Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II (Lumix DC-GH5M2) Overview

Announced May 25, 2021 •
20 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced May 25, 2021

The Panasonic GH5 II (GH5M2) is an updated version of the original that adds new video features, improved autofocus, and a new coating on its 20MP sensor to reduce flare and ghosting. The design and in-body image stabilization are unchanged. New autofocus algorithms allow for faster acquisition, face/eye/body/head detection, and improved tracking.

The GH5 II can capture 10-bit 4:2:0 4K/60p footage while simultaneously outputting 10-bit 4:2:2 to an external recorder. Since the camera uses the whole area of the sensor, there is no crop at 4K/60p. The V-Log L gamut is built into the camera, and numerous LUTs for VariCam color profiles can be installed, and two Cinelike gammas are also onboard. The camera supports anamorphic and Full HD 120 fps capture. The camera can also live-stream video over YouTube at up to 1080/60p via a smartphone connection.

The GH5 II's body is made of a magnesium alloy body and is weather-sealed and functions down to -10°C/+14°F. It has two SD card slots, both of which support UHS-II speeds. A new battery allows for longer shooting times, and USB PD support lets you power the camera using a laptop charger or portable power device.

Quick specs
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5184 x 3888
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 200-25600 (expands to 100-25600)
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,840,000
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Storage types Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 727 g (1.60 lb / 25.64 oz)
Dimensions 139 x 98 x 87 mm (5.47 x 3.86 x 3.43)
GPS None

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Our review

The GH5 II adds a fewer feature enhancements to one of the strongest stills/video cameras on the market. Autofocus is improved but is still a weak point for 24p video capture, taking the gloss of what's otherwise a superlative video camera. Excellent image stabilization and a broad range of video support tools still make it one of the strongest options for 4K shooting under $3000.

Good for: 4K capture in a range of circumstances

Not so good for: Run-and-gun shooting relying on autofocus

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