Panasonic GH5 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Panasonic makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the GH5 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 below.
In any case, the GH5 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was revealed to the public on January 4th, 2017, which means that, as of today, the camera is 2604 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Panasonic GH5 II as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Panasonic's advanced owner manual for the GH5
The camera's advanced owner manual is 347 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the GH5 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Panasonic's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Panasonic GH5 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your GH5 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Panasonic GH5 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Panasonic GH5 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the GH5.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the Panasonic GH5?
The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used in the Panasonic GH5 to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Panasonic equipped the GH5 with the Venus 10 image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Panasonic GH5?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 200 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 100-25600.
Does the Panasonic GH5 have a selfie-friendly screen?
Yes, the LCD-screen of the GH5 is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5?
Panasonic mentions a shutter rating of 200 000 actuations for the GH5. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the GH5 over, say, three years, one would have to take about 200 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my Panasonic GH5?
Panasonic embeds the number of shutter actuations in hidden menus. You can check the number of shots that your GH5 has taken up to now by carefully following the steps described on the Panasonic GH5 shutter count page.
Is completely silent shooting possible with the Panasonic GH5?
The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.
Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences with the Panasonic GH5?
No, the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Panasonic GH5?
The GH5 offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Panasonic GH5 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Panasonic GH5 for flash photography?
The GH5's flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.
Does the Panasonic GH5 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-II cards, which provide for data transfer speed of up to 312 MB/s, in both of its card slots.
Which battery does the Panasonic GH5 use?
Is there a vertical grip available for the Panasonic GH5?
Yes, Panasonic offers the DMW-BGGH5 as an optional accessory to facilitate shooting in portrait orientation and to provide additional battery power.
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5.
|Mirrorless system camera
|Micro Four Thirds lenses
|USD 1 999
|Four Thirds Sensor
|17.3 x 13.0 mm
|5 184 x 3 888 pixels
|no AA filter
|200 - 25 600 ISO
|100 - 25 600 ISO
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)
|DXO Color Depth (bits)
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)
|DXO Low Light (ISO)
|Viewfinder Field of View
|no Top Display
|Manual Focusing Aid
|Maximum Shutter Speed
|12 shutter flaps/s
|Shutter Life Expectancy
|200 000 actuations
|Time Lapse Photography
|no On-Board Flash
|Single or Dual Card Slots
|Dual card slots
|UHS card support
|PC Sync socket
|External MIC port
|DMW-BLF19 power pack
|Battery Life (CIPA)
|410 shots per charge
139 x 98 x 87 mm
(5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4 in)
|725 g (25.6 oz)
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