stabilization, dual SD card slots
Release date: March 2017
Price point: $1,997.99 pre-order on B&H
GH5 Frequently Asked Questions
WHEN'S THE RELEASE DATE?
The camera is still in production, which makes an exact ship date unknown, but I hear Panasonic saying "March 2017" or "March/April" or "Spring 2017." The B&H website says "End of March 2017." But I also hear it's selling really well, so that will mean a wide range of delivery times, depending how soon you pre-order.
Does the GH5 have 2.39:1 crop marks?
And what about anamorphic filming?
Some filmmakers want to film with the 16:9 frame on the GH5, but crop in post to a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio. They'd like crop marks on screen to assist in properly composing the shot. While this is not currently available in my pre-production firmware, I've asked for it on your behalf.
But if you're shooting with anamorphic lenses, a firmware update is coming in summer 2017 that will allow capture of a 18-megapixel 4:3 image at 30 or 24fps, meaning you'll get very high resolution video capture for your widescreen filmmaking.
Is it possible to punch in the focus while recording?
Unfortunately no. A feature many people want—to be able to magnify the image to check focus, during recording—is apparently not possible due to the way this camera processes video recording. You can punch in the image to check focus before pushing record. And during recording, you can use focus peaking if you're relying on manual focus.
What lenses did you shoot "hand-cut" with?
For my short documentary about ice, I relied heavily on two prime lenses—the Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 and 42.5mm f/1.2. I also used the 7–14mm for time lapses.
Did you shoot it all handheld?
Mostly, except for a few jib shots. The time lapses were on a tripod, and some of the 42.5mm shots of the ice blocks were on a tripod during the chainsawing (while I simultaneously shot up close with the 12mm prime.)
What framerates is the GH5 capable of?
59.94p / 50p / 48p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p at 4K (3840x2160)
48p / 24p / 23.98p at C4K (4096x2160)
30p and 24p for "high resolution anamorphic" (summer 2017 firmware)
180 frames per second and many more fps options in FHD (1920x1080)
There's an XLR adapter?
Yes, for the GH5, Panasonic developed a phantom-powered XLR adapter that mounts on the hot shoe, draws power from the camera, and has all the settings you'd expect for capturing audio (pictured below). It retails for $398, will not work on other models like the GH4 and GH3, and does not have a headphone jack or 1/8" microphone jack. (You monitor audio through the camera's headphone jack.) If you need to mount it somewhere other than the top of the camera, use this Canon flash cable.