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Panasonic LUMIX GH5s Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.11
Reviewed Jun 16, 2022 at 10:40 am
Panasonic LUMIX GH5s Picture
7.7
Travel Photography
8.0
Landscape Photography
8.0
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.5
Vlogging
8.7
Studio Video
6.7
Action Video
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Body Type
SLR-Style
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
4/3 (MFT)

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s is the more video-centric version of the popular Panasonic LUMIX GH5, which was itself replaced with the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II in 2021. The GH5s has a nearly identical weather-sealed body as its sibling, but internally, it uses a lower-resolution 10.2 MP sensor with dual native ISO designed to optimize the camera's low-light performance. It brings back the multi-aspect sensor from older generations like the GH1 and GH2, meaning the sensor is slightly larger than the lens opening, letting you shoot at different aspect ratios without affecting the camera's angle of view. The other big difference is the lack of in-body image stabilization (IBIS), a curious choice that makes sense when you consider that this camera is aimed at professional videographers and filmmakers who tend to use external stabilization. These key changes to the sensor (along with 4k and Cinema 4k at up to 60p, 1080p slow-motion at up to 240 fps, and no recording time limits) make this mirrorless camera a videography powerhouse. 

Our Verdict

7.7 Travel Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s is good for travel photography. It isn't especially portable, but it has an excellent battery life and feels very comfortable to shoot with. Image quality is great straight out of the camera, and if you prefer to shoot RAW, it has excellent noise handling in low-light situations. It also has a very effective autofocus system for still photos, but it can sometimes lose track of faster-moving subjects.

Pros
  • Excellent battery life.
  • Great overall image quality.
  • Sturdy, weather-sealed body.
Cons
  • Not the most portable camera.
  • Autofocus isn't as reliable with faster subjects.
8.0 Landscape Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s is great for landscape photography. Its sensor is optimized for low-light performance, and it performs well for a Micro Four Thirds camera, with excellent RAW noise handling to give you some leeway to make exposure adjustments. Its usable dynamic range is also great, so it can capture a fairly broad range of highlight and shadow detail in high-contrast scenes. That said, the lower resolution of its sensor makes it harder to crop in on photos or make large prints without losing some quality.

Pros
  • Great overall image quality.
  • Impressive noise handling.
  • Sturdy, weather-sealed body.
Cons
  • Not the most portable camera.
  • Limited sensor resolution gives you less freedom to crop or print photos.
8.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s is great for sports and wildlife. It delivers high-quality photos straight out of the camera for more casual photography, and it does relatively well in low-light situations thanks to its sensor's excellent RAW noise handling. It has a quick max burst rate to capture sequential photos of moving subjects and a pretty large photo buffer. It also has two SD card slots so you can have a backup ready for long shooting days. That said, while its autofocus system supports human and animal eye detection, it relies on slower contrast-detection technology, which isn't the most consistent when trying to keep pace with faster-moving subjects.

Pros
  • Two SD card slots.
  • Great overall image quality.
  • Impressive noise handling.
  • Sturdy, weather-sealed body.
Cons
  • Not the most portable camera.
  • Autofocus isn't as reliable with faster subjects.
7.5 Vlogging

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s is okay for vlogging. It delivers impressive video quality and records 4k and 1080p video at up to 60p. There's also a 'Variable Frame Rate' mode that lets you capture slow-motion video at up to 240 fps in 1080p. The camera has a fully articulated screen, so you can monitor yourself while recording. It also has fantastic internal recording capability, although the plethora of recording formats and video options is overkill for vlogging. While it lacks in-body image stabilization, it has an e-stabilization feature and does a passable job of reducing camera jitter when shooting handheld with an optically stabilized lens. Unfortunately, it isn't the most portable camera for vlogging.

