Panasonic has now officially announced the new GH5 Mark II, along with development of the GH6. And while we’ve already seen all of the GH5 Mark II specs and know exactly what it looks like, let’s go over the differences vs its predecessor anyway, and talk about what little they’ve told us of the GH6 so far that they say will be introduced later this year.
The GH5 Mark II, Panasonic says, has been designed to address the latest issues of live video, with “built-in industry-leading wireless live streaming capability and high video performance”. It’s got a bit of a price increase over the GH5, though, at $1,700.
- Wireless video streaming
- Uncropped C4K 10-Bit 60/50p
- Brighter, higher resolution LCD
- HDMI Out + Simultaneous internal recording
- Pre-install V-Log L
- Cinelike D2/V2
- 4:3 anamorphic, 10-Bit 6K 30/25/24 4K 60/50p
- 120fps EVF
- 6.5 stop 5-axis dual is2
- Unlimited record time
- Dust/splash/freeze resistant
- Power over USB
Along with the GH5 Mark II announcement is an update for the GH5S (but not the GH5 or G9), which will be made freely available to users when it’s ready to provide 12-bit RAW over HDMI output when connected to an Atomos Ninja V. Hopefully this capability will also expand to BRAW on the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G, eventually.
As far as the GH6 goes, they didn’t say much.
- It’ll be announced later in 2021 (today is just a development announcement)
- It has a new high-speed sensor & new Venus engine “never been seen before on a Lumix camera”
- 10-bit 4:2:2: DCI 4K 60p video with unlimited record time
- 10-bit 4K 120p HFR/VFR recording
- 10-bit 5.7K 60p video
- Target price – $2,500(ish)
The Panasonic GH5 Mark II is available to pre-order now for $1,697.99 and is expected to begin shipping in July. The GH6 isn’t available yet, as it’s just a development announcement, but it’s expected to be around $2,500 when it is launched.