The Panasonic LUMIX GH6 is a brand new flagship mirrorless digital camera with a 25 megapixel sensor and 5.7K 30p video recording.
Different key options embrace 7.5 stops of picture stabilisation, 100-megapixel high-resolution mode, 75fps burst capturing, a 3,680k-dot 0.76x dwell viewfinder and a 3.0-inch free-angle touch-control monitor with 1,840K-dot decision, and twin reminiscence card slots.
The Panasonic GH6 will likely be out there from March 2022 for £1,999.99 physique solely or from £2,199.99 RRP for a equipment together with a 12-60mm lens.
Questioning how the GH6 differs to final 12 months’s GH5 II? Then take a look at our Panasonic GH6 vs GH5 II Head-to-head Comparability.
Panasonic UK Press Launch
The Panasonic LUMIX GH6: A New Compact, Subsequent-Era Mirrorless Digicam with Highly effective Video Functionality
22nd February 2022 – Panasonic is proud to introduce the brand new LUMIX GH6 – the newest flagship mannequin of LUMIX mirrorless cameras based mostly on the Micro 4 Thirds system commonplace.
In 2009, Panasonic launched the DMC-GH1, the primary mannequin of the LUMIX GH sequence, with a hybrid picture/video idea. Since then, the GH sequence has developed with modern options demanded by customers, and now, it has change into famend by creators worldwide as a first-choice software because of its efficiency, mobility, and rugged design. The LUMIX GH6 is the newest addition to the sequence that once more breaks the boundaries of mirrorless cameras.
Highly effective, Skilled Video Efficiency
Panasonic’s LUMIX GH Sequence is broadly thought of an epoch-making sensation, attaining excellent video recording efficiency with superior options that meet skilled high quality ranges and requirements. The brand new LUMIX GH6 continues this, with 5.7K 30p inner video recording out there in ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 422 for the primary time within the LUMIX sequence utilizing a CFexpress Sort B card, which permits non-linear enhancing with out transcoding.
With 5.7K 4:2:0 10-bit 60p/50p and 5.8K 30p/25p/24p 4:2:0 10-bit anamorphic 4:3 modes recorded utilising the complete space of the sensor, the LUMIX GH6 presents greater decision and better bit charges than ever earlier than and delivers the newest in excessive picture high quality, versatility, and vary wanted for movie, TV, and all kinds of video manufacturing.
The LUMIX GH6 additionally achieves 4:2:2 10-bit Cinema 4K 60p inner recording in addition to simultaneous output in 4:2:2 10-bit Cinema 4K 60p over HDMI.
4:2:0 10-bit 4K 120p (equal to 5x sluggish movement*1) and 4:2:2 10bit FHD 240p HFR (Excessive Body Charge) video recording with audio is offered to allow creativity corresponding to velocity ramping. FHD most 300fps (equal to 12.5x sluggish movement*1) VFR (Variable Body Charge) permits dynamic movement of a topic.
Overheating generally is a deadly concern to steady video recording particularly when the decision and the body charges are elevated however the LUMIX GH6 achieves limitless video recording time*2 in all modes by optimising the heat-dissipating path with a forced-cooling fan mechanism.
*1 In 24p
*2 Below the assured working atmosphere when utilizing a battery. The recording time depends upon the capability of the battery and the recording media.
Panasonic’s Dedication to Steady Enchancment
Panasonic continues its dedication to steady enchancment of its LUMIX vary through performance-enhancing firmware updates. Sooner or later, a firmware replace for GH6 will likely be launched to help:
- Cinema 4K ProRes 422 HQ / ProRes 422
- FHD ProRes 422 HQ / ProRes 422
- USB-SSD direct recording
- 4K 120p HDMI Video output throughout Stay View
- Cinema 4K 120p HDMI RAW Video Knowledge Output to ATOMOS Ninja V+
Unrivalled Picture Stabilisation
For agile handheld capturing, the LUMIX GH6 adopts a brand new tremendous high-precision 5-axis gyro sensor with a brand new algorithm to realize a strong 7.5 stops of Physique I.S.*1 and Twin I.S.2*2.
