Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II

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20MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor | 4K/60p video capture | Advanced live streaming capabilities

What we like:

  • Pro-level video specs and tools
  • Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body
  • Fully articulating touchscreen
  • Flexible live streaming features

What we don't:

  • Autofocus can hunt a bit in video
  • Live streaming requires a robust internet connection
The Panasonic DC-GH5 II is an updated version of the company's most video-centric Micro Four Thirds camera. It uses an image-stabilzed 20MP sensor to deliver 4K at up to 60p in 10-bit and gains live-streaming functions.
The GH5 II has a large, comfortable grip, a magnesium alloy body with an extensive array of control points, excellent ergonomics and weather-sealing. The electronic viewfinder is a joy to use and there's lots of scope for customization.
The GH5 II excels when it comes to video, and if you're primarily a video shooter it should be on your short list.
Autofocus uses Panasonic's Depth from Defocus system to calculate subject distance. This is fast and effective for stills shooting but Video AF is more prone to focus hunting than cameras that use phase detection AF, particularly when shooting at 24 fps. Autofocus in both stills and video benefits from Panasonic's excellent subject tracking.
The GH5 II oversamples to deliver detailed 4K footage at up to 60p, in up to 10-bit 4:2:2. It includes many tools typically found on pro-level video gear. Live streaming features include the ability to stream using the RTMP/RTMPS standard, a USB connection to a smartphone, or a wired LAN connection.
On the stills side, image quality is excellent, with pleasingly saturated colors. Raw files are very detailed, and a good sensor makes it possible to extract quite a bit of detail from shadow areas. There's also a '6K Photo' mode which lets you grab 18MP JPEGs at 30fps.
The GH5 II excels when it comes to video, and if you're primarily a video shooter it should be on your short list. As a stills camera it can deliver excellent results, but there's no shortage of competitive options if that's your primary need. For those who need to shoot both photos and video, the GH5 II provides a hybrid experience that's solid on both fronts.

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