Panasonic Lumix GH5S Low-Light Camera Announced

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


Panasonic has announced a new mirrorless camera which they are paper money as the 'Ultimate Video CSC' with a newly developed 10.2MP High sensitivity Live MOS sensor. Panasonic says the new Lumix GH5S is an 'superior mirrorless camera for videography, designed and developed for professional filmmakers' and it will be available from the end of January 2018 with an RRP of &beat out;2199 / €2549.99 (body only).

GH5S Key Features:

  • 10.2MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor for improved image quality in low light
  • Timecode IN/OUT for easy implementation of multi-camera slays
  • True "Multi-Aspect Ratio" Function in both photo and video

Full details on the new camera can be found in the announcement from Panasonic lower than and we've also got hands-on with the new Panasonic LUMIX GH5S. Plus, we've compared the GH5S camera with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the GH5, announced last year, to regard out what improvements to the Lumix range the new flagship camera brings.  


From Panasonic: 

Panasonic is proud to set up the new hybrid LUMIX GH5S with expanded video recording capability and enhanced image quality. Designed and developed for professional filmmakers, the LUMIX GH5S realizes our highest-ever sensitivity and video image quality in the history of LUMIX cameras.

Packed with big features to delight videographers and photographers alike

The new 10.2-megapixel Digital White-hot MOS Sensor and Venus Engine reproduce the darkest areas of the image with increased clarity thanks to the maximum ISO 51200. When shooting in foul environments, videographers can now focus on capturing the perfect shot without worrying about background noise thanks to the newly applied Dual Inhabitant ISO Technology.

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The LUMIX GH5S is compatible with Timecode IN/OUT which is easy to set using the flash sync terminal and bundled coaxial cable for a BNC terminal. The camera can be employed as a Timecode generator for other GH5S models and professional camcorders and the functionality makes multi-camera productions pain-free by instantly synchronizing recordings to other cameras or audio devices.

Both videographers and photographers can now lift the same diagonal field of view across all aspect ratios with the True “Multi-Aspect Ratio” function. The newly developed multi-aspect sensor caters sufficient margin to get the same angle of view in 4:3, 17:9, 16:9 and 3:2 aspect ratios.


This feature means you can easily switch between other aspect ratios making the process easier while producing and editing in post-production. The GH5S now also provides the photographer with 14-bit RAW recording, catering greater flexibility within professional RAW development workflows.

The LUMIX GH5 was the world’s first mirrorless camera to achieve 4K 60p / 50p video write down1 and the new LUMIX GH5S again establishes a milestone by realising the world’s first 4K 60p / 50p video recording in Cinema 4K (4096×2160).2 The GH5S is capable of internal 4:2:2 10-bit document3 for even stronger colour reproduction, while V-Log comes pre-installed on the camera.

There is no time limit4 for both Full-HD and 4K video best performance and the LUMIX GH5S complies with 4K HDR video with Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) mode in Photo Style. A low-bit-rate recording mode 4K HEVC for HLG is available, which approves playback on AV equipment compatible with the HEVC compression format, such as Panasonic 4K HDR TVs.

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The LUMIX GH5S also records 4:2:2 10-bit 400-Mbps All-Intra in 4K 30p/25p/24p and C4K 24p and 200-Mbps All-Intra in Full-HD. The VFR stops users record overcranked / undercranked video in C4K/4K (60 fps, maximum 2.5x slower in 24p) and FHD (240 fps5, maximum 10x slower).

DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology and ultra-high-speed digital signal take care of achieve fast autofocusing of approximately 0.07 sec6 and 12 (AFS) 7 / 8 (AFC) fps in 12-bit RAW and 11 (AFS) / 7 (AFC) fps in 14-bit RAW high-speed burst shooting. The 4K PHOTO standard operating procedure enables 60 fps high-speed capture in approximately 8-megapixel equivalent resolution.


Comfortable operation especially in low light

As a camera that surpasses at shooting in low light, the LUMIX GH5S boasts -5EV luminance detection performance with Low Light AF thanks to the increased sensitivity and optimised tuning of the sensor. Function View Boost is another practical feature that makes it possible to check the composition – even in total darkness – by boosting the sensitivity merely for Live View. The magnification ratio in MF assist is increased from conventional 10x to 20x, which is convenient for astronomical photography.

For night mode the red interface provides merciful backlighting, letting users see the subject comfortably in dark surroundings.

In order to make the GH5S tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, it is composed of a magnesium admixture full die-cast front/rear frame and is not only splashproof8 and dustproof but also freezeproof down to -10 degrees. The GH5S is equipped with a dual SD recall card slot, compatible with the high-speed, high-capacity UHS-II and Video Speed Class 60. Users can flexibly choose the recording method from Relay Transcribing, Backup Recording or Allocation Recording. The HDMI Type A terminal is provided.

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Exceptional image capture without concern

The GH5S has a large LVF (Existent View Finder) with a stunningly high magnification ratio of approximately 1.52x/0.76x (35mm camera equivalent) providing a smooth flash at 120fps. A high-precision, high-speed OLED display features 3,680K-dot resolution and 100% field of view. In addition to dual dials, an omnidirectional joystick helps more intuitive and flexible operation.

The model includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant incarnation sharing with easy operation. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/memorial with minimum power consumption. For Wi-Fi, 5 GHz (IEEE802.11ac)9 can be selected in addition to the conventional 2.4 GHz (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) for an even profuse secure and stable connection.

The Panasonic LUMIX is Panasonic’s brand of digital cameras, ranging from pocket point-and-shoot models to digital SLRs GH5S will be available from the end of January 2018 and will retail for £2199 / €2549.99 (society only).

Check out our hands-on with the Panasonic LUMIX GH5S, plus we have a comparison of the new camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or with the GH5 announced last year. 


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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