Panasonic Lumix GH6 Coming in March: Video Specialist with New 25MP Sensor

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The Panasonic Lumix GH6 Mirrorless System Camera will be available in March. Your price will be just under 2200 euros. The manufacturer first announced the model in the spring of 2021. The GH6 belongs to the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) standard and is an outspoken video specialist aimed at professional users.

The essence of the new sensor. It has a standard size of 17.3 × 13 millimeters, but combines it with the highest resolution to date at 25 megapixels. Until now, the limit in the MFT system was 20 megapixels. This means that the GH6 has even smaller pixels than its system siblings. The higher resolution is a concession to the video capabilities of the camera.

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The Panasonic Lumix GH6 is a mirrorless system camera from the Micro Four Thirds family. It specializes in video applications and is aimed at professional users.
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Because in “Anamorph Mode” (4:3) it captures (with appropriate lenses) up to 5760 × 4320 pixels of large distorted moving images, which equates to a resolution of almost 25 megapixels. In post-processing, recordings can be decompressed with different magnification factors. For example, you can achieve special background effects such as highlights. The sensor does without a low-pass filter. However, Panasonic did not want to comment on whether this is a backlit (BSI) or multi-layer (with DRAM) model. Autofocus works with a contrast method or the manufacturer’s own technology DFD (Depth from Defocus), which simulates, so to speak, phase autofocus, determining the focus point from two differently focused images. Since lens data must also be used for a correct calculation, the technology only works with the manufacturer’s own optics.

Essentially, the GH6’s maximum video resolution is 5.7k, which equates to 5728×3024 pixels at a 17:9 aspect ratio. The frame rate here is a maximum of 60p with 4:2:0 chroma subsampling and 10-bit. Also, mirrorless C4k at 4096×2160 pixels and plain 4k at 3840×2160 pixels, each at 60p at 4:2:2 10-bit. It also offers 120p at 4:2:0 10-bit. Full HD recording is also possible.

According to the manufacturer, the Lumix GH6 also supports the Apple ProRes (5.7k, 30p) codec. However, the mirrorless camera also requires an ultra-fast Type B CFexpress card. On the other hand, MOV files with classic codecs such as H.265/HEVC or H.264 can also be recorded to an SD card. Accordingly, the mirrorless has two card slots.

According to the manufacturer, the recording time is theoretically unlimited. However, Panasonic recommends that the ambient temperature not exceed 35 degrees Celsius. The chamber has both active and passive cooling to manage heat. The manufacturer works inside the chamber with graphite and other thermally conductive materials to dissipate the heat generated by the sensor, processor, or memory card onto the magnesium body. For this purpose, Panasonic integrates a fan.

The built-in fan should prevent the Lumix GH6 from overheating.

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It is said that compared to its predecessor, the GH5, the sound recording parameters have been improved. For example, the GH6 can record 4-channel audio (48kHz or 96kHz) when combined with the optional DMW-XLR1 XLR adapter, for example, to be able to clearly record both the interviewer and ambient noise during an interview. Internally, the camera records 2-channel audio at 48 kHz or 24 bits.

The Lumix GH6 has a 3.6 megapixel electronic viewfinder for image control. The rear monitor can be rotated and has a resolution of 1.8 megapixels. The camera can also be supplied with continuous power via USB. It also has a large Type A HDMI connector. To avoid cable clutter when working with both cables, Panasonic includes a cable clip.

The case is dust and splash proof, as well as frost-resistant.

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