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Panasonic GH5 Mark II review

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The Panasonic GH5 II’s predecessor, the original GH5, was a landmark camera for video makers. It offered gorgeous 4K footage quality, a wide variety of shooting options and good handling, as well as valuable features like in-body image stabilization and dual SD card slots. It was also a solid stills camera, with decent all-round imaging performance, despite its small Micro Four Thirds sensor.

The GH5 II doesn’t do anything to spoil the party. It comes with everything that made its predecessor a success, plus a little bit extra. But only a little bit: with more or less the same sensor and same range of video resolutions, frame rates and bitrates, there’s no great leap forward here. 

For some, the addition of built-in wireless video live streaming might make it worth the upgrade, but generally speaking we don’t think owners of the GH5 shouldn’t bother replacing it with the GH5 II; the improvements are too minor.

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For others, particularly those looking to take their first steps into “serious” video production, the Panasonic GH5 II represents a great buy. By retaining all the benefits of the first model while adding quality-of-life updates like internal battery charging and the aforementioned wireless live streaming, it instantly establishes itself as Panasonic’s new go-to model for demanding content creators.