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Almost a year has passed since the premiere of Panasonic GH5. The new GH5s model is not a successor of the above-mentioned camera but its low light version. Panasonic, possibly due to technical reasons, but maybe more in order to protect a base position of the model, has removed crucial functions by adding additional functions. Below you can find a table with the comparison of the specifications of both cameras. Feature Panasonic Lumix GH5s Panasonic Lumix GH5 Sensor Type MOS CMOS Low-Pass Filter Yes No Effective Pixels 10MP 20MP Sensor Pixel Size 4.51μm 3.34μm Sensor Dynamic Range 13 stops 13 stops Maximum Resolution 3680 × 2760px 5,184 × 3,888px Image Stabilization No Sensor-Shift, 5-Way Pixel Shift Technology No No Dust Reduction System Yes Yes Native ISO Sensitivity 160-51200 200-25600 Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor) Multi-area Center Selective single-point Tracking Single Continuous Touch Face Detection Live View Contrast Detect (sensor) Multi-area Center Selective single-point Tracking Single Continuous Touch Face Detection Live View Number of Autofocus Points 225 225 Focus Peaking Yes Yes Autofocus Stacking Yes No Eye Autofocus No No Slowest Shutter Speed 60sec 60sec Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000sec 1/8000sec Fastest Electronic Shutter Speed 1/16000sec 1/16000sec Top Shooting Speed 12fps 12fps Buffer Size 600 (JPG) 138 (RAW) 600 (JPEG) 60 (RAW) Silent Shutter Yes Yes Viewfinder Resolution 3,680,000 3,680,000 Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fully articulated Screen Size 3.2″ 3.2″ Screen Dots 1,620,000 1,620,000 Touch Screen Yes Yes Flash Sync Speed 1/250sec 1 / 250sec Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2160p at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps 4096 × 2160 @ 30p Maximum Recording Time AVCHD [FHD/60p]: Approx. 65 min (rear monitor) 65 min (LVF) with H-FS12060/AVCHD [FHD/60i]: Approx. 65 min (rear monitor) 65 min (LVF) with H-FS12060/MP4 [4K/60p]: Approx. 60 min (rear monitor) 60 min (LVF) with H-FS12060/MP4 [4K/30p]: Approx. 60 min (rear monitor) 55 min (LVF) with H-FS12060 No Limit Time Code Yes Yes Movie Log Gamma Output Yes Yes Time-Lapse Recording No Yes Card Slots 2× 2× HDMI Yes Yes Microphone Port Yes Yes Headphone Port Yes Yes Wi-Fi Functionality Yes Yes Bluetooth Yes Yes GPS No No Battery Life Approx. 440 images (rear monitor), 410 images (LVF), 1,300 images (Power Save LVF mode*) with H-FS12060/*Under the test conditions specified by Panasonic based on CIPA standard. When the time to get in the sleep mode is set to 1 sec 410 Internal Charging Supported No No Body Material Magnesium Alloy Magnesium Alloy Weather Sealed Yes Yes Weight 660g 1.46lb / 23.28oz 725g 1.60lb / 25.57oz Warranty Limited 1-Year Limited 1-Year MSRP US $2,498 US $1,697
Panasonic has just presented a model similar to the Panasonic GH5 camera which had its premiere a year ago and which is loved by filmmakers. GH5s, as that’s how this new model is called, is not a successor of the popular camera, but its low light version. The new camera is supposed to open totally new possibilities of work in low light, and is also supposed to compete with full-frame cameras which as for now have dealt with such conditions much better. Both models differ mainly when it comes to a new sensor. In GH5s, the 10.2MP MOS sensor has been used, which means that the sensor is almost 2 times smaller when it comes to resolution than the ordinary GH5. It is, of course, supposed to help in low light conditions. Thanks to the use of bigger photodiodes, the sensor is supposed to perfectly deal with filming in high sensitivity. The sensor, supported by the Venus Engine processor, enables work within the ISO range of 160 - 51200 (extended to ISO 80 - 204800). 1). Panasonic Lumix GH5s What is more, the sensor is equipped with Dual Native ISO system, known from more professional cameras, in which two separate circuits are assigned to each sensor pixel. One is used within the ISO range of ISO 160-800, whereas the other one is used within higher sensitivity range. The camera also possesses a bit more advanced film-making functions. Now we can record films in 4096×2160 with the speed of 60f/s, and slow-motion films in Full HD with the speed up to 240f/s. 2). Panasonic Lumix GH5s Yet another interesting function is a possibility of recording films in HDR in a special mode – Hybrid Log Gamma. The camera has built-in V-Log and the use of LUT tables can be simulated in a preview mode. Panasonic has also introduced an option of decoding timecode from other cameras, which is going to significantly speed up the work if we use a few cameras for making films at the same time. 3). Panasonic Lumix GH5s Some GH5 users have probably started thinking about selling their camera after reading the first part of this article, but unfortunately GH5s has a few disadvantages. The first one is the lack of sensor image stabilization system. We can still use cameras with the stabilization, but, as one could expect, it’s not going to be as effective as in the case of GH5. Apart from that, due to a smaller sensor, we will not have 6K Photo mode here (only 4K Photo), the anamorphic mode in high resolution and the mode of first electronic shutter curtain. Autofocus is also a bit slower, but it is also supposed to be more sensitive (- 5 EV compared to - 4 EV in GH5). 4). Panasonic Lumix GH5s Fortunately, all these functions are almost perfectly enclosed in a sealed magnesium body with a rotating 3.2’’ LCD screen and an electronic viewfinder with extended sensitivity of refreshing up to 120f/s. Of course, the camera has all connectors, the Wi-Fi module and a rechargeable battery with increased durability (seemingly, due to the lack of IBIS). This camera is definitely targeted at filmmakers who have not used the Micro Four Thirds system yet, due to low image quality in poor lighting conditions. GH5s is also going to steal the main argument of the fans of full-frame cameras, especially the fans of Sony A7S II. From the first comparisons one can conclude that image quality is very similar to that camera. The new Lumix is going to cost $2,500, which is certainly a very attractive price when we take into consideration the possibilities that it offers. Is it worth giving up GH5 for this model? It’s a hard question and it, of course, depends on how we want to use our camera. Definitely the best option would be to have both versions of this perfect camera. Here you can find the comparison of the specifications of both cameras. You can pre-order this camera here.