The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II is a video-oriented Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. It's a refreshed version of the popular Panasonic GH5, the most notable improvement being its ability to record 10-bit 4:2:0 4k 60p video. It's worth noting that we haven't tested the original GH5 and can't completely say how it compares. The GH5 II offers many video features, including a wide array of recording formats and codecs and plenty of frame rate options, including 4k and FHD recording at up to 60 fps. It has a full set of inputs and outputs, including a full-size HDMI port with clean HDMI output to connect an external recorder without overlays and microphone and headphone jacks. It has in-body image stabilization and good overall video quality, though its low-light performance is noticeably worse due to its smaller sensor. It's also suitable for still photography with excellent JPEG image quality; however, its RAW noise handling capability is only decent. Unfortunately, its autofocus system also lags a bit behind some of its competitors.
The Panasonic GH5 II is good for travel photography. It delivers amazing JPEG image quality with excellent dynamic range and solid noise handling capability at higher ISO levels, though its RAW performance is only decent. It also feels very well-built and comfortable to use. It has an excellent battery life, which should last you throughout the day, though this can vary drastically depending on real-world conditions and usage habits. That said, its autofocus system is only decent, and it's bulky and heavy.
The Panasonic GH5 II is great for landscape photography. Its sensor has decent RAW noise handling capability at higher ISO levels, but it delivers amazing overall image quality when shooting in JPEG. It also has excellent dynamic range to bring out a wide array of details in landscape shots. It feels well-built and incredibly comfortable to use. However, it's heavy and bulky, so it's not the most convenient to take to remote shooting locations.
The Panasonic GH5 II is good for sport and wildlife photography. While its continuous shooting speed is just okay, it also offers 4k and 6k burst photo modes that can effectively capture images at 30 or 60 fps in 4k and 30 fps in 6k, so you can capture specific moments of high-speed action. That said, we haven't tested this feature. Image quality is excellent, and the camera feels incredibly comfortable to use. However, its autofocus system is only decent at tracking moving subjects.
The Panasonic GH5 II is okay for vlogging. It has a sturdy fully-articulated screen, so you can easily turn it to face you and monitor yourself while recording. It also has an excellent battery life and in-body image stabilization, which does a great job of reducing camera shake in FHD when walking at a moderate pace, and a decent job in 4k. Overall, the video quality is good, and it doesn't have a recording time limit. However, it's heavy and bulky, making it hard to carry around for long periods. Its autofocus system is also underwhelming.
The Panasonic GH5 II is a very good option for studio video. It delivers good overall video quality in 4k and has fantastic internal recording capability, with the ability to record 10-bit 4:2:0 4k footage at up to 60 fps. It also offers a ton of different video recording formats and file sizes. Its menu system is well laid out, and it has a full set of inputs and outputs to connect an auxiliary microphone, headphones, or an external HDMI recorder. That said, its autofocus system is only satisfactory, and its low light performance is a bit worse due to its smaller sensor.
The Panasonic GH5 II is a poor choice for action video. It's not designed to be mounted on a helmet or chest rig, and it's not waterproof, although we don't currently test for this. It does a good job of stabilizing video when shooting handheld, but it can't record at frame rates higher than 60 fps, so it's not well-suited to generating slow-motion footage of high-speed action. It's also on the bulkier side.
The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II comes in one color variant: 'Black'. You can purchase the camera body alone or in a bundle with the LUMIX Leica DG H-ES12060 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Vario-Elmarit ASPH Power O.I.S. lens.
If you come across another variant or your Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, so we can update the review.
You can see our unit's label here.
The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II and the Panasonic LUMIX GH5s are similar cameras and both are fantastic video options. The biggest difference between them is the sensor; the GH5 II has a 20.3 MP sensor while the GH5s has a multi-aspect 10.2 MP sensor that's optimized for low light. If you mainly shoot video, and you want better low-light performance, you can't go wrong with the GH5s. However, if you're more of a hybrid shooter, the GH5 II is a bit more well-rounded with built-in stabilization for handheld shooting and an improved autofocus system, along with anamorphic 6k video recording.
The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III are both great Micro Four Thirds cameras, but they're suited to different uses. The Panasonic offers more advanced video features, including more 4k frame rate options, more file format and codec options, and better internal recording capability. If you're more of a photographer or hybrid shooter, the Olympus is more well-rounded, with a high-resolution photo mode, faster burst shooting, and a slightly more reliable autofocus system.
The Sony α6600 and the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II use different-sized sensors and are suited to different uses. The Panasonic is a Micro Four Thirds camera with more frame rate options and better internal video recording capability than the Sony, so it's a good option for studio video or amateur filmmaking. That said, the Sony camera has a more effective autofocus system, a longer battery life, and delivers better image quality and low-light performance thanks to its larger APS-C sensor.
You can see the camera with its kit lens here and with the lens extended to its farthest point here. If you're looking for something a little more portable, consider the OM SYSTEM OM-1.
Note: In 'Creative Video Mode', the max ISO is 12800.
Note: Panasonic advertises that this camera's battery life goes up to approximately 410 photos when used with the Panasonic LUMIX G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 H-FS12060 lens. However, this isn't something we currently test for, and we haven't tested the camera with that lens.
Note: In addition to its regular continuous shooting modes, the GH5 II also offers '4k PHOTO' and '6k PHOTO' burst modes, which essentially record clips of video from which you can save high-quality stills. The '4k PHOTO' mode can capture bursts of either 30 fps or 60 fps, while '6k PHOTO' captures bursts of 30 fps.
If you want a Micro Four Thirds camera with a faster continuous shooting speed, check out the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III.
Note: ISO 100 is an extended minimum on this camera, so the luminance noise results for that setting may not be fully comparable with other cameras we've tested.
If you want a camera with better RAW noise handling at higher ISO settings, check out the Panasonic LUMIX GH5s.
Note: This camera can only shoot anamorphic 6k video (6K-A, 4992 x 3744) in a 4:3 aspect ratio rather than true 6k.
Note: This camera has a couple of useful settings called 'Sound Rec Gain Level' and 'Sound Rec Level Adj' to help you easily adjust microphone gain levels as you shoot.
Note: The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II has many recording format options and codecs, which are adjustable via the 'Rec Quality' tab in the 'Image Format' video menu. According to Panasonic, it can record using the following codecs for each format:
You can see all of the MP4 menu options here and here, and all of the MOV menu options here, here, and here.
Note: The bit rates for this camera vary depending on what recording format you shoot in. For instance, the max bit rate in MOV is 400 Mbps and the minimum bit rate is 95 Mbps. Chroma 4:2:2 is also only available in MOV format.
Note: The bit rates for this camera vary depending on what recording format you shoot in. For instance, the max bit rate in MOV is 200 Mbps, and the minimum bit rate is 92 Mbps. Chroma 4:2:2 is also only available in MOV format.
Note: You can see the rest of the inputs on the other side of the camera here. Also, this camera allows direct streaming to various platforms via Wi-Fi, though we don't currently test this feature.