The Panasonic GH5 II features 4K 60p, better autofocus, V-Log and improved color profiles

Panasonic is expanding its popular G-series cameras with the new GH5 II, which offers a host of new functions and updates.

On Camera Tech Beat, the news is saturated with full-screen offerings right now, so it’s refreshing when a camera company goes against the grain and evolves for formats that are still hugely popular.

The GH5 II is Panasonic’s latest Micro Four Thirds camera, and not only is it a big upgrade over its predecessor, but it keeps the price low for the body alone at just $ 1,699.

The heading functions of the GH5 II, which improve the GH5, are 4K DCI 60p 10-bit recordings with 4: 2: 2 external or 4: 2: 0 internal with no recording limits. Better still, you can record 4K 60p 10-bit internally and externally at the same time.

There are several new color profiles, including Cinelike D2 and Cinelike V2, which are the same as Panasonic’s S-Cinetone from Sony. The autofocus has been greatly improved. There’s still no phase-detection AF (which may be included in the G6), but it’s a big leap in terms of eye and face detection.

Panasonic has also integrated V-Log instead of being an additional purchase.

Best of all, Panasonic’s new camera app lets you stream live directly from the GH5 II to a number of platforms over a wireless or wired connection.

Let’s take a look.

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Sensor & Image Engine

The GH5 II does not get a new sensor, but a new image processor that enables more computing power under the hood. However, the digital live MOS sensor with 20.3 megapixels is being given a new anti-reflective coating, with the help of which more details of the image can be captured. Note that the AR coating is not like an optical pass filter that can affect the clarity and resolution of an image. Instead, it improves ghosting and flaring, especially near light sources.

The image processor has been updated to the latest Venus Engine which enables 4K 60p recording and a jump in AF performance including face, eye, body and animal detection.

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Video functions

The video has been updated to include new recording formats such as 4K DCI 10-bit 4: 2: 2 All-Intra at 29.97 / 25p, 4K DCI 10-Bit 4: 2: 0 All-Intra at 59.94 and 50p and 4K UHD at 59.94 and 50p. In addition, there is now an option for Anamorphic 4K UHD 10-Bit 4: 2: 0 at 50p.

The bigger feature, as mentioned above, is simultaneous 4K internal and external video recording, which allows you to record 10-bit 4: 2: 0 internally and 10-bit 4: 2: 2 externally if you have 4K DCI or Record 4K UHD. Depending on the recording mode, there are also 8-bit recording options for 4K as well as LongGOP and H.265 options.

Below are internal recording options.

17: 9 4K DCI

  • 10-bit 4: 2: 0 60 / 50p
  • 10-bit 4: 2: 2 30 / 25p
  • 10-bit 4: 2: 2 24p

16: 9 4K UHD

  • 10-bit 4: 2: 0 60 / 50p
  • 10-bit 4: 2: 2 30 / 25p
  • 10-bit 4: 2: 2 24p

16: 9 full HD

  • 10-bit 4: 2: 0 60 / 50p
  • 10-bit 4: 2: 2 30 / 25p
  • 10-bit 4: 2: 2 24p

4: 3 anamorphic

  • 6K 10-bit 4: 2: 0 30/25 / 24p
  • 4K 8-bit 4: 2: 0 60 / 50p
  • 4K 10-bit 4: 2: 0 50p
  • 4K 10-bit 4: 2: 2 30/25 / 24p

Panasonic has also added two black and white color profiles in L. Classic Neo and L. Monochrome S and updated its Cinelike profiles to version 2. You can use these modes to create stunning looks with warm skin tones or delicate nuances of light and light. Shadows can also be reproduced via V-Log footage without color correction. With the Cinelike D2 priority is given to the dynamic range, with the Cinelike V2 priority is given to the contrast. All of these modes can be used for anamorphic video recording.

V-Log is also preinstalled and with the GH5 II you can display a preview of the loadable LUTs or download standard Rec.709 LUTs into the camera via the Panasonic import. V-Log L has logarithmic curve characteristics similar to negative film. The color tone can easily be matched with the footage recorded in the V-Log S1H/ S1 and V-Log L from GH5 / GH5S. Handy tools like a waveform monitor and the V-Log L View Assist are also available.

