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Panasonic is launching the Lumix GH6 tonight - watch the launch LIVE here!

Panasonic is launching its new flagship Lumix GH6 - watch the LIVE launch event with us

Panasonic GH6
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Update: the Panasonic Lumix GH6 has now been launched.
• Read full details:
Panasonic GH6 full specification and pricing
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Panasonic GH6 review


Panasonic Lumix GH6 features and specifications

What we do know about the GH6 is limited, but includes the following:

The GH6 will be able to record 4:2:2 10-bit Cinema 4K at 60p. Panasonic keeps chipping away at the bit depth and color sampling restrictions of 4K video processing, so while the C4K 60p recording may not sound like big news, the 4:2:2 10-bit capture available at the same time is very impressive.

The GH6 will also have “truly unlimited recording time”. Panasonic is not saying whether this is available for specific modes only, but for many filmmakers unlimited recording would be a much higher priority than 6K or even 8K capture. We don’t yet know if the GH6 will have passive cooling or internal fans, but one of the advantages of the smaller MFT sensor is less head buildup, so passive cooling may be all it needs.

The GH6 will also offer 10-bit 4K 120p HFR (High Frame Rate) and VFR (Variable Frame Rate) recording for slow/quick motion video. 

The GH6 will be able to record 5.7K 60p video, which is pretty impressive, but also supports our suspicion that it’s going to stay with the 20.3 Live MOS sensor. 5.7K capture would correspond to this sensor’s maximum native resolution, and it’s significant that Panasonic hasn’t rounded this up to 6K, and hasn’t even mentioned 8K at all.

There will be a new LEICA DG 25-50mm F1.7 MFT zoom. This is also under development and will join the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH launched in 2019. Between them, these two lenses will cover a focal range of 20-100mm equivalent with a constant aperture of f/1.7. This lens will be pretty specialized and won’t be useful to everyone, but the development of a new lens as well as two new cameras does support Panasonic’s claim that it is committed to the Micro Four Thirds format.

Panasonic Lumix GH6: what WON’T we get?

• No 6K or 8K: It looks like a 4K camera, but with a 5.7K ‘flat out’ option that uses the maximum sensor resolution. 6K or 8K is, we think, ruled out.

• No internal raw: There’s no mention of this in Panasonic’s (scanty) press release, and we don’t think the GH6 will offer raw internal capture – though almost certainly it will offer raw output to an external recorder at some point. Panasonic seems to favor increased bit depths and color sampling resolution over raw capture right across the board. Even the mighty Lumix S1H stops short of internal raw.

Will the Lumix GH6 be worth the wait?

It's official: the Panasonic Lumix GH6 will be unveiled today 21 February at 20:00 EST / 22 February 01:00 GMT / 12:00 AEST.

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