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Panasonic GH5 release date, price, and specs announced at CES 2017

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Panasonic GH5 release date, price, and specs announced at CES 2017

Panasonic has officially announced the Lumix GH5 mirrorless camera, after confirming its development at the Photokina 2016 event.

The company that first put a 4K mirrorless camera on the consumer market is Panasonic. Professionals have had other options at their disposal, but the GH4 took consumers by storm and it will forever be remembered as one of the greats.

Nevertheless, it is time to make way for its replacement. The Japanese manufacturer confirmed its development at Photokina 2017, while releasing most of its specifications. As CES 2017 is upon us, the release date and price details have been revealed by Panasonic. Here is what you need to know about this camera!

Panasonic GH5 comes with dual IS system

The first improvement compared to the GH4 consists of a 20.3-megapixel sensor in the Panasonic GH5. Moreover, the upgraded unit comes without an optical low-pass filter, therefore images will be sharper.

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Panasonic GH5 users a 20.3MP sensor to shoot photos.

The Venus Engine has received an upgrade, too, making it more powerful. This is useful when it comes to rendering, as, once again, you can say that images will be sharper and more clear. GH5’s new engine identifies noise with 4x improved accuracy, therefore it will reduce noise without removing details from the image.

Panasonic says that its new Micro Four Thirds camera captures great photos even at 25,600 ISO, which is the maximum possible in this device.

A 5-axis Dual IS 2 technology has been added into the camera. It consists of a 2-axis optical image stabilizer and a 5-axis body image stabilizer which will work together in order to offer up to 5 stops of stabilization.

World’s first mirrorless camera to shoot 4K videos at up to 60fps

Panasonic GH5 is touted as the world’s first mirrorless camera to meet the quality standards of professional video cameras. Signal readout speed has been increased by up to 1.7x, while signal processing speed is 1.3x quicker.

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Panasonic GH5 offers an electronic viewfinder and an articulated touchscreen on the back.

The camera will shoot smooth videos at up to 4K/60fps quality, a first in its category. Moreover, internal 4:2:2/10-bit recording is supported, too, thus leading to accurate color reproduction.

Rolling shutter and other distortions are a thing of the past, thanks to the quick readout speed provided by the new Venus Engine. This MILC uses the full length and width of the sensor to record movies, so there is no cropping: you are using the same focal length when capturing both stills and videos.

The list of supported codecs includes AVCHD, AVCHD Progressive, MP4, and MOV. Users will not have a time recording limit even when shooting 4K footage. Cinelike V and Cinelike D gamma settings are available alongside Like 709.

Panasonic will release this fast, weathersealed beast in late March

There are plenty of other notable features available in the Panasonic GH5. Both Depth from Defocus and Contrast AF systems have been improved. There are 225 focus points and the sensor drive speed stands at 480fps, allowing the new model to focus in only 0.05 seconds.

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Panasonic GH5 has multiple dials and buttons on its top, allowing professionals to their skillset to the maximum.

An upgrade from 4K to 6K PHOTO has been confirmed by the manufacturer. It means that users can extract 18-megapixel stills when shooting in burst mode. All can be composed through the built-in electronic viewfinder or via the 3.2-inch articulated touchscreen.

This device does not disappoint and offers an electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/16000s, dual memory card slots, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11ac, NFC – all while being freezeproof, splashproof, and dustproof.

Panasonic GH5 measures approximately 139 x 98 x 87mm and weighs 726 grams including a 410-shot battery. If you like what you read about the camera, then you better check your savings account because it is coming in late March for $1,999.

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