There are several of us who are trying to decide between the Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro and the Panasonic EVA1. We have footage from the Ursa Mini and now more EVA1 footage is starting to role out. Of course there will be advantages that each has over the other but it’s just nice to have this much quality and functionality at under $10K.
The Panasonic GH5 remains the best value in its form factor for a video camera. And the excellent recent firmware update improved it even further. Here are some reminders about what this camera can do:
Well, we’ve only taken a quick look at this firmware. In regards to auto-focus, our first look appears to indicate that there are improvements, but the GH5 remains a camera that you don’t buy for the AF. Thankfully it has many other reasons to buy it.
Hands down the Panasonic GH5 is the best value video camera and nothing in its price range touches it. We’re hoping Sony and others will soon offer viable competitors for similar prices. It’s becoming harder and harder to justify purchasing a 4K camera without 10-bit color or 60P.
This is obviously not a fair fight. But the comparison is interesting as you get to see what the additional money buys you.
We are very interested in this camera. We want to see whether or not it will dethrone the Black Magic Ursa Mini Pro as the best low-cost cinema camera. Certainly some people will forego the Black Magic for the Panasonic just for the reliability and support alone.
This firmware is to be released to the public at the end of September. These two videos were shot on it. Both were created more attention to detail and team coordination than the usual GH5 video.
Panasonic has a good track record with updating firmware on their cameras, and they promised they would for the Panasonic GH5.
Key features of this firmware upgrade include:
- 400Mbit ALL-I Intraframe codec (10bit 4K 4:2:2)
- Hybrid Log Gamma
- Improved autofocus
- New, higher resolution Anamorphic Mode (4992 x 3744)
Curtis Judd’s Youtube channel is worth checking out. He covers a lot of aspects relevant to videography including sound and lighting.