Lumix GH5 Ideas from Markus Bolliger

Posted Sep. 26th, 2015 by Daniel J. Cox


Hi Daniel

As we all know you are in contact with leading managers of Panasonic, I would like to ask you to communicate them our wish list for the upcoming Lumx GH5.

Here come some proposals which should be included in that list, in my opinion:

1. Introduction of IBIS, in cooperation with OIS – for better usage of lenses without OIS, and better stabilisation of long tele-lenses with OIS AGREE
2. EVF (Viewfinder): At least as good as the one in the new GX8 – but with less tendency to darken in very bright lighting conditions (sun over snowscape for example) AGREE
3. Combination of self-timer (autotimer) with auto bracketing
4. Brackets in auto bracketing mode should be possible up to 3 EV’s (now only up to 1 EV)
5. Sensor: I prefer more dynamic range and less noise with higher ISO’s to more pixels! 16MP are enough for me, but more are also okay, if not lowering general image quality. AGREE
6. Bigger buttons (Fn1, Fn2, Fn3, ISO etc.) – to hit them blindly more easily
7. Eye-cup should be better fixed – it too often drops off AGREE
8. Wireless flash functionality shoud be improved and simplified AGREE – We need radio flash not IR

I can only hope you agree with these suggestions!

The GH4 already comes close to the perfect camera in my view, but there are still some useful functions resp. improvements possible to make it even better – isn’t it? AGREE with near perfection but always room for improvement. 

Thank you very much in advance for every effort in this matter!

With best regards from Switzerland,

Markus, thanks for the great input. I’m happy to put this up on the Blog in hopes that the folks at Panasonic read this. Can’t guarantee anything and as far as the GH5 goes I’ve not had any discussion with Lumix on this subject in any way. If they would ask I would be happy to add my ideas but to date this hasn’t happened. I’ve added comments in red that I agree with wholeheartedly.

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  1. RikardOn Oct. 9th, 2015

    I am sure Panasonic will increase pixels at least to the same level as for gx8. 20mp. That is the natural next step. I hope that Panasonic focus on low light performance on the gh5. It is time for a big step. Clean, crisp images at ISO 6400, or even better 12400 (but that is probably too big step to wish for). So ISO 6400 without any noice.
    As the 100-400 is coming it would be nice with some af-c support for bird photography

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 9th, 2015

      Rikard, I’m hopeful we have an improvement in higher ISO’s myself and I’m guessing the will be the case. How much is another question. Even so, the GH4 and the GX8 already does a better job at higher ISO’s than many think. I’ve been shooting a great deal at 1600 to 2000 ISO on the GH4 and GX8. Below is a sample of a frame from South Africa at 2500 ISO.
      Image shot with Lumix GX8 and Olympus 12mm F/2.0 lens. I added a small amount of noise reduction to the image that was shot 2500 ISO through Adobe Lightroom

  2. GrantOn Oct. 7th, 2015

    Here’s my idea for GH5 or any other premium mirrorless with an EVF:

    For mirrorless camera action shooting: have a front-mounted ‘electric-eye-like’ sensor behind a tiny* lens that takes over the EVF/back-screen display when shooting in burst mode. This provides a ‘blink-free’ view of the action, without the interruptions that DSLR users like Hugh Hastings (Chelsea FC – say detracts from the mirrorless experience, to quote: “they need to also work on the electronic viewfinders to make sure it refreshes quickly enough so that the experience of taking images of sports with an optical DSLR viewfinder is matched as near as possible. To me this is the biggest area where work is needed. (not speed of focus)”

    The AB (anti-blink) sensor could digitally zoom to match the lens FL and zoom position, hence being seamless with the normal EVF 100% view.

    Resolution and noise (contrast) of the on-screen view could be compromised, because the user’s only concern during burst-action shooting is continuous view and accurate framing.

    Camera will auto-engage AB when the shutter is fired in burst mode, and auto-release when the shutter released, for a seamless user experience of the normal high-res viewfinder image at all other times.

    This 100% flicker-free experience beats all DSLR cameras, too. C’mon Panasonic!

    * When I say ‘tiny’, it could be bigger at more expense for a high-end camera with the real-estate to spare, for example as big as the rangefinder window on a Leica M or Fujifilm X100.

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