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Better IBIS / anamorphic stabilizer

The GH5 II has a slight improvement in image stabilization performance in the body of around 1.5 f-stops. Shooters should get about 6.5 stops of camera shake correction via the GH5, which offered 5 stops. The 6.5 covers both IBIS and Panasonic’s Dual IS.

Another new feature of the GH5 II is the anamorphic image stabilization feature. While the GH5 can turn off a number of anamorphic modes (1.30, 1.33, 1.5, 1.8, and 2.0x), it can now also help stabilize your footage when shooting handhelds. If you ever shoot a 1.8x or 2.0x, you know how hard it can be. The footage can look extremely shaky, even with a compact lens.

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Improved autofocus

The GH5 II has advanced deep learning technology that recognizes specific topics such as people and animals. When a human is the subject, in addition to recognizing the eye, face and body, the head also recognizes separately through the real-time recognition technology, resulting in an even more precise focus.

According to Panasonic, it detects eyes and face at twice the detection cycle speed of the GH5, and is detectable even when they are about half the size of what the GH5 can detect. In addition, the camera can keep tracking the person if a person is moving quickly or has their back to the camera. The camera can do this because of improvements in DFD technology that the AFC has improved so that shooters can track small or fast moving objects. We’ll have to wait and see how good it is.

Focus ring control

With the GH5 II, Panasonic introduced the ability to control the focus of the lens.

You can set the lens to either linear or non-linear focus, or you can drag the lens to a specific focus. Although the function is only available for compatible Panasonic G-series lenses, you can adjust the focus ring to suit your needs. For example, suppose you prefer a 180 ° or 300 ° focus throw. With the new option to control the focus ring, you can set this for your lens.

Live streaming

The GH5 II can stream directly to a number of platforms including YouTube, Instagram and Twitch.

The camera integrates Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to provide a more flexible recording experience. Once the GH5 II is connected to a smartphone or tablet via the LUMIX Sync software for iOS / Android, users can remotely capture, browse and share pictures. With the app you can also stream directly with your mobile phone as a hot spot.

Panasonic has shown how easy it is to stream live and we were impressed. With just a few clicks, you can start streaming while still having access to all of the camera’s functions. The GH5 II can be wireless or wired (will be available in a future update) and supports RTMP / RTMPS protocols with recommended Mbps rates.

The special thing about this update is that you no longer have to be tied to a computer and can stream directly anytime, anywhere. In essence, Panasonic added BGH1 Streaming capabilities in the GH5 II. Remember, if you don’t have WiFi, streaming will devour your mobile data.

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Brighter monitor / assist tools

The GH5 II has a 3.0 inch clearance angle LCD monitor with an aspect ratio of 3: 2. It has 1,840 dots with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It also has a higher luminosity than the GH5 and better color reproduction . According to Panasonic, this is the monitor 1.5 times brighter. The GH5 II also has a special OLED LVF to make it easy to capture still images or videos. The display transmits similar specifications as the GH5.

In addition, Panasonic has added a new frame display function. A red box will appear on the monitor while recording, letting you know when the camera was recorded. And when you’re streaming, a blue frame will appear letting you know the camera is active. Along with these functions, there is a new light point display, the ability to filter recording modes and save frequently used favorite recording formats with the new “My List” function. The nice thing about this feature is that it is saved directly in the camera instead of the SD card.

There is also a waveform monitor that can now be adjusted in size and vectorscope, and the control panel can be displayed in different views for quick adjustment.

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The GH5 II shares the same body design as the GH5, so you can use any third-party accessories and setups. The only thing that has changed is a new button on the top and back.

It is made from a magnesium alloy body, has the same form factor and shape as the GH5, but is a few grams heavier due to the higher capacity battery to power it.

The GH5 II can be powered by the supplied 2200 mAh battery. According to Panasonic, the GH5 batteries will work with the GH5 II, but expect shorter run times. It’s also worth noting that the GH5 II charger will charge your GH5 batteries, but the GH5 charger will not charge your GH5 II batteries.

The GH5 II also has two SD card slots (UHS-II) for forwarding recording, backup recording and association recording.

Price & availability

The GH5 II will be available for $ 1,699 in body only and $ 2,299 in kit form.

I as wellIf you pre-order a GH5 II from May 25 through July 5, Lumix Pro Services is offering a one-year free platinum membership for all GH5 IIs (worth $ 199).

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