Panasonic revealed full details of its update to its popular 4K DSLR model, the GH4, at CES 2017 this week.

The Lumix GH5 is essentially a beefed up GH4 aimed at professional videographers and can record in 4K at 60p / 50p video while also taking 6K photos.

Panasonic has set a price of $1,999 for the camera body of the GH5, which will be available from late March.

Its predecessor has carved out a niche as a rival to Sony’s popular A7S.

The GH5 is also capable of internal 4:2:2 / 10-bit video recording.

Users can choose between MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD formats at a variety of frame rates.

The camera is slightly bulkier than its predecessor. Panasonic says the camera frame should be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use. The GH5’s main structure is composed of a magnesium alloy, full die cast front/rear frame.

The GH5 is equipped with a double SD Memory Card slot compatible with high-speed, high capacity UHS-II.

Panasonic said firmware updates will add: Full HD 4:2:2 10bit video recording capability (scheduled for April 2017); 400Mbps 4:2:2 10bit All-Intra video recording in 4K 30p/25p/24p; Full HD, high resolution video recording in Anamorphic mode; Hybrid Log Gamma in Photo Style mode which enables popular 4K HDR video recording and USB tethering (all scheduled for second half of 2017).

Staff Reporter

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