The GH5 wasn’t quite ready for prime time back at Photokina 2016, but here at CES, it’s getting its official release announcement. It will be hitting store shelves in March.
In case you missed the announcement back in September, the GH5 aims to be a true hybrid camera, but now the spec sheet clearly leans towards video when it comes to advanced features. The headline upgrade is that the GH5 now shoots 4K video at up to 60 fps, or up to 30 fps if you need a super high-bitrate. It also doesn’t crop when shooting 4K, which makes things nice and consistent.
That performance comes from the new Venus Engine processor, which is coupled with a familiar 20.3-megapixel Live MOS, Micro Four-Thirds sensor. The sensor is also baked into the 5-axis image stabilization system.
The GH5 has dual UHS-II SD memory card slots and improved ruggedness across the board when compared with the GH4.
Panasonic is also already talking about future firmware updates that will add even more video recording options.
You can read the original announcement below, but we’re looking forward to trying out the new GH5 when it becomes available. This thing really does seem like a video powerhouse, so it will be very interesting to see if that extra processing power also translates to better image quality, especially in low-light. It will also be interesting to see if the updates to the Depth from Defocus AF system—which has a total of 225 selectable AF points—is a tangible improvement over the version that came before.
The GH5 comes with a retail price of $1,999, so it’s clearly aimed at a higher-end and professional shooter who might also be considering something in the full-frame Sony A7 line.