You have to look way back to 2017 to remember the launch of the GH5 – a mirrorless camera that became incredibly popular with videographers looking to capture great video from a lightweight camera body. Well, fast forward to 2021 and Panasonic has put worries to rest and committed to the Micro Four-Thirds system – not only by launching an upgraded version of the GH5, called the GH5 II, but also by confirming that 2021 will see a new flagship MFT camera from the brand….the long awaited GH6!
So what is new on the GH5 II, which will ship from the end of June? Well, it should come as no surprise that the upgrades are centred around video and the GH5 can shoot uncropped Cinema 4K (C4K) in 10-bit 60p and 50p format, enabling videographers to use these high-quality clips at half-speed for a slow motion effect. What’s more, 10-bit HDMI output can now be recorded at the same time as an internally recorded sequence, too.
More video upgrades come in the shape of the GH5 II offering Panasonic’s V-Log profile pre-installed, which will give users more options when editing movies in post production and the GH5 also features the Cinelike D2 and V2 styles, too, enabling videographers to add a stylised effect to their footage.
The GH5 II keeps with Panasonic’s tradition of offering IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) by including the 5-axis Dual IS system that can deliver up to 6.5-stops of compensation to keep footage smooth. What’s more, the GH5 II offers unlimited recording times so as long as you have the power and memory, you can keep recording, which will be of great use to videographers capturing news or events.
Despite its small size, the GH5 features professional-level weather resistance to protect against dust, splashes or freezing and there’s also improvements to the Live Streaming capabilities, with the new GH5 II able to offer wireless live streaming using the LUMIX Sync app.
Although there was no exact launch date announced for the forthcoming GH6, Panasonic did confirm that it’s in development and will arrive within 2021, along with a new lens that will carry the Leica name – the Leica DG 25-50mm f/1.7. What’s more, Panasonic has confirmed the GH6 will pack a new image sensor and processor engine and will be able to shoot 4:2:2 10-bit DCI 4K at 60p with unlimited recording time, along with 10-bit 4K HFR 120p mode and, in a move that will excite video professional, the ability to shoot 10-bit 5.7K 60p video.