If you were on Fstoppers at all last week you probably read at least one of my articles about the Panasonic GH5 and the debate over its autofocus. Although we are no closer to a fix, this story keeps getting more entertaining.
GH5 users have discovered that continuous autofocus becomes extremely unreliable once recording begins on the camera. Max Yuryev has created multiple videos that have done a great job of highlighting this issue. Last week, YouTuber and sponsored Panasonic shooter "PhotoJoseph" created his own video and basically claimed that Max didn't know what he was doing. Max then offered to pay for Joseph to fly to his hometown so that they could create a video together, fully and fairly testing the AF on the GH5. Surprisingly, Joseph agreed.
As I expected, nothing new was really discovered. Although both men were able to agree on "optimal settings" for certain types of shooting, I still don't think the camera's performance was ever reliable enough to actually count on it.
If you have the patience you can check out Max's 46 minute version of this video below.
Now, check out Joseph's edit of the exact same footage.
To be honest, it doesn't really feel like either of them is being totally genuine. Max's video is at least fair because he shows how bad the AF actually can be but in my opinion he should have been much harsher in his wrap up at the end of his video.
Joseph's video only shows the footage of the camera working at 100 percent which is completely unrealistic.
To complicate matters further, Panasonic finally made an official statement about AF through PhotoJoseph and their "recommended settings" seem to conflict with everything Max and Joseph worked so hard to figure out.
Panasonic states: "We recommend to select 1-area AF in 30p or 60p frame rate for more comfortable Auto Focus speed. When you select 24p, 1-area AF is recommended."
They wrap up their statement with: "Panasonic pledges to further improve the AF quality."
Being that the camera can focus much more reliably at 60fps and that it can track faces better than it can focus on them, I'm still hoping that this is just a software issue and that it can be fixed with a firmware update. It does seem strange that Panasonic wouldn't just come out and say "This will be fixed in a later update," but I'm sure they don't want to make any more promises they know they can't keep.