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LUMIX GH6 Announced!

Photo Moment - May 25, 2021

The LUMIX GH6 has been announced! Here's the official press release. 

Panasonic Develops the LUMIX GH6 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera

The Flagship of the LUMIX G Series for Innovative Video Expression Expected by End of Year

Newark, NJ (May 25, 2021) - Panasonic is proud to announce the development of the LUMIX GH6 that combines the new Micro Four Thirds sensor and a new image processor. This flagship camera of the LUMIX G Series will be commercialized for its release to world markets by the end of 2021.

After establishing the LUMIX brand in 2001, Panasonic introduced the world’s first digital single lens mirrorless camera in 2008*1. Since then, it has produced a host of innovative cameras and interchangeable lenses by taking advantage of the outstanding mobility and high video performance which are unique to the mirrorless camera system. These cameras and lenses were originally used for photography but have also been used for film creation. After 20 years of innovative contributions to the imaging culture, LUMIX cameras and lenses have earned a solid reputation with a wide range of users, including professional photographers and film creators.

As the next milestone in the evolution of the legacy of LUMIX cameras, Panasonic is proud to announce that the development of the LUMIX GH6 is underway. The flagship of the LUMIX G Series and the latest model of the GH line, it is renowned for its stunning mobility and innovative video performance. Combining the high-speed sensor and Venus Engine image processor, the new GH6 realizes next-generation video expression. Providing 4:2:2 10-bit DCI 4K/60p recording capability*2, the LUMIX GH6 achieves unlimited video recording when the camera is used under the certified operating temperature*3. It is reliable enough to record continuous footage for a desired duration. It also provides a 10-bit 4K 120p High Frame Rate (HFR) and Variable Frame Rate (VFR) for high resolution slow/quick motion video. Moreover, the GH6 records 10-bit 5.7K 60p video by taking full advantage of the newly developed Micro Four Thirds sensor. Accommodating a variety of recording modes and shooting assist functions, the GH6 enables photo/video hybrid-use for various purposes including films, music videos, documentaries and short clips for social media to meet the creators’ needs.

In addition to the camera, the new interchangeable lens will be added to expand the G Series lineup, and the LEICA DG 25-50mm F1.7 is also under development. It covers from 10mm to 50mm (35mm camera equivalent:20-100mm) together with the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) which is currently available and has been met with high acclaim. These two lenses have common aperture, high descriptive performance, shape and operability so that it is easy to make the creator’s own unique image product using these two lenses with minimal workflow.

While the LUMIX G Series based on the Micro Four Thirds standard boasts high mobility, the LUMIX S Series offers high descriptive performance made possible with the full-frame sensor. With these two series, Panasonic demonstrates its commitment to further providing maximum product value as a tool for users to unleash their creativity and challenge the ever-changing photo/video culture in the digital era.

*1 As an interchangeable lens system camera, as of September 12, 2008. Panasonic study.
*2 Corresponding to the 4K resolution (4096x2160) defined by Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI).
*3 Recordable time depends on the capacity of the battery and the memory card. The camera may stop recording to protect the camera if the temperature exceeds the certified operating temperature.

・Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds, and the Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of the OLYMPUS CORPORATION in Japan, the United States, the countries of the European Union, and other countries.
・Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is committed to creating a better life and a better world serving consumers and also by enabling its business-to-business customers through innovations in Sustainable Energy, Immersive Entertainment, Integrated Supply Chain and Smart Mobility Solutions. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation. One of Interbrand’s Top 100 Best Global Brands of 2020, Panasonic is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. Learn more about Panasonic’s ideas and innovations at  

