Join Joseph "PhotoJoseph" Linaschke for an in-depth discussion in this video Camera body overview, part of Panasonic Lumix GH5: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques.
- The GH5 camera body has a ton of buttons and dials on it and the advantage of having so many buttons and dials is that you can get to the commands that you need quickly and easily. Of course, once you get to know the camera. If you're looking at a smaller camera with fewer physical options on it, than it can be a little bit harder, take a little bit longer to change that one setting that you need for that moment that's about to escape you. But on a camera like this that's absolutely loaded with buttons and dials, you can program many of these to do exactly what you need. So the more you become familiar with your camera the more quickly you can change the modes to get into that one particular setting, that you know you're about to use.
So let's take a look at some of the basic buttons and dials that we do have on this camera. Starting with the top, you have over here what is the exposure mode dial. This will take you from your single-shutter mode to your multiple-shutter mode, kind of a motor drive type mode. and also through a few other specialized mode like self-timer, time-lapse and things like that. We will be looking at these in details in other chapters. Over here you have your mode dial which would also be called your P-A-S-M dial for program, aperture, shutter and manual. This is also how you get into your creative video mode, as well as a few other customized modes.
In between the dials you'll see the hot shoe, that's for attaching a flash or also attaching an audio accessory and we'll be looking at that in another chapter. You have dual microphones up here. And of course the microphones that are built into the camera aren't anything special but they're there if you need them. The power button is here. The mode dial by the way is locking, I should point that out. You have your shutter button here. The first dial which can be anything you want but by default it's used to change the aperture. Next to that is a series of buttons including things like white balance and ISO.
And underneath that, you'll see a red record button. That button is there so that you can shoot video, no matter what still shooting mode you're in. If you're in the creative movie mode, then you use the shutter button to start and stop recording video, but if you're just shooting stills you can at any point start shooting video by pushing the red button. Going to the back of the camera, you have your play button for playing back your stills or video, as well as a toggle to switch between viewing through the viewfinder or viewing through the LCD display. Over here you have a switch that allows you to change from auto-focus single to auto-focus continuous or to manual-focus.
As well as a button inside of that switch that allows you to manually trigger auto-focus if you're in a manual-focus mode or do an exposure lock, it's up to you. Here you have another dial which by default is set to change your shutter speed but you can swap that with the one on the front so it adjusts your aperture if you prefer. And then below that you'll find a series of other buttons. Mostly function buttons that can be reprogrammed and also a joystick here which is a new feature on the GH5 allowing you to either move your focus point around, or you can actually set it to access even more custom functions if you want.
Underneath that you'll find a dial which has multiple functions. It can either spin or it actually acts as a click-button dial as well. You can click on the top, bottom, left and right of that. And there's another button in the middle of that. The display button here is quite important and it can be a little bit too easy to push sometimes but it does allow you to cycle through the display modes whether you're looking through the viewfinder or through the LCD on the back. Speaking of the LCD, that's here. We can flip that out to reveal it. Let's go ahead and turn the camera on.
So you can see the LCD display, which can be again closed for protection or you can open it and spin it around, so you can view the image in the back of the camera, like so. This also allows you to view top-down. View bottom-up if you're holding the camera above your head. Or even face it forward so if you're setting up a shot or doing any kind of selfie work you can set up the LCD that way. Let's take a look at the front of the camera now. Down here you'll find another function button.
And on the other side of the lens you'll find the lens release button. This allows you to take the lens off, of course so you can put on a different one. On the lens itself depending on what lens you're working with, you might also find a few switches or even buttons on there. This is the 12-60 Leica, which in some countries comes as a kit lens with the GH5 camera. On this particular lens you have a switch to toggle between manual and auto-focus as well as an image stabilization switch. Which you can turn on or off. This one also has a zoom ring, and a manual-focus ring as well.
You'll notice on this lens too, that you have a locking lens hood. Which is quite cool, it really helps you to keep from losing this. These are the kinds of things that can be easy to get knocked off and this keeps it on the camera quite well. Let's turn around to the side and take a look at some of the ports that are hidden behind these doors. Behind the first door you'll see there's a full-size HDMI port as well as USB-C port. Above that you have a headphone jack and then a microphone jack. So if you want to hook up an external microphone, that's one of the ways you can do it.
On the other side... This is where you insert the memory cards and you'll see that the GH5 has two SD card slots, allowing you to either send video to one card and stills to another or have them mirror each other so you have an instant backup, or have one fill up with whatever you're shooting and then have it carry over to the other card. There's a variety of ways you can configure those slots. Finally on the bottom of the camera, you'll find your battery door, the 1/4"-20 tripod slot, as well as a hidden door for attaching the VG GH5 adaptor.
And we'll take a look at that in another video as well. The GH5 has a ton of buttons and dials on it and it can seem a little bit overwhelming at first. But once you've really gotten to know the camera and really programmed each one of these to do exactly what you want to do, you'll find that this camera is incredibly versatile and actually quite easy to use.
- Exploring the camera body
- Articulating LCD and LVF
- Exposure compensation
- Alternative shooting modes
- 6K Photo and 4K Photo modes
- Saving and restoring camera settings
- Working with the autofocus system
- Customizing AF for still photography and video
- Recording formats
- Exposing for V-Log L with scopes
- Capturing audio
- Customizing your GH5
- Programming the Fn buttons
- Wireless functions of the GH5