Since its release in 2017, the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 has become something of a videography legend. The breadth of its video-specific feature set was unmatched at the time in hybrid still/video bodies, and it’s still uncommon today… although today, specifically, it’s a little less so. That’s because Panasonic has announced an updated version!
The LUMIX GH5 II is available for pre-order now and is slated to arrive in our stores on July 5th. (The global supply chain has been a bit wonky for quite some time, as you’ve probably noticed, so double check with your local Mike’s Camera as the actual date draws nigh.) The GH5 II kit comes with the 12–60mm f/2.8–4.0 Leica lens, or you can snag the body only if your lens bag already overfloweth.
- Anti-reflective coating on sensor; Venus engine evolved from GH5‘s
- Vastly improved AF
- Improved 6.5-stop IBIS inherited from the S1H
- Live streaming & webcam support (see more below)
- Unlimited recording time in all modes, including uncropped C4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit
- Simultaneous 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output even during 4K 60 fps internal recording
- USB-C power support
- V-LogL, Cinelike D2, Cinelike V2, MonochromeS, and L.ClassicNeo color modes added
- Adjustable anamorphic recording modes
- 150% brighter LCD monitor with improved color reproduction
Other noteworthy specs
- 20.3 MP Micro Four Thirds sensor
- Dual UHS-II SDXC slots
- Ergonomic magnesium alloy body
- Splash-/dust-/freeze-resistant construction
- Free-angle LCD screen & EVF
- Small & lightweight for on-the-go footage
2021 firmware update will add…
- Live View Composite
- USB Tethering Compatible Streaming Distribution
- More stable smartphone connection
- RTP/RTSP wired IP streaming
One of the most substantial additions to version II is that of LIVE streaming support. From day one, the GH5 II will support wireless streaming via the LUMIX Sync smartphone app and wired streaming via the LUMIX Webcam desktop software. Later this year, support for RTP/RTSP wired IP streaming will be added via a firmware update. There are no time limits on streaming (as long as you’ve got power coming in through that USB-C port!) so you can play games, make jokes, collaborate on homework, teach people—whatever your channel is designed to excel at—as long as you can possibly keep it up!
Plus, those greatly-expanded color modes mean it will be easier than ever to integrate run-and-gun GH5 II footage with footage from other Panasonic pro models like the S1 and S1H, or simply get some great-looking footage straight out of the camera.