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4K 120P with HFR!? That's one feature to look forward. So exciting! Thanks Joseph.
I hope the GH6 has some photography-focused features since it seems like my beloved G9 won't be getting a successor. I know the S5 form factor is small but the lenses are much bigger and more expensive with less options. I'd like to stick with M43 if I can.
Hey Joseph, thanks for this!! I'm especially excited about the almost-6k! My much-loved GH5s are getting long in the tooth, so maybe I can hold out and not switch to the Sony/Canon-verse. Can't wait to hear your updates - especially about low light and focus capabilities!. I have a there a m4/3 equivalent to the classic 70-200 that's bright and fast? Or any plans for something like that? I love the focal length of my 14-140, but it's a bit soft, quite dark.
I wonder if these high framerates like 120fps at 4k with a reasonable bitrate will be enabled on the S5 as well... I prefer full-frame than m4/3 and wouldn’t want to “downgrade again” 😃
I doubt that very much. 4K 120 is a heck of a lot of processing power, and I think if it were possible on the S5 it'd already be there.
@PhotoJoseph thanks for your response, as usual 😃 - "is a heck of a lot or processing power" - says Canon R5 😂 - then, I'll then have to stick to 120fps at 1080p and H.264/MP4 4:2:0 8-Bit ....and.... 20 to 28 Mb/s 😩
Good summary. Joseph I wondered what your take is on RAW video with the GH6 and GH5 Mark II? Not much was mentioned about RAW video being a possibility on both cameras. Do you think the GH6 will likely have internal or external ProRes RAW? Do you think the GH5 Mark II will eventually get a ProRes RAW HDMI update like the GH5s?
I think both are possible, even likely, but without any public info I don’t know.
Any speculation on the possibility of dual native iso on the GH6?
Personally I’m hoping so but anything you hear will be just that — speculation only.
I am not expecting much better autofocus performance, but my dream is that the GH6 will have IBIS and dual native ISO. Like, a combination of the gh5 and the gh5s.
That would be fantastic. Personally I think IBIS is a certainty. I’m hopeful for dual native ISO.
Any news about S5 updates ? like S6 or something ?
Easy, boss… S5 is still very new!
@PhotoJoseph Yea true but the autofocus isn't new, thats only reason why people don't wanna buy that camera, if they fix that bye bye sony :)
Ah. Well the AF is constantly making incremental improvements but no, it’s no Sony AF.'re out of focus! Hahahahaha Good Grief Mate!
See my response to your other comment.
I'll stay with the a7s3
Not sure what happened to the exposure in this clip but its blown out by about 3 stops. Great content tho!
Damnit, another bad play. It’s HDR — but if you’re seeing it that way, then you’re on an SDR screen and youtube mistakenly delivered HDR version. There’s a card (link in corner) at the beginning that says “looks like 💩?” Click that to see the forced SDR version. Sorry… wish YouTube would fix this.
@PhotoJoseph figured it was an hdr thing, what camera did you shoot it on?
GH5S, Log, graded for HDR>
I agree!
Very objective and factful review!
Hope to hear more in the near future.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Not a review, just an announcement, but thanks :-)
Question ! What has happend to the picture in booth videos GH5II and this about GH6, it looks horenduos (Europe/Sweden) with wrong colors and like solarisation over saturated (red/magenta) in the face ? What I know you look a lot better 🥰 . Just an information.
Sounds like you got the HDR version on an SDR monitor. Watch again, and in the very beginning when you see the “Looks like 💩?” card, tap that and watch that version. Then PLEASE report to me in a comment there what device, OS and browser you’re on. Thank you!!
@PhotoJoseph On a S7 mobile Phono. Follow you and has seen old turtorial as new ones. I wrote recently that you have the best look of all I follow. Gerald Undone, Curtis Judd,the English funny guy, you name it , but this time 😝 If its okej for you it is.
I told you it was coming Joseph! But you denied it. :) Yeah, GH6 was rumoured to be 6K and it was always going to be 6k. Can't wait.
That’s so awesome man. Really really great.
@PhotoJoseph, Thank you. As they say, it's been emotional.
any more news?
@We can be better than this. you’d hear it here first if there were!
Thanks for the info! Comment section is off today
You're welcome… not sure what you mean though. Comments are on; you left one!
@PhotoJoseph i meant that the comments seem especially negative. I think the upgrade is appealing.
Ahh that kind of “off”. Actually I feel like the comments are mostly good… there’s always people pissed that their 2017 camera isn’t getting 2021 features for free, but that’s normal. This is a solid upgrade, IMHO!
Is it just me or is PhotoJoseph look a bit blurry?
PhotoJoseph looks a little Orton Effecty today…
Why 5.7 k instead of 6k
Most likely aspect ratio and pixel limitation. The S1H is a bigger sensor and a 3:2 ratio and does 5.9K. This is a smaller, 4:3 ratio sensor and does 5.7K. I'm quite sure it's related, although without more specs, I'm just guessing.
