Panasonic Lumix GH5 M2 vs unique GH5: What’s completely different?

Panasonic Lumix GH5 M2 vs original GH5: What's different?

(Pocket-lint) – Panasonic has changed its GH5 mirrorless digicam with an up to date model: the unsurprisingly named GH5 Mark II. However it’s similar to its predecessor.

The M2 is not an identical to the unique GH5, although, and whereas might not make sense to swap out a first-gen for this mannequin, there are variations. So what precisely are they? 



  • Each: Water- and dust-sealed physique
  • Each: Twin SD card assist (each UHS-II)
  • Each: 3.5mm ports for mic enter & headphone out
  • GH5: V-Log L pay-for software program improve / GH5 M2: V-Log L put in as customary
  • GH5: 3.2in, 1.6m-dot articulating LCD / GH5 M2: 3.0in, 1.8m-dot articulating LCD
  • GH5: DMW-BLF19 battery (1860mAh) / GH5 M2: DMW-BLK22 (2200mAh, USB-C charging)

Take a fast look on the two cameras side-by-side and you may discover how comparable they’re. Little or no has modified by way of the general form and styling. All of the buttons and dials are in the identical place as earlier than, however there are some refined purely aesthetic modifications. 

The film button is now purple, plus there is a purple ring across the capturing mode change dial – identical to on the Lumix S5. Every part else is virtually an identical, bar the brand new “II” marking to specify the digicam mannequin.

One different slight distinction we discover is the customisable perform buttons now not have ‘Fn’ labels on them, as a substitute they’ve the icon depicting what they do by default. For example ‘Fn1’ is now the color profile switcher, ‘Fn5’ is the LVF button. Basically, what was once the secondary label subsequent to the button on the digicam physique has now been moved onto the button itself. 

Each cameras have a completely articulating display that flips out to the facet and options touch-sensitive controls for focusing and adjusting settings. The one minor distinction between the screens is that the bezel on the highest and backside is thicker on the brand new mannequin, whereas the show is barely smaller – at 3.2-inches vs 3.0-inches, however it’s sharper although.  

The 2 cameras share the identical port structure on their left sides. Meaning 3.5mm ports for mic and headphones, a full sized HDMI, and a USB-C port. The one distinction right here, nevertheless, is you could cost the M2’s battery – which is now bigger capability, the identical as used within the Lumix S1 – utilizing this port. It isn’t only for knowledge switch. 

On the fitting, each have two SD card slots protected by a locking door. Each cameras assist as much as SDXC UHS-II velocity class 3.

Sensor video capabilities 

  • GH5: Cinema 4K 10-bit at 24fps, 4K 8-bit 60fps / GH5 M2: Cinema 4K, 4K as much as 10-bit 60fps
  • GH5 M2: C4K/4K60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI out with simultaneous 4:2:0 inner recording
  • Each: 20.3MP Micro 4 Thirds sensor / GH5 M2: provides anti-reflective (AR) coating
  • Each: 5-axis stabilisation (in-body and lens twin system)

On the sensor facet, the 2 cameras have a 20.3-megapixel Micro 4 Thirds sensor and mount. It is in video efficiency the place the M2 has the higher hand although.

We cannot record each single obtainable resolutions and body fee, however the Mark II can shoot in Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160) at 4:2:0 10-bit as much as 60fps or in DCI 4K (3840 x 2160) at 4:2:0 10-bit as much as 60fps. All inner, and with no recording limits.

These two are 200Mbps, however in case you drop it all the way down to 30 or 24fps you may rise up to 400Mbps 10-bit with each resolutions. What’s extra, you may shoot in Anamorphic 6K as much as 30fps or 4K as much as 60fps. 

The unique GH5 solely goes as much as 24fps at Cinema 4K decision at 10-bit. And solely does 8-bit recording at 4K/60. In brief: there is a little bit of a bump by way of knowledge seize, which may swimsuit color graders greater than the final GH5. Particularly because the GH5 M2 comes with V-Log L pre-installed, not like the pay-for improve that it was on the unique GH5.

Autofocus is barely extra superior for the M2 mannequin too, providing the identical face and eye detection because the GH5, but in addition including physique and animal detection.

Each fashions have 5-axis sensor-shift stabilisation and assist for Twin IS 2 with related stabilised lenses.

Options and efficiency

  • GH5 M2: Provides wi-fi livestreaming

Panasonic has geared up the Mark II with potential to livestream wirelessly as much as Full HD decision utilizing NTSC or PAL requirements – as much as both 60fps or 50fps respectively. This can be a key new function for Panasonic.


  • GH5 M2: £1499
  • GH5 launch value: £1299

Relying on the place you look – and the place it is nonetheless obtainable – the unique GH5 may be discovered between £1200-£1300 within the UK. The GH5 M2, in the meantime, goes to value a little bit extra – with a retail value set at £1499 for the physique solely. Like the unique GH5 you’ll discover the Mark II in a equipment with the 12-60mm lens. 



It is secure to say that the Panasonic Lumix GH5 M2 is not an enormous improve over the first-generation mannequin, however that is okay. As an alternative, that is very a lot a substitute for it, taking its place on the GH-series ladder. 

For these searching for a a lot larger enchancment it will probably be value ready for the GH6 – which formally comes out later within the yr. That can value but extra although, which is why it made sense to refresh the GH5 and hold one thing at a extra accessible value level. 

Writing by Cam Bunton. Initially printed on .

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