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Panasonic Lumix GH6 a stills video hybrid

Panasonic has announced the flagship Lumix GH6, a stills video hybrid camera with a 25.2-megapixel sensor capable of recording 5.7K 30p video, will be available from April 2022 with an RRP of $3699.

The Panasonic Lumix GH6

The Micro Four Thirds system camera continues Panasonic’s push into the world of hybrid cameras – a segment of the market which it has been something of a pioneer.

‘In 2009, Panasonic pioneered the photo/video hybrid category with the first model in the GH Series, the DMC-GH1,’ said Aaron Waters, Product Marketing manager for Panasonic Imaging. ‘Since then, each subsequent model has driven innovation, putting technology and features normally reserved for high end cinema cameras in the hands of aspiring creators worldwide.  Today, it is renowned as a first-choice tool thanks to its performance, mobility and rugged design. Like the legendary GH5, the LUMIX GH6 again breaks boundaries in the category.’

The Lumix GH6 features a newly-developed 25.2-megapixel Live MOS sensor without a Low-pass Filter (LPF), which results in a high-speed signal readout with reduced rolling shutter capable of capturing 14 fps and wide dynamic range. How much dynamic range? According to the press release 13+ stops with pre-installed V-Log and HLG recording using ‘Dynamic Range Boost mode’.

According to Panasonic, this mode uses two analog circuits – a high and low gain – with each simultaneously capturing a different exposure and saturation/noise level. The two images are combined resulting in HDR video. For stills it has High Resolution mode, which uses image stabilisation to capture eight consecutive images while shifting the sensor to create a 100-megapixel image. This mode can be used with a tripod or handheld.

The camera’s Venus Engine delivers twice the processing power of the Lumix S1H, with images having less noise and enhanced colour reproduction thanks to key technologies such as ‘Intelligent Detail Processing, 2D Noise Reduction, High Precision 3D Noise Reduction for video, and High Precision 3D Colour Control’.

The autofocus (AF) performance has been improved, however the press release doesn’t expand on this.

As for video, it captures Apple ProRes 422 HQ, 5.7K 30p recording. Additionally, video can capture 4K 120p 10-bit 4:2:0, and Full HD 240P 10-bit 4:2:2. Variable Frame Rate (VFR) is available up to 300fps in Full HD for slow motion.

‘For creators desiring wide screen anamorphic content, the GH6 supports full-sensor 5.8K 30p 10-bit recording when utilising dedicated anamorphic lenses or filters. It is possible to display de-squeezed footage to monitor in real time,’ the press release states. ‘The LUMIX GH6 also achieves 4:2:2 10-bit C4K 60p both internally and externally over HDMI simultaneously.  The inclusion of HDMI 2.1 will support C4K 120p HDMI video output with a future firmware update. C4K 120p 12-bit RAW output to the Atomos Ninja V+ monitor recorder will also be available via a planned firmware update.’

‘In response to requests from professional users, Panasonic has included video assist functions such as Waveform Monitor, Zebra Pattern, Luminance Spot Meter, Frame Marker, Anamorphic Desqueeze Display, Red REC Frame Indicator and Tally lamps. Some of the new enhanced features include Safety Zone Marker, which shows a guide of 95%, 90% or 80% recording area; while Centre Marker now allows you to choose the type of marker. In Colour Temperature Setting, the kelvin values can now be displayed on the user interface while recording.’

Other features include:
– 3.0-inch LCD rear monitor;
– 3,680K-dot OLED Live View Finder with a magnification ratio of approx. 1.52x / 0.76x;
– Splash, dust and freeze resistant build, including magnesium alloy on the front/rear frame;
– Double card slots with CFExpress and SD UHS II.

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