Hopefully the GH6 will do better for you in focusing. :)
This video is in focus… it has a treatment. I didn't realize it looks out of focus when viewed small. I was playing with the treatment on this short, one-shot video. Watch it again on a big screen; you'll probably agree that it's quite pretty! (OK, I'm not pretty… but the setup is! LOL)
@PhotoJoseph Ok this isn’t a negative comment so after you said you did some special treatment I did try it on my Apple TV (big screen 4K) and it still looked off. Thought you should know. Just trying to be helpful.
@Gary Abbott thanks for the feedback
Sounds all very nice but what about an up dated G9? A photographer's camera.
There was also a significant firmware update announced for the G9.
Thanks Joseph, would be great to have a G9 MK2 with a 24mp sensor.
I agree! ;-)
Very interesting! Glad to hear Panasonic put something on the record officially about the GH6. That new lens is going to be great.
Yessir! Do you use LUMIX in your YouTube videos?
@PhotoJoseph Not at the moment but I have in the past (that's how I met you, actually.) Right now I'm using Canon 90D but since that whole platform is going away I plan on moving back into mirrorless this year...Really interested in how the gh6 shakes out.
Ah right! I think for you this is a great series of cameras. If you're not grading, the built-in profiles look great. And while AF is not quite Sony/Canon levels, I don't think your setup would be limited by it… anyway, yes we'll see what all the GH6 brings!
Yeah!!!!!! 25-50mm F1.7, finally.
That'll be a sweet pair of lenses
Was the deliberate (I'm assuming) lack of focus a weird kind of trailer for the fact that they've now done something about making it better?
It's focused! It's just softened. Watch it in 4K HDR to get the full experience ;-) (also, hiya, mate!)
Hi Joseph, my friend I really appreciate you, but you are out of focus (and the same happens to me many times). PDAF is the only spec that needs to get improved. Everything else is just fantastic.
The result is essentially an Orton effect on an adapted lens. Perfectly sharp video to start. Too sharp in the center (but a very nice vintage smear at the edges). As pointed out… my face at 3am that close to the camera was a poor decision. So, duplicated track, Gaussian blur, brighten, drop opacity to some low percentage. The image is simultaneously sharp and soft. @Borderlands is 100% right on the intent and process.
@Borderlands Borderlands it doesn't matter in this case that you are wrong as that isn't the point, what we can agree on is that the overall image quality of this video looks horrible and it was a bad decision to go this route. Joseph, there is nothing wrong with aging, accept it and accept how you look at 3am or 9am or 12pm or whatever.
@PhotoJoseph I have to agree with the other comments, the filter was a bad choice and it ultimately brings the topic of the video down. Very much out of focus which is pretty funny considering the topic. Live and learn Joseph
Please see the pinned comment, Manny
@PhotoJoseph Already did but it doesn't change my comment but thanks.
Please don't do this black mist stuff like camera conspiracies does - to me it's just looks like dirty glasses or the attempt of a retro vaseline/stockings on the lens effect.. 🤣
@PhotoJoseph I’m not trying to be critical or difficult. I’ve watched both now, and I’m very confused. Maybe because I’m a stills shooter. Are they different? Watching on an iPad6.
Scott, are you talking about the softness or the HDR?
@PhotoJoseph the softness. At times I think, oh it’s focusing...nope! Just trying to learn what’s going on. 😂
@Scott Fineshriber it’s a softening effect I did that failed because most people think the camera isn’t focused. It is. I just went too far with a softening effect.
@PhotoJoseph interesting. Thanks for the explanation.
I'm really excited to see this! I love my g9; just didn't want to put more money into a system at the end of its life! Lumix still has me as a hardcore M4;3 advocate
I think this answers the “is MFT dead?” question pretty definitively!
Long live MFT!
yeah baby!
FOCUS!! I think received more comments about “focus” than on the actual content. It’s in focus. It’s an adapted lens plus an Orton effect because a) I was playing and b) it was 3am and I didn’t critically check it on multiple screens. I get it, it’s soft, y’all hate it, and many people are more interesting in criticizing my “focus” than discussing the content (its a friggin’ GH6, man!). Can we move past this please? I promise to never get fancy with focus effects again if y’all promise to stop telling me to drop everything and replace this video. Ok? Cool, thanks. Much appreciated.
just like the ones who come here to complain about you wearing a mask... bunch of b.u.m.s not searching for knowledge but to bother instead
It’s good to experiment. No subscribers were harmed by the making of this video! 👍✌️🙂
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