Like an alarm ringing in the dead of night, Panasonic just announced a bunch of new products! Panasonic has provided a long-overdue update on their premium range of medium four-thirds camera bodies and a new lens. For lovers of the GH5, you’ll be delighted to hear that there’s a Mark II on the horizon. Not to be outdone by the likes of Nikon and Sony, Panasonic has also announced the development of a new MFT body with the GH6. Want more? Well, there’s also a new Lumix Leica lens in development. While details on the new GH6 and lens are scarce, rest assured we have all you need to know right here!
Panasonic LUMIX GH5 Mark II Evolution
The Panasonic LUMIX GH5M2 is the latest and greatest LUMIX G Series camera. It is based on the original GH5 with a long list of enhanced features and new specifications. For those that love top-of-the-line micro-four-thirds cameras, the LUMIX GH5 Mark II is worth your attention.
It’s incredibly well suited to visual creators that develop content for YouTube, including vlogging and live streaming. Let’s check out the critical specification of the latest LUMIX.
LUMIX GH5 Mark II Specifications:
- 20.33MP MOS Sensor
- MFT Mount and Camera System
- 200 to 25600 (Extended: 100 to 25600) ISO
- Up to 12 fps at 20.3 MP
- 3,680 Dot OLED EVF with 76x Magnification
- 3” 1,840K Dot Free-Angle Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) Slots
- Dual IS 6.5 Stop
- Lumix Sync App live-streaming direct to Facebook and YouTube
- 138.5 x 98.1 x 87.4 mm
- 727 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
LUMIX GH5 II Performance Upgrade
The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 is an incredible camera that has proven popular with videographers. Even the team at DP Review shoots most of the YouTube videos on a GH5. Check out our review here. No doubt they’ll be excited by the list of premium upgrades that the new LUMIX GH5M2 offers. With a brand new sensor, the GH5M2 delivers the same size and resolution from its sensor. It, in turn, means that the ISO sensitivity range, FPS, and image quality are much the same.
The LUMIX GH5 II stands out with its video upgrade – this is a videography camera, after all. The list of pro-grade video recording formats supersedes most cameras in the market. It is all thanks to the updated sensor and processor driving video performance, such as the oversampled C4K60 10bit internal recording and simultaneous output via HDMI. Or, for a cinematic outcome, the LUMIX GH5M2 delivers 6K Anamorphic 4:3 and 4K 50 Anamorphic. Plus, Panasonic has promised significant firmware updates later in 2021 to include Live View Composite, USB Tethering, and RTP/RTSP wired IP streaming.
This is just a taste of the video performance on offer – here’s a few more specs on video output:
- DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p [400 Mb/s] – H.264/MOV 4:2:2 10-Bit
- 6K Anamorphic (4992 x 3774) at 23.976p/24.00p/25p/29.97p [200 Mb/s] – H.265/MOV 4:2:0 10-Bit
- 4K Anamorphic (3328 x 2496) at 50p [200 Mb/s] – H.265/MOV 4:2:0 10-Bit
- DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 50p/59.94p [200 Mb/s] – H.265/MOV 4:2:0 10-Bit
- VLOG-L Pre Installed
- 6K Anamorphic 4:3 / 4K 50 Anamorphic
- Unlimited recording in all video modes
Panasonic’s Flagship LUMIX GH6
What got me out of bed in the middle of the night was the development announcement of the LUMIX GH6. As seen with Sony’s a1, Canon’s R3, and Nikon’s Z9 announcements, letting fans know what’s in development is the way to go in 2021. As with the above announcements, very little is known about the all-new Panasonic LUMIX GH6. We know that Panasonic sees this as a professional videography camera with high frame rate capture.
The LUMIX GH6 will drop before the end of 2021 with the following promises:
- Brand New Sensor
- Brand New Engine
- 10-bit 4K 120p HFR
- 4:2:2 10-bit C4K 60p Unlimited Recording
- 10-bit 5.7K 60p Recording
While a brand new sensor and processing engine sounds great, that’s a little vague in terms of performance. Panasonic has revealed the LUMIX GH5 II with a new sensor and processor that significantly enhances video performance over the original GH5. What can we expect in the upcoming flagship GH6 that gives the GH5 II a run for its money? Fear not, Panasonic has proven that they can optimise the MFT format and develop exceptional videography inspired cameras.
LUMIX Leica DG 25-50mm F1.7
Not to be outdone by the big brands, Panasonic has also revealed the development of the LUMIX Leica DG 25-50mm F1.7 lens. The new 25-50mm lens complements the existing LUMIX Leica 10-25mm F1.7. With this pairing, you have a complete photography or videography kit to suit your LUMIX GH5 Mark II or the upcoming GH6.
As the LUMIX Leica DG 25-50mm F1.7 is still developing, we know little about its performance and image output. However, we do know that the 2x drop factor makes it a 50-100mm equivalent. As a result, the LUMIX 25-50 provides greater reach for portraiture and editorial videography. If the quality of the new lens matches the 10-25mm, you’re in for a treat, thanks to sharp optics and a fast aperture.
It is great to see Panasonic join the growing trend of in-development product announcements. It keeps the industry on its toes and provides folks like you and me with the promise of a better tomorrow. And by that, we mean getting our hands on sweet new gear! The best bit is that pre-orders have already opened up at Georges Cameras. So head in-store or jump online to secure your copy today! Stay tuned for more updates and info on the LUMIX GH5 II, GH6 and the LUMIX Leica DG 25-50mm F1.7.