One of the first things that any new Panasonic GH5 owner should invest in is a set of extra batteries. The GH-series of cameras have always had good battery life with the included stock battery, but as we noted in our hands-on overview of the camera, the GH5 is a tad more power-hungry than its predecessors.
In my experience, some of the third-party battery options that I’ve tried haven’t been nearly as good as official stock batteries, but Newmowa’s battery doesn’t fit this mold. I find that it actually performs just as well as the official stock Panasonic battery included with my Lumix GH5.
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The Amazon reviews for Newmowa’s battery tell the story, customers are largely satisfied with the product’s performance. Since the GH5 uses the same cell as the GH4, there is a considerable sample of users who have experienced Newmowa’s offerings over the long term.
For under $30 dollars, you get two Newmowa 1860 mAh batteries, a dual charger, a USB micro cable, and two battery cases. That’s a substantial value for the price, especially when you consider that just one official 1860 mAh Panasonic DMW-BLF19 battery costs over $50.
I’ve been using the Newmowa batteries mixed in with the official stock Panasonic battery for the last week, and I’ve been impressed with the performance. When shooting 4K 4:2:2 10-bit video, the batteries last for over two hours. That’s roughly what I get with the stock factory BLF19 Panasonic battery.
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The fact that you get two of these batteries, and a dual charger for way less than one official Panasonic battery just sweetens the deal. The inclusion of two battery cases and a USB cable makes it even better.
The only thing missing from this package is a power adapter, which you’ll need to supply yourself. It’s unfortunate that Newmowa doesn’t include a power adapter, but it’s understandable why it choose not to. Not only will this omission save on money and shipping costs, but most of us have a ton of these power adapters littered across the house already.
The bottom line is that for less than $30 you get a pair of well-performing batteries that will allow you to cycle and shoot virtually non-stop. It’s a must-have purchase for any new GH5 owner.