Panasonic Lumix GH5 in the Himalayas

Panasonic gave me their Lumix GH5 + Vario 12-35 2.8 O.I.S lens to test for 10 days. I took it to explore the remote valley of Rohru for my ongoing project, Life in Shimla.

I won’t really get into the technical part as you can find a lot more detailed technical reviews on the internet. I’ll just show you the pictures I took with it and a little conclusion about the whole experience.

A little girl gets distracted while doing her home work in Kiari village of Kotkhai, Shimla. This shot was focused manually with the help of Focus Peaking.
Kids doing homework at their home in Kiari, Kotkhai, Shimla.
Akshat Chauhan with his dog, Breezer in Kiari, Kotkhai
Streets of Rohru at night. GH5 performs well in low light. You just have to be careful not to push the ISO really high. This is a handheld shot.
Moonrising above the Chwarah valley of Rohru, Shimla. We changed cars and I forgot to transfer the tripod in the new car. So as my friends waited for more than 15 minutes, I used different sized rocks to create a stable platform for this shot. Focus peaking again helped a lot to focus in the dark. This camera is not that great in long exposures but managed to take a decent picture.
My childhood friend Aditya Kaith drove us around Rohru in this car. This is a complete handheld shot. The in-camera five axis image stabiliser plus the stabiliser on the lens helped a lot. A little noise at high ISOs is bit of a problem.
Portrait of a kid from Kotkhai. The dynamic range was immense and I could bring out a lot of details in post.
Layers of mountains as seen from Kiari, Kotkhai.
Early morning at Pabbar river. Again the dynamic range was mind blowing. You could easily bring out the details in the highlights.
We crossed Rohru into the Chwarah valley on the right bank of Pabbar river.
This is an old temple that I remember from my childhood. I remember it took me around half an hour to reach it with my cousin. I was expecting the same this time, but we reached in less than ten minutes.
Pabbar river flowing between the Chwarah valley. The small sensor of this camera gives a great Depth of Field for landscapes.
Rohru is full of ancient temples with intricate carvings.
People waiting for their busses at the ISBT Rohru.
The temperature in Rohru gets really warm in the summer time. We got in a small cafe and had to quench our thirst with some local cola.
Rohru Market. Again I was testing the dynamic range and it was amazing. I deliberately overexposed this shot to see how much detail I can bring out in post. The result is in front of you.
Thamti, one of my favourite places in Rohru. Still retains the ancient architecture.
Market of Rohru.
Got the see some snow-clad mountains through the haze.
This is Chupari village of Rohru. Still retains some slate roofed houses.
People waiting at the bus station. This was again a test of the dynamic range. Looks pretty good. 
An Ariel view of Rohru.

I am pretty sure no one is going to buy this camera to take stills as it is known for its outstanding video performance. It’s basically a  4K video camera that can also take RAW stills. It is capable of recording in-camera 10bit 4K at 24fps and 8bit 4K at 60fps.

The autofocus is average but focus peaking while manual focusing is a life saver.

It also supports Vlog but that you have to purchase separately. The process to install Vlog is pointless. I hope they give it free in their next firmware update.

Overall, Panasonic GH5 is a great lightweight device. The built quality is phenomenal. So is the video quality. If you want a performance heavy lightweight camera for filmmaking, this is the camera for you. If you want to push beyond 1600 ISO and want low light performance in your videos, get something else. A Sony perhaps.

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