When I heard the Panasonic GH5 had autofocusing issues, this is what I thought:
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What is good youtube, it’s that1cameraguy, back at it again with another video. This episode is a short excerpt from the Monday Live show that Jason Vong and I do on our Monday podcast. We talked about the Panasonic GH5 AF Issue on our last show on April 10. Hold on till after the podcast, I’ll share my updated thoughts about the camera you won’t want to miss.
I think Panasonic will still do well with the GH5, but unfortunately, the autofocus issue is going to plague them. In my opinion, the GH5 does an excellent job of providing a multitude of video features for the user in terms of recording options, but one aspect that they neglected was continuous autofocus/face tracking. I think Panasonic really pigeonholed themselves into this camera. The negative publicity, although not deserved in my honest opinion, is going to taint the image of this camera which it has. You’ve seen the Max Yurev and PhotoJoseph debacle that happened, and even with the two meeting up, they never came to a really good solution.
The very technical, mechanical users who sought out this camera in the first place are going to love it. The folks who manually pull focus and adapt glass will love it. However, the bandwagon crowd that heard about the camera, because every YouTuber said it was awesome (like myself) and they wanted to use it for YouTube are going to be sadly selling their units or cancelling orders when they realize it’s terrible for vlogging and they can’t track their face very well in a sitdown.
The video market and user is changing. They want something that simply works. Panasonic might not have built the camera with the intention for this market, but with all the effort of adding high level video bitrates and options, they neglected continuous autofocus in video.
You might say that this camera isn’t designed for the YouTuber or Vlogger. Unfortunately, I think it caught the attention of many of these individuals. Furthermore, influencers, tech reviewers, and vloggers have started to use it, and the complaint they’ve all made is the autofocus is terrible. Add to that, not every person out there is very technical with their camera. Yeah, I know how to use my camera in manual mode, but do you realize how many leave it on Auto.
This was a market that Panasonic could have captured with this market in my opinion, but now the GH5 will remain in the hands of the skilled individuals who actually know the potential this camera has beyond the AF issues. And that’s my two cents on the topic.
Let me know what you think by answering the voting poll on the top right whether you’ll still buy the camera knowing it has continuous autofocus issues, and let me know in the comment section below your thoughts on the AF problems.
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