Bigger sensor, or faster lens? Which is most important?
Well, a lens you can change and your sensor you cannot.
Here’s how to stop worrying about crop sensors.
Note: My camera is running firmware version 0.2! If the performance changes when updated, I will re-do the test
Does the Panasonic GH5S finally achieve full-frame like performance at ISO 12,800 against the best of the competition?
Here I put the little nocturnal fox in the ring with the Sony A7R III, A7S II, Nikon D850 and the plain old ‘non-video-orientated’ GH5.
Just last month I went to visit Panasonic UK for a hands-on with the new Panasonic GH5S. My full review is in the pipeline but first an introduction to the new camera on the block…
The GH5S has a newly developed 10.2MP sensor for enhanced low light performance with Dual Native ISO technology, as well as 240fps 1080p S&Q.
For the first time since the GH2 this sensor is an over-sized 1.86x crop multi-aspect sensor. Possible for the first time is 60p at Cinema 4K resolution (4096 x 2160), whereas the GH5 is just Ultra HD 60p. The field-of-view will be slightly wider in Cinema 4K on the GH5S compared to the GH5 due to the larger sensor. The new CMOS also brings colour improvements with a new 14bit readout and less noise.
In the last few weeks you may have heard rumors about the Panasonic “GH5S” from the usual places. It all sounds quite compelling. Rather than a high megapixel stills and video hybrid, the “S” model would focus even more on cinema with some astounding capabilities not seen on anything remotely similar.
The Panasonic G9 seems like the start of a big push by Panasonic with serious photographers. By taking the technology developed for video, they have created one of the fastest cameras ever made for sports and wildlife photography… And the video specs aren’t bad either.