The 5-axis Twin I.S. 2 works seamlessly to file pure, comfortable-to-see video footage. It applies acceptable compensation based on the kind of motion by exactly judging the trigger – whether or not it was generated by panning, tilting, or hand-shake. The B.I.S. compensates for digital camera motion even when an interchangeable lens with out O.I.S. (e.g. a cine lens) is used.
With this highly effective picture stabilisation, even a 100-megapixel high-resolution picture could be shot utilizing the Excessive Decision mode with out a tripod. In Excessive Decision mode, eight consecutive photos are mechanically shot whereas shifting the sensor utilizing the Physique I.S. (Picture Stabiliser) mechanism and synthesized right into a 100-megapixel equal (11552 x 8672-pixel) picture that faithfully reproduces exact particulars to be saved as stunning, extremely sensible photos not solely in RAW but in addition in JPEG. With its compact, light-weight design and highly effective Physique I.S., the LUMIX GH6 makes capturing that was beforehand deemed not possible –corresponding to handheld ultra-telephoto capturing– doable.
*1 Based mostly on the CIPA commonplace [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=60mm (35mm film camera equivalent f=120mm), when H-ES12060 is used.
*2 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=140mm (35mm film camera equivalent f=280mm), when H-FS14140 is used.
Incredible Dynamic Range
The LUMIX GH6 provides 12+ stops of wide dynamic range for pre-installed V-Log recording, expanding to 13+ stops when using Dynamic Range Boost mode*. With the new Dynamic Range Boost mode, a highly saturated image generated from the low ISO circuit and a low noise image generated from the high ISO circuit are synthesized at each pixel. The composite image achieves both low noise and high saturation, resulting in a clear and smooth HDR video with rich gradation.
The LUMIX GH6 also contains V-Log/V-Gamut for the first time in the LUMIX G Series Micro Four Thirds camera line-up to deliver a high dynamic range with broad colours. V-Log renders a very flat image while maintaining all colour information within the image, which allows for a greater level of editing flexibility in the post-production process. The GH6’s Live MOS sensor achieves a wide colour gamut known as V-Gamut. This is the GH6’s optimum colour space, which is wider than BT.2020.
Users will enjoy the GH6’s impressively accurate colour reproduction, with subtle gradations from dark areas to highlights, and precise control of colour data in post-production.
The LUMIX GH6 imports the renowned colourimetry of the Panasonic VariCam line-up of cinema cameras. V709 LUT (Look Up Table) with Rec.709 standard is available in the camera by default. As a further convenience, for the first time, V-Log View Assist (which can apply LUTs in real-time) supports the import of .CUBE as well as .VLT file formats.
* Available in Creative Video mode only, Minimum ISO 800 in standard mode/ISO2000 in V-Log/HLG.
A LUMIX First in Audio Recording Capability
The LUMIX GH6 delivers much improved audio recording performance, with 4ch 48kHz or 96kHz 24-bit recording made possible* when an XLR microphone adaptor is attached. This provides greater flexibility when shooting outdoors, for example, where multiple audio sources are present, or when recording backup audio. 2ch 48kHz 24-bit recording is also supported with the built-in mic as well as 2ch 96kHz 24-bit high-resolution recording* with an external mic.
The channel to use for headphones can also be switched during video recording and audio menus can be directly accessed with the Fn1 button on the top of the camera to easily check sound levels during 4-channel audio recording. For an external microphone, a Φ3.5mm stereo jack is provided.
* 4-channel audio recording is available in ProRes and MOV.
Practical Features for Easier Workflow
The LUMIX GH6 also offers a host of practical features. There are a variety of useful settings in Photo Style including different Cinelike gamma presets such as ‘Cinelike D2’ and ‘Cinelike V2’, which have similar gamma setting characteristics for film production.
In response to requests from professional users, video assist functions such as Waveform Monitor, Zebra Pattern, Luminance Spot Meter, Frame Marker, Anamorphic Desqueeze Display, Red REC Frame Indicator and Tally lamps are also available.
New to the LUMIX GH6 is the Safety Zone Marker, which shows a guide of 95%, 90% or 80% recording area, while the Center Marker allows you to choose the type of the marker. In the Colour Temperature Setting, the kelvin values can now be displayed on the recording screen
4K 60p timelapse videos can also be produced inside the camera. With the Exposure Levelling function, the exposure is automatically adjusted to prevent large changes in brightness between adjacent frames to produce equable timelapse footage.
MF assist during video recording* is now supported, enabling the user to enlarge the screen up to 6x to check the focus.
*Up to 60p. Does not work in Variable Frame Rate mode.
Next-Generation Engine and Sensor Technology
Panasonic has developed a new 25.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor without LPF (Low-pass Filter) that boasts high resolution, high-speed signal readout that reduces rolling shutter and achieves wide dynamic range.
The new Venus Engine is also upgraded with advanced image processing technologies to render high-resolution imagery with natural noise texture and rich colour reproduction, which is a hallmark of LUMIX cameras.
The new engine delivers approximately twice the processing power, enabling high-speed processing of the new sensor’s higher pixel counts and higher-resolution, higher-bit-rate video. This evolution includes three key technologies: New Intelligent Detail Processing, New 2D Noise Reduction, and High Precision 3D Noise Reduction for video. The new Intelligent Detail Processing detects the flat, detailed, and edged elements in a frame more accurately to produce a highly realistic image. The new 2D Noise Reduction suppresses chromatic noise and improves the texture of luminance noise to achieve clear and natural images even when shot at high sensitivity. With the High Precision 3D Noise Reduction for video, the detection capability of still and moving parts has been advanced, making it possible to optimise noise reduction while minimising afterimages. As a result, the image quality of video with dynamic motion is enhanced. In addition, high-precision Dual 3D Colour Control enhances colour reproduction by brightness level, saturation level and hue level for rich, faithful colour expression.
The combination of the new advanced sensor with enhanced saturation performance and the new engine makes it possible to render a clearer image even in 25.2-megapixel high resolution and lower minimum ISO sensitivity at ISO 100 [Photo: ISO 50(Extended) – 25600 / Video: ISO 50(Extended) -12800].
The LUMIX GH6 adopts a 3.0-inch tilt and free-angle touch-control monitor in 3:2 facet with 1,840K-dot excessive decision. The lean and free-angle display screen permits for higher flexibility and handy rotation even with a HDMI cable and USB cable related to the digital camera.
To help excessive precision focusing, the LUMIX GH6 supplies sensible choices for handbook focusing. Whereas focus is shifted with variable quantity based on the rotation velocity of the main focus ring for non-linear setting, it’s shifted with a delegated quantity based on the rotational quantum of the main focus ring for linear setting. Sensitivity (quantity of focus shift per rotational quantum) could be chosen from 90 to 360 levels by 30-degrees to allow supposed focus operation.
The three,680k-dot 0.76x dwell viewfinder makes use of a extremely responsive, easy-to-see OLED show to seize even fast-moving topics in tremendous element. As well as, the excessive distinction show (approx. 10,000:1) presents the topic with tremendous gradations and excessive readability all through.
With the brand new sensor’s greater readout velocity and the brand new Venus Engine’s superior processing energy, the LUMIX GH6 additionally delivers AFS burst capturing utilizing the digital shutter at 75 frames per second with 25.2-megapixel decision. The sensor’s greater readout velocity additionally minimises rolling shutter distortion and captures photos too quick for the bare eye to course of.
Dependable Construct High quality for Skilled Use
The LUMIX GH6 is hard sufficient to face up to heavy area use with a magnesium alloy full die-cast entrance / rear body and isn’t solely splash-resistant*1 however dust-resistant and freeze-resistant all the way down to -10 levels Celsius/14 levels Fahrenheit. The shutter unit can be sturdy for approx. 200,000 cycles. The Rec button is situated on each the highest and entrance of the digital camera, which makes it simple to begin and cease recording even when capturing at a low angle or with a shoulder rig.
