Panasonic has launched its new hybrid stills and film camera, the Lumix GH6, with higher resolutions than its predecessor The Lumix GH5 II, a wider choice of codecs and frame rates and active cooling.

The latest  model of Lumix mirrorless cameras, based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard, features 5.7K 30p internal video recording available in ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 422 for the first time in the Lumix series using a CFexpress Type B card, which enables non-linear editing without transcoding.

With 5.7K 4:2:0 10-bit 60p/50p and 5.8K 30p/25p/24p 4:2:0 10-bit anamorphic 4:3 modes recorded utilising the full area of the sensor, the Lumix GH6 offers higher resolution and higher bit rates.

The Lumix GH6 also features 4:2:2 10-bit Cinema 4K 60p internal recording as well as simultaneous output in 4:2:2 10-bit Cinema 4K 60p over HDMI.
4:2:0 10-bit 4K 120p (equivalent to 5x slow motion*1) and 4:2:2 10bit FHD 240p HFR (High Frame Rate) video recording with audio is available to enable creativity such as speed ramping. FHD maximum 300fps (equivalent to 12.5x slow motion*1) VFR (Variable Frame Rate) enables dynamic motion of a subject.

To address potential overheating with continuous video recording, especially when the resolution and the frame rates are increased, the Lumix GH6 achieves unlimited video recording time*2 in all modes by optimising the heat-dissipating path with a forced-cooling fan mechanism.

The GH6 will be available from March 2022 for £1,999.99 rrp for body only, or from £2,199.99 RRP for a kit including a 12-60mm lens.

Pippa Considine

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