Panasonic LUMIX GH6
Image courtesy: Panasonic

Panasonic has released full specifications of its long-awaited new mirrorless camera, the Panasonic LUMIX GH6. The GH6 targets small and medium-sized video productions as well as individual creators.

New sensor

The Panasonic LUMIX GH6 has a new 25.2-megapixel image sensor with an improved dynamic range of over 12 stops when shooting in V-Log. This increases to more than 13 stops when using the Dynamic Range Boost mode. The sensor can shoot video up to 5.7K resolution and 5.8K for anamorphic 4:3 video. Panasonic claims the sensor has a high-speed readout and less rolling shutter distortion.

Venus processing engine

Panasonic LUMIX GH6 with white background
Image courtesy: Panasonic

The camera also has a new Venus Engine, which Panasonic says offers twice the processing speed. This powers the camera’s new intelligent detail processing, noise reduction and color control. The processing engine also delivers faster and higher precision autofocus.

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5-axis stabilization

The Panasonic LUMIX GH6 has 5-axis in-body image stabilization, which delivers up to 7.5 stops of compensation. In addition, the camera has a Dual IS system for when you use lenses which also offer stabilization. The Dual IS system promises the same 7.5 stops of compensation even with telephoto lenses.

Internal 4:2:2 recording

With the Panasonic LUMIX GH6, you can record 4K 60P 4:2:2 10-bit H.264 video with an unlimited record time. At these settings, the camera can also output video over HDMI while recording internally. When you drop the resolution down to full HD, you can also record at up to 240 frames per second. In addition, for the first time on a LUMIX camera, you can record 5.7K ProRes and ProRes HQ internally at up to 30p.

LUT compatibility

Another LUMIX first with the Panasonic LUMIX GH6 is .cube LUT compatibility. Panasonic are making 35 conversion LUTs designed for their VariCam cinema cameras available free of charge for use in the GH6. The camera also has a pre-installed V-709 conversion 3D LUT for onsite previewing of your video.

Video assist functions

The Panasonic LUMIX GH6 has a powerful range of video assist functions, including a waveform monitor, vectorscope and a luminance spot meter. You can also overlay safety zone markers on the display if needed when shooting for broadcast TV. In addition, the GH6 can detect when you are shooting vertical video and record this position information.

Improved audio

Panasonic LUMIX GH6 in use
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Panasonic has also improved its audio with the LUMIX GH6. You can record 48kHz 24-bit audio with the built-in mic and up to 96kHz 24-bit audio when using an external mic. The camera also has a headphone socket for monitoring your audio. In addition, you can record 4 channel audio when recording in ProRes and using the optional Panasonic DMW-XLR1 XLR Microphone Adaptor.

Touchscreen

The Panasonic LUMIX GH6 has a 3,680k-dot OLED viewfinder. It also has a 3.0-inch 1,840k-dot touchscreen monitor, which Panasonic designed so that you can move it freely even with an HDMI and USB cable attached.

Active cooling

The Panasonic LUMIX GH6 has the same sized body as the Panasonic GH5. Unlike the GH5, the GH6 uses a forced cooling mechanism with a fan to allow unlimited recording. The camera also has a weatherproof, dust and splash-resistant construction. In addition, the magnesium alloy full diecast armor frame makes the body lightweight yet durable. The LUMIX GH6 has two memory card slots, one for CFexpress and the other for SD cards.

Timecode

The flash synchro socket on the Panasonic LUMIC GH6 is also a timecode in and out socket. The camera comes with a BNC conversion cable for timecode. In addition, the camera has both Wi-Fi 5 GHz and Bluetooth v5.0 for you to transfer video from the camera to a smartphone.

Pricing and availability

Preorders for the Panasonic LUMIX GH6 will open this month.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.