The BEST GH5 Tips for the Perfect Camera!

by birtanpublished on February 7, 2021

We are currently recording on the Panasonic Lumix G H v which is you know my favorite camera ever made now I very recently released a video stating that this is now like a perfect camera and you all asked a lot of questions of how do I use the camera what are my settings what are my tips and tricks of how to get the most out of this two-year-old monster beast I love it I love it how do I get the most out of this camera let's find out what's up everyone I'm the everyday dad and if I can figure it out you can figure it out so I just I love talking about the Lumix G H v it's again it's my favorite camera

Ever made it's got amazing video quality it's got great usability it's got features that cameras today can't even touch even though there are cameras released that are the best in their year group I'm just sayin so yeah today we're gonna cover I've got one two three four five I've got 12 these things that we're gonna talk about about if you have a GH v how can you do what I do but I guess here's that this is making the video take a little longer I'm not trying to pet it out but the worst part about making videos about the gh 5 is when I have to hold the gh 5 and I can't use it

I'm so dependent on it that when I can't use it I'm lost I am lost so let's switch it out all right whatever I'm sad now let's switch it out okay now you know very depressing but here is the gh 5 so what I want to cover today and excuse the I kind of have sold some of my cameras so I don't have like a full setup so this angle over here is my iPhone 11 we will survive together I promise so first up I want to talk about the biggest thing that people complain about and I complain about too so it's not like I am any better up they complain about the autofocus of the

Panasonic camera so I'm gonna show you today how do I get around the Panasonic autofocus because it is I mean it's not great so you just don't use it so the first way I get around to autofocus in the jh5 is I just don't use it like if you have something that's not working just don't use it right but one of the best things about Panasonic cameras is just because you're not used because you have it in manual focus and I do put it into manual focus can you see that I put it into manual focus on the body itself that doesn't mean you have to do everything

By rotating lens I never rotate the lens that is so uncivilized so what I do is I just use the screen so you can tap on the screen and wherever you like let go that is where it will focus so imagine you're in front of the camera and you're trying to focus on yourself you just turn it around you tap on your face and it goes in focus and it works really really well tap into focus is the best way but what's it let's say you can't touch the camera right you can't always have the camera like right where you want to be that's where you use the app now this is

My iPad Mini you don't necessarily have to use an iPad Mini you could use an iPhone a cheap you could buy like a cheap $50 cell phone so long as it's got Android or Apple and it can run the app your perfectly fine IU this is how I control the camera ninety-five percent of the time and I even have this set up as a quick menu on top and that's for the Wi-Fi connection so you just pop it into the Wi-Fi connection you go over to the app and then just like you have control over the screen when you're right here you can do the same thing from the app itself so so you can see

Here here's the app there's stitch we tap oh wait it's in auto focus again so there's stitch right you tap and you can focus tap and you can focus and you just with this you never have to physically touch the camera that's that's it so there are a lot of camera brands that have decent autofocus but I won't use them like the Fuji xt3 the Fuji XT 30 they have phase detection autofocus systems that work better than Panasonic's but I've had problems and their app is garbage like it's terrible so I just never use it and I can't use a Fuji camera because of that cameras like

Sony have very good autofocus so I don't have to worry about it but this camera app is the best thing the one of the problems with like Sony cameras even Canon cameras if you're sitting down and you want to change the settings in the camera and I think we're talking we're skipping ahead a little bit so that was tip number one was the autofocus tip number two is the app so if you want to sit down and you just want to start working you saw how quick it was to pair the gh 5 to the app this app is insane so for example if I had the jh5 with

A 7-3 was right now and I wanted to change everything from the camera I can change the white balance I can change the ISO the shutter speed I can change the aperture I can change the peaking I can change the focus I can change the picture profile I can change the everything it makes the camera like this is 50% of the reason to buy the gh 5 this app is crazy I I love the G all I love to talk about the gh 5 but this app is nuts you should absolutely ok let's go into the next tip and this is what we got here audio so audio is very important for video it's actually the

Most important for video and like right now you can probably tell a noticeable difference between when we started off with the gh 5 – what we're using right now yes it is a cheaper microphone we're using the rode videomicro boomed overhead it's doing pretty fine for what it is it's really good the Panasonic this is the dmw XLR one it goes right on top of the camera so what this does is this gives you two powered XLR ports on top the camera and it gives you some of the best audio that i've ever recorded it doesn't take an extra battery it doesn't take anything it is a bit pricey

You can't find them used from time to time on websites like bnh or amazon or something like that you go over to the audio settings and it even shows that you've got the XLR on so XLR mic adapter settings very good audio look at that 48 kilohertz I'm not an audio engineer I just know that when I turn this on and I use it the audio I get is it's great I like even we've got just a 3.5 millimeter audio connected to the camera you can also really have awesome control over the audio so you can see here we can lower the decibels to minus 12 now a lot of times on cameras when you go to

The lowest setting in their audio it just stops recording audio here when you go to the lowest it lets you so the reason you want to take that preamp all the way down is even though the preamp inside of the camera is great you want the microphone to do as much of the heavy lifting as possible and when you lower the preamp down the camera is not doing any of the work some cameras it's worse than others like Canon cameras have okay prints they're not the best the Nikon cameras have really bad internal preamp so you have to drop its recording are you gonna

Get garbage audio we want to show you the next tip and it's a feature called is lock now what is lock is the stabilization you'll find at the jh5 is some of the best that you will find anywhere yes Olympus has technically better yes the g9 is better before when you get you're not going to find much better but there's a mode called is lock inside of the gh 5 which also is a mode that I have quick set when you have it turned on it's basically like the cameras on a tripod look so this is a non stable here we'll do the focusing trick that we

