First Impressions Of The Lumix GH5S For Filmmaking & Why I Would Stick With The Original GH5

By Noam Kroll

As many of you already know, this week Panasonic made big news with the announcement of new camera – The Lumix GH5S. Rumors about this new camera have been swirling around online for weeks, and are now confirmed thanks to the official launch at CES.

I did not have early access to this camera, so I’ll hold off on doing a full review of the GH5S until I am able to spend some real time with it. That said, I do still want to share some first impressions of the it here today, as I’ve had a number of readers asking me for my thoughts based on the camera’s specs and pricing.

But first, a little background on my history with the GHx line for some context –

My first Lumix camera was the GH2, which I absolutely loved. It was my also first DSLR-style camera, and after putting it to the test on many projects I became a big advocate for it. Many of my earliest blog posts were centered around my experiences with the GH2, as well as the GH3 and GH4 in later years. Of the three GH-cameras that I owned, the GH2 was actually my favorite, largely based on it’s color science and motion cadence. The GH3 and GH4 both offered incredible upgrades in many respects, but there was a certain X factor that the GH2 offered that just look more filmic, at least to my eye.

By the time the GH5 rolled around, I decided not to invest in one. Not because it wasn’t (and isn’t) an amazing camera – in fact I think it’s probably the best option for the vast majority filmmakers looking for a mirrorless camera – but simply because my needs had changed. I was still doing a lot of smaller/DIY projects, but had mainly → continue…

From:: Noam Kroll