The Panasonic GH5S Might Have a IMX294 STARVIS Chip Inside

Sony STARVIS technology was developed for security camera application and could be very interesting if applied to a camera, but I find one issue with this rumor. The Panasonic GH5s should cost less than the GH5 because security camera sensors are designed to be mass produced and inexpensive. Maybe Panasonic reworked the IMX294 chip with Sony to suit their needs, but the chip should still cost less than the current chip inside the GH5.

The sensor has the ability to perform much of what the Panasonic GH5 does and more but will lack 6k photo or really any abilities beyond 4k. It would be far more interesting to take STARVIS technology and put it in a 12MP or 16MP sensor origionally designed for photography for the Panasonic GH5s, but we will see.

Via Sony (1, 2, 3)

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  • Cliff

    The current GH5 uses a Sony IMX272 image sensor. Chipworks (Tech Insights) has already deconstructed the GH5, X-ray’d the components and inspected chip cross sections with an electron microscope. They easily identified it as a Sony IMX272. Panasonic is very likely to buy Sony again for this GH5-S

  • g_disqus

    There is about 13 megapixels. You can check resolution of modes:

    Mode with max width – 4168×2176,
    Mode with max height – 3792×2840.
    Minimum resolution is 4168×2840=11.7 MP.

    But sensor has 4:3 ratio. 4168/4*3 = 3126 is max height.
    Maximum resolution is 4168×2840=13.02 MP.

  • Cliff

    This Starvis IMX294 is not “really” intended for the security camera market. When was the last time you saw a “Cinama 4k” (17×9) 120 fps 10bit MFT “security” camera? This is probably Sony BS just to let us know what this sensor is “really” for….the mirrorless MFT camera market. If they signed a “non disclosure” agreement with Panasonic inside the contract of sale, Sony might not be allowed to publically market this sensor for other mirrorless applications. ( only security camera market….which is nothing compared to mirrorless camera market) “Security” cameras was NOT really what is was developed for. 😉

    • Actually the security camera market is huge and governments can spend almost anything on cameras. Some of the cameras they put on stop lights can cost 2-5k each and most have 4… Then there are red light cameras that need flashes, which distract drivers and could lead to a lawsuit in the future if they flash the wrong person and they get in an accident… This technology would be perfect for road cameras and most cities have tons in America now. It use to only be countries like England…