The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has been a solid choice for run-and-gun video shooters, offering 4K 10-bit 4:2:2, and 4K 60p from its micro-four thirds sensor. Three years after its release, the time for its successor might be upon us.
Rumors suggest that the announcement was due to arrive at this year’s Photokina in May. With the global pandemic disrupting industry events and production lines, that news is said to have been pushed back to August or September, with the expectation that the camera will arrive in the first part of 2021.
The rumor sites suggest that the GH6 will contain a 41-megapixel sensor from Sony and be capable of shooting 6K at 30. Most Lumix fans will probably be keen to see if Panasonic has managed to overhaul and improve the autofocus, perhaps one aspect that slightly undermined the GH5’s versatility for news, documentary, and events shooters.
Other improvements should include better battery life and the new sensor would almost certainly see a boost to dynamic range and low-light performance. It will be interesting to see if Panasonic has to find a means of dissipating the heat generated by shooting in 6K. The S1H has a vent that Panasonic says does not compromise its weather sealing but given how rugged the GH5 is said to be (not just dust- and moisture-proof, but freeze-proof!) a vent might not be an option. The micro-four thirds sensor in the GH6 will likely produce far less heat than its full-frame counterpart, but it might still require some thoughtful design elements.
What other features would you like to see? Built-in ND filters? A top-panel LCD? Leave your thoughts and expectations in the comments below.