Pros
  • No recording time limit.
  • Impressive video quality.
  • Fully articulated touchscreen.
Cons
  • Not the most portable camera.
  • Mediocre autofocus in video.
  • No IBIS.
8.7 Studio Video

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s is excellent for studio video. It records both 4k and Cinema 4k at up to 60p. It can also record 10-bit 4:2:2 video internally at frame rates up to 30p, allowing you to take full advantage of the sensor's dynamic range. The camera supports a wide range of recording formats and bit rate options, allowing you to capture high-quality video files. Video quality is impressive, and the camera doesn't impose a recording time limit and doesn't overheat during long shooting sessions. It has a fully articulated screen as well as a full set of inputs and outputs, including a full-sized HDMI port, headphone jack, and microphone input to connect videography peripherals like an auxiliary mic or an external recorder. That said, its video autofocus lags behind some competitors.

Pros
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording up to 30p.
  • No recording time limit.
  • 4k and C4k up to 60 fps.
  • Impressive video quality.
Cons
  • Not the most portable camera.
  • Mediocre autofocus in video.
6.7 Action Video

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s isn't meant for action video. It's bulky and isn't designed to be mounted on a helmet or chest rig. It also lacks waterproofing, though it is weather-sealed for light resistance against elements like rain and humidity. Unfortunately, it doesn't do the best job smoothing out camera shake from running or walking since it lacks IBIS. It's also limited to 60 fps in 4k, though it can record slow-motion FHD video at up to 240 fps.

Pros
  • No recording time limit.
  • Impressive video quality.
  • Slow-motion recording up to 240 fps in 1080p.
Cons
  • Not the most portable camera.
  • Not fully waterproof.
  • Limited high-speed frame rates in 4k.
  • 7.7 Travel Photography
  • 8.0 Landscape Photography
  • 8.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.5 Vlogging
  • 8.7 Studio Video
  • 6.7 Action Video
  1. Updated Nov 21, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.11.
  2. Updated Sep 16, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.10.
  3. Updated Aug 08, 2022: As a result of Test Bench 0.9, we've updated the 'Photo RAW Dynamic Range' box and adjusted scores accordingly.
  4. Updated Aug 05, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.9.
  5. Updated Jun 16, 2022: Review published.
  6. Updated May 24, 2022: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s comes in one color variant: 'Black'. We tested it with the Leica DG H-ES12060 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 OIS lens, which you can buy in a bundle with the camera body. You can also buy the camera without a lens.

Let us know if you come across another variant, and we'll update the review. 

You can see our unit's label here

Compared To Other Cameras

The Panasonic GH5s is similar overall to the Panasonic GH5 and its successor, the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II, though the GH5s is more specifically geared towards film and video work. With excellent internal recording capability and a wide range of video resolutions, bit rates, recording formats, and frame rate options, it's a video beast. On top of that, its sensor is designed to optimize low-light performance, with a lower megapixel count and dual-gain ISO to improve light-gathering and minimize noise. Curiously, it doesn't have any built-in stabilization, which can be a benefit for those who prefer to have more external control over stabilization but also gives it worse handheld stabilization than the original GH5.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 4k cameras, the best cameras for filmmaking, and the best mirrorless cameras.

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II

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.

Sony α7 III

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s and the Sony α7 III have different strengths and weaknesses. The Panasonic is a better option for videography and filmmaking since it can record 10-bit video internally, offers more 4k frame rate options, and higher bit rates. While the Sony is no slouch in the video department, it's aimed more at photographers. Its full-frame sensor gives you a wider dynamic range and better low-light performance. It also has a much more reliable autofocus system.

Panasonic LUMIX DC-S5

The Panasonic LUMIX DC-S5 and the Panasonic LUMIX GH5s use different sensor sizes and they're aimed at different kinds of shooters. The S5 is a full-frame hybrid camera that's a better fit for those primarily interested in photography. Its larger sensor is more suited to low light and provides better bokeh. It also has IBIS for more stable handheld shooting and an improved autofocus system. However, the GH5s has a bit more to offer for filmmakers, including anamorphic 4k and Cinema 4k up to 60p and All-Intra video compression. 

