Lumix GH6 from Panasonic arrives Fashionably Late with a Megapixel Enhancement and Unlimited 4K Recording Capacity

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Photo from Panasonic – The successor to the Lumix GH5 II, announced last year, has the highest megapixel count on a Micro Four Thirds sensor to date. To show its continued support for Micro Four Thirds cameras, Panasonic announced the Lumix GH5 II in May of last year, and teased the GH6, which was supposed to arrive in 2021, but will now arrive in early 2022 with the highest megapixel count ever seen on a Micro Four Thirds sensor, as well as some impressively upgraded video capabilities.

As the market share of specialized digital video cameras continues to shrink, hybrid cameras like the Panasonic Lumix GH6 are stepping in to fill the void. When it comes to sensor resolution, this is the first Micro Four Thirds camera to include one with over 20-megapixels. High-speed data readout reduces rolling shutter effects while capturing video, a broad dynamic range, and a new Venus Engine processor, which the firm claims is almost twice as powerful, are some of the camera’s strengths.

The GH6 has an ISO range of 100-25,600, with the ability to go as low as ISO50 in picture mode, however the highest ISO setting available in video mode is 12,800. To shoot at 14 frames per second with a mechanical shutter, the GH6 can shoot at 75 frames per second with an electronic shutter, which is a significant improvement. The GH6 also boasts a High-Resolution Mode that employs the camera’s image stabilization capability to gently tilt the sensor in order to shoot eight shots in fast succession that are stitched together to generate a composite of 100MP.

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The live viewfinder of the Lumix GH6 has a 3.68 million pixel OLED display, while the three-inch, 1.84 million pixel swiveling touchscreen LCD on the back can be adjusted and angled without interfering with attached USB or HDMI cables, which are joined by Bluetooth and wi-fi to transfer data or operate the GH6 remotely without wires.

The GH6’s video capabilities, on the other hand, are likely to sway the majority of those considering it. It can record 4:2:2 C4k (Cinema 4K) 10-bit video at 60p while concurrently exporting the same signal through HDMI to an external recorder for practically infinite recording duration, thanks to an inbuilt cooling fan. A slight resolution boost is possible with the GH6’s 4:2:0 5.7K 10-bit video captured at 60P, or 4.4K at 60P in a squeezed anamorphic 4:3 format that utilizes the entire sensor while previews appear unsqueezed and letterboxed in real-time on the cameras’ screens. Both formats use the GH6’s full sensor.

At 120 frames per second, the Panasonic Lumix GH6 is capable of capturing high-quality 10bit 4:2:0 10-bit footage at 120 frames per second.

The new Panasonic Lumix GH6 will be on sale in mid-March, with the body retailing for $2,200 and a Leica D12-60mm f/2.8-4 kit lens going for $2,800. A $500 premium over last year’s Lumix GH5 II, the GH6 has been designed with video pros in mind.