Full specs leak for the Panasonic GH5 Mark II – Yes, that’s correct, not the GH6

May 11, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Full specs leak for the Panasonic GH5 Mark II – Yes, that’s correct, not the GH6

May 11, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Well, this is a surprise. And not really the good kind. While everybody’s been waiting for Panasonic to announce a GH6, which is apparently, definitely on the way, the specs leak for a new Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera. It’s not the GH6, though. Oh no, apparently it’s the GH5 Mark II. And it’s not going to have the specs people were expecting for a hypothetical GH6, either.

The specs have been leaked via Nokishita and, well, really, it looks like a pretty tiny incremental update over 2017’s Panasonic GH5. The sensor’s still the same 20.33-megapixel resolution, the max video resolution is 4K 60p, it’s the same 3.68m-dot EVF, and well, same everything really.

I’ve yet to actually spot any real difference over the 4-year-old Panasonic GH5 but I’ll keep looking through the specs and if I see something, I’ll update this post. There obviously must be something, although it looks like the teeniest of tiny incremental updates overall. So, teeny tiny, in fact, that it hardly seems worth releasing, especially when most people will probably skip it entirely and just wait for the GH6 – or get bored, pissed off with waiting and switch to another brand.

The expected price for the GH5 Mark II is $1,697 for the body only or $2,297 for the 16-20mm kit. I’m assuming at that price, it’s the Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 and not the Panasonic 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH kit lens that comes with their lower end bodies.

No word yet on when we can expect an official announcement, although I suspect the majority won’t really care – except to give them an excuse to moan about it not being a GH6.

And, yes, that is Comic Sans in the mockup photo at the top of this post, because this has to be a joke… Right?

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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12 responses to “Full specs leak for the Panasonic GH5 Mark II – Yes, that’s correct, not the GH6”

  1. Joost Avatar
    Joost

    ok, that was unexpected

  2. Benjamin Curlee Avatar
    Benjamin Curlee

    Am I the only person that noticed it has specs for built in live streaming?!?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Not much of a surprise now that everybody else is offering it, too. Seems a bit of a weak upgrade, though. I can’t imagine many people rushing to sell their GH5 and buy one of these for that. It’d be cheaper to just buy an Elgato Cam Link 4K and take an HDMI feed. :)

    2. Aaron Salis Avatar
      Aaron Salis

      These are just the specs for the LUMIX Webcam software, but with 1080p added it looks like.

  3. Tom Baker Avatar
    Tom Baker

    USB power supply…kinda cool…and needed.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Yeah, definitely something more cameras need to support natively. Personally, I use USB-PD cables with dummy batteries. So, all my Nikon and Panasonic cameras kinda already have USB power from either a USB-PD charger or USB-PD power bank. :)

  4. Jim Avatar
    Jim

    The GH6 is going to be expensive.

  5. Houston Brannon Avatar
    Houston Brannon

    It shoots internal 4k60 10 bit, which was not possible with the gh5 or gh5S. 4k60 8 bit was max with gh5 and gh5S without an external recorder

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Fair, but 10-bit 4:2:0 60fps LongGOP at 200mbps vs 10-bit 4:2:2 30fps All-i @ 400mbps? I don’t think it’ll measure up for those that really need it – especially when you can get a Pocket 4K (which uses all the same lenses) that shoots 4K 60fps 12-Bit (partially-debayered) RAW for about the same price as the original GH5 costs now.

      Do you think that selling the GH5 and buying the GH5 Mark II and whatever price it’ll come out at will be more or less cost effective than simply buying a Ninja V and recording it externally straight to ProRes or DNxHR from the GH5 you already own?

      1. Houston Brannon Avatar
        Houston Brannon

        Nope. A gh5 on eBay goes for about $1000. The ninja is 600 with a HD. I would expect this gh5m2 to go for about 16-1700. With money being a wash I’d much rather have the prores and the monitor.

        The whole thing is disappointing because I love the gh5 and gh5S and have been expecting big things from a gh6 release this year.

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          And that gap’ll get even greater. Right now it’s $1K. It’ll drop a little more as soon as the GH5 Mark II becomes official.

  6. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    Because Panasonic launch a slightly upgraded GH5 with 4k60 10-bit and new batteries does NOT mean they will NOT be launching a new GH6 soon. My guess is the GH6 is coming, and will be significantly more expensive, so the GH5 MkII will seem a good option for those who are interested in MFT but do not want the super specs and cost of a more up-market GH6. Also, Panasonic are all tooled up on the GH5 production line, so they might as well take what they can on the old model by giving it minor cosmetic updates – and also reducing the price. Car manufacturers have been doing this trick for years. In fact when they do this, it is a sure sign that a new model is on the way. So I am prepared to wait a bit longer before I jump ship to a different brand.