Not too long ago I sold my Canon C100 and bought a Panasonic Gh5. The Gh5 is more compact, it can shoot 4k if I needed, plus it has in body stabilization. This means that I can use the camera handheld and shoot video without a monopod or a tripod if needed. The ibis is a great feature because now I can grab the camera and go. The one thing that I always wished it had was the ability to record in low light. From what I have read, the Gh5 is better shooting in low light than the Gh4 was. And as a filmmaker you should rely on lighting rather than relying on the camera to give you better video in low light situations. However, there does come times in which you cannot light, and you need the extra performance from your camera. This is where the Gh5s comes in. It is very similar to the Gh5; however, it does not have ibis and a few other features, but it does have better low light capabilities.
The Gh5s can pull off better low light performance due to its larger sensor size. You can read other articles that go deep into discussion regarding this topic. I am here as a storyteller telling you how I incorporate these two wonderful tools. Now, when people heard about the new Gh5s, they were very excited but also let down once they found out it did not offer ibis. Remember monopods guys? In filmmaking we have several types of tools. And the tools that we can benefit from by using the Gh5s is stabilization such as a tripod, monopod, or gimbal. If vloging is your thing, then the Gh5s should not be your camera choice.
I recently used the Gh5s to record a karate tournament. I chose to use my gimbal and my trusty Manfrotto monopod to stabilize the camera. There really wasn’t an issue using these tools either. I felt very at home using the monopod. The shots were steady, and I did not miss the ibis. The gym was lite, however not very well. This is where the low light capabilities of the Gh5s come into play. I couldn’t bring in my lights, so I had to deal with what I was given…florescent lighting yuck! I shot in V log, which comes free installed in the camera and it worked out well.
I also wanted to test out the low light capabilities of the camera with only candle light. I shot it in natural and went from 200 iso all the way up the ladder. I did not use denoiser or neat video to clean up the image either. I think the Gh5s did a great job with the only light coming form a candle. Now this is not a scientific test, I just wanted to share what I saw and documented it on Vimeo and YouTube for others to see.
So, if you are on the fence about buying either one of these cameras, think about what you will be using them for. Do you own a monopod and or tripod? Do you shoot a lot of low light videos? Do you happen to always be on the run and really need the ibis the Gh5 can offer? Think about what tool can server your needs best and then buy. Remember these are tools that we use. Just like a carpenter has more than a hammer to build a house.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller.