You get more from the Panasonic GH5 II mirrorless camera because of its enhanced processing power over its predecessors as it emphasizes the video features over still photography. The video-focused camera belongs to a range of similar cameras that the company wants to release shortly. Any Panasonic GH5 ii review will reveal that the camera has several improvements over the earlier GH5, like an improved body and viewfinder. However, it uses the same 20 MP Micro Four Thirds sensor. The all-new processor packs more power into the camera, improving video quality, speed, and AI smarts. Despite the improvements, the Panasonic GH5 ii price at launch is $1700, which is $300 less than the launch price of the GH5. Most importantly, the new camera is a videographer’s delight by meeting their expectations and often exceeding them.
Panasonic GH5 II – Body and Handling
The camera has a magnesium alloy body which is freeze-proof and splash-proof with the identical dimensions of its predecessor (138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4 mm) but slightly heavier (727 grams with battery and SD card). The grip and the logical control position of the camera are excellent. The camera fits well in your hands, and your fingers can easily access the large video stop/ start button. Using the dials lets you set various shooting modes, including four customization options, and there’s a cursor knob for auto-focus point movement and quick menu navigation. The 3-inch rear display has a higher resolution and more brightness. The EVF (electronic viewfinder) has 3.68 million dot resolution, a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and 0.76X magnification.
The camera has a USB – C PD compatibility that charges the powerful DMW-BLK22 battery. Moreover, the video recording time is slightly more than the GH5, but it has a CIPA rating of 410 shots. The color-coded and tabbed menu system is a significant improvement that eases navigation, and you can view the important settings on the info panel at a glance. In brief, these are the Panasonic GH5 II specs.
The upgrade of the image stabilization system that delivers up to 6.5 EV of shake protection is the most significant improvement. The camera can provide steady shots, neutralizing movements’ effects by using the IS boost mode with compatible lenses. However, you must be reasonably careful during handheld camera pans & other motions to ensure smooth images. An electronic model provides extra stabilization. The camera is equipped with AI autofocus smarts that deliver twice the speed in face and eye-tracking and can focus on the face even if it tilts away from the camera.
The new camera offers videos of 10-bit, 4:2:0 4K and 4,096×2, 160 C4K, respectively, up to 60 fps, making it better for high-frame and slow-mo videos if you want to use HDR video settings or log. The Panasonic GH5 ii can handle 6k 30P anamorphic (4,992×2, 774) with 10-bit and color settings of 4:2:0. The camera has an All-I capture up to 30 fps and can capture video while transmitting it simultaneously to an external recorder.