Panasonic to Reveal LUMIX GH6—Will It Give New Life to Micro Four Thirds?

Panasonic LUMIX GH6
Credit: Panasonic
Development on the Panasonic LUMIX GH6 was announced in May 2021. Now we’re days away from the full reveal.

Will the new flagship Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera from Panasonic resuscitate the nearly dead sensor standard?

The Micro Four Thirds sensor was foundational to the success of early mirrorless cameras. It was small enough for processors to inch out great quality but large enough to make use of APS-C and full-frame lenses.

While the sensor standard was released by Olympus and Panasonic, many other manufacturers used it in their cameras—Blackmagic, DJI, and even Kodak to name a few. 

But as processing power has increased, mirrorless cameras are embracing the APS-C and full-frame formats. Fuji even released a cropped medium-format camera. 

However, on Feb. 21, 2022, Panasonic is set to unveil the LUMIX GH6. Will the new high-speed sensor and a new processing engine be enough to keep Micro Four Thirds in the spotlight?

The Panasonic LUMIX GH6 Deconstructed

The only official information we have on this new camera is what was released with the development announcement back in May 2021. Check out the LUMIX GH6 specs below.

  • New high-speed sensor
  • New Venus Engine Image Processor
  • 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

But that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from milling the grains of speculation. According to the grapevine, the GH6 may be the first Panasonic mirrorless camera to use Phase Detection Autofocus. 

Originally, autofocus was done by Depth from Defocus, which was limited to Panasonic lenses and had reliability issues.

A Very Important Date

We’ll know more on Feb. 21, 2022, when Panasonic will fully reveal the LUMIX GH6. Till then, we can only