Lumix GH6

Panasonic debuts the Lumix GH6, with a new 25.2-megapixel image sensor, unlimited recording up to 5.7K/60p, 4:2:2 10-bit, faster workflow thanks to Apple Pro Res HQ support, high frame rate 4K/120p, up to 300 frames per second and four channels of audio.

Since Panasonic introduced the first model of the Lumix GH series back in 2009, the GH series has been evolving with innovative features when it comes to video recording.

This new model maintains the internal video recording of 5.7K 30p available in Apple ProRes 422 HQ and Apple ProRes 422, for the first time in the Lumix series to allow non-linear editing without transcoding.

Anamorphic (4:3) 5.7K 4:2:0 10-bit 60p/50p and 5.8K 30p/25p/24p (4.4k 60p) 4:2:0 10-bit recording modes offer Higher resolution and higher bitrate than ever. This enables the ultimate in high image quality, versatility and range required for film, television and all types of video productions.

The Lumix GH6 also achieves internal 4:2:2 10-bit Cinema 4K 60p recording, and simultaneous 4:2:2 10-bit Cinema 4K 60p output via HDMI.

4:2:0 10-bit 4K 120p (equivalent to 5x slow motion at 24p) and 4:2:2 10-bit FHD 240p HFR (High Frame Rate) video recording with audio is available to enhance creativity with speed changes. His Maximum FHD 300fps (equivalent to 12.5x slow motion) VFR (Variable Frame Rate) allows dynamic movement of a subject.

Overheating can be a substantial problem for continuous video recording, especially when increasing resolution and frame rate. Despite this, the Lumix GH6 achieves unlimited video recording time in all modes by optimizing the heat dissipation path with a forced cooling fan mechanism.

Lumix GH6

new firmware

In the future, a firmware update for GH6 which will be compatible with: Cinema 4K ProRes 422 HQ / ProRes 422; FHD ProRes 422 HQ / ProRes 422; direct USB-SSD recording; 4K 120p HDMI video output during Live View; Cinema 4K 120p HDMI RAW video data output to ATOMOS Ninja V+; and high-quality image stabilization.

In this last aspect, the new Panasonic proposal allows a optimal freehand recording, the Lumix GH6 uses a new 5-axis gyro sensor high precision with a new algorithm. This allows for a powerful 7.5-stop stabilization of Body I.S. and Dual I.S.2.

The Dual I.S.2. 5-axis camera works great for recording natural video sequences. Applies the appropriate compensation based on the type of motion by accurately judging the cause, whether generated by panning, tilting, or hand movement. The body stabilizer B.I.S. compensates for camera shake even when using a lens that is not stabilized (for example, a fully mechanical cine lens).

With this powerful image stabilization, even a high resolution image can be shot handheld in the dedicated high resolution mode.

By automatically shooting and synthesizing eight consecutive images while moving the 25-megapixel sensor using the Body I.S. (image stabilizer), the GH6 creates an image equivalent of up to 100 megapixels (11552 x 8672 pixels).

This new model faithfully reproduces the precise details to save them as highly realistic images, both in RAW and JPEG. Thanks to its compact and lightweight design, and its powerful in-body stabilization system, the Lumix GH6 enables shots previously considered impossible, such as handheld telephoto shooting.

high dynamic range

The Lumix GH6 provides +12 stops of dynamic range for recording V-Log already pre-installed, expanding to +13 steps when using mode Dynamic Range Boost.

With the new Dynamic Range Boost mode, a highly saturated image generated by the low ISO circuit and a low noise image generated by the high ISO circuit are synthesized at each pixel. The composite image achieves low noise and high saturation, resulting in clear and smooth HDR*2 video with rich gradation.

The Lumix GH6 also contains V-log / V-Gamut complete, for the first time in a Lumix G camera, to offer a high dynamic range with wide colors. V-Log provides a very flat image by keeping all color information within the image, allowing for a higher level of editing flexibility in the post-production process. The GH6's Live MOS sensor achieves a wide color gamut known as V-Gamut. This is the GH6's optimal color space, which is wider than BT.2020.

Users will enjoy impressively accurate color reproduction, with subtle gradations from dark to light, and precise control of color information in post-production.

The Lumix GH6 imports the renowned colorimetry of the VariCam line of cinema cameras from Panasonic. The V709 LUT (Look Up Table) with the Rec.709 standard is available in the camera by default. For the first time and for added convenience, the V-Log View Assist (which can apply LUTs in real time) supports the import of .CUBE and .VLT file formats.

Lumix GH6

4 channel audio

As for audio, the GH6 incorporates 4-channel recording at 48kHz or 96kHz at 24-bit when an XLR microphone adapter is connected. This provides greater flexibility for recording on location (available in ProRes and MOV), when there are multiple audio sources, or when recording backup audio.

2-channel 48kHz 24-bit recording is also possible with the built-in microphone, as is 2-channel 96kHz 24-bit recording in high resolution with an external microphone.

Channels to be monitored through headphones can also be changed, even during video recording, and audio menus can be directly accessed with a smart function button on top of the camera for easy checking. sound levels.

Practical functions

The Lumix GH6 also offers a host of practical features with useful settings in Photo Style, including different Cinelike gamma presets, such as 'Cinelike D2' and 'Cinelike V2', which have similar gamma adjustment features for film production.

In response to user requests, different video assist functions are also available: waveform monitor, zebra pattern, luma dot meter, frame marker, uncompressed anamorphic mode preview screen, red frame indicator on screen when in REC mode and Tally lights on the front and back.

New to the Lumix GH6 is the security zone marker, which shows a guide of 95%, 90% or 80% of the recording area to ensure the safe zone for composition, logos, overlays and subtitles. A center marker is also available which can be chosen from different types. In the color temperature setting, Kelvin values ​​can now be displayed on the recording screen.

