Panasonic confirms new 4K GH6 camera

The Panasonic GH6 is real. Expect it to arrive later this year.

Panasonic has announced that it will continue its commitment to Micro Four Thirds with the development of the G.H6, a new mirrorless camera slated to launch in late 2021 and priced at around $ 2,500.

Since Panasonic is just teasing this camera, not much has been disclosed, but no film school learned from a press event prior to the company’s livestream that the G.H6 will be a brand new mirrorless camera that brings some new features in the fold over the newly announced one GH5 II.

We can confirm the following:

Panasonic GH6

  • New sensor and processing machine
  • 5.7 K 60p, 10 bit
  • 4K DCI 60p, 10 bit (unlimited recording)
  • 4K 120p, 10 bit

During the press event, Panasonic noted that the GH6 will have more modern features than previous GH models. Panasonic has not shared exactly what these features are, but we can safely tell you that the GH6 is more geared towards the “professional creator”.

You can think of the GH6 as an MFT version of the Panasonic S1H. Expect the sensor to be 5.7KB with no pixel binning. Expect slow-motion / time-lapse videos with high frame rate and variable frame rate for high definition recordings.

The GH6 also has photo and video modes, supports open gate anamorphic shooting and external shooting, and supports a range of aspect ratios such as 9:16 vertical shooting.

Similar to GH5 II, expect an improved autofocus system with the GH6. With the GH5 II, autofocus has improved tremendously, especially when it comes to tracking your eyes, face, and body, but it’s still based on contrast. Based on the event, we believe Panasonic may be moving towards phase-detection autofocus and contrast-based autofocus with the GH6. A hybrid approach similar to Canon, Sony and Nikon. This would fulfill the nickname “professional creator” Panasonic advertised in the press.

If so, this change would be generally welcomed. In addition, the next generation S-series cameras may also receive phase detection. But we just have to wait and see.

What do you think of the GH6? Is Panasonic going in the right direction? Let them know what you’d like to see in the comments below.

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