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Hands on: Panasonic GH5 Mark II review

The Panasonic GH5 Mark II is an update to a milestone camera from 2017, the Panasonic GH5. Not only did the original GH5 offer some of the best (perhaps even the best) 4K video performance on the market at the time, it also served up a very commendable stills showing thanks to its fast autofocus, in-body stabilization, bright viewfinder and thoughtfully-placed controls.

Welcome, then, to the sequel: the Lumix GH5 II. Panasonic obviously felt there was room for improvement in the GH5, but perhaps not that much room; this feels more like evolution than revolution, with the bulk of the camera’s specs and capabilities remaining untouched. The bigger leap will come with the Panasonic GH6, which will arrive later this year.

The most significant new addition to the GH5 Mark II comes in the form of live-streaming over Wi-Fi, which Panasonic clearly believes is a key feature that will appeal to content creators. There are minor improvements elsewhere too, but GH5 owners looking for a Panasonic camera that really rings the changes will need to wait a little longer for the GH6.

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