Videos can also be recorded timelapse 4K 60p with the camera. With the exposure leveling feature, exposure is automatically adjusted to avoid large changes in brightness between adjacent frames to produce even time-lapse content.

The MF assistance during video recording (up to 60p) is supported by the GH6, allowing the user to enlarge the screen up to 6x to check focus. If AF-ON is used or the screen is touched while in MF assist mode, the camera automatically focuses on the selected area, which is also possible during recording.

New Live MOS Sensor

Panasonic has developed a new 25.2 megapixel Live MOS sensor without LPF (low-pass filter) that promotes high resolution and high-speed signal readout to reduce rolling shutter and achieve wide dynamic range.

The GH6's new Venus Processor enables advanced image processing technologies to deliver high resolution images with natural noise texture and great color reproduction, a hallmark of LUMIX cameras.

The new processor offers approximately twice the processing power, allowing the increased pixel count of the new sensor and higher resolution, higher bit rate video to be processed at high speed.

This evolution includes three key technologies:

New intelligent detail processing: Detects flat, detailed, and edged elements in a frame more accurately to produce a highly realistic image.

2D Noise Reduction: Suppresses color noise and enhances light noise texture for clear, natural images, even when shooting at high sensitivity.

High-precision 3D noise reduction for video: The ability to detect still and moving parts has been advanced, allowing you to optimize noise reduction and minimize residual images. As a result, the image quality of videos with dynamic motion is improved. Additionally, high-precision Dual 3D Color Control enhances color reproduction by brightness level, saturation level, and hue level for highly realistic color expression.

The combination of the new advanced sensor with improved saturation performance and the new processor enables a sharper image even with a high resolution of 25.2 megapixels and a minimum ISO sensitivity of less than ISO 100 [Photo: ISO 50(extended) – 25600 / Video: ISO 50(extended) -12800].

Lumix GH6

Intuitive operation

The Lumix GH6 incorporates a 3.0-inch 3:2 aspect, high-resolution 1,840K-dot tilt-free-angle touch control screen. The tilt and free angle screen allows greater flexibility and convenient rotation even with an HDMI cable and USB cable connected to the camera.

To achieve high-precision focus, the Lumix GH6 offers options for manual focus. While regular focus shifts according to the rotation speed of the focus ring and adjustment is non-linear, linear manual focus shifts according to the rotation angle of the focus ring for smoother, more linear adjustment.

Sensitivity (amount of focus change per angle of rotation) can be selected from 90 to 360 degrees by 30 degrees (maximum setting is 1080 degrees) to enable the intended focus operation.

The 3,680k-dot real-time viewfinder and 0.76x uses a highly responsive and vision-capable OLED screen to capture even fast-moving subjects in great detail. In addition, the high contrast screen (approximately 10,000:1) presents the subject with fine gradations and high clarity.

Thanks to the faster readout speed of the new sensor and the increased processing power of the new Venus processor, the Lumix GH6 also enables AFS burst shooting with the electronic shutter at 75 frames per second at a resolution of 25.2 megapixels. The faster sensor readout speed also minimizes rolling shutter distortion and enables images too fast to be processed with the naked eye.

Lumix GH6


The robustness and resistance of the body of the Lumix GH6 with the magnesium alloy front/rear chassis, allows it to withstand the most adverse recording terrains. It is not only splash resistant, but also dust and freeze resistant down to -10 degrees Celsius. The shutter unit is also robust, lasting approximately 200,000 cycles.

The record button is located on both the top and front of the camera, making it easy to start and stop recording, even when shooting at a low angle or with a shoulder rig.

The Lumix GH6 is equipped with double card slot. The CFexpress card (type B) supports internal recording of high bitrate video at 800Mbps or more, including 5.7K 30p ProRes 422 HQ and C4K 60p ALL-I. The SD UHS II V90 memory card supports internal video recording up to 600Mbps, and it is also possible to choose the recording method among relay recording, backup recording and allocation recording, using both the memory card SD memory like the CFexpress.

For the terminal, a large size HDMI (type A) is provided. In addition, an HDMI/USB cable lock bracket is included to prevent problems such as unplugging at the time of shooting. This model is compatible with USB 3.2 Gen 2 for high-speed reading and writing. The 2200mAh high-capacity battery can be recharged by mains or an external power bank, depending on the user's preferences. It also supports USB PD (Power Delivery) when using the corresponding DMW-BTC15 battery charger.

The Lumix GH6 is also compatible with the Time Code IN / OUT synchronization via the flash sync terminal and the BNC converter cable, included with the BNC cable. These features make it easy to non-linearly edit sequences shot with multiple cameras.

In addition to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g/n), 5 GHz Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11ac) is also available. This feature provides a secure and stable connection with smartphones, tablets and other devices for secure remote control.

The transmission speed of photo/video data is also increased when using the 5 GHz band.

The Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility (BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) allows a connection to a smartphone or tablet with minimal power consumption. GH6 settings can be copied and wirelessly transmitted to other GH6s when using multiple cameras.

The Lumix Sync app, available on iOS/Android devices, enables remote control of the camera using a smartphone or tablet with wireless connection. In addition to wireless control via a DMW-RS2 remote shutter release (sold separately), the Lumix Tether app software enables tethered shooting via USB.

Users can control the camera by connecting it to a computer via USB, allowing them to view the image on a computer screen while shooting.

Finally, it highlights that the Panasonic Lumix G series has a range of over 30 Micro Four Thirds objectives to choose.

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By • 22 Feb, 2022
• Section: Thoroughly, Catchment