The LUMIX GH6 is provided with double card slots. The CFexpress card (Sort B) helps inner recording of excessive bitrate video at 800Mbps or extra together with 5.7K 30p ProRes 422 HQ and C4K 60p ALL-I. The SD Reminiscence Card UHS II V90 helps inner recording of video at 600Mbps or much less and it’s also doable to decide on the recording methodology from Relay Recording, Backup Recording, Allocation Recording utilizing each SD Reminiscence Card and CFexpress Card.
For the terminal, HDMI Sort A is offered. Plus, a cable lock holder for the HDMI/USB cable is offered to stop points corresponding to unplugging on location. The LUMIX GH6 helps USB 3.2 Gen 2 for high-speed writing and readout. The 2200mAh high-capacity battery could be recharged both through AC or USB based on the customers’ comfort. It additionally complies with USB PD (Energy Supply) when the corresponding Battery Charger DMW-BTC15 is used. The LUMIX GH6 can be suitable with Time Code IN/OUT synchronization by the flash synchro terminal and bundled BNC converter cable with BNC cable. This makes the non-linear enhancing of footage shot with a number of cameras simple.
Wi-Fi 5-GHz (IEEE802.11ac)*2 is enabled along with 2.4-GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n). This supplies a safe and secure connection not solely with a smartphone/pill but in addition with different gadgets on location for easy distant management. The transmission velocity of picture/video information can be elevated through the use of the 5-GHz band. Compatibility with Bluetooth 5.0 (referred to as BLE: Bluetooth Low Vitality) permits fixed reference to a smartphone or pill with minimal energy consumption. The settings of a LUMIX GH6 digital camera can be copied and transmitted wirelessly to different GH6 cameras when utilizing a number of cameras. The LUMIX Sync software for iOS/Android gadgets permits distant management of the digital camera utilizing a smartphone or a pill through simple wi-fi connection. Along with wi-fi management through a Distant Shutter DMW-RS2 (bought individually), software software program LUMIX Tether permits tethered capturing through USB. Customers can management the digital camera by connecting it to a PC through USB, letting them view the picture on a big PC display screen whereas capturing. Profoto wi-fi transmitters “Air Distant TTL-O/P” and “Profoto Join-O/P” can be utilized, enabling wi-fi connection and management of exterior strobes for skilled capturing.*3
*1 Splash Resistant is a time period used to explain an additional degree of safety this digital camera presents towards publicity to a minimal quantity of moisture, water or mud. Splash Resistant doesn’t assure that harm is not going to happen if this digital camera is subjected to direct contact with water.
*2 5GHz Wi-Fi just isn’t out there in some nations.
*3 All features is probably not out there relying on the scenario.
Extensive Vary of Out there Lenses
The Panasonic LUMIX G Sequence boasts a complete line-up of 30 Micro 4 Thirds lenses to select from based on objective. The most recent LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH. (X-H1025) and LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH. (H-X2550) zoom lenses function full-range F1.7 massive aperture and are favoured by skilled movie creators in addition to different single-focal-length F1.7 or F2.8 lenses. As well as, the LUMIX GH6 memorises the identify and focal size of analog lenses corresponding to anamorphic lenses or previous lenses to mechanically apply the appropriate setting of the digital camera’s in-body picture stabiliser when these lenses are used.
Panasonic has reviewed and up to date the firmware of its lenses to optimise their use with the LUMIX GH6. It’s doable to manage AF operation by urgent the shutter button midway, or by urgent the AF-ON button, when [200.00p] is about in excessive body price video mode when H-E08018/H-X1025/H-X2550/H-ES12060/H-ES50200/H-RS100400/H-XA025/H-ES200/H-HSA12035/H-FS12060/H-HSA35100/H-FSA45200/H-FSA100300 lenses are used. The H-NS043/H-X012/H-X015 lenses will comply with these updates and they’re going to even have Focus Ring Management and improved AF efficiency in 24.00p/23.98p mode. The firmware replace of H-NS043/H-X012/H-X015 is scheduled for 1st March 2022.
For extra info on lens firmware updates, please consult with the LUMIX World Buyer Help web site.
The GH6 will likely be out there from March 2022 for £1,999.99 RRP for physique solely or from £2,199.99 RRP for a equipment together with a 12-60mm lens.
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