Five years is a long time in photography, but that’s exactly how many years have passed since the GH5 came to market. Although Panasonic launched the GH5 II, what many will see as the main replacement – the GH6 – has just been released and the wait may well have been worth it.
Packed with impressive features for stills photography, the GH6 also boasts some epic specs and functions for videographers, backing up the credentials for this camera to be seen as a genuine movie making option. Built around a newly developed 25.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor without LPF (Low-pass Filter) that is paired with the new Venus Engine which Panasonic says ‘delivers approximately twice the processing power’ of the previous model. There’s a 3,680k-dot 0.76x live viewfinder and the GH6 is a speedy camera, delivering AFS burst shooting using the electronic shutter at 75 frames per second with 25.2-megapixel resolution.
Panasonic has always championed stabilisation technology and the GH6 is no different, offering a new super high-precision 5-axis gyro sensor with a new algorithm to achieve 7.5 stops of IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation). Thanks to this stabilisation, high-res stills can be captured up to 100-megapixels thanks to a High Resolution mode that captures multiple images and merges them together to create a single file measuring 11552 x 8672-pixels.
Built for rugged everyday use, the GH6 features a magnesium alloy full die-cast front / rear frame and is weather sealed to offer protection against dust and moisture, enabling the camera to operate in conditions down to -10 degrees Celsius. What’s more, the GH6’s shutter unit is rated for. 200,000 cycles and users can take advantage of dual memory storages – one slot for CFExpress and one for SD.
The GH5 saw huge success thanks to its video features and the GH6 takes things to a new level, with the new model capable of capturing 5.7K 30p internal video in ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 422 for the first time in a LUMIX series camera – with the high rates enabled thanks to that CFexpress Type B card, which enables non-linear editing without transcoding. There is a ‘Rec’ button located on both the top and front of the camera, which makes it easy to start and stop recording even when shooting at a low angle or with a shoulder rig.
For those videographers who like to create epic slow motion sequences, you’ll be pleased to hear the GH6 can shoot at 300 fps in Full HD – that’s equivalent to 12.5x slow motion. What’s more, there won’t be any overheating issues as the GH6 offers unlimited recording time in all recording modes. Lastly, the GH6 provides 12+ stops of wide dynamic range for pre-installed V-Log recording, expanding to 13+ stops when using Dynamic Range Boost mode, enabling users to make more of the shadows and highlights in a scene.