Panasonic is proud to introduce the new LUMIX GH6 - the latest flagship model of the LUMIX G Series digital mirrorless camera based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard.
In 2009, Panasonic introduced the DMC-GH1, the first model of the LUMIX GH series, with a photo/video-hybrid concept. Since then, the GH series has been evolved with innovative features demanded by users and now, it has become renowned by creators worldwide as a first-choice tool thanks to its performance, mobility and rugged design. The LUMIX GH6 is the latest addition of the series that again breaks the boundaries of the digital mirrorless camera.
By increasing the effective pixel count by more than 20%, the new 25.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor boasts a high-resolution, high-speed signal readout and wide dynamic range. The new Venus Engine has also been upgraded with advanced image processing technologies to render high-resolution images with natural noise texture and rich colour reproduction, which is a hallmark of LUMIX cameras.
The LUMIX GH6 contains V-Log/V-Gamut for the first time in LUMIX G Micro Four Thirds cameras and provides 12+ stops and even 13+ stops of wide dynamic range using Dynamic Range Boost mode.
The new LUMIX GH6 has again evolved to achieve 4:2:2 10-bit C4K 60p unlimited video recording time, 4:2:0 10-bit 4K120p, 4:2:2 10bit FHD 240p HFR (High Frame Rate) and FHD maximum 300fps VFR (Variable Frame Rate) to reproduce the dynamic motion of the subject. In addition to 4:2:0 10-bit 5.7K 60p, 4:2:0 10-bit 5.8K 30p (4.4K 60p) anamorphic 4:3 video can be recorded utilizing the full area of the sensor. It is possible to display de-squeezed footage on the monitor in real-time. 5.7K 30p video recording is available in Apple ProRes 422 HQ for the first time in LUMIX cameras, which enables non-linear editing without transcoding. Extended recording time is made possible with LUMIX's heat management technology.
Boasting 7.5 stops of powerful image stabilization with its Dual I.S.2 for agile handheld shooting, the LUMIX GH6 has adopted a new super high-precision 5-axis gyro sensor with a new algorithm to achieve 7.5 stops of Body I.S. and Dual I.S.2. It also offers a wide variety of recording formats, resolutions and framerates to choose from according to the purpose.
With expertise drawn from firsthand opinions, the LUMIX GH6 has been designed and developed to realize high-quality video expression and workflow efficiency from setup to delivery in addition to excellent depiction performance and mobility. Together with a wide array of lens options, Panasonic is committed to leading the industry with creators who are seeking a new way to go beyond the limitations of creativity.
The combination of the new advanced sensor with the enhanced saturation performance and the engine makes it possible to render 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].
Dynamic range measures the luminance range that a digital camera can capture. The LUMIX GH6 provides 12+ stops of a wide dynamic range for pre-installed V-Log recording capability. Even 13+ stops can be achieved using Dynamic Range Boost mode. With the new Dynamic Range Boost mode, the saturation-priority image generated from low ISO circuits and low noise image generated from high ISO circuits is 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.
For agile handheld shooting, the LUMIX GH6 has adopted a new super high-precision 5-axis gyro sensor with a new algorithm to achieve 7.5 stops of Body I.S. and Dual I.S.2. Thanks to this powerful image stabilization, even a 100-megapixel high-resolution image can be shot using the High-Resolution mode without a tripod. In High-Resolution mode, eight consecutive images are automatically shot while shifting the sensor using the Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer) mechanism and synthesized into a 100-megapixel equivalent (11552 x 8672-pixel) image that faithfully reproduces precise details to be saved as beautiful, highly realistic images not only in RAW but also in JPEG. With its high mobility achieved by the compact, lightweight design and powerful Body I.S., this LUMIX G Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera makes shooting that was impossible in the past, such as handheld ultra-telephoto shooting, possible. The 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 also works for video recording, including 4K video to record natural, comfortable-to-see video footage. It applies for appropriate compensation according to the type of movement by precisely judging the cause - whether it was generated by panning, tilting or hand-shake. The B.I.S. compensates for camera movement even when an interchangeable lens without O.I.S. (e.g. a cine lens)
The LUMIX GH Series has created an epoch-making industrial sensation by achieving outstanding video recording performance with advanced features that meet professional quality levels and standards. The new LUMIX GH6 again evolves to achieve 4:2:2 10-bit C4K 60p unlimited video recording time. 4:2:0 10-bit 4K120p (Equivalent to 5x slow motion) and 4:2:2 10-bit FHD 240p HFR (High Frame Rate) video recording with audio also available to enable impressive expression such as speed ramping. FHD maximum 300fps (Equivalent to 12.5x slow motion) VFR (Variable Frame Rate) enables to reproduction of dynamic motion of the subject.
In addition to 4:2:0 10-bit 5.7K 60p, 4:2:0 10-bit 5.8K 30p (4.4K 60p) anamorphic 4:3 video can be recorded utilizing the full area of the sensor. It is possible to display de-squeezed footage on the monitor in real-time. 5.7K 30p internal video recording is available in ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 422 for the first time in the LUMIX series using the CFexpress Type B card, which enables non-linear editing without transcoding. DCI4K and FHD ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 422 will also be supported with a future firmware update.
The LUMIX GH6 also achieves 4:2:2 10-bit C4K 60p internal recording as well as simultaneous output in 4:2:2 10-bit C4K 60p over HDMI. Since it is HDMI 2.1 compliant, it will support C4K 120p HDMI video output with a future firmware update. Moreover, the capability of C4K 120p RAW output to Atomos Ninja V+ monitor recorder over HDMI 2.0, is under development, which will also be available with a future firmware update.
