The New Panasonic GH5S Could Be a Lowlight Monster

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The Panasonic GH5 has only been on the market for ten months, and it's already set a high bar for image quality from a hybrid camera, and now... Panasonic is doing one better. The Panasonic GH5S has a newly developed 10.2MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor for enhanced image quality in low light: Allowing up to 51,200 ISO recording without extended ISO. This immediately puts the Sony a7S II on notice. 

It also looks like Panasonic realizes that more and more professionals are shooting video projects with the GH5 as most of the enhancements seem to be geared to necessary things for independent filmmakers. Things like. 

  • 10.2MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor 
  • TimeCode IN/OUT for easy synchronization of multiple cameras 
  • Dual Native ISO, providing low-range (400) and high-range (2,500) ISO environments.
  • True "Multi-Aspect Ratio" Function in Both Photo and Video

On top of that, the new LUMIX GH5S establishes a new milestone by realizing the world's first 4K 60p video recording in Cinema 4K (4096x2160). It's also capable of internal 4:2:2, 10-bit video recording up to Cinema 4K30p and internal 4:2:0 8-bit Cinema 4K60p. For those who aren't aware, 4:2:2 (or higher) chroma is a color subsampling commonly used for film production, for even more faithful color reproduction.

If there's a tradeoff to the new S model it's the missing 5-axis in-body image stabilization, which works wonders on the GH5 (and other systems like the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and Sony A7R III). Also, while the variable frame rate for Full HD has been bumped up to an ultra-slow 240fps, this comes with a "reduced field of view" (we're not sure if this affects the 180fps).

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s will be available on February 2 and will retail for $2499.

Check out the full press release from Panasonic Below or read our in-depth PREVIEW right HERE.

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