Panasonic Announces GH5 Mark II: Upgraded System, Streaming Made Easy
Panasonic has unveiled the all upgraded Lumix GH5M2 boasting various improvements both in the hardware and software, featuring a system that makes using it as a webcam efficiently possible. Introduced as the enhanced version of the GH5, launched in 2017, the camera offers better recording options that were not feasible to add to the earlier version through firmware updates.
Unable to add any more updates to the original version, the company thought it best to come up with a fresh optic with remarkable improvements and a comparatively less price.
The improvements included the addition of an anti-reflective coating to the Micro Four Thirds sensor which will provide better detailing in the images and minimize ghosting. The camera’s image processor has also been updates to the Venus engine. Along with that, the GH5M2 provides an image stabilization of 6.5 stops which is claimed to be the best in the lot. Additionally, the all new autofocus system is claimed to track heads, bodies and animals along with faces.
The video side of the camera has also seen many improvements which include recording in both Cinema 4K and Standard 4K at 60FPS at 4:2:0 10-bit internally as well as over HDMI. Along with this, the camera is capable of unlimited video recording in a variety of settings. The GH5M2 also boasts Variable Frame rate recording in C4k/4K at 60fps, FHD at 180fps and Anamorphic at 50fps.
The GH5M2 also has two Cinelike presets; The Cinelike D2 prioritizes dynamic range whereas Cinelike V2 gives priority to contrast. The L.ClassicNeo and the MonochromeS are also among the other additions. Along with that, the V-Log which used to be $100 update in the original version, is now included in the GH5M2. The camera offers a seamless workflow as it uses a different color science than GH5 and is more like the one seen in the S-Series.
Coming to the hardware enhancements, the camera now features a 1.84 million dot electronic View Finder(EVF) behind the LCD screen with a higher luminosity than before. Additionally, the EVF has been upgraded to support upto 120Hz. Being able to be driven with USB power is another plus that we get to see in the camera.
Among all the features, the most interesting one is that, in addition to the wired live streating, the camera is also capable of wireless live streaming using the Lumix Sync Application in the smart-phones. This can be done on any streaming platform like YouTube where the smart-phone links the 2 devices, thus eliminating any need for a computer card.
Panasonic has also announced that a firmware update releasing on 8 June 2021 will include, live view composite capability, RTP/RTSP wired IP streaming, Sound streaming over a PC connection and USB tethering to compatible smart-phones enabling hard-wired streaming distribution.
Panasonic will also release a targeted update for the Leica DG Lenses and the Lumix G to provide for Linear/ Non-Linear focusing while in use with the GH5 Mark II. These are:
- Linear: Focus to be shifted with a certain amount as per the rotational quantum of the focus ring. The sensitivity could be selected from the range 90 to 360 degrees by 30-degree for an intended focus operation.
- Non-Linear: Focus to be shifted with variable amount as per the rotation speed of the focus ring.
The GH 5 Mark II will be available for $1700 (only body) and $2300 with 12-60mm kit lens.
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