What We Missed at CES: LUMIX GH5

Traveling to Vegas for a conference annually and at least 2 to 3 times a year since 1994, I was totally OK with NOT going this year. There were no major product announcements from camera makers and I could (totally) use a break from Vegas. In case you missed it, last year David and I watched a 4-alarm fire on the strip. And, covered the new Nikon D5 and D500 ($1996.99 on Amazon).

Hung out with our friends from Sony too.

Sigma: The wait is over. Shop e-mount primes.

While it seems all CES has to offer is a speakerbox that talks to the clouds, Nikon and Panasonic did have press events. I like those guys too. The main thing at CES this year is that the products announced at Photokina were finally shown. But because cameras for most pros aren’t just “consumer electronics” and it’s not an Olympic year, we didn’t see much new.

Back to Panasonic, the Lumix GH5 is the first mirrorless cameras to deliver 4K 60p/50p video recording on a digital single lens mirrorless camera. It includes a 6K Photo feature that allows a photographer to grab an 18-megapixel image from the ultra-high-quality video. Interesting they’re marketing that, because that’s how all mirrorless cameras work. You’re grabbing a still from a video recorder….. And, in this instance, from a micro fourth thirds sensor.

Pricing and Availability

The Lumix GH5 shipped in March and cost $1999.99 from Amazon or from B&H.

Panasonic Press Release

Cologne, Germany, 19 September 2016 – Panasonic today announces the LUMIX GH5, the world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera capable of recording high-precision smooth 4K 60p/50p and faithfully reproductive 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video[2]. This premium camera will offer exceptional performance for professional photographers, videographers and emerging photo/video-hybrid creators.

The new LUMIX GH5 is scheduled to enter the market in the first half of 2017 and will feature Panasonic’s new ‘6K PHOTO’ offering – an approximately 18-megapixel-equivalent still image extraction from an ultra-high quality video with approximately 9x higher resolution than Full HD. Furthermore, an approximately 8-megapixel equivalent ‘4K PHOTO’ can be extracted from a video shot at 60 fps.

Panasonic also announces the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 lens series. These announcements demonstrate Panasonic’s dedication to continually deliver outstanding customer value and new culture in photography and film production by developing premium, new-era products and functions.

Commitment to innovation

The LUMIX GH5 will allow creative minds to capture their vision with ease and style, and further confirms Panasonic’s commitment to develop incomparable products and functions to address the new demands in photography and film production.

Panasonic is committed to the development of innovative digital cameras under the theme “create a new photo culture in the digital era”. The company brought the world’s first DSLM camera, the DMC-G1, to market in 2008[3] and the succeeding DMC-GH1 achieved the world’s first Full HD video recording in 2009[4].

Professional, versatile 4K videography with freedom and ease

The LUMIX DMC-GH4 has received much critical acclaim since its launch in 2014 and was the first camera to realise 4K 30p/25p video recording. Building on its predecessor’s success, the LUMIX GH5 will offer a new world first: 4K 60p/50p and 4K 30p with 4:2:2 10-bit.

Exceptional 4K video recording will be packed into a compact, lightweight design created for videographers to take the camera anywhere and shoot in any location. With the unprecedented video recording performance of the LUMIX GH5, Panasonic aims to elevate its status in the film production industry.

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