For a city trip, colleague Merette was looking for a good alternative for her heavy SLR cameras and lenses. The alternative did have to deliver comparable quality. This was the perfect moment to give her the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 + 25mm F1.7 lens. And there she went, with the GH5 in the train to Berlin!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

 ISO200, 25mm, F2.0, 1/1000

The looks of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

The GH5 feels and looks familiar to a predominantly SLR user. The camera has a large viewfinder with eyecup, setting wheels on top, tiltable LCD screen and dial + joystick on the back. The double SD card is also very nice. If something happens with an SD card, you always have a backup. In addition, the dual SD card slot is compatible with high-capacity, fast UHS-II cards; unique for a Panasonic system camera!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

User friendliness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

As an SLR user I sometimes have some trouble with, in my opinion, hard to adjust settings of system cameras. With the GH5 I did not have this problem at all. With the joystick on the back, the focus point can be quickly adjusted and the other buttons are comparable to many SLR cameras. This makes the camera very easy for me to use.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

ISO1600, 25mm, F3.2, 1/60                                                                                                    ISO200, 25mm, F4.5, 1/800

The camera has a nice electronic viewfinder, is incredibly fast and makes images of very nice quality. The GH5 is light (especially with the 25mm prime I used on this) and lies comfortable in the hand. While traveling, I could easily use it with my own settings as a point-and-shoot, but with a lot of creative freedom and super image quality.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

ISO200, 25mm, F1.7, 1/800

The GH5 can capture moments in 4K 60p / 50p video and in 6K photo. The details produced by the GH5 are lifelike due to the very high resolution, image rendering and color rendering. The new Digital Live MOS sensor increases the pixel number by 25% compared to the GH4, from 16.05 to 20.3 megapixel, and at the same time makes the low-pass filter redundant.

The post-focus option is nice, although the autofocus is so fast and accurate that I did not have to use it. For a Micro Four Thirds camera I found the performance in dark and contrasty situations very good, although there is of course a difference compared to my Fullframe sensors that I have at home. The dual stabilization ensures sharp photos, even in lower light.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5

ISO200, 25mm, F2.2, 1/250                                                                                                  ISO200, 25mm, F6.3, 1/250

Merette’s conclusion

The GH5 actually really surprised me. The camera is easy to handle and can be adjusted and used at lightning speed. Due to the limited weight this was an ideal companion for a city trip to Berlin and it would certainly be a nice extension for me as a travel camera with comparable quality with my SLR.

Merette Kuijt fotografie

Merette Kuijt


She mostly shoots weddings, families and food/lifestyle. She also gives workshops together with other photographers (Witlof Workshops), in which storytelling plays a big role. Aside from her photography gigs, she also works for Photospecialist.