It’s been three years since the Gh5 was released but here’s why I think it is still worth it in 2020. Some of them might even surprise you.
With the amount that camera companies have been able to pack amazing technology into smaller sized cameras. It makes it super easy to want to chase after the newest feature for your camera company of choice.
A Great Camera For Even a Better Price
When the Gh5 was released in March of 2017 the price of the body was $2,000💵. Much cheaper considering the price for it’s full-frame sibling Panasonic’s S1H body currently retails for a little over $4000 😬 once all things are said and done.
Currently you can get the Gh5 body for under $1300 depending on where you purchase it. For $2000 you can usually find someone selling a pretty amazing kit of lenses and body and sometimes even additional accessories for $2000 give or take $500 bucks.
I mean if you’ve invested in the micro-four thirds, MFT, system or even an older canon camera but wanted to upgrade your video setup the price of the Gh5 with a speedbooster that would allow you to adapt your glass and improve the lower light performance. You’re in a pretty great spot to make some banger videos.
Making It Yours
Although most camera manufactures allow you to customize your camera’s button settings or custom menus. I have yet to find a camera that allows you to change the buttons with the amount of options as the Gh5 does.
That small little thing really allows you to setup your camera exactly the way you want it without having to go into some quick menu for additional some clicking.
Granted this does take some time and every camera can be customized to work for your needs. So this one might be a personal choice/perspective but after using a lot of different cameras this past year I hold by my feelings that the Panasonic allows for options.
But It Is So Small
Look I get it the full-frame goodness is boca-licious and don’t even get me stared on the low-light. So why in the world would I still choose a MFT camera? The size.
I often do shoots as a one man band and having everything I need just in Peak Design backpack is so nice. It means that my setup is very minimal. Plus because of the size I can have multiple lenses, my audio gear, and drone all in the one bag. Sometimes I swap out the drone for my Gh4.
That being said due to the Gh5 limitations and what you’re looking to get you could also have more stuff to pack. For example if you need a low-light solution but want the Gh5’s 4k 60p recording then you might need to invest in a speedbooster with full-frame glass.
It Doesn’t Have Everything
No camera is the perfect camera. Although the Gh5 is amazing at in-body stabilization, camera codec options, and so much more. It might not be the best option for you.
If you’re looking for:
- constant low-light performance
- solid auto-focus 100% of the time
- a hybrid camera for switching back and forth from video and photos.*