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Panasonic Introduces GH5 II Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

25 May 2021

Panasonic has introduced the Lumix GH5 II (or GH5M2) with C4K/4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit video recording and simultaneous output of 4:2:2 10-bit over HDMI during 4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit internal recording. With the pre-installed V-Log L, it is easy to match the color tone with the footage recorded in V-Log of S1H/S1 and V-Log L of GH5/GH5S, the company said.

The 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor with Anti-Reflective coating captures the maximum performance of the kit lens. The image processor has also been updated with the latest Venus Engine.

The company added ah future firmware update, scheduled by the end of 2021, would add three new features including Live View composite, USB tethering and wired IP streaming.


Highlights of the new camera include:

  • 20.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor with AR coating
  • DCI/UHD 4K 60p video, 10-bit internal
  • Pre-installed V-Log L
  • No crop 4K video
  • 6.5-stop 5-axis dual I.S. 2
  • 0.76x 3.68m-dot OLED viewfinder
  • 3.0-inch 1.84m-dot articulated touchscreen
  • 225-Area DFD autofocus with Advanced Subject Detect
  • Livestream video via WiFi
  • 6K and 4K Photo modes
  • 12-60mm f2.8-4 ASPH. Power O.I.S. kit lens


Specifications for the GH5 II include:

Sensor 20.3-megapixel MOS sensor
Aspect Ratios: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Bit Depth 14-bit
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
File Formats Raw, JPEG
V90 or faster recommended
Dual slots
Viewfinder 3,680,000-dot OLED
100 percent coverage
21mm eye point 76x magnification
-4 to +3 diopter adjustment
Monitor 3.0-inch, 1,840,000-dot articulated touchscreen LCD
Shutter Electronic Shutter:
- 1/16000 to 60 second
- 1 to 60 Seconds in Bulb mode
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter:
- 1/2000 to 60 Seconds
- 1 to 30 Minutes in Bulb mMode
Frame Rate Up to 12 fps at 20.3-Mp
Up to 30 fps at 18-Mp
Up to 60 fps at 8-Mp
ISO Auto, 200 to 25,600
Extended: 100 to 25,600
Autofocus Yes
Live View Yes
Image Stabilization 5-axis sensor-shift stabilization
Flash No built-in flash
TTL, Hot shoe, PC Terminal
Maximum Sync Speed: 1/250 second
Movie DCI 4K at 24.00p/25p/29.97p
DCI 4K at 50p/59.94p
DCI 4K at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p
DCI 4K at 50p/59.94p
DCI 4K at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p
UHD 4K at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p
UHD 4K at 50p/59.94p
UHD 4K at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p
UHD 4K 50p/59.94p
UHD 4K at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p
6K Anamorphic at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p
4K Anamorphic 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p
4K Anamorphic at 50p
4K Anamorphic at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p
4K Anamorphic at 50p/59.94p
4K Anamorphic 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p
Full HD at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
Full HD at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p
UHD 4K at 50p/59.94p
UHD 4K at 23.976p/25p/29.97p Full HD at 25p/29.97p
Full HD 23.976p
Unlimited recording
Live streaming, Webcam functionality
Connectivity WiFi, Bluetooth
USB Type-C (USB 3.1), HDMI A (Full Size), 2.5mm Sub-Mini
3.5mm headphone, 3.5mm microphone jacks
Power DMW-BLK22 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
7.2 VDC, 2200 mAh
400 shots
Dimensions 5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4 inches
Weight 1.6 lbs.

Mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal Length 12 to 60mm (24 to 120mm 35mm equivalent)
Aperture Maximum Aperture: f2.9 to f4
Minimum Aperture: f22
Angle of View 84° to 20°
Minimum Focus 7.97 inches
Magnification 0.3x
Optical Design 14 elements in 12 groups
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread 62mm
Dimensions 2.69 x 3.39 inches
Weight 11.29 oz.


Panasonic said the GH5 II would be available at the end of June. The body-only version will be $1,698 while the body with a Leica 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 Lens will be $2,298. Adorama and B&H are both now accepting pre-orders.

For more information see the news release below.

