Panasonic releases LUMIX GH5Ⅱ to start a new journey for M4/3

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Panasonic launched the M4/3 system mirrorless camera LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ, which will provide excellent video performance for all image creators.

After upgrading on the basis of the high performance of GH5, LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ realizes C4K*1 /4K 60p 4:2:0 10bit*2 video recording specifications. While recording in 4K 60p 4:2:0 10bit, it can pass HDMI output 4:2:2 10bit video. LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ is pre-installed with V-Log L, which can be easily matched with the materials recorded by S1H/S1’s V-Log and GH5/GH5S’s V-Log L.

LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ is equipped with a 20.3 million pixel Live MOS sensor, and an AR anti-reflection coating is added, which can clearly present image details and maximize the performance of the lens. GH5 Ⅱ also updated the image processor on the basis of GH5, equipped with a new high-speed, high-performance Venus engine.

LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ has high-speed, high-precision autofocus. Advanced deep learning technology is added to detect specific objects-humans and fast-moving animals, including canines, cats and birds. Especially in terms of human body recognition, in addition to eyes, face, and body, real-time detection technology can also identify the head alone to provide more accurate follow focus.

In order to achieve a stable handheld shooting effect, LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ further improves the body IS (Image Stabilizer), which can reduce the shutter speed by 6.5 stops*3. GH5 Ⅱ is equipped with the anti-shake algorithm developed for S1H , which can shoot smooth and stable video even when the camera is moving or panning.

In addition to wired live streaming, using the smartphone application LUMIX Sync for simple settings, LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ can realize wireless live streaming. With minimal equipment (either outdoors or indoors, only a camera and a smart phone are needed), high-quality live streaming can be achieved. Realize H.264 video transmission through RTMP/RTMPS protocol, the highest specification is FHD/60p 16Mbps*4. For the wired live streaming, you can download the dedicated software program LUMIX Webcam Software. With the future firmware update, GH5 Ⅱ will support wired IP streaming (RTP/RTSP). High-quality images can be stably transmitted to social streaming media platforms, and sound can be recorded.

The LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ’s variable-angle LCD display is 3.0 inches, the aspect ratio is 3:2, the resolution is up to 1.84 million, and it provides touch control. The brightness has been increased compared to GH5, and the color reproduction is excellent, ensuring that it has a fairly high visibility outdoors

In order to adapt to outdoor use in harsh environments, the LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ body is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front/rear frame, which is not only splashproof* 5 and dustproof, but also freeze-proof to -10 degrees Celsius.

LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ is equipped with Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 5GHz (IEEE802.11ac) *6 / 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n). Most of the accessories of GH5, such as XLR microphone adapter, shutter remote control and battery handle, are also compatible with GH5 Ⅱ.

LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ and LUMIX G/LEICA DG lenses will receive firmware updates to further enhance the performance and usability of GH5 Ⅱ.

*1 Corresponds to 4K (4096×2160) defined by the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI).

*2 When the camera is in an environment that can guarantee operation and uses battery power. The recording time depends on the capacity of the battery and SD memory card. Recording may stop automatically in C4K/4K 60p 10bit and anamorphic mode to protect the camera.

*3 Based on CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: when using H-ES12060, the result of focusing distance f=60mm (35mm equivalent focal length is 120mm)].

* 4 When RTMPS URL is set, 16Mbps cannot be selected.

*5 Splash resistance is a term used to describe the extra level of protection this camera can provide when exposed to a very small amount of moisture, water or dust. If the camera comes into direct contact with water, the splash proof certification does not guarantee that it will not cause damage.

*6 5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries/regions.

High-quality video can be used directly, or can be deeply processed and output into a film

The LUMIX GH series has excellent video performance in professional photography, while the LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ can record unlimited video under various settings. In addition, GH5 Ⅱ can also record C4K*1/4K 60p 4:2:0 10bit*2 specifications. When recording in 4K 60p 4:2:0 10bit, you can also output 4:2:2 10bit at the same time through HDMI. The crop of the 4K 60p specification is 1.0 times (the entire sensor area), which means that the user will record the video with the original angle of view of the lens. Save with Currys discount code and Amazon promo code NHS

In order to provide high dynamic range and wide color gamut, the camera is pre-installed with V-Log L, so users do not need to purchase a separate key upgrade. V-Log L can render a very flat image while retaining all the color information in the image. That is to say, after the image is post-processed, it can show a better playback effect. V-Log L has logarithmic curve characteristics, which will remind people of the texture of film negatives. We also provide 35 conversion LUTs for VariCam movie cameras, which can be downloaded for free and used with LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ. Tones can be easily matched with materials recorded with S1H/S1’s V-Log and GH5/GH5S’s V-Log L. Utility tools such as waveform monitor and V-Log L viewing assistant are also provided in the machine.

