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Since its introduction in 2017, the Panasonic GH5 has become the go-to camera for a large number of content makers.
The GH6 is its replacement, and we finally get to see it. With a brand new 25.2MP sensor, 5.7K 30P ProRes 4:2:2 video, and no recording restrictions, this camera is a must-have.
Lumix customers will be pleased to see that the camera is still part of the Micro Four Thirds ecosystem, allowing GH5 owners who want to upgrade to keep their lenses.
The GH6 sports the same 3.68 million dot OLED viewfinder as the GH5 and a 3-inch flip-out touchscreen LCD display on the back.
Panasonic calls the new camera Dynamic Range Boost, and it employs sophisticated circuitry and muscular internal processing to produce a better dynamic range image.
At high ISO settings, the Dynamic Range Boost function minimizes noise and enhances image quality.
All of this processing necessitates a lot of cooling, which is why the GH6 has an active cooling fan to keep things cool.
Panasonic has placed a strong focus on the new codecs that are supported, particularly the several ProRes variants.
A CFexpress slot has been included since these larger, heavier codecs demand significantly quicker data rates for storage. Because SD cards will be unable to keep up, many of the new codecs will need writing to the CFexpress card.
There’s a USB-C 3.2 connector onboard, and Panasonic hopes to add support for recording to an external SSD through a software upgrade, which would be the most cost-effective choice.
Unfortunately, the autofocus technology is still contrast-detect, thus GH5 customers looking for a significant improvement in AF performance may be disappointed.
The GH6 is currently available for pre-order, with a body-only MSRP of $2,200.