Matching GH5M2 and GH6

Today I went out with both the GH5M2 and GH6 to shoot some roll for my new project.

I have tested the GH6 in my light box and surprisingly CineD2 has changed it is now correct but also more saturated. So to avoid issues I shot both cameras in V-Log. Most readers know I am not a fan of log footage however today they conditions were pretty decent so I was at base ISO and I did not mind closing the aperture as I was shooting birds and landscape.

Lumix GH5M2 set up

I shot the GH5M2 in default settings in VLOG without manipulating exposure. The camera has a tendency to overexpose and I let it do it.

I set up color temperature to daylight to avoid differences and shot All Intra 30fps at 400mbps on a tripod. It was windy at times.

Shot sunrise then the pond that is the target for my long lens work.

Lumix GH6 set up

I used the same settings of the GH5M2 but shot at 60 and 120 fps using the new codecs of the GH6. I did not use dynamic range boost.

As I used a very long lens I had set up a plate for the tripod but I still got occasional shake as I was fidgeting the remote shutter.

As the camera has a lag to start recording I ended up shooting many blanks. I realised the lens is far too long for birds in flight but good for detail shots.

Putting it together

I combined footage in Final Cut Pro and used the standard VLOG to V709 LUT. I then added vibrancy and sharpness.

Each scene was corrected for exposure individually not pre-cooked LUTs were used.

This is the resulting video

I used slow motion from the GH6 at 50% and 25% speed this is really a great feature for wildlife. The only thing missing is a pre-roll

All in call the cameras when the GH6 has dynamic range boost off look very similar and this is because GH6 levels are clipped.

Let me know what you think

6 thoughts on “Matching GH5M2 and GH6”

  1. I thought the blues were a little different between the two, but then I realized that it was just different sections of sky. They look relatively close, but it’s usually skin tones that trouble people with V-Log L.

    1. The issue with vlog in all GH cameras is oversaturated red. Nothing specific to skin tones it does it across the field. People faces turn pink but red is much stronger than other colours in any scene. It is easily corrected with a hue adjustment

    1. The level is capped at 80% IRE so the camera doesn’t actually use all the highlight headroom I believe. The GH6 instead goes all the way to 85% with dr boost On

      1. But you say “GH6 clipped” in the article. So are you saying GH6 or GH5 clipped? The context makes it feel like “GH5 clipped” would make more sense.

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