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Panasonic Lumix GH5 is better outside and looks first-rate inside

With improved weather sealing, it's literally better outside, but that's just the beginning.

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Lori Grunin
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
Lori Grunin
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You can't tell from the outside, but the GH5 adds a ton of advanced video options, beefed up photo capabilities, improvements where needed and enhancements to Panasonic's already fast and accurate autofocus system.

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Still bigger than Sony A7 series

The GH5's body is still larger than the full-frame A7 series, but the lenses for the latter are a lot bigger than comparable Micro Four Thirds versions. It's still smaller and lighter than a dSLR, though.

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Moved the movie button

The record button has moved from the back of the camera to the top -- and the flash has moved off the camera entirely.

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Wireless

Panasonic also added 5GHz Wi-Fi support and low-power Bluetooth.

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Joystick

A joystick for direct manipulation of autofocus areas replaces the record button.

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New viewfinder, LCD

A higher magnification (0.76x effective) OLED viewfinder and improved touchscreen grace the back of the camera.

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Two slots!

The upgrade adds dual UHS-II slots, which will be essential for recording the high bit rate 4K video internally.

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Connectors

In addition to a USB-C connection, the GH5 has a full-size HDMI connector. Panasonic will include a lock for it in the box.

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New 12-60mm f2.8-4

Shown at Photokina 2016, the midrange all-in-one zoom will likely be available as a kit option with the FH5.

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Still OIS after all these years

The new lens includes optical image stabilization, which works in conjunction with the sensor-shift stabilization in Panasonic's latest cameras. Click through for more pics of the Lumix GH5, and read my first take at the link below.

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