Panasonic Encourages Videographers to Create and Achieve More with the GH5M2, the Ultimate Hybrid Mirrorless Camera Evolved from the GH5

The Lumix GH5M2 features 4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit video recording and wireless live streaming capability

NEWARK, N.J. -- Designed with video creators in mind, Panasonic is proud to introduce its newest digital mirrorless camera, the Lumix GH5M2, featuring outstanding video performance for all film creators. The next high-performance product in the evolution of the GH5, the Lumix GH5M2 achieves C4K/4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit video recording and simultaneous output of 4:2:2 10-bit over HDMI during 4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit internal recording. With the pre-installed V-Log L, it is easy to match the color tone with the footage recorded in V-Log of S1H/S1 and V-Log L of GH5/GH5S.

The 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor with Anti-Reflective (A.R.) coating clearly captures details and drives the maximum performance of the lens. The image processor is also updated from that of the GH5 by adopting the latest Venus Engine that boasts high speed and performance.

Building on the exceptional performance and legacy of the GH5, the GH5M2 puts more creative power in the hands of filmmakers and videographers, equipping them with high quality video, high basic performance to meet various production sites, wire-optional live streaming, the high Lumix standard of reliability and wide expandability.

1. Incredibly high video quality such that it can be used unedited as well as processed with advanced editing

The Lumix GH5M2 is capable of unlimited video recording in various settings, reflective of the Lumix GH Series' notoriously outstanding video performance for professional videography. In addition, the GH5M2 can record C4K/4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit, as well as produce simultaneous output of 4:2:2 10-bit over HDMI during 4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit internal recording. Because it realizes a crop factor of 1.0x in 4K 60p by using the whole area of the sensor, the user can record video in the original viewing angle of the lens.

A V-Log L is pre-installed in the camera to deliver a high dynamic range and broad colors, eliminating the need to purchase a Software Upgrade Key separately. V-Log L renders a very flat image while maintaining the entire range of color information within the image, resulting in a greater level of play when the images are put through post-production processes. V-Log L has log curve characteristics similar to negative film. Users can download 35 conversion LUTs for VariCam cinema cameras for free for use in the Lumix GH5M2. Color tone is easily matched with the footage recorded in V-Log of S1H/S1 and V-Log L of GH5/GH5S. Practical tools like a Waveform Monitor and V-Log L View Assist are also available.

Following the S1H, the video flagship camera of the S Series, the Lumix GH5M2 provides two types of Cinelike gamma presets in the Photo Style. With these modes, impressive looks with warm skin tones or delicate nuances of light and shadow can be reproduced even without color grading over V-Log footage. The Cinelike D2 gives priority to dynamic range and the Cinelike V2 prioritizes contrast. MonochromeS and L.ClassicNeo have also been added. All these modes can be used for Anamorphic video recording.

For Variable Frame Rate recording, C4K/4K 60fps, Anamorphic 50fps and FHD180fps are available. AF can be set before starting VFR recording.

2. High basic performance to meet various production sites

The 20.3-Mp Digital Live MOS Sensor captures all the details delivered through the attached lens. Further, an AR coating on the sensor minimizes ghosts and flaring even in backlighting. Updated with the latest Venus Engine, the GH5M2 enables high-load 4K60p 4:2:0 10-bit internal recording and simultaneous 4:2:2 HDMI output.

The Lumix GH5M2 features high-speed and high-precision AF, as well as incorporates an advanced deep learning technology that detects specific subjects such as humans and animals. When a human is the subject, in addition to detecting the eye, face and body, the head is also separately recognized by real-time detection technology, which results in even more precise focusing. It detects eyes and face at a 2x faster recognition cycle speed than the GH5 and are detectable even if they appear in approximately half the size of those the GH5 can capture. The camera keeps tracking the subject person even if he/she moves quickly, turns his/her back to the camera, tilts his/her head or moves far away from the camera. In addition, improvements to the DFD technology has enhanced AFC, which also enables users to keep tracking small or fast-moving subjects to capture them in crisp focus when the shutter is released.

The GH5M2 Body Image Stabilizer (I.S.) is further advanced to achieve stable handheld shooting and making it possible to use a 6.5-stop slower shutter speed. Adopting the latest algorithm developed for the S1H, the GH5M2 produces smooth, stabilized video even while in motion or in panning. Notably, movement with a characteristically low frequency is suppressed more effectively to use slower shutter speed. Simulating actual usage conditions, this advancement can be felt in practical use.

For convenient, accurate viewing and shooting, the GH5M2 features a 3.0-inch free-angle LCD in 3:2 aspect with 1,840K-dot high resolution and touch control. It features higher luminosity than that of the GH5 and superior color reproduction to assure high visibility in outdoors. Composition during recording in various popular aspect ratios such as 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5, 5:4 and 9:16 can be checked with the Frame Marker function. The REC Frame Indicator identifies whether the camera is recording or not.

