PANASONIC GH6

By Scott Thompson

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THE JOURNEY TO GH6

About a year ago I was looking into buying a new camera . I wanted to add a new body to my arsenal. I owned about 6 premium lenses that paired nicely with my Sony A7RII and A6500 duo . As i did my research, one camera kept grabbing my attention…. and everybody was talking about it.

THE LUMIX GH5.

A day later….I bought the GH5.

After a week of using it , my mind was blown . This was my new favorite small camera.

I sold all my Sony stuff and went full Panasonic. Eventually adding the S1H to my camera bag as well.

The capabilities the GH5 offers are beyond anything in its price range. After using it for over a year I’m excited for what the GH6 has in store for us.

Let’s explore what direction Panasonic is going with their cameras. It will help us build a case for GH6 possible features.

PANASONIC’S DIRECTION 

How will the Gh6 fall in line with Panasonic’s current direction 

Panasonic has recently released 3 cameras for their high end S lineup that can help give us a glimpse of what direction they are heading in for the future of their cameras. I feel this can help us anticipate what features may come in the unreleased GH6. Let’s look at their top cameras.

Panasonic’s latest releases

  • Panasonic S1H
  • Panasonic S1R
  • Panasonic S1

The S series are all full frame cameras. Each one has different specs for different types of shooters. The S1H is more geared toward video shooting (Highlights include Netflix Certified 6k) while the S1R is more geared toward photography with a high megapixel sensor. 43 megapixel

When comparing the S SERIES stills and videos, one thing that stood out when comparing image quality was the dynamic range. This is a spec that is often left out of Spec sheets but it makes a huge difference in image quality and clarity. In cinematography , it’s a very important measurement . A higher measurement of light detail.

I believe looking at the S Series is a good indicator of what Panasonic will give us for the GH6. Of course they are not doing to overshadow the features of the S1H. Most likely it will have a hybrid of features that make it a good upgrade for GH5 but not competing with the SH1 beast of a camera.

PROGRESSIONS OF THE G SERIES

A good way to predict the future is to look into the past. Let’s first take a look at the GH4 and gh5 and how the G series progressed over 1 generation. With the current market demands and competition we can offer a logical idea of where the GH6 will end up.

GH4 HIGHLIGHT SPECS

RELEASE DATE: 2/7/14

16MP FOUR THIRDS CMOS SENSOR

ISO 200 – 25600

MICRO 4/3 MOUNT

3 INCH SCREEN

12 FPS CONTINUOUS SHOOTING

4K VIDEO

560 G 133 X 93 X 84

WEATHER SEALED BODY

GH5 HIGHLIGHT SPECS

RELEASE DATE: 1/4/17

20MP FOUR THIRDS CMOS SENSOR

ISO 200 – 25600

MICRO 4/3 MOUNT

3.2 INCH SCREEN

12 FPS CONTINUOUS SHOOTING

4K VIDEO

180 FPS SHOOTING IN HD1080

725 G 139 X 98 X 97

WEATHER SEALED BODY

HOW THE GH5 CHANGED THE GAME

Most consumers loved the GH4 ….but the GH5 changed the game. 

It gave content creators features that no other company was delivering in the same price range. Even a year after its release no other camera could get you 4k 60fps and even shoot 1080 180fps.

With an external recorder you could record Prores 422 and record on high quality codecs. 

There was no competition for the price.

It had amazing IBIS ( in body image stabilzation ) You could put the GH5 in a cage , build up a rig and shoot short films with it. 

In high quality.

It was also small enough to take around town and not lug around a ton of gear. Very Verstile for a wide range of shooters

WHAT FEATURES PEOPLE LOVED ABOUT THE GH5

  • Excellent IBIS
  • 4k 8 bit 4:2:2 internal 60 fps
  • 4k 10 bit 4:2:2 internal at 24 fps
  • 400 mb/s
  • 10-12 stops of dynamic range

I asked this question on my Facebook Gh5 group and got a wide range of what people would like to see in GH6


WHAT PEOPLE WOULD LIKE IMPROVED

  • Better autofocus
  • Ability to shoot Prores internally
  • 6k video Option
  • Higher Dynamic Range ( 12-14 stops)
  • 4k 120 fps

WHEN WILL THE GH6 COME OUT?

The GH6 was rumoured to be announced at Photokina in Cologne,  Germany in April 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic the event was canceled. 

The Next Photokina event is planned for May 2022. We believe the GH6 will be released in early 2021

GH6 SPEC PREDICTIONS

HARDWARE OF THE GH6

Let’s take a look at the hardware components of the GH5 and discuss what our predictions will be for GH6. We will break down each area and discuss the pros and cons of each direction.

  • LENS MOUNT : Will Gh6 use Micro 4/3 mount?

We believe the Gh6 will remain a micro 4/3 mount. Many consumers have alot of micro 4/3 lenses invested from years of G series camera bodies. Panasonic does not seem to be abandoning micro 4/3

  • ERGONOMICS AND SIZE 

We feel the size will be slightly larger than the GH5 . Similarly how the GH5 grew in size from the Gh4. Design will be generally the same slightly larger.

  • SENSOR SIZE : Wil GH6 be full frame?

Not likely .It’s possible that they make the sensor slightly larger like the size of the GH5s . It is possible that we’ll see Super 35 size. We won’t see a full frame sensor. That would compete with the S series. 

VIDEO AND IMAGERY 

  • 25 megapixel sensor – Any higher megapixel would compete with S series. We believe they will increase it from current specs but only a small range.
  • Camera Burst shootng 20 fps

  • 12-14 stops of dynamic range – They will increase dynamic rang but not as good as SH1
  • RAW VIDEO – Once they upgrade firmware of SH1 to record raw they will release that function to GH6
  • 6K Video 3:2 Ratio 24 fps
  • 4K Video 120fps
  • Next Gen IBIS
  • Enhanced Autofocus
  • Improved Battery Life
  • 4:2:2 10 bit HDMI Output

What features would you like to see in the GH6? Leave us a comment . Id love to hear your thoughts?

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