Panasonic introduces the Lumix GH6: maximum resolution with minimum size

Panasonic has recently introduced the renewal of its compact size range for advanced video production: the Lumix GH6. It is a mirrorless micro quarter-thirds camera that is capable of recording in 5.7K at 60fps. The company plans to release it in March 2022.

The camera has been designed so that it can take on professional market standards by internally recording videos with ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 422 codec. These formats offer high image quality while maintaining low compression. To support these functions, the camera must use a CFexpress Type B card (MOV, 5.7K, 5728 x 3024 and 29.97p/25.00p/24.00p).

The device debuts the 25.2-megapixel Live MOS sensor conforming to the Micro Four Thirds system standard. It has no low-pass filter and therefore allows for a higher pixel count and higher resolution. Its readout speed is capable of recording C4K/4K video at 120p and burst shooting at 75 frames per second using the electronic shutter. At the same time, it minimizes distortion caused by shutter shake. The Venus engine offers twice the processing power of Panasonic’s predecessor ranges. This new capability achieves higher resolution and, for video, high-performance 2D and 3D modes optimize noise and color noise reduction. Improved color reproduction by level of brightness and saturation with its Dual 3D color control. Enables sharper images with ISO sensitivity below 100 at its lowest setting.

The design features a 3-inch free-angle display that does not interfere with other ports, consists of an OLED panel and offers a contrast ratio of 10,000:1. The body is made of a magnesium alloy chassis, and has a full HDMI port. It integrates dual slots for CFExpress type B cards and UHS II SD memory cards. It also has USB C 3.2 Gen 2 ports. It runs a 2,200 mAh battery with USB Power Delivery charging capability.

Thanks to the 5.7K (5728 x 3024) 10-bit 4:2:0 at 60p/50p (17:9) and 5.8K (5760 x 4320) at 30p/25p/24p 4:2:0 10-bit anamorphic (4:3) modes, the LUMIX GH6 offers higher resolution and bit rate. It offers internal 10-bit 4:2:2:2 recording in Cinema 4K 60p profile and simultaneous 10-bit 4:2:2:2 output via HDMI. In addition, it allows 4:2:0 10-bit 4K video recording at 120 fps, and 4:2:2:2 10-bit Full HD at 240 frames per second. It is capable of Full HD at 300 frames per second.

The GH6 has a 5-axis Dual Image Stabilizer (IS) 2 that, combined with the lens OIS control, offers a correction value of 7.5 steps. This allows, in the company’s words, shooting at high resolutions without a tripod in the “high “resolution” mode.

The camera has no overheating problems, according to Panasonic, because it integrates a fan system that allows unlimited recording times in all modes, as long as the battery or frame rate allows it.

Moreover, the dynamic range allows more than 12 steps in V-Log recording and in Dynamic Range Boost mode, this figure increases to 13 steps. This camera includes for the first time the colorimetry used by Panasonic’s VariCam range of cinema cameras, such as the V709 LUT with the Rec 709 standard. Regarding audio, the Lumix GH6 allows recording in 4 channels at 48 or 96 kHz at 24 bits by connecting XLR microphone adapters.

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