T-Ro Films is a owner of the GH5 now. Hands down this camera has the biggest punch to size ratio ever. It’s so small and yet it can do so much! Paired with the shogun Inferno this camera is outstanding. 4K 60p with 422 ProRes HQ makes for more options while editing or just silky smooth footage.
I finally needed a new camera when my BMCC broke on a rental. I figured why not try the GH5. Now the color science on the bmcc was brilliant. Sometimes I still miss the footage and I almost don’t care that it wasn’t 4K it only shot 2.5K. Having that built in raw just made color timing so much easier. With my background working as a DIT the black magic was nice to work with. The footage almost felt Alexa like. However, all of the other cameras I’ve ever used from black magic haven’t come close to the first bmcc model which still today has the largest dynamic range. So when my BMCC broke I knew it was time to jump the black magic train to find what else was out there. That’s when I landed aboard Panasonic. The last time I used Panasonic was when I did DIT work in 2008. I worked on shows like Breaking Bad on the EPK crew and we used a lot of Panasonic HVX200, 500 etc. So its been a long time since Panasonic did anything. The image is super sharp, and I find the colors to be a little intense “after applying the Pana v log lut”. If you just use a native lens and slap the lut on the footage it looks a bit like video to me. However if you work with it you can still get a nice look out of it. First you have to use a speed booster. I have two the XL .64 speed booster for Canon EF lenses and I also have the regular version which is .74 for Contax Yashica Lenses. Both speed boosters work great. The image starts to get that DOF look that helps separate the men from the boys. Then in post do some light desaturation and boom! Image is looking pretty good.
The other part I like about the GH5 is how small it is. I shoot a lot of stock footage and always have a camera with me. My friends and Lovely Wife no when I say I shoot a lot of stock footage I mean a lot! Well before with my BMCC it was hard to bring it into some areas without getting weird looks from people since it was a larger camera rig. Well now I just look like the average person with a small camera around my neck. The other reason I like small is because of my underwater work. This camera is my favorite camera for shooting underwater. You can program custom white balance settings for different depths therefore you don’t need any filters. Which is huge! And the best part is you can call up these white balance settings with just a click of a button. Using the naughtycam underwater housing and Panasonic GH5 Paired with the Panasonic Leica 8-16mm lens, Panasonic Leica 12-60mm lens, or the extremely fast Olympus M.Zuiko 8mm f1.8 fisheye hardly anything can beat it. Plus being a Freediver this underwater enclosure is pretty small considering the punch it has which makes for less drag making it easier to stay underwater longer while holding my breath.
The other thing I like about the GH5 is one thing I never thought I would say. Is at times I really like the small sensor. I know, I know we worked for years wanting to get out of the small sensor world and into the super 35 world and now that most cameras are Super 35 or bigger these days I forgot the advantages to a small sensor. When filming Nature I love the fact I can take the Leica 100-400mm and still be hand held and get a 200-800mm equivalent. To do that with a large sensor I need to bring my huge lenses out and its hard to hike with them let alone pull focus to a fast moving creature. Over all I think the GH5 will be a nice camera to anyones kit. Below is a video a bunch of us G&E guys made for fun with the GH5 using a .71 speed booster and Contax Zeiss 28mm f2 Hollywood West Germany lens.