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
3.6
Design
Portability
Height
3.9" (9.8 cm)
Width
5.8" (14.8 cm)
Depth
3.8" (9.6 cm)
Volume
84.9 in³ (1,392.0 cm³)
Weight
1.46 lbs (0.66 kg)

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s isn't especially portable. It's about the same size as the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II, though it's slightly lighter since it doesn't have an IBIS system.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Panasonic GH5s feels very well-built. Its body is made of magnesium alloy, and it's advertised to be splash-, dust-, and freezeproof down to -14C/14F. The buttons feel sturdy, offer good physical feedback, and the dials turn without slack. However, some of the inputs, like the back control wheel and the joystick feel less premium compared to those of the Panasonic LUMIX DC-S5.

Design
Body
Body Type
SLR-Style
Water Resistance
Weather-Sealed
Mirrorless
Yes
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
3
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
Micro Four Thirds
Built-In Flash
No

The Panasonic GH5s has a few command dials, including a top dial near the shutter button, a rear dial near the thumb rest, and a control wheel on the back around the 'Menu/Set' button. By default, in Manual mode, the top dial controls aperture, the rear dial controls shutter speed, and the back wheel controls ISO. However, you can also customize these and the five Fn buttons to suit your preferences.

The camera also has a dedicated drive mode dial, making it easy to switch from single shooting to continuous shooting or '4k PHOTO' mode. The main mode dial also includes a locking function, which is handy when shooting a video, for example, and you don't want to accidentally switch modes. The dedicated movie 'REC' button is also catered towards video shooters, making it very easy to start recording at any moment without having to switch modes.

Design
In The Box

  • Panasonic LUMIX GH5s camera body
  • Leica DG H-ES12060 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Vario-Elmarit ASPH Power O.I.S. lens
  • Lens cap
  • Rear lens cap
  • Sensor cap
  • Lens hood
  • Hot shoe cover
  • Shoulder strap
  • 1x Panasonic DMW-BLF19PP battery
  • Battery dock charger
  • AC adapter
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • USB-A to Micro-USB cable
  • BNC converter cable
  • Cable holder
  • Owner's manual

9.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

The Panasonic GH5s is incredibly comfortable to shoot with. It has a large, molded handgrip that feels comfortable to hold. The textured rubber around the handgrip also feels sufficiently grippy. It's easy to change settings with your eye to the viewfinder thanks to the camera's extensive selection of buttons and dials, which are all well-placed within reach of your thumb or index finger.

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
3.68 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.76

The Panasonic GH5s has a high-resolution EVF that gives you a clear, sharp view of your subjects. The large rubber eyecup feels fairly soft and comfortable to use.

9.2
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully-Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
655 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.62 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes

The Panasonic GH5s has a fully articulated touchscreen that makes it easier to monitor the screen when mounted on a tripod. It has a high resolution, and you can use the touch functionality to select focus points, as a touch shutter, or to navigate the menu and adjust settings.

9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
LUMIX Sync

The menu system on the Panasonic GH5s is excellent. The interface is well laid-out, and you can navigate it using the touchscreen, buttons, or the joystick. More advanced settings are a little harder to find, but there are a ton of customization options, and there's also a quick menu that lets you adjust frequently-used settings on the fly.

not tested
Design
Built-In Lens
Maximum Aperture
No built-in lens
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Minimum Focal Length
N/A
Maximum Focal Length
N/A
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Optical Image Stabilization
No
Luminance
N/A
Light Falloff
N/A
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
MOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
10.2 MP
Sensor Size
4/3 (MFT)
Processor
Venus Engine
Extended ISO Minimum
80
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
160
Native ISO Maximum
51,200
Tested Firmware
Ver. 2.4
8.7
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Panasonic DMW-BLF19PP
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
440 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
125 min

The Panasonic GH5s has excellent battery life. It has a 440-shot CIPA rating when shooting through Live View on the screen, but that drops to 410 shots when using the EVF. Panasonic also reports that you can get up to 1300 CIPA-standard shots if you enable 'Power Save LVF Shooting'. All that to say, your mileage will vary based on camera settings and how you use the camera. It's also worth noting that CIPA ratings are just a rule of thumb that is most useful in comparing different cameras. The GH5s has a higher rating than many other mirrorless cameras, though it still falls short of the gold standard of DSLRs. Video battery life is excellent, though, letting you record continuously for long periods without any overheating issues.

Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
RW2
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
60 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/8,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s also has a few specialized drive modes, including a 'Stop Motion Animation' time-lapse mode, which shoots multiple frames and combines them to create a stop-motion sequence.

7.4
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
2 fps
High Speed Continuous
11 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
11 fps
Raw Buffer Size
94 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
15 s

The Panasonic GH5s performs well for continuous shooting. It can shoot at a quick burst rate in its high-speed drive mode, allowing you to capture moments of fast action. In addition to low and high, it also has a mid-speed drive mode that can capture stills at 8 fps if you don't need as much speed and don't want to fill up your card with unnecessary frames. It has a very large photo buffer for JPEG files, so you're unlikely to ever fill it up completely when using a UHS-II card. If you're shooting in RAW, the buffer does fill up after about 94 photos, which is still quite large for RAW files. However, it takes fairly long for the buffer to empty once full, which can interrupt your shooting.

7.4
Photo General
Photo AF-C Tracking
Autofocus Tracking Shots
Perfect Focus Hit Rate
61%
Usable Focus Hit Rate
77%
9.2
Photo General
Photo AF-C Center Point
Autofocus Center Point Shots
Perfect Focus Hit Rate
90%
Usable Focus Hit Rate
99%
8.3
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/8 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No

Unlike the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 or the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II, the Panasonic GH5s doesn't have in-body sensor-shift stabilization (IBIS). Despite lacking IBIS, you can still get a stabilized image if you use an optically stabilized lens. With the Leica DG 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 OIS kit lens attached, the camera does an impressive job of stabilizing handheld photos, so you can get clear shots at very slow shutter speeds.

Photo Image Quality
8.2
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
10.4 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/500s Exposure Time
9.0 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/2000s Exposure Time
7.5 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/4000s Exposure Time
7.1 f-stops

The Panasonic GH5s has great usable dynamic range. It retains a lot of shadow detail in high-contrast scenes like our skate park sample gallery image, which you can download here, although it tends to blow out highlights quite a bit. You have some leeway to recover shadow detail in underexposed photos, but pushing photos too far results in a lot of visual noise and horizontal banding.

5.3
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Sharpness
Vertical Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,152 LW/PH
Horizontal Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,151 LW/PH

You can get very sharp photos out of the Panasonic GH5s when paired with a high-quality lens. That said, perceived sharpness depends on a lot of factors, including the quality of the lens, the resolution of the camera's sensor, andany post-processing applied to the image. The GH5s's lower-resolution sensor can't capture as much fine detail as higher-resolution counterparts like the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II; that said, overall image sharpness is still good, and it performs well at the pixel level, which is most apparent when you crop or magnify the image.

Note that the pinkish hue of the photos is because the auto white balance behaves differently on this camera than either the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II or the Panasonic LUMIX DC-S5. For other tests, like autofocus, we ended up using a custom white balance setting.

9.2
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
41.1 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
40.77 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
39.31 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
37.4 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
34.73 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
32.23 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
29.31 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
26.34 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
23.49 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
20.63 dB

The Panasonic GH5s has fantastic RAW noise handling. It outperforms the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II at higher ISO settings thanks to its lower-resolution sensor, which gathers more light at the level of individual pixels and results in less noise. It's also helped by dual native ISO, which allows the sensor to achieve cleaner images at higher ISOs. This also gives you a bit more latitude to recover details without sacrificing as much quality.

8.9
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.12 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
37.27 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
36.89 dB

In-camera JPEG processing is excellent for those who just want to take JPEGs straight from the camera. You can get fairly clean images at moderate ISO settings, though noise starts to become more apparent at higher ISO settings.

Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 Download
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
4:2:2
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
10 bits
Log Picture Profile
Yes
Recording Light
No

While the Panasonic GH5s can't record anamorphic 6k video like the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II, it can record UHD 4k as well as DCI or Cinema 4k (4096 x 2160), and it has an anamorphic 4k mode to get video with a cinematic aspect ratio. It can also output 10-bit 4:2:2 video over HDMI, so you can capture video with greater color information when shooting with an external recorder.

Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
Yes
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
Yes
4k Video
9.5
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
Yes
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1 x

The Panasonic GH5s can record both UHD 4k and Cinematic 4k at up to 60p, improving on the original GH5, which was limited to 24p in DCI 4k. This is great if you want to incorporate slow-motion shots into your video.

10
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
400 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
95 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:2
Bit Depth In 4k
10 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
N/A
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0

The Panasonic GH5s has fantastic internal recording capability in 4k. When shooting in MOV in either 4k or C4k, you can get bit rates of up to 400 Mbps when using All-I compression. When using the max bit rate settings, the camera records in 10-bit 4:2:2, capturing more color information and giving you more leeway in post. However, when recording at 60 fps, or at the minimum bit rate setting, it's limited to 8-bit 4:2:0. You get similar bit rates in MP4 (LPCM), but when recording in MP4 (AAC) format, the camera maxes out at 95 Mbps and is limited to 8-bit 4:2:0.

Overall, the camera offers a ton of recording formats and bit rates to suit whatever you need, whether you want to record higher-quality video files or smaller files for when processing and upload speed are more of a priority.

6.2
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
5.5
Face Tracking In 4k
5.5
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes

Autofocus performance is passable when recording 4k video. While Panasonic's DFD autofocus works well in photography, it isn't quite fast enough for video and leads to noticeable pulsing in the background even after the camera finds its target. The camera supports face and eye detection in video, but it struggles to track moving subjects consistently, often losing faster or more erratic subjects.

8.3
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
8.5
Test Scene Extract In 4k
8.0

The Panasonic GH5s delivers impressive video quality in UHD 4k. Videos look sharp and detailed, and it does an excellent job in low light, retaining a lot of shadow detail without introducing too much visual noise.

Video quality is also great in C4k, which you can see in the video extract here and in the low light sample here.

7.1
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
3.7°

There isn't too much rolling shutter effect in 4k. It can be noticeable when panning or moving the camera at faster speeds, but otherwise, it isn't too distracting.

Full HD Video
10
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
Yes, with a Crop
120 fps In FHD
Yes
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1.35 x

As with 4k, the Panasonic LUMIX GH5s can record at up to 60 fps in 1080p, but you can also use its 'Variable Frame Rate' (VFR) mode to capture slow-motion footage at up to 240 fps. However, this mode is only available in MOV, MP4 (LPCM), and AVCHD formats in 8-bit at 100 Mbps.

10
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
200 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
90 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:2
Bit Depth In FHD
10 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
N/A

The Panasonic GH5s has fantastic internal recording capability in 1080p. When using MOV format, you can record in 10-bit 4:2:2 color at up to 200 Mbps, letting you capture high-quality video files with more color information and giving you more freedom in post-processing. There's no recording time limit, either, which is great for shooting longer takes.

6.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
5.5
Face Tracking In FHD
5.5
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes

Autofocus performance is similarly mediocre in 1080p. It sometimes struggles to keep pace with faster-moving subjects, and there's the same distracting pulsing when it's trying to find its target.

8.3
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
8.5
Test Scene Extract In FHD
8.0

1080p video quality is great overall. The camera does well in controlled lighting, with pleasing colors and relatively sharp, detailed footage. It's impressive in low light as well, with minimal noise and a lot of detail retained in shadows.

7.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
3.7°

There's some rolling shutter effect when shooting in 1080p, but it's mostly noticeable when the camera is panning very quickly. It isn't very distracting for footage with slower camera movements.

Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-II
Card 2 Slot
SD Card UHS-I

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s has two SD card slots, which is great if you need to keep a running backup for long shooting days. However, only Slot 1 is rated for faster UHS-II cards.

10
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Full Size (Type A)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

The Panasonic GH5s has a full set of inputs and outputs, including a full-sized HDMI port, so you don't need to use an adapter. It has both a microphone input and headphone jack, and they're all fairly well-placed on the side of the camera, though some cables could be in the way if you unfold the fully articulated screen.

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