When Panasonic unveiled the GH5 at CES earlier this year, you can bet many DSLR shooters decided to finally make the switch to mirrorless. How do we know that? Well, Panasonic is overwhelmed with orders to the point that the camera is on backorder until manufacturing can catch up.
“Dear customers, Thank you very much for your continued patronage of the digital camera LUMIX. As for the mirrorless single-lens camera DC-GH5 scheduled to be released on March 23, 2017, we have made reservations for a large number of customers, so some customers will have time to deliver the products. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers. We will strive to make diligent production so that we can deliver top priority to customers who have already ordered and ordered, so thank you for your understanding.” – Panasonic Japan (via Google Translate)
The translation above isn’t perfect, as Google Translate is often not a word for word deal. But the message is more than clear… Panasonic has a larger than expected customer pre-order base, and as such, it’s going to take time to fulfill them, longer than the announced March 23rd shipping date.
If you’re not privy to all the hullabaloo, the main excitement of the GH5 is that it has completely done away with the 4K censor crop and enables users to get full 4K using the redesigned 20.3 MP “Digital Live” sensor. The GH5 also takes 6K stills, which leads me to believe that the secret sauce behind the GH5 is that it records at a higher resolution, and then downscales to 4K for a crisper image in H.265 HEVC. Color is still 8-bit, but recording to an external recorder gets you up to 4:2:2, 10-bit color.
Other features include:
- New 20.3 Megapixel CMOS (4/3 type) sensor
- Micro Four Thirds mount
- 5-Axis Photo/Video Dual I.S. 2.0 up to 5 stops with compatible LUMIX MFT lenses
- ISO 25,600 max
- Eye viewfinder 3680k-dot OLED, 21mm, 0.76x.
- V-Log L is an optional (paid) extra, same as GH4 – $98
- Cinelike-V, Cinelike-D, and Like-709 Picture Profiles
- Waveform and Vector Scope Built-in
- Weather Sealed Body
- Splash/Dust proof Rugged Design
- Freeze-proof to -10 Degrees C
- 6K Photo capture at 30p for 18 Megapixel photos
- 4K/60p Photo capture for approx. 8 megapixel images
- 4K/60p is at 8-bit 4:2:0 internally
- No crop in 4K!
- 4K/24/25 and 30p 10bit 4:2:2 internal
- 4K/60p at 150Mb/s at launch
- ALL-I (Intra) 10bit 422 1080p at 200 Mbps – free firmware update later in year
- ALL-I (Intra) 10bit 422 4K at 400 Mbps – free firmware update later in 2017
- Anamorphic mode (4:3) – free firmware later in year
- 1080p Slow-motion at 180fps
- 2 x SD card slots (UHS-II U3 compliant)
- Full-size HDMI output (Type-A)
- USB-C (USB 3.1)
- 225-Area Advanced Depth-From-Defocus AF System
- Weight: 725 grams with battery and SD card
- Same battery as GH4 – DMW-BLF19
- DMW-XLR1 XLR Hot-Shoe Audio Expansion Unit – $400
Panasonic has also tossed in 5-axis dual image stabilization, where the camera itself works in concert with the lens mounted I.S. to get a rock solid image when moving, and improved noise suppression. So it’s easy to see why the pre-orders are flying off the shelves, even if the GH5 isn’t available yet. You can pre-order here at just under $2,000.
Hat Tip: 43Rumors