Panasonic has announced the release of its latest mirrorless camera, the GH5S. It has the same design and body as the GH5, but features video-focused specifications and functions in mind for professional videographers.
For starters, the Panasonic GH5S has a lower pixel count than it’s predecessor. The Micro FourThirds sensor is now a 12.5-megapixel sensor, down from the 16-megapixel on the GH5. When using the Multi-aspect mode – which gives videographers the option to record in 4:3/16:9/17:9/3:2 aspect ratios – the actual pixel count is 10.5-megapixel. With the bigger pixel size, you do get more light on the sensor which translates to better low-light performance.
Panasonic has also disabled the in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) module on the GH5S; as it will interfere with gimbal operations. While this is great for professionals, some users are already complaining about the lack of IBIS for handheld recording.
Vlog-L is now offered as standard for better control over video grading and the autofocus is now rated all the way down to –5 EV as compared to –4EV in the GH5. Talking about the sensor, Panasonic is introducing “Dual Native ISO” where two separate sensor read-out circuits are used with one used to maximise dynamic range while the other prioritises noise reduction.
Other functionalities includes 240fps recording in 1080p resolution, an electronic viewfinder with a 120fps refresh rate, 14-bit Raw stills shooting and 4K PHOTO mode.
The Panasonic GH5S will be available from February onwards with a body-only price of US$ 2,499 (RM 9,958) and it is compatible with a wide range of Micro FourThird lenses.