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Panasonic reveals new Lumix GH5 flagship CSC – and it'll shoot in 6K



Panasonic has revealed its next Lumix flagship, the GH5, and it's a seriously impressive sounding camera, with the CSC poised to be the world's first camera to feature 4K video capture at 60p – and there's new '6K' photo capabilities on board as well.

To put that into perspective, the current-generation Lumix GH5 shoots 4K video at 30fps.

Showing off a prototype model at the Photokina 2016 photography show in Cologne, Germany, Panasonic said that the device will be released in the first-half of 2017.

The new 6K snaps are achieved by extracting a still image from a high-quality video (Panasonic claims the resolution is nine times sharper than Full HD) and are said to be equivalent to an 18-megapixel sensor.

As well as the bolstered 4K frame-rate, the GH5 will shoot 4K 30p with 4:2:2 10-bit colour sub-sampling – another key detail that should excite videographers.

Camera enthusiasts have taken to Twitter to voice their approval at the new developments:

Aimed at professionals and enthusiasts, we'd expect the GH5 to comfortably clear £1,000 – the GH4 was £1,300 when we reviewed it in 2014, by way of comparison.

Additional specifications are still to be confirmed, but news of a 6K Lumix GH5 further underlines Panasonic's long-term goal of developing an 8K-ready camera which it's hoping to introduce in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Are you excited by the Lumix GH5? Let us know in the comments below.


December 8, 2016, 4:36 pm

I'm a photography/videography rookie but I'm so gonna empty my bank account for this camera.

That 4k@60fps is the selling feature for me.

There's only one thing not yet mentioned but feared could be missing is 1080p at high frame rates for "slowmo".

It would just feel a bit weird knowing that a camera can handle 2160p (that's four 1080p quadrants) at 60 times a sec or 240 x 1080p quadrants a sec, but not 1080p at 240fps.

My comment may be ignorant due to my lack of knowledge of the inner workings of a camera.


December 13, 2016, 8:10 pm

I have pushed my Canon 5DII to its limits, and I'm excited to EF mount one of these babies! All the better to green-screen with - at higher resolutions... But what kept me away from the Gh4 was the hope for better low light performance. Any word on iso or dynamic range?

BG Davis

December 28, 2016, 1:28 am

Good point. One never knows what will be omitted, even though it might easily have been included. Let's hope they include 1080p with at least 120fps.

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