Panasonic GH5 Mark II update makes it one of the best 4K streaming cameras
The Panasonic GH5 Mark II is one of the best video cameras on the market, especially at its relatively affordable price.
Our Panasonic GH5 Mark II review recently praised its wireless live streaming powers, which makes it quite unique in the world of high-quality mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses. In contrast, wireless streaming is capped at 1080 / 60p quality, with some sites like Facebook downgrading it further – so the arrival of higher quality streaming options will appeal to content creators.
The new firmware update, which will be downloadable by owners from November 29 on the Panasonic global support site, will allow you to stream live in 4K / 60p (albeit with a bit rate of 25 Mbps). ) using standard RTMP / RTMPS protocol directly from websites. via USB tethering. If you don’t mind connecting the camera to a laptop with a wired LAN connection, you can stream in 4K / 60p with a bit rate of 50Mbps. See the table below for a full list of live streaming options.
If you’re looking to create a professional live home studio with multiple camera angles, Panasonic’s PC Tether software will soon also allow you to stream live with multiple compatible cameras (including the GH5 II).
To do this, you will need version 2.0 of the Lumix Tether software, which will be available from November 30 on the same Lumix support site. Practically, this update will also allow you to control the Lumix G electric zoom lenses from the software.
The combined updates – of the Panasonic GH5 II and Lumix Tether software – are therefore quite generous. And they could force content creators to look for Panasonic GH5 II discounts in Black Friday camera deals. The GH5 II is a fairly new camera, but we’ve already seen a 16% discount on Amazon UK.
Panasonic also didn’t leave owners of its full-frame cameras out in the cold today – it also announced the Panasonic Lumix S 35mm f / 1.8. The lens is the fourth and latest addition to its new group of fixed focal length lenses, all of which have a similar design to make them suitable for gimbals. You’ll be able to pick up the Lumix S 35mm f / 1.8 for a fairly reasonable price of $ 699.99 / £ 579.99 (around AU $ 1,070) from the end of November.
Analysis: Panasonic aims to be the king of live home broadcasting
These new wired live streaming powers are a nice free bonus for Panasonic GH5 II owners – and they show how much Panasonic is striving to become the default camera brand for live streaming across the board.
We recently saw the arrival of the Panasonic BS1H box camera, which is a cube-shaped full-framer, for more professional streaming setups. But the wireless and wired live streaming skills of the Panasonic GH5 II certainly look promising for amateur creators who want a camera with a larger sensor than your average webcam or action camera.
Filmmakers who want a more powerful camera for run-and-gun videos will probably always want to wait for the Panasonic GH6. This camera appears to have been delayed, however, with Panasonic Japan continuing to describe it as “under development”, although it has previously suggested that it will be “available by the end of 2021”.
That GH6 timescale seems unlikely now, but the updates to the GH5 Mark II are at least good news for those looking for a home streaming companion for their YouTube or Twitch live streams.