Panasonic’s GH5 to come with 20MP sensor and shoot 6K video?

Sep 2, 2016

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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.

Panasonic’s GH5 to come with 20MP sensor and shoot 6K video?

Sep 2, 2016

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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Japanese site Nikkan is reporting that the Fuji GH5 is to come with 6K video. If true, this is very exciting and completely ridiculous. We’re only just getting used to 4K, and even most of that is being downsampled to 1080p. So, why might one need a 6K camera? Well, as more and more 4K TVs get into the homes of the general public, we’re eventually going to need to deliver 4K content.

Shooting 6K footage for 4K delivery will increase quality. Just as shooting 4K today and scaling down to 1080p provides a better result than simply shooting 1080p. It also provides extra options in post for panning & zooming, or stabilising footage. But, is it too good to be true?

It sounds like it makes sense. 6K footage from a 20MP camera. The RED Dragon also shoots 6K footage with a sensor around 20MP. But, As EOSHD points out, it just doesn’t add up.

When you look at a micro four thirds sensor with its 4:3 aspect ratio, it is narrower and taller than the RED Dragon’s 16:9 20MP sensor. It’s the same amount of pixels in total, but the distribution is wrong. It would give 5K footage at most. To actually shoot 6K 16:9 footage on a 4:3 sensor, you’d need one that was around 24-28MP.

4/3 Rumors do have some specs listed that they have strong faith in.

  • 20mp
  • 4k 4:2:2 10bit
  • Dual SD slots
  • no crop 4k
  • 4k photo stills 60fps
  • 6k photo mode at 30fps (what the heck that means is unclear to me)

What the heck that means is unclear to me, too, but it might be what’s started the whole “6K video” talk.

If it does turn out to be true, though, it’ll be very exciting. It would also be interesting to see how the competition responds.

What do you think? Is 6K video overkill? Or does the freedom of a little extra resolution open up more options for producing a 4K final result? Are you sick of video and just wish cameras would concentrate on shooting photographs again? Let us know in the comments.

[via EOSHD / 4/3 Rumors / Nikkan ]

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8 responses to “Panasonic’s GH5 to come with 20MP sensor and shoot 6K video?”

  1. THEREAL-PapaSnarf Avatar
    THEREAL-PapaSnarf

    Not enough. Need 8K on my phone.

  2. luc_fr Avatar
    luc_fr

    I believe it has been said elsewhere, it’s probably 4K video, and 6K photo mode (you extract a 6K photo from the video).

  3. Laurent Roy Avatar
    Laurent Roy

    Well, let’s say 6K is useless right now, but technology evolves so fast that some people will probably be happy to have 6K footage to work on in less than two years from now… ;-)

  4. Laurent Roy Avatar
    Laurent Roy

    Well, let’s say 6K is useless right now, but technology evolves so fast that some people will probably be happy to have 6K footage to work on in less than two years from now… ;-)

  5. Laurent Roy Avatar
    Laurent Roy

    Well, let’s say 6K is useless right now, but technology evolves so fast that some people will probably be happy to have 6K footage to work on in less than two years from now… ;-)

  6. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    Fuji GH5? Fuji?

  7. Rootzman Avatar
    Rootzman

    Could the 6K thing be “6K burst photo mode at 30fps”?

  8. Bill Avatar
    Bill

    I record live events, and I don’t record 4K to output 4K. I record 4K so I can digitally crop and zoom with no loss of quality when final product is 1080P. I am really looking forward to recording in 6K and beyond.

    If you’ve ever cropped a digital photo, then you understand why you want to record video in 6K.