The LUMIX GH6 contains V-Log/V-Gamut capture to deliver a high dynamic range and broad colours. V-Log renders a very flat image while maintaining all of the colour information within the image. This means that there is a greater level of play when the images are put through post-production processes. The Live MOS sensor of the LUMIX GH6 achieves a wide colour gamut known as V-Gamut, which is the GH6's optimum colour space and achieves a colour space that is wider than BT.2020. V-Log has log curve characteristics that are somewhat reminiscent of negative film and V-Gamut delivers a colour space even larger than film.
The LUMIX GH6 imports the renowned colourimetry of the VariCam lineup of cinema cameras. V709 LUT (Look Up Table) with Rec.709 standard is available in the camera by default. It is possible to see the video footage with LUT applied, not only in live view but also in playback with the V-Log View Assist function. In addition to the conventional .vlt, .cube 3D LUT can be also applied.
The LUMIX GH6 offers a host of practical features. There are a variety of settings in Photo Style including different Cinelike gamma presets. "Cinelike D2" and "Cinelike V2" 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 available. What's new on the LUMIX GH6 is the Safety Zone Marker, which shows a guide of 95%, 90% or 80% recording area to secure safety zone for the composition and for the subtitles. Center Marker now allows you to choose the type of marker. In Color Temperature Setting, the kelvin values can now be displayed on the recording screen.
By using both an XLR microphone connected via the XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1 (Ch1 Ch2) and built-in microphone (Ch3, Ch4), 48/96kHz 24-bit high-res audio can be recorded. Users can combine several types of external microphones that fit the recording situation such as outdoor interviews where the voice of the speakers and ambient sound need to be recorded. The channel to use for the headphone can be switched during video recording and audio menus can be directly accessed with the Fn1 button on the camera top for easy sound level check during 4-channel audio recording. For the external microphone, a 3.5mm stereo jack is provided.
4K 60p Time Lapse videos can also be produced inside the camera. With the Exposure Leveling function, the exposure is automatically adjusted to prevent large changes in brightness between adjacent frames to produce equable time-lapse footage.
USB host capability will be added with a future firmware update, making it possible to write the data directly to the SSD.
Taking most of the new sensor and the new image processing engine, autofocus performance of the LUMIX GH6 has been improved. With higher speed signal processing by the new image processor and improved AF algorithm, subject detection performance has been dramatically enhanced to achieve higher precision AF.
To support high-precision focusing, the LUMIX GH6 provides practical options for manual focusing. While focus is shifted with variable amount according to the rotation speed of the focus ring for non-linear setting, it is shifted with a designated amount according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring for linear setting. Sensitivity (amount of focus shift per rotational quantum) can be selected from 90 to 360 degrees by 30-degrees to enable intended focus operation. The MF Assist, which enables the focus point to be enlarged, is now available not only in photo shooting but also in video recording.
The LUMIX GH6 is capable of high-speed burst shooting at 14 (AFS) / 8 (AFC) fps with a mechanical shutter and 75 fps with an electronic shutter.
The LUMIX GH6 adopts the 3.0-inch free-angle touch-control monitor in 3:2 aspect with 1,840K-dot high resolution. It does not cause interference even when both the HDMI cable and USB cable are connected by adjusting the tilt/rotation angle of the monitor. A large, 3,680K-dot OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) LVF (Live View Finder) features a high magnification ratio of approx. 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm camera equivalent).
Overheating is a fatal issue to continuous video recording especially when the resolution and the frame rates are increased but the LUMIX GH6 achieves unlimited video recording time in C4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit by optimizing the heat-dissipating path with a forced-cooling mechanism and allows video recording of VFR/HFR, ProRes and high-resolution footage exceeding 4K for an extended time.
In order to make the GH6 tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, it is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front / rear frame and is not only splash-resistant but dust-resistant and freeze-resistant down to -10 degrees Celsius/14 degrees Fahrenheit. The shutter unit is also durable for approx. 200,000 cycles. The Rec button is 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.
The LUMIX GH6 is equipped with double card slots. The CFexpress card (Type B) supports internal recording of high bitrate video at 800Mbps or more including 5.7K 30p ProRes 422 HQ and C4K 60p ALL-I. The SD Memory Card UHS II V90 supports internal recording of video at 600Mbps or less and it is also possible to choose the recording method from Relay Recording, Backup Recording, Allocation Recording using both SD Memory Card and CFexpress Card.
For the terminal, HDMI Type A is provided. Plus, a cable lock holder for the HDMI/USB cable is bundled to prevent issues such as unplugging on location. The LUMIX GH6 supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 for high-speed writing and readout. The 2200mAh high-capacity battery can be recharged either via AC or USB according to the users' convenience. It also complies with USB PD (Power Delivery) when the corresponding Battery Charger DMW-BTC15 (sold separately) is used. The LUMIX GH6 is also compatible with Time Code IN/OUT synchronization through the flash synchro terminal and bundled BNC converter cable with BNC cable. This makes the non-linear editing of footage shot with multiple cameras easy.
Wi-Fi 5 GHz (IEEE802.11ac) is effective in addition to 2.4 GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n). This provides a secure and stable connection not only with a smartphone/tablet but also with other devices on location for smooth remote control. The transmission speed of photo/video data is also increased by using the 5 GHz band. Compatibility with Bluetooth 5.0 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone or tablet with minimum power consumption. The settings of a LUMIX GH6 camera can also be copied and transmitted wirelessly to other GH6 cameras when using multiple GH6 cameras. The LUMIX Sync application for iOS/Android devices allows remote control of the camera using a smartphone or a tablet via an easy wireless connection. In addition to wireless control via a Remote Shutter DMW-RS2 (sold separately), application software LUMIX Tether enables tethered shooting via USB. Users can control the camera by connecting it to a PC via USB. It lets them view the image on a large PC screen while shooting.