11 Feb 2017

Panasonic GH5: An unboxing to savour

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We have our hands on one of the first Panasonic GH5s to reach UK shores and a full review is coming very soon to RedShark. But, in the meantime, here are a few images to whet your appetite, along with a couple of observations.

We’re not big on unboxing here, but given how much people are looking forward to this one, why not?

The packaging for the GH5 is good quality. I know it seems like a small thing, but I think ever since Apple spent more time making its packaging look and feel nice, other manufacturers have now also upped their game.

Opening up the box you are greeted by the instruction manual under the first removable cover. Further lifting this section up, and all the accessories and camera are neatly packed up. The camera body itself comes in a good quality reusable soft bag.

GH5: Initial Impressions

My initial impressions of the GH5 is that it feels suitably weighty and high quality. Buttons and switches all feel well made with positive action. The kit lens, too, seems sturdily built with a 12-60mm focal length and only a small light loss from f/2.8 down to f/4 at the telephoto end of things. All the usual accessories such as charger, cables etc are included. But as an interesting, and useful, addition Panasonic has also included a cable holder that screws into the side of the body, to protect cables that are plugged into the HDMI, USB, and headphone sockets.

Briefly switching it on, and a quick look through the menus reveals a very comprehensive set of set-up options. On initial inspection, Panasonic appears to have included everything right up to and including the kitchen sink. Although this isn’t totally surprising given the camera’s video focus. It is going to take a lot of investigation to get the bottom of all the features on offer.

All in all things are looking very positive indeed, and I am very much looking forward to giving the camera a full test in the coming days. Hold on tight!

Some pics below...

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Simon Wyndham

Simon Wyndham is a professional cameraman of over 15 years, video editor, and all round on set grunt. With a background in indy feature making, when he isn't producing bread and butter corporate videos he can be found hucking the gnar on rivers whitewater kayaking and adventure sports filming.  (Website: http:// www.5ep.co.uk)

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