Panasonic has updated its Micro Four Thirds stills/video hybrid flagship camera, to give the Lumix GH5 II. In many respects the new model is very similar to its predecessor, with the same dimensions and physical design. However a few controls have been reassigned, with an AF-ON button on the back in place of AF/AE Lock, along with a Photo Style button on top.
On the whole, the main photographic specifications are also unchanged. The camera employs a 20.3MP sensor that offers a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25,600, and is capable of shooting at 12 frames per second with focus fixed, or 9fps with autofocus between frames. Its central electronic viewfinder offers 3.68m-dot resolution and 0.72x (equivalent) magnification. The fully articulated touchscreen gets an update, though, with a higher 1.84m-dot resolution, increased brightness and a broader colour gamut compared to the GH5’s, but a slightly smaller size (3in vs 3.2in).
In typical Panasonic fashion, the major updates are to do with video, with the headline new feature being live streaming over Wi-Fi, either to a router or a smartphone via Panasonic’s free Lumix Sync app. Wired live streaming is supported using the Lumix Webcam software for PC and Mac. The camera can also record C4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit footage internally whilst simultaneously outputting 4K 4:2:2 10-bit over HDMI. Pre-installed V-log L facilitates colour grading in post-production, backed up by V-log View Assist for natural colour display while recording.
Some goodies are promised for stills shooters too. The sensor forgoes an optical low-pass filter for improved detail capture and features a new anti-reflective coating to reduce flare and ghosting. The GH5 II also gains the improved colour science that the firm debuted in the stills-focused G9. Meanwhile the Dual IS system has been uprated to provide 6.5 stops benefit.
The camera employs the same high-capacity DMW-BLK22 battery as the full-frame Lumix S5, which can be charged internally via USB-C PD, but it can also use the GH5’s DMW-BLF19E battery. It’s also compatible with all the same accessories, including the DMW-BGGH5 vertical grip, the DMW-SHGR1 tripod grip and the RMW-RS2 cable release. The Lumix GH5 II is due at the end of June for £1499 body only, £1699 with the Lumix 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, or £1999 with the Leica DG 12-60mm f/2.8-4.