Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II

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    Highlights

    • 20.33 MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
    • No Optical Low-pass Filter
    • 200 - 25,600 Native ISO
    • 225 Focus Points
    • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
    • 3.0" 1,840k dot Fully Articulated Screen
    • 3,680k dot Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder
    • 12.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 4992 x 3744 Video Shooting
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II was announced in 2021 and is a Micro Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) Mirrorless camera with 20.33 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 200 to 25,600 and expands to 100 - 25,600 in boosted mode. The camera has a Fully Articulated 3.0" screen with 1,840k dot resolution and built-in Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 3,680k dot resolution. It has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in body image stabilization.

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II can capture video up to 4992 x 3744 resolution with no recording time limit.


    Here is the Panasonic -GHx series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Panasonic -GHx series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Panasonic GH6 February
    2022
    25.2 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    100 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,840k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic GH5 II July
    2021
    20.33 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,840k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic GH5S January
    2018
    10.28 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    160 - 51,200 Articulated 3.2"
    1,620k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic GH5 January
    2017
    20.3 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.2"
    1,620k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic GH4 February
    2014
    16.05 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 25,600 Articulated 3.0"
    1,036k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic GH3 September
    2012
    16.05 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    200 - 12,800 Articulated 3.0"
    614k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic GH2 March
    2011
    16 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    160 - 12,800 Articulated 3.0"
    460k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Panasonic GH1 July
    2009
    12 MP
    Micro Four Thirds
    100 - 1,600 Articulated 3.0"
    460k dot

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6 vs Lumix DC-GH5 II vs Lumix DC-GH5S vs Lumix DC-GH5 vs Lumix DMC-GH4 vs Lumix DMC-GH3.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   225 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High Video Resolution - 4992 x 3744
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Unlimited Video Recording
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   USB Charging
    •   2 Storage Slots

    CONS

    •   Small Sensor
    •   200 Lowest Native ISO
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Short Battery Life - 400 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   Sensor Resolution - 20.33 Megapixel
    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   -4 EV Min AF Detection
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,680k dot
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 12.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   DxO Overall Score - 79
    •   Weight - 727 g (1.60 lb / 25.64 oz)

    Predecessor

    Here we are comparing Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II to its predecessor Lumix DC-GH5 and displaying the major changes.

    UPGRADES Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II vs Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
    Cheaper $1699 (body only), $2299 (w/12-60mm lens) vs $1999 (body only)
    Animal Eye Detection vs
    Higher Resolution Screen 1,840k dot vs 1,620k dot
    Higher DxO Low Light ISO 1136 vs 807
    Higher DxO Dynamic Range 13.1 vs 13.0
    Higher DxO Overall Score 79 vs 77
    Higher Video Resolution 4992 x 3744 vs 3840 x 2160
    DOWNGRADES Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II vs Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
    Smaller Screen 3.0" vs 3.2"
    Lower DxO Color Depth 23.7 vs 23.9
    Heavier 727 g (1.60 lb / 25.64 oz) vs 725 g (1.60 lb / 25.57 oz)
    Shorter Battery Life 400 shots vs 410 shots

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II vs Lumix DC-GH5.

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Fully Articulated Touchscreen

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II has a 3.0" Fully Articulated touchscreen with 1,840k dot resolution. Fully articulated screen makes this camera selfie and vlogger friendly and generally very useful for video shooting.

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    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II with Fully Articulated screen


    Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 3,680k dot resolution. It has a 100% coverage and 1.52x (0.76x 35mm equivalent) magnification.

    Sensor

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II features a 20.33 megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with dimensions of 17.3 x 13 mm and a total area of 224.9 mm2. Its native ISO range is 200 - 25,600 and expands to 100 - 25,600 in boosted mode.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II's Micro Four Thirds sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.3 x 13 mm224.9 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with Venus Engine processor and can take pictures up to 5184 x 3888 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II has Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Due to Micro Four Thirds sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 2x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length times 2.


    No Low-Pass Filter

    There is no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), also known as an anti-aliasing filter, in front of the sensor. This results in a slightly sharper image but may also introduce moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts when photographing subjects with fine, repetitive patterns or details.


    In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in-body image stabilization (IBIS) with 6.5 stops of compensation. This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when camera is paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

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    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac/b/g/n, 2.4/5 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth (version 4.2 LE) which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II has a USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) Type-C input for data transfer and battery charging. There is a Full Size HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II comes with DMW-BLK22 battery pack with battery life of 400 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) [V90 or Faster Recommended] card slots.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II has Electronic shutter and Mechanical Focal Plane shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/16000 sec with electronic shutter and up to 1/8000 sec with mechanical shutter. Camera can shoot continuously up to 12.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II has 225 focusing points and from -4 to +18 EV detection range. Touch-to-Focus allows users to select a specific point on the screen where they want the camera to focus. This feature can be helpful for achieving precise focus in both photo and video recording. There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces and additional eye detection further locks the focus on one of the eyes and tracks it down during the motion.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from 0 to +18 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure lock, exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe or PC Terminal. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV with 1/3 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II has dimensions of 139 x 98 x 87 mm (5.47 x 3.86 x 3.43"). It weighs 727 g (1.60 lb / 25.64 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    139 mm (5.47")

    98 mm (3.86")

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    87 mm (3.43")

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    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II dimensions

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    GOOD
    82

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II gets a score of 82 and is GOOD choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    78

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II gets a score of 78 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   225 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,680k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 12.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 400 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    78

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II gets a score of 78 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   225 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,680k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 12.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 400 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   225 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    88

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II gets a score of 88 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   225 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 727 g (1.60 lb / 25.64 oz)

    Travel Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Travel photography.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 4992 x 3744
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 727 g (1.60 lb / 25.64 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 400 shots

    Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II Evaluation

    We evaluate Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II and give score of 82 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    82

    Sensor

    AVERAGE
    67

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II a score of 67 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Sensor Resolution - 20.33 Megapixel
    •   200 Lowest Native ISO
    •   25,600 Highest Native ISO
    •   DxO Overall Score - 79

    Photo

    GOOD
    79

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II a score of 79 for Photo parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 12.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Video

    EXCELLENT
    92

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II a score of 92 for Video parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 4992 x 3744
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Unlimited Video Recording

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    86

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II a score of 86 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -4 EV Min AF Detection
    •   225 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    87

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II a score of 87 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,840k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 3,680k dot

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    96

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II a score of 96 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    72

    We give Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II a score of 72 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 727 g (1.60 lb / 25.64 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 400 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots


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