The Panasonic GH6 has finally arrived, after being delayed until 2021. The new GH flagship features a fresh new 25.2MP sensor, 5.7K 30p internal video in ProRes 4:2:2 HQ, and infinite recording.
The Panasonic GH6 is the first Micro Four Thirds camera to use CFexpress Type B cards, allowing for an almost limitless capacity for high-end video recording – including 4:2:0 10-bit Cinema 4K 60p internal (with simultaneous 4:2:2 HDMI output), 5.8K 10-bit anamorphic using the entire sensor area, and 4:2:0 10-bit Cinema 4K 60p external (with simultaneous 4:2:2 HDMI output).
The GH6 offers excellent frame-rate versatility, as is standard with GH cameras; 4:2:0 10-bit 4K can be filmed at up to 120p, while 4:2:2 10-bit 1080p may be produced at up to 240p (through High Frame Rate) with audio. When utilizing Variable Frame Rate, 1080p may create even slower slow-motion at 300 frames per second.
The new 25.2MP sensor (with no low-pass filter) raises the bar for Micro Four Thirds cameras, and the High-Resolution stills mode now allows you to produce 100MP photographs without using a tripod.
This is because of the upgraded in-body image stabilization gyro and algorithm, which can now compensate for up to 7.5 stops when used with Dual IS2 lenses (all of which will require a firmware update for the GH6).
The incorporation of V-Log / V-Gamut to enhance the GH6’s 12 stops of dynamic range – which grows to 13 stops when using the Dynamic Range Boost mode – is another first for G series cameras. This works in a similar fashion to Panasonic’s dual gain readout (which is different from dual native ISO) and uses a base ISO of 800 to record a high-saturation image and ISO2000 to capture a low-noise image, which are then composited at up to 60 frames per second for rich HDR video.
The new flagship supports 4-channel, 24-bit, 48kHz, or 96kHz recording via XLR microphone adaptor, giving audio equal love as video. The built-in microphone has two channels and supports 24-bit 48kHz.
The Panasonic GH6 is the same size as the Panasonic GH5 Mark II, with a 3-inch 1,840k articulating screen and 3,680k OLED viewfinder, but it comes with an active cooling system for genuinely infinite video recording – and, most importantly, it’s weather-sealed.
Waveforms, zebras, frame markers, anamorphic de-squeeze displays, red REC frame indications, and a Safety Zone Monitor are among the camera’s many features. However, for others, the fact that Panasonic is sticking to its contrast-based Depth From Defocus technology rather than adopting a phase-detect autofocus system may be a deal-breaker.
In some areas, the Panasonic GH6 will be available in March for $2,199 / £1,999 body only, while in Australia, it will be available a month later in April for AU$3,699.