Following the flagship video camera S1H of the S series, LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ provides two types of Cinelike gamma presets in “Photo Style”. When using these modes, even if V-Log material is not toned, impressive images can be reproduced, such as warm skin tones or subtle changes in light and shadow. “Movie Mode Dynamic Range 2” prioritizes dynamic range, while “Movie Mode Video 2” prioritizes contrast. “L. Monochrome S” and “L. New Classic” have also been added. And all these photo styles can be used for anamorphic video recording.

The supported specifications for VFR (variable frame rate) recording include: C4K/4K 60fps, anamorphic mode 50fps and FHD180fps. You can set AF before starting VFR recording.

*1 Corresponds to 4K (4096×2160) defined by the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI).

*2 When the camera is in an environment that can guarantee operation and uses battery power. The recording time depends on the capacity of the battery and SD memory card. Recording may stop automatically in C4K/4K 60p 10bit and anamorphic mode to protect the camera.

High-standard basic performance to meet the needs of various production sites

The 20.3 million pixel Live MOS sensor will capture various details through matching lenses. In addition, even in backlight conditions, the anti-reflection coating on the sensor can minimize ghosting and glare. GH5 Ⅱ also updated the image processor on the basis of GH5, equipped with the latest high-speed, high-performance Venus engine, which can realize high-load 4K60p 4:2:0 10bit internal recording, and simultaneous external recording through HDMI 4: 2:2 video format.

LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ has high-speed, high-precision autofocus. It uses advanced deep learning technology to detect specific objects-humans and fast-moving animals, including canines, cats and birds. Especially in terms of human body recognition, in addition to eyes, face, and body, real-time detection technology can also identify the head alone to provide more accurate follow focus. Compared with GH5, the recognition speed of human eyes and face of GH5 Ⅱ has increased. Even if the size of the eyes and face in the picture is only half of what GH5 can capture, GH5 Ⅱ can also detect it. The camera will continue to track the subject even if he/she is moving fast, facing away from the camera, head tilted or away from the camera. On the other hand, the improvement of the DFD contrast focus algorithm also enhances the AFC function, enabling users to always track small or fast-moving subjects so that the focus is clear and sharp when the shutter is released.

In order to obtain a stable handheld shooting effect, LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ further improved the body IS (Image Stabilizer), which can reduce the shutter speed by 6.5 stops*. It is worth noting that it is easier to use a slower shutter speed when shooting characteristic low-frequency movements. The actual conditions of use are well simulated, and users can also feel this improvement in actual use. GH5 Ⅱ is equipped with the latest anti-shake algorithm developed for S1H, which can shoot smooth and stable video even when the camera is moving or panning.

The LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ’s variable-angle LCD display is 3.0 inches, the aspect ratio is 3:2, the resolution is up to 1.84 million dots, and it provides touch control. The color reproduction is excellent, ensuring high visibility even outdoors. When recording videos with various commonly used aspect ratios (such as 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5, 5:4, and 9:16), you can use the frame marking function to check the composition. The red recording photo frame indicator can identify whether the camera is recording.

*Based on CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: when using H-ES12060, the result of focusing distance f=60mm (35mm equivalent focal length is 120mm)].

The USB PD function supports wired/wireless unlimited live streaming for indoor/outdoor use*1

In addition to wired live streaming, using the smartphone application LUMIX Sync for simple settings, LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ can realize wireless live streaming. With minimal equipment (either outdoors or indoors, only a camera and a smart phone are needed), high-quality live streaming can be achieved. Realize H.264 video transmission through RTMP/RTMPS protocol, the highest specification is FHD/60p 16Mbps*2.

For the wired live streaming, you can download the dedicated software program LUMIX Webcam Software. With the future firmware update, GH5 Ⅱ will support wired IP streaming (RTP/RTSP). High-quality images can be stably transmitted to social streaming media platforms, and sound can be recorded.

*1 Live streaming to platforms that support RTMP/RTMPS is basically feasible (compatibility with all platforms is not guaranteed.) In some cases, when the platform’s services are changed, live streaming cannot be performed. For more information, please refer to the terms and conditions of the platform.

*2 When RTMPS URL is set, 16Mbps cannot be selected.

Reliable and sturdy design, adapt to various harsh environments

In order to adapt to the harsh environment of outdoor use, starting from LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ, the fuselage is composed of magnesium alloy full die-casting front/rear frame. Each connector, dial and button of LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ emphasizes sealing and structural safety, making LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ not only splash-proof, dust-proof, but also freeze-proof to -10 degrees. The lifetime of the shutter is up to 200,000 times.

For outdoor use, the new battery has a capacity of up to 2200mAh. According to user needs, the camera can be charged via an AC adapter or USB, and it also meets the requirements of USB PD (power supply). LUMIX GH5 is equipped with dual SD memory card slots, compatible with high-speed, large-capacity UHS-II, and can be forwarded recording, backup recording or distributed recording.

