The Panasonic GH6 hits the scene with a brand new sensor and 5.7K ProRes

The Panasonic GH6 hits the scene with a brand new sensor and 5.7K ProRes

(Pocket-lint) – The Panasonic GH5 has been the go-to camera for a huge number of content creators since its launch all the way back in 2017.

Now, we finally get to see its successor, the GH6. Which features a brand new 25.2MP sensor, 5.7K 30P ProRes 4:2:2 video and no recording limits.

Lumix users will be delighted to see that the camera remains a part of the Micro Four Thirds ecosystem, so GH5 users looking to upgrade can bring their lenses along with them.

The GH6 has 3-inch flip-out touchscreen LCD monitor on the rear and the same 3.68 million dot OLED viewfinder found on the GH5.

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The new camera features something that Panasonic calls Dynamic Range Boost which uses clever circuitry and beefy onboard processing to create a higher dynamic range image.

The Dynamic Range Boost feature also reduces noise and improves image quality at high ISO settings.

All this processing takes a lot of cooling, though, and that’s why the GH6 features an active cooling fan to keep things running smoothly.

Panasonic has placed a lot of emphasis on the new codecs supported, in particular the many flavours of ProRes that are offered.

As these heavier new codecs require much faster data rates for storage, a CFexpress slot has been added. Many of the new codecs will require writing to the CFexpress card as SD cards won’t be able to keep up.

There is a USB-C 3.2 port onboard, and Panasonic plans to allow recording to an external SSD via a firmware update, which would likely be the cheaper option.

Unfortunately, the autofocus system remains contrast-detect based, so GH5 users hoping for a massive boost in autofocus capabilities may be somewhat disappointed.

The GH6 is available to pre-order now at a price of $2,200 for the body only variant.

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Writing by Luke Baker.