Panasonic GH5 Mark II Announced, LUMIX GH6 in the Works

For the 20th anniversary of LUMIX, Panasonic has announced its new GH series cameras including the LUMIX GH5 Mark II along with the flagship LUMIX GH6.

Boasting updated video capabilities and a refined design, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 II provides a professional-quality imaging platform for shooters who demand versatile video and stills capabilities in a single compact camera.

The LUMIX GH6, on the other hand, will accommodate a wide variety of recording modes and shooting assist functions including a brand new sensor and processing engine, internal 4K DCI/UHD 4:2:2 10-bit video up to 60p unlimited recording, 5.7K 10-bit up to 60p, 4K 120p HFR and VFR, and much more.

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Featuring a 20.3MP Live MOS Sensor with AR Coating, the just-announced LUMIX GH5 Mark II records DCI and UHD 4K with the full sensor area and can output 10-bit 4:2:0 internally up to 60p, or 4:2:2 at 30p.

Furthermore, the camera offers unlimited video recording for less downtime when filming, and ot ships with pre-installed V-Log L for multi-camera recording.

The included high-capacity DMW-BLK22 battery provides approximately 410 shots per charge when using the rear monitor or electronic viewfinder and can be quickly charged with the bundled USB 3.1 Type-C cable. You can also supply continuous power to the camera while shooting photos and video via the included USB cable.

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On the back of the GH5 II, you’ll find a 3″ 1.84m-dot rear TFT LCD monitor which provides flexible framing, high visibility, and vivid color to support viewing from a variety of angles.

An updated 5-axis sensor stabilization system works with Lumix O.I.S lenses to activate Dual I.S. 2 for highly effective shake correction. Previously limited to 5 stops of shake reduction, this now means you can compensate for up to 6.5 stops of shutter speed.

A Depth-from-Defocus autofocus system benefits both still and video recording modes ensuring fast and precise focus. The GH5 II features human face, eye, head, body, and animal recognition.

Deep Learning technology detects the eye and face approximately twice as fast as the GH5 allowing you to concentrate on the composition of your photos and videos. Livestreaming via a router is available as well with Lumix Network Setting Software.

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The Dual UHS-II SD card slots on the GH5 Mark II provide settings such as Relay Recording to automatically switch cards when one is full; Backup Recording, which records the same data to both cards simultaneously; and Allocation Recording, which lets you save certain files to each card for easier organization.

LUMIX GH5 Mark II Highlights

  • 20.3MP Live MOS Sensor with AR Coating
  • DCI/UHD 4K 60p Video, 10-Bit Internal
  • Pre-Installed V-Log L, No Crop 4K Video
  • 6.5-Stop 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2
  • 0.76x 3.68m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ 1.84m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
  • 225-Area DFD AF, Advanced Subject Detect
  • Livestream Video via Wi-Fi
  • 6K and 4K PHOTO Modes
  • Price: $1,698

The LUMIX GH5 Mark II is already available to pre-order selling for $1,698.

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Considering that the LUMIX GH6 is currently in a development phase, there’s not much we can tell about it. What we know for sure, though, is that the upcoming flagship GH model will hit the market later this year while boasting brand new MFT image sensor and image processor capable of capturing internal 5.7K 60p and 4K 120p 10-bit video.

According to Panasonic, the LUMIX GH6 will deliver next-generation video performance built to satisfy a wide variety of creative requirements, redefining the possibilities for video recording in an interchangeable lens camera. You can catch up on the ongoing online launch event presented by Panasonic below.

Meanwhile, the company has also announced that it will release new free-of-charge firmware update programs for its LUMIX GH5S, G9, and G100 cameras to enhance the functions and usability.

Most notably, the latest firmware will enable the LUMIX GH5S to capture Apple ProRes RAW video recording over HDMI to the Atomos Ninja V.

The new firmware programs will be available from June 9th, 2021.

[source: Panasonic]

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 II Mirrorless Camera (B&H, Adorama)

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