The Wait is Over!
The Panasonic LUMIX GH6 has arrived and features the highest-resolution micro four-thirds sensor. The GH6 is designed for both video and photo functionality with updated video recording resolutions and frame rates, as well as a new Venus processor for faster photo capture and processing.
Video creators will love the increased dynamic range from V-Log/V-Gamut along with Dynamic Range Boost, for 13+ stops of latitude. Photographers will be able to take sharper photos with the new 25.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor, with more clarity and detail.
Panasonic LUMIX History
Since the beginning of the LUMIX line, Panasonic has strived to create a photo/video hybrid camera. With multiple iterations of the LUMIX line-up, the GH6 is the pinnacle of Panasonic’s camera engineering and development.
In 2009, Panasonic introduced the DMC-GH1, the first model of the LUMIX GH series, with a photo/video-hybrid concept. Since then, the GH series has evolved to include innovative features demanded by users and has become renowned by creators worldwide as a first-choice tool thanks to its performance, mobility, and rugged design. The LUMIX GH6 is the latest addition of the series that again breaks the boundaries of digital mirrorless cameras.
The LUMIX GH6 is capable of unlimited 4:2:2 10-bit C4K 60p internal recording and simultaneous output in 4:2:2 10-bit C4K 60p over HDMI, and firmware is in the works to output C4K 120p RAW to the Atomos Ninja V+ monitor recorder over HDMI 2.0.
The LUMIX GH6’s Live MOS sensor has a wide color gamut known as V-Gamut, which is the GH6’s optimum color space and provides a color space that is wider than BT.2020, rendering information in shadows and highlights with ease.
The LUMIX GH6 also has a new 5-axis gyro sensor with a new algorithm to achieve 7.5 stops of Body I.S. and Dual I.S.2 when paired with compatible lenses, making handheld video stable without a gimbal.
According to Panasonic, their new sensor improves processing for auto focus, “Higher speed signal processing by the Venus Engine and an improved AF algorithm, subject detection performance has been dramatically enhanced to achieve higher precision AF.”
The LUMIX GH6 can perform high-speed burst shooting at 14 (AFS) / 8 (AFC) fps with a mechanical shutter and 75 fps with an electronic shutter. Panasonic has over 30 lenses within their micro four-thirds lineup that can take advantage of the LUMIX GH6’s focusing algorithm.
The LUMIX GH6 will be able to handle any environment you use it in. It has a 200,00 shutter cycle life, and is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front / rear frame. The LUMIX GH6 is splash, dust, and freeze-resistant down to -14 degrees Fahrenheit.
For recording media, the LUMIX GH6 has dual-card slots, CFexpress card (Type B) and SD Memory Cards, “The CFexpress card (Type B) supports internal recording of high bitrate video at 800Mbps or more including 5.7K 30p ProRes 422 HQ and C4K 60p ALL-I. The SD Memory Card UHS II V90 supports internal recording of video at 600Mbps or less.”
Overheating when recording continuous high-resolution video is negated with a forced cooling mechanism, “The LUMIX GH6 achieves unlimited video recording time in C4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit by optimizing the heat dissipating path with a forced-cooling mechanism and allows video recording of VFR/HFR, ProRes and high-resolution footage exceeding 4K for an extended time.”
Availability and Price
The LUMIX GH6 will be available from major retailers beginning March 2022, and will retail for $2,199 US for the body alone, or $2,799 US with a 12-60mm lens. To purchase from an Amazon affiliate link, click the picture below.