There’s been a lot of disappointment surrounding Panasonic’s announcement of the GH5S. Some see the loss of built-in-stabilization to be too great. Caleb Pike explains why Panasonic made this camera and who it’s actually designed for.
The sweet, new low-light capabilities in the GH5S aren’t just due to less megapixels: the sensor in the GH5S is actually larger than the GH5. As a result, the sensor can’t be stabilized with magnets, because it would cause erratic vignetting along the corners. Unfortunately, Panasonic would need to abandon the MFT mount entirely in order to stabilize the new sensor.
As such, we can see that the GH5S is pushing the capabilities of what Panasonic can deliver to the very limits. The benefits of that are clear from Pike’s demonstration. Nothing like some good old pen and paper to set the record straight, as it’s easy to understand the difference in his video. Not only is the lack of stabilization a good thing for filmmakers who want to stabilize the camera using a gimbal or Steadicam, but they’re getting more out of the camera by throwing out the IBIS.