3. Wired/wireless unlimited live streaming supported by USB PD capability for both indoor and outdoor use

In addition to wired live streaming, the Lumix GH5M2 is capable of wireless live streaming using the Lumix Sync application for smartphones. High quality live streaming is possible with minimum equipment-- only the camera and a smartphone are required and can perform in either an outdoor or indoor environment. Complying with H.264 in RTMP/RTMPS protocol, maximum FHD/60p 16Mbps is supported. For wired live streaming, Panasonic's dedicated software program, Lumix Webcam Software, is available to download. A forthcoming firmware update will also allow the GH5M2 to support wired IP streaming (RTP/RTSP).

4. Reliability as a tool for professionals

Built to withstand heavy field use, the Lumix GH5M2 is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front / rear frame and is not only splash resistant and dust resistant, but also freeze resistant down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The shutter unit is also durable for approx. 200,000 cycles.

For outdoor use case, the new battery boasts 2200mAh high capacity. The camera's battery can be recharged either via AC or USB according to the users' convenience. It also complies with USB PD (Power Delivery).

The Lumix GH5 is equipped with a double SD Memory Card slot compatible with high-speed, high capacity UHS-II for Relay Recording, Backup Recording or Allocation Recording.

5. Wide expandability inherited from the GH5

Bluetooth 4.2 and WiFi 5GHz (IEEE802.11ac) / 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n)

The Lumix GH5M2 integrates Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Once the camera is connected to a smartphone or tablet installed with Panasonic's dedicated application software, Lumix Sync for iOS / Android, users can shoot, browse and share images remotely. Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption. Furthermore, the settings of a Lumix GH5M2 camera can also be copied and applied to other GH5M2 cameras when using multiple GH5M2 cameras either by using the Lumix Sync wirelessly or by using the SD card.

For the WiFi, 5GHz (IEEE802.11ac) is effective in addition to the conventional 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n. This provides even, secure and stable connection not only with a smartphone/tablet but also with other devices on location for smooth remote control. Transmission speed of photo/video data is also increased up by using the 5GHz-band.

XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1 (Common to the GH5)

The Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1 is a plug-in type adaptor for an XLR microphone to record high-quality stereo sound. It enables 4K video recording with high res 96kHz/24bit sound. It is ideal for lip-sync recording. Dedicated switches allow direct, quick control. MIC, LINE and Condenser are switchable.

  • Shutter Remote Control (Common to the GH5). The Shutter Remote Control DMW-RS2 minimizes unwanted motion makes it easy to shoot bursts or hold the shutter open for extended periods of time. A Start/Stop button is also provided for videography.
  • Battery Grip DMW-BGGH5 (Common to the GH5). The Lumix GH5M2 is compatible with the Battery Grip DMW-BGGH5. By using two batteries, one in the camera and the other in the grip, the DMW-BGGH5 extends the battery life for longer shooting time. It also makes handling more comfortable even in vertical angle shooting. It also provides intuitive operation with a joystick. It perfectly matches the camera, boasting a rugged, splash-resistant, dust-resistant and freeze-resistant design.
  • Tripod Grip DMW-SHGR1 (Common to the GH5). A Tripod Grip DMW-SHGR1 can also be used for Lumix GH5M2, making it easier to hold the camera when shooting self-shot video while walking, etc. It also works as a compact tripod for table shot. Connecting with the camera via USB, it is possible to start/stop video recording, release the shutter and enable/disable Sleep mode.
  • PC Software "Lumix Tether" (Common to the GH5). With this software, users can control the camera by connecting it to a PC via USB. It lets users view the image on a large PC screen while shooting, which is helpful in commercial photoshoots of portraits, products and more, where continuous confirmation is required. Users can use [6K PHOTO] [4K PHOTO] and start and stop video recording with the tethered shooting. It is also possible to choose the folder to save the image files in the PC.

6. Future firmware update

The Lumix GH5M2 further evolves with future firmware update scheduled by the end of 2021. The new firmware program includes following items.

  • Live View Composite
  • USB Tethering(4-GB/5-GB Smartphone Link) Compatible Streaming Distribution: More stable connection with smartphone will be available
  • RTP/RTSP wired IP streaming: By connecting the camera to the PC via wired LAN, High quality image with sound can be stably streamed to the social streaming platform.

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