With the coming of the new year arrives another special time for gadget geeks the world over – the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), that special time of year when everyone’s favorite manufacturers gather to show off the latest and greatest products soon to hit store shelves.
In a move that surprised few but delighted many, Panasonic debuted its new Lumix GH5S, a camera focused on video, in an iterative release that improves upon the Lumix GH5 in terms of usability with added professional-grade functionality.
Largely keeping the now-classic design of the original Lumix GH5, the GH5S represents a leap frog in video capturing capabilities that should garner the attention of videographers and photographers alike.
Changes to the camera include the replacement of the 20.3-megapixel Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor from the Lumix GH5 with an all-new 10.28-megapixel sensor.
Cutting the megapixels in half has allowed Panasonic improve on the maximum ISO of 25,600 from the GH5 to an ISO ceiling of 51,200 in the GH5S.
For photography in low light, Panasonic included a Dual Native ISO Technology to the GH5S to reduce image noise with native ISOs of 400 and 2,500.
The original GH5 was a market first for mirrorless cameras in that it was capable of capturing 4K footage at 60/50p but the new GH5S is capable of 4K 60/50p recording in Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160).
Device dimensions and control layouts remain relatively unchanged between the two cameras. This should keep things easy for users looking to upgrade from their current Lumix GH5 camera to the new Panasonic Lumix GH5S.
If you're feeling the urge to get one you better get your checking account ready. Not cheap by any definition, the Panasonic Lumix GH5S will cost roughly $USD 2,497.99 for the camera body alone with an availability projected for the end of January 2018.
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