Learned earlier this is a non stabilized lens this is a prime lens and I'm just hand holding it and my back hurts cuz I'm like hunching over this to make sure this cable works with the thing so I'm shaking a lot the is lock makes this like here we'll do it one-handed it's like having this on a tripod when you're hand holding it it's crazy I've said crazy it's so good like right now I'm talking I'm caffeinated up I'm in pain I'm working with too short of a cable and look how smooth that is look how stable that is and it's a nun stabilized lens tell me another camera

That can do this that's not a lumix camera with is lock this is another feature that's just so good you can go back to just regular stabilization that's what we've got right now and then is lock stabilization is lock and that's another thing this is a tip that I'm not necessarily I wasn't planning on talking about but as we're going through this I kind of thought about it it's the customization so you can change there's function one function 2 3 4 5 I think there's the sixth one on front you can change all of these to be basically whatever you want inside of the camera

All you do to change it is you press and hold it brings up a quick menu and then you can just pick whatever of these settings you want that button to do like this top one f1 I have set to Wi-Fi so I can quickly connect it to the app the front one I have set to focusing so even if I have the camera in fully manual focus the shutter button doesn't work to focus anymore you see the shutter buttons not working for focus you can set this front button to still focus so here we'll unfocus so then you just press still focuses so you can have the camera in manual focus but still get

One shot autofocus with one of the custom buttons I just learned that recently very proud of that but yeah the customization is crazy you can set the camera up to work however you want f-1 like I said is Wi-Fi the front is focused f5 is the is lock f3 is the 4k live crop that we're gonna talk about just here in a second which is the next hit you can set it up however you want this is your camera this is not lumix this camera this is not well this is the everyday this is Gary's camera but if you want to set it up differently you can set it up differently hmm mm-hmm but

Let's talk about 4k live crop so you heard me mention it in the perfect camera video 4k live crop so what you do you pick the mode and then you can select a start point and a stop point you hit record and then it does a pan tilt or zoom in camera in camera now a lot of people are like well why don't you just take a still why don't you just record and then do a Ken Burns and your editing software sure you could absolutely do that that's a pain in the butt do you know what's better being able to get exactly what you want in camera I can pick like you can make the

Box bigger you can make the Box smaller you can reframe it you can get so many versatile shots without having to move the camera if you are any kind of like a tech youtuber you talk about products of any kind you need to have this like I don't know what else to tell you I don't know how you exist without having 4k live crap I used to have a slider I used to have all that junk that you set up to get like a pan or a tilt this is what I use now you see this is a 16 millimeter or a thirty two millimeter equivalent lens and just from this camera never moving I can get every shot that I would

Want for or b-roll I never have to move it I pan tilt zoom I can crop as much as I want this is the best feature in all of lumix camera dome Panasonic put it in everything put it put it in your TVs I don't care like you got to have this in everything because this is the best feature on any camera ever two more tips to show you if you're going to use this as a video camera you should probably set it up to act more like a video camera one of the benefits of having the Lumix G H 5 is you can actually get this to use video terms so one of the first

Things I do is I'll set this up to use shutter angle instead of shutter speed so on a stills camera you have shutter speed which is how fast the shutter closes when you take a picture for video it does very similar however what you can do in the gh 5 is set it up in two shutter angles so you go you hit menu you come over to the top movie mode you go down to shutter speed gain operation you can change it to a whole variety of settings I like using ISO even though more traditional video cameras use gain so I keep it in ISO and I use angle so instead of shutter speed you can see

I've got one eighty degrees shutter speed which is what you want that is 180 degree rule which is you know you want your shutter speed to be twice your frame rate well here you just pop it in 180 degrees that's all you got to do you change your frame rate it will automatically conform to what it should look like so you never I now don't have to worry about it I can close the aperture and close the ISO I can do everything I can change everything and the motion blur will look natural because we're in shutter angle definitely switch it to shutter angle

It'll save you so much headache and then the last thing I really want to talk about we've already talked about the stabilization we've talked about the 4k live crop but the last really if you want to use this as a b-roll camera it's the slow motion the slow motion this camera is second to none and the in here it's called variable framerate so what you need to do and you kind of have to fiddle with this a little bit so if you want the 180 frames per second slow motion which is what I use when I use this for b-roll when I'm doing it handheld first you've got to drop it

Down to 1080p 8-bit 30 frames per second I use 30 frames per second if you use 24 frames per second take it to 24 frames per second so you've got to take it to that first and you can see here on the menu it says VFR available then you can go back up to the top movie mode variable frame rate set bring it all the way over to 180 frames per second but you can also do 165 frames per second 150 frames per second 135 120 105 9075 what are the camera lets you do that that's not a traditional video camera the gh 5 can so you go over to 180 now you're in variable frame rate which

Means because we're in the 180 degree shutter rule it's gonna be pretty dark it's gonna be pretty dark so you gotta bump up that ISO you do have to actually manually focus in this mode you can't use my little hack for that but it's still got focus peaking you can easily see when you're in focus and then you do your crazy slow-motion I love it but yeah these are the tips that I use to get the most out of my Lumix G H 5 it's so much I'm glad that this series of videos is over so I can just go back to using it because when I'm not using it everything is so much more difficult if

You have a gh 5 what are some of your favorite tips and tricks leave those in the comments below and heck if you went through this whole video and you didn't know that the Lumix G H 5 is now a perfect camera this video go click on this video and watch it and it will explain all of that to you why this is perfect thanks for watching

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