Meet the Zacuto GH5 & GH5s Cage (plus all the accessories you need)

The Lumix GH4 has been a favorite DSLR here at Zacuto for a while, and the Panasonic Lumix GH5 and GH5s are shaping up to be an excellent replacement. We took the two cameras out recently for a side by side comparison and were really impressed. (Jump to watch the GH5 vs GH4 video.)

To support these new camera we’ve created our first cage! We like to call it our “no-cage” cage because it’s so slim and fits the Lumix GH5 and GH5s perfectly. Take a look at everything it can do!

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GH5 / GH5s Cage Base Model

The GH5 Cage is our “no-cage” cage – lightweight and compact, it packs in a ton of features! The GH5 Cage screws into the bottom of the camera with a provided ¼ 20 screw. It also attaches to the sides of the camera, using the Panasonic eyelets neck strap connection with provided screws.

The top of the cage includes numerous ¼ 20 for mounting accessories. It also has a built-in Z-Rail for mounting an optional top handle or other accessories. The bottom of the cage has 2 ¼” 20 threads and a 3/6″ 16 thread for a tripod plate and a built in dovetail to slide into a VCT Pro baseplate or VCT Pro Dock so you can quickly move your camera from handheld, to shoulder mount, to tripod shooting.

The HDMI Cable Clamp is available individually and can be used on your GH5 or GH5s without the cage. Get it here.

lumix gh5 cage zacuto base model

The base model GH5 Cage is $495 and comes with Zacuto’s lifetime warranty.

Top Handle & GH5 Metabones Support Adapter

Our two most popular add-on accessories are the Top Handle and a non-rod based Metabones support.

lumix gh5 cage zacuto metabones support

15mm Rod Lock for Top Handle

If you’re looking to build your GH5 Cage into a shoulder mounted rig or add a Gratical EVF you’ll want this extra mount. The Rod Lock attaches to the coldshoe in the Top Handle to provide a quick-release rod port for the Axis Mini EVF mount and Gratical HD Micro-OLED EVF.

lumix gh5 cage zacuto base model

Atomos Mount

A special adapter to securely mount the popular Atomos Shogun Inferno monitor to your Zacuto GH5 Cage. Compatible with Shogun Inferno, Ninja Inferno, Shogun Flame, and Ninja Flame.

lumix gh5 cage with atomos inferno

Make it a Rig

The GH5 Cage fits seamlessly with our VCT Pro Baseplate making it easy to turn your cage into a shoulder mounted rig. From there you can add an Axis Mini and Gratical EVF (via the 15mm Rod Lock pictured above), handgrips, a follow focus, Gripper Batteries, and any other accessories you need.

If you would like some help building the Lumix GH5 rig that will best fit your workflow, contact our customer support team at or 312 863 3456.

lumix gh5 shoulder mounted rig

GH5 vs GH4 Side by Side

We just got a new Panasonic Lumix GH5 in our rental department, so Chase and Ryan snagged it to shoot a quick video for a friend who is opening a new bar in Wrigleyville here in Chicago. He took our Lumix GH4 along with him to compare these cameras side by side.

See the footage side by side as they navigate inside and outside shots then check out the quick short shot on the Lumix GH5.


Join the conversation

17 Responses to “Meet the Zacuto GH5 & GH5s Cage (plus all the accessories you need)”

  1. Omid Zoufonoun on June 27th, 2017 4:36 pm

    What will the pricing be for the atomos monitor mount? Having a monitor mount that is sturdy but low profile sounds really great. Will it only work with Atomos, or can it be adapted to SmallHD monitors or others?

  2. Rachel Mahrle on June 27th, 2017 4:41 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Omid, It’s Atomos and our GH5 Cage specific, but there are 1/4 20 and 3/8 16 screw holes and a shoe mount for other accessories. I don’t have exact pricing but it should be under $200. That’s all I know right now. – Rachel

  3. Curtis on June 28th, 2017 12:51 pm

    Looks like a fantastic design! Definitely considering getting this. To clarify, can it be attached directly to the sliding plate that comes with the Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head, or does that require using the Zacuto VCT Pro Tripod Dock in between? Thanks!

  4. Rachel Mahrle on June 28th, 2017 12:58 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Thanks, Curtis! Yes, you can attach your tripod plate directly to the bottom of the GH5 Cage. Don’t need anything else. – Rachel, Z-Team

  5. Curtis on June 28th, 2017 12:59 pm

    That’s great, thank you Rachel!

  6. Mack Taylor on September 13th, 2017 5:44 am

    Is it possible to use the A7SII Movcam cage with the recoil rig?

  7. Rachel Mahrle on September 13th, 2017 9:59 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    If it has a flat bottom and standard 1/4 20 screw holes then, yes. It’s all about whether it will mount cleanly to the VCT Pro baseplate – that’s why it’s important that it has a flat bottom. If the cage has two 1/4 20 screw holes underneath you could get an extra screw to help stabilize it. – Rachel, Z-Team

  8. boroc7 on January 17th, 2018 11:58 am

    Any way to use the Panasonic DMW-XLR1 XLR Microphone Adapter in conjunction with the cage? It’s become an important piece, and a large attraction of the GH5(s).

  9. Rachel Mahrle on January 17th, 2018 12:21 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Absolutely you can. Check out the video at the top of the page – it’s the first thing the guys discuss. – Rachel, Z-Team

  10. Rachel Mahrle on January 17th, 2018 12:21 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Absolutely you can. Check out the video at the top of the page – it’s the first thing the guys discuss. – Rachel, Z-Team

  11. Mark on January 25th, 2018 6:22 am

    Can you recommend a camera bag to carry both the GH5 in its Zacuto cage? Backpack etc? Something that has deep enough dividers please?

    Thank you.

  12. Rachel Mahrle on January 25th, 2018 10:09 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Our video department uses this one and likes it a lot. It’s big enough for the GH5 with the cage, and a lens or two. But we haven’t done a lot of research into other options. This is just the bag we happened to have! Good luck! – Rachel, Z-Team

  13. Will Foster-Grundy on March 1st, 2018 7:19 pm

    Hey will the Metabones Ultra EF-M43 CINE work with this cage or better to just get regular Ultra EF-M43 adapter?

  14. Rachel Mahrle on March 2nd, 2018 11:00 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Hi Will, We’re actually working on a couple of new Metabones adapters for our cage and the Ultra EF-M43 CINE will be compatible with one of those. Doing tests next week and then we should have a timeline. I’d say check in with if you haven’t seen an announcement by the end of March. – Rachel, Z-Team

  15. MozMoz on April 30th, 2018 7:40 am

    What lens did you use on both cameras? Did you use MBs?

  16. Laurent on March 28th, 2019 2:46 am

    Hi Rachel, it does not look like we can use the
    Zacuto z finder pro with it? Is that right? Many thanks, L

  17. Rachel Mahrle on May 28th, 2019 10:01 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    Yes, that’s correct. Apologies for the delayed response. If you’d still like to talk through GH5 options please contact our product team at

About the Author

Rachel has been with Zacuto since 2009. She began working in the sales department and moved to marketing in 2013. In her role as Digital Marketing Director she oversees the gear loan and review program, social media, blog content,, and works with the team on overall marketing strategy. Rachel has a BA in Theatre with a focus on Directing from Arizona State University. Those who have spoken with her on the phone know she occasionally reveals her homeland by slipping into a British accent. Rachel likes tear-jerker sports movies, reading cookbooks for pleasure, and crossword puzzles. Contact her at


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