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GH5 Panasonic camera, from anticipation to love or hate
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  • GH5, Vlogl, Voigtlander 17.5 and 42.5mm

  • FW Update is coming for GH5 & GH5s. Seems to incorporate C-AF fixes for video mode as well as some additional enhancements for video. Also some updates for photo features. But still unclear if GH5 will get higher frame rates and high res mode.

  • Cheap battery grip

  • Found rather attractive used offer.

    What is best to check in used GH5?

  • Firmware v2.3 coming May 30 https://www.43rumors.com/panasonic-announces-new-firmware-update-for-the-g9-gh5-gh5s-cameras-will-be-released-on-may-30/

    States improved autofocus and autofocus "fix" for 180 shutter - hopefully this means improvement overall and not just 180 is now as "good" as 179

  • About GH5 firmware Ver.2.3

    • Improved AF performance - increased tracking AF performance allowing users to easily follow their subject while recording movies. 
    • L.Monochrome D & Grain effect - The new L.monochrome D captures even darker tones and greater contrast, with grain effects available in different strengths for all monochrome settings - a fantastic addition to the mank black and white options of Lumix cameras.
    • Live view boost - Viewfinder screen and LCD monitor can be displayed brighter than the image recorded, allowing users to check the composition in low light environments. 
    • MF assist - More accurate manual focusing for stills or moving images, thanks to up to 20x magnification available in MF assist mode. 
    • Night mode - Camera screen displays all information in red, so photographers and subjects are not disturbed by light emission. 
    • Like 709 & V-LogL improvements - Like 709, V-Log L and V-Log L View Assist in Photo Style can now be used for still photo shooting and time lapse video. [LUT monitor Display] and [LUT HDMI Display] can be used in playback mode to check the appearance.

    • Introduction of additional new features

      • New photo style "L. monochrome D" for emulation of analog film
        We installed the new photo style "L. monochrome D" which is popular in GX7Mark III. Emphasize highlights and shadows, you can take pictures of tasty monochrome photos that exquisite detail. (Figure 1)
      • Addition of new film grain mode that can help to express the texture of an analog-like film Monochrome film "Granular" mode that expresses the texture of the photo is installed in the image quality adjustment of the photo style. Analog-like random noise can be reproduced and new accent can be added to monochrome photograph. The graininess can be selected from 3 levels, and it can be finished in black and white photography according to preference and world view.
      • Added "Focus ring lock" function to disable the focus ring operation and fix the focus position on the custom menu.
      • Added a function that allows you to change the setting while "pressing" the WB / ISO / exposure compensation button. You can choose from the custom menu.
      • "Dial" was added to "Operation lock setting" of the custom menu.
      • "Live View Boost" has been added to make it easier to check subjects displayed on the monitor when shooting in dark places.
      • Up to 20 times the magnification of "Manual Focus Assist" has been upgraded.
      • Added "Night mode" to reduce the difficulty of seeing the surroundings due to the glare of the screen when shooting in dark places.
      • Added a menu to turn off the power indicator lamp and the WIRELESS connection lamp in the setup menu.
    • Main performance improvement, usability improvement
      • Improvement of autofocus performance · Improved AF following performance during movie recording.
      • When using shutter speed in angle display, AF speed at 180 ° setting was improved. Improvement of camera shake correction performance in the body · A phenomenon in which the periphery may be distorted when walking the video using the Company wide angle zoom lens (H - F007014, H - E 08018) has been improved. (* 1)
      • Improved voice performance · Optimized the noise reduction performance of the internal reference microphone and improved the voice quality.
    • Major performance improvement other than the above
      • Functions that can be set are added to the Fn button setting at shooting. "Focus ring lock" "Electronic correction (movie)" "Microphone level display" "Live view boost" "Night mode" "L. monochrome D"
      • While using the RAW development function, you can select images from the group display such as continuous shooting.
      • Vector scope can be displayed on the screen during WB setting.
      • Reduced time to recover from sleep mode during Panasonic Image App and Bluetooth connection. By selecting the Panasonic Image App function you want to prioritize in the setup menu in advance, you can shorten the recovery operation.
      • In still image shooting mode, you can use Photo Style "709 Like" "V-LogL (* 2)" and "V-LogL View Assist (* 2)".
      • In the playback mode, "LUT monitor display (* 2)" and "LUT HDMI display (* 2)" can be used.
      • "LUT monitor display (* 2)" "LUT HDMI display (* 2)" "Night mode" has been added to the Fn button setting at playback.
      • The battery remaining icon display icon has been changed to 4 squares display. It shows about 25% per square.

    Will be available May 30th at http://panasonic.jp/dc/g_series/gh5/

  • More normal format UK PR

    May 2018 -- Panasonic is announcing exciting new firmware updates for three LUMIX models -- the DC-GH5, DC-GH5S and the DC-G9. These updates offer users enhanced performance and usability, such as improved Autofocus performance, new monochrome Photo Styles and upgraded sound quality for video shooting.

    LUMIX DC-GH5 -- Firmware Version 2.3

    • Improved AF performance -- increased tracking AF performance, allowing users to easily follow their subject while recording movies
    • L. Monochrome D & Grain effect -- The new L. Monochrome D captures even darker tones and greater contrast, with grain effects available in different strengths for all monochrome settings -- a fantastic addition to the many black and white options of LUMIX cameras
    • Live View Boost -- viewfinder screen and LCD monitor can be displayed brighter than the image recorded, allowing users to check the composition in low-light environments and helping to frame their perfect shot
    • MF Assist -- more accurate manual focusing for stills or moving images, thanks to up to 20x magnification available in MF Assist mode
    • Night Mode -- camera screen displays all information in red, so photographers and subjects are not disturbed by white light emission
    • Like 709 & V-LogL improvements -- Like 709, V-LogL* and V-LogL* View Assist in Photo Style can now be used for still photo shooting and time lapse video. [LUT Monitor Display] and [LUT HDMI Display] can be used in playback mode to check the appearance.
    • Enhanced sound quality -- sound quality has been improved by optimising the performance of the internal noise cancelling microphone
    • Improved AF performance -- the autofocus for lowlight and low-contrast photo shooting has been improved
    • L. Monochrome D & Grain effect -- The new L. Monochrome D captures even darker tones and greater contrast, with grain effects available in different strengths for all monochrome settings -- a fantastic addition to the many black and white options of LUMIX cameras
    • Enhanced sound quality -- sound quality has been improved by optimising the performance of the internal noise cancelling microphone
    • Better Control of Video Settings -- Vector Scope can be displayed on the screen while adjusting white balance
    • Improved AF performance -- enhanced tracking AF performance allowing users to easily follow their subject while recording movies
    • L. Monochrome D & Grain effect -- The new L. Monochrome D captures even darker tones and greater contrast, with grain effects available in different strengths for all monochrome settings -- a great addition to the many black and white options of LUMIX cameras
    • Live View Boost -- viewfinder screen and LCD monitor can be displayed brighter than the image recorded, allowing users to check the composition in low-light environments and helping to frame their perfect shot
    • MF Assist -- more accurate manual focusing for stills or moving images, thanks up to 20x magnification available in MF Assist mode
    • Improved High Resolution Mode -- photographers will appreciate the expanded aperture range of the G9's high resolution mode -- from F8 to F11 -- and the improved motion correction
    • Enhanced sound quality -- sound quality has been improved by optimising the performance of the internal noise cancelling microphone

    *Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1 is required -- sold separately.

  • But - NO FIX FOR THE MASSIVE VFR above 60fps HORIZONTAL NOISE problem on the GH5S? https://www.facebook.com/groups/pansonicgh5/permalink/1849240912042275/

  • Check very nice cage for GH5

  • Looking forward to the Firmware update for the GH5. It is a great camera and is getting better.

  • Here the first AF focus test by “Photos by Richard”.

    Seems much faster than before and on par with the GH5s and the G9

  • I'm happy that they are updating things like AF and adding some extra features, but still could use some major overhauling of the display layout such as moving the LUT / V-log icon from the center of the screen. They really could shrink and move most icons and settings to the black borders and give a nice clean image in the center.

  • I suggested for a GH6 to have a 2nd screen where the normal screen rests as a kind of “service screen” with all informations on, to have the other free for the video image.

  • Here's a few lion dance videos that I took a few days ago. It was a lion and dragon dance competition. I took videos of all performances. Lots more on my channel and still uploading videos.The settings: 4K 60p, ISO of 400, shutter of 60 and an Aperture that was around f/5 more or less. Also used the standard auto focusing. Would have tried to use the tracking auto focusing if the firmware was available during that time. The lens used was the Leica 12-60mm.

  • Hopefully some technical minded person will be able to answer this.

    Is it possible for AF to be introduced to variable frame rate mode in a future firmware? Is the problem that the AF too specifically tied to the frame rate readout and would require custom implementation for each available frame rate? Or is the issue that AF at higher framerates would require more processing power than the GH5 can reliably give ?

    I recently got the Panasonic 100-300mm and AF is invaluable, just a pity it's limited to 50p for nature and wildlife.

  • @Bernie

    Seems that Panasonic read specific contrast AF pixels at certain rate.

    So it can be both technically hard or it can be laziness, I personally think it is second option.
    management did not set such task and hired (very skilled!) developers can't do it by themselves.

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev thanks for the info, perhaps some day , but not holding my breath haha.

  • Our interview with Matt Frazer

  • Manual Focus lock is nice, I wish we would have the option (like the Fuji's now have) to stop the ramping in speed on the focus-by-wire. A nice update for all cameras.