Again, these are shot in ProRes with the Blackmagic cameras and thus we are not getting the full dynamic range possible. However, this test remains relevant because many people who don’t want to deal with RAW will shoot in ProRes.
It makes more sense to compare the Panasonic GH5S and not the GH5 against the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K as they have more in common. In this comparison ProRes was used on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K which we know has less dynamic range than raw from other videos that have been posted. So expect additional dynamic range from RAW, although the amount is not clear yet (best case scenario would be around a stop but early indications appear to somewhat less than that).
Wolfcrow has released an interesting comparison of the Blackmagic Pocket Camera 4K to an Arri Alexa. Not a fair fight, of course, but an interesting comparison none-the-less.
As expected Panasonic have announced their new cameras. They are thin on details right now apart from the 4K60P.
Here is what they are saying:
- DFD autofocus like their M43 cameras except with AI (we are concerned about the performance of this but we must reserve judgement until it gets tested)
- Dual I.S. (sensor + lens)
- Fast flash sync speed (but it hasn’t been specified)
- High quality EVF
- Dual card slots (XQD and SD)
- Titlable LCD (no fully articulated screen)
Additionally, the initially lenses are:
- large, high quality, and expensive 50mm F1.4
- 24-105mm zoom
- 70-200mm zoom
The interesting point to us is that our source made two claims:
- Panasonic is trying to go for the premium market and their bodies will be priced higher than Sony
- $2700 initial price for the S1
Interestingly the reviewer states that he’s observed these two cameras having pretty much the same dynamic range. We expected a one stop advantage to the Blackmagic camera. When dynamic range is measured we still expect a better result than the GH5. What’s not clear is if that advantage will be a stop or significantly less. Either way, the Blackmagic Pocket 4Ks footage looks great.
We are more excited about the Blackmagic Pocket 4K camera presently, but we will never lose respect for Panasonic and their GH4/GH5. The GH5 still has its place on account of its IBIS, 10-bit, 60P, price, and other video oriented features and it remains a solid prospect and value.
We didn’t expect an improved product over the GH5 for a while so this is a nice surprise.
Key specifications include:
- Specialized 10.3mp Sony sensor with great low light performance and improved dynamic range
- 1/8,000 shutter (mechanical)
- 1/16,000 shutter (electronic)
- All the important video stuff that the GH5 has
Keep tuned for more details that will be released soon.
The Panasonic G9 is said to have improved autofocus over the Panasonic GH5. We’re hoping that the GH5 will still get further improvements via firmware updates.
The Panasonic GH5 is an amazing value. We have much respect for Panasonic for releasing the best value cameras (GH5/G85 in particular).