Although it’s generally accepted that the continuous autofocus function on the GH5 is poor, I set out to find the “best” settings for the AF. Although I expected to find some limitations to the autofocus for video, I hoped to understand better the camera’s AF algorithms, and be able to work around those limitations.
For the most part, the settings I arrived at are the same as what other filmmakers recommend. However, in the process I made one surprising discovery about how the continuous AF works.
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Despite the shortcomings of the AF, the GH5 is an outstanding camera. There is no perfect camera out there, and it’s up to us to decide what is the best trade-off. When it comes to “budget” cameras (in quotes, since it’s a relative term), I think that currently the best choices are the URSA Mini 4.6K (or the Pro version) and the Panasonic GH5.
You can find Tom’s review of the URSA Mini 4.6K here.
BlackMagic URSA Mini 4.6K Pro on BH Photo Video