Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S

10.3MP multi-aspect CMOS sensor | DCI/UHD 4K recording at up to 60p | 3.68M-dot EVF

What we like:

  • Captures DCI 4K at 60p
  • Extensive video capture tools
  • Multi-aspect sensor

What we don't:

  • No image stabilization
  • Video AF not 100% dependable
  • Modest stills resolution by modern standards
The DC-GH5S is the most video-centric model yet in Panasonic's stills/video hybrid 'GH' series. It's built around a 4K-optimized sensor that can shoot both UHD and DCI footage at up to 60p . But that oversized chip, which maintains its angle-of-view across both formats, comes at the expense of image stabilization.
The body and handling of the camera are essentially the same as the GH5: a DSLR-shaped body with plenty of customizable buttons coupled with extensive touchscreen control for silent control in video mode. The GH5S is also one of the few to offer waveforms to aid video exposure.
The GH5S produces some of the best-looking video of any camera we've ever tested
The GH5S's autofocus is pretty good but we doubt that will be sufficiently dependable for anyone spending this much money to get such high quality video. It can keep track of a subject most of the time but there's always a very slight wobble as it finds focus and at least some risk of it missing its target.
The GH5S's JPEG results look good, with much-improved color response compared with older Panasonics, and Raw files have enough dynamic range to justify the inclusion of 14-bit capture. Overall, though, the video-optimized sensor isn't able to offer the sorts of detail capture in stills that we've become accustomed to.
The GH5S's video is highly impressive, with good levels of detail maintained across a wide range of lighting conditions thanks to the camera's dual-gain sensor. 10-bit capture, combined with V-Log L or Hybrid Log Gamma modes give plenty of flexibility for color grading. 60p and 50p 4K can either be captured internally in 8-bit or fed over HDMI in 10-bit to give a hugely flexible camera.
The GH5S produces some of the best-looking video of any camera we've ever tested. Between the 10-bit capability, high DR Log options and excellent sensor, it's capable of producing very impressive results. The lack of stabilization limits the styles of shooting it can be used for but if you can shoot on a tripod or gimbal, it's superb.

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