Panasonic  Expandability and optional accessories

・Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 5GHz (IEEE802.11ac)/2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n)

LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ integrates Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® connections, which can provide a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing, and the operation is simple and fast. Connect the camera to the Panasonic dedicated application LUMIX Sync (supporting iOS/Android smartphones or tablets), and users can shoot, browse and share images remotely. The compatibility of Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables continuous connection with smartphones/tablets with minimal power consumption. In addition, when using multiple LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ cameras, you can also copy the settings of the GH5 Ⅱ camera and transmit it wirelessly via LUMIX Sync, or share it with other GH5 Ⅱ cameras using an SD card.

For Wi-Fi, in addition to the traditional 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n), it also adds support for 5GHz (IEEE802.11ac). It can not only ensure safer and more stable connection with smart phones/tablets, but also ensure the stability of remote control of other devices on site . By using the 5GHz frequency band*, the transmission speed of photo and video data can also be increased.

* 5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries/regions.

XLR microphone adapter DMW-XLR1 (common with GH5)

The microphone adapter DMW-XLR1 is a plug-in adapter for XLR microphones, used to record high-quality stereo. It can record 4K video with high resolution 96kHz/24bit sound*, which is ideal for simultaneous recording. Independent switch can realize direct and fast control. MIC, LINE and capacitor are switchable.

*Only when recording MOV.

Battery handle DMW-BGGH5 (common with GH5)

LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ is compatible with the battery grip DMW-BGGH5. By using two batteries, one in the camera and the other in the handle, DMW-BGGH5 extends the battery life and can shoot longer. When shooting at a vertical angle, it can also provide a stable and comfortable grip. It is also equipped with a joystick for convenient and intuitive operation. The battery grip perfectly matches the camera and has a sturdy, splash-proof, dust-proof and freeze-proof design.

Tripod handle DMW-SHGR1 (common with GH5)

Tripod handle DMW-SHGR1 can also be used for LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ, making it easier to hold the camera when taking selfie videos when walking, etc. It can also be used as a small tripod for desktop shooting. Connect to the camera via USB, you can control to start/stop recording, release the shutter, and enable/disable sleep mode.

PC software “LUMIX Tether” (included with GH5)

When using this software, the user can control the camera through the PC, and use the USB to connect the camera to the PC. In order to view the image on a large PC screen during shooting, it is very helpful for commercial photo shooting such as portraits and products. Usually these scenes will require continuous confirmation of the shooting effect. You can use [6K photo*] [4K photo], and start and stop video recording by connecting shooting. You can also select a folder to save the image file in the PC.

*[6K Photo] A high-speed continuous shooting function.

 

  • Firmware update
  • Firmware update of GH5 Ⅱ

 

We plan to provide a firmware update at the end of 2021 to realize the more potential of LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ. The new firmware program includes the following items:

 

  • ・Real-time preview synthesis
  • ・USB Tethering (4G / 5G Smartphone Link) compatible streaming media distribution
  • The connection with the smartphone is more stable
  • ・RTP/RTSP wired IP streaming

 

Connecting the camera to the PC via the wired LAN interface can stably transmit high-quality video with sound to the social streaming media platform.

 

*A USB-Ethernet adapter is required.

 

Firmware update for LUMIX G/LEICA DG lenses

 

In order to use the LUMIX G/LEICA DG lens with GH5 Ⅱ more conveniently, we will provide the firmware program for the lens. After updating the firmware of the LUMIX G/LEICA DG lens, when used with LUMIX GH5 Ⅱ, the user can select linear or non-linear settings on the focus ring

Non-linearity: Focus responds according to the rotation speed of the focus ring.

Linear: Focus responds according to the rotation angle of the focus ring. Sensitivity (focus offset corresponding to unit rotation angle) can be selected from 90 degrees to 360 degrees, and each step is incremented by 30 degrees to achieve a more controllable focus operation.

Compatible lenses: H-E08018, H-X1025, H-ES12060, H-ES50200, H-RS100400, H-XA025, H-ES200, H-HSA12035, H-FS12060, H-HSA35100, H-FSA45200 and H-FSA100300

The firmware program will be updated on the LUMIX WeChat public account [Songying Club] on June 8, 2021

Main internal recording specifications

*”HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)” is the international standard (ITU-R BT .2100) HDR format.

When the camera is in an environment that can guarantee operation and uses battery power. The recording time depends on the capacity of the battery and SD memory card. Recording may stop automatically in C4K/4K 60p 10bit and anamorphic mode to protect the camera.

C4K/4K 60p/50p 10-bit HDMI output and simultaneous internal recording

 

 

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