Panasonic announced that it has developed a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera LUMIX GH5 that is capable of recording smooth, high-precision 4K 60p/50p and faithful 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video*1 for the first time in the world*2. It also features ‘6K PHOTO’*3 which extracts approx.18-megapixel still images from ultra high-quality video with approx. 9 times the pixel count of Full-HD. The new LUMIX GH5 is scheduled for commercialization and introduction to the global market in early 2017.
The LUMIX GH5 goes on show at Photokina 2016, which will be held at Koelnmesse, Germany, through 20-25 September in 2016, together with the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Lens Series. Achieving both high optical performance and a compact size, the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Lens Series includes a new 12-60mm standard zoom lens, 8-18mm wide zoom lens and 50-200mm telephoto zoom lens that will be showcased as a reference exhibit at the Panasonic booth.
The camera packs Panasonic’s new 18-megapixel sensor, which supports up to 8fps in regular burst mode, or 60fps in Panasonic’s “4K Photo” mode. The company eventually plans to release future models with 8K, 32-megapixel capture in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The GH4 allowed you to capture 4:2:2 10bit images, only with the use of an external recorder, which is a common but not universal accessory. If you were recording to the internal SD cards, you were limited to 8bit 4:2:0. With the GH5, Panasonic has added the ability to capture 10bit 4:2:2 video up to 4K 30fps internally to the SD card, which is a big deal for filmmakers. 10bit and 4:2:2 are most obviously going to help when cutting a green screen key, but the improvements of higher bitrate and less subsampled codecs are beneficial throughout the post pipeline, especially when it comes to colour grading.This is in addition to the improvement of 4K slow motion capture up to 60fps internal.
The GH5 currently appears to be built with a body very similar to the GH4, and if the upgrade from GH3 to GH4 is any guide, you should expect most of your accessories, rigs, and batteries to work in the new body. Along with the GH5, Panasonic will be launching a new line of Micro 4/3 zoom lenses, the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0, in 12-60mm, 8-18mm and 50-200mm focal lengths. The camera and lenses will be available in the first half of 2017.
Here are the only tech specs available at the moment:
*1 In 4K/30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p video recording.
*2 For a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of 19 September, 2016 (Panasonic survey).
*3 “6K PHOTO” is a high speed burst shooting function that cuts a still image out of a 4:3 or 3:2 video footage with 18-megapixel
(Approx.6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that 6K image manages.
The latest information on LUMIX GH5 will be updated at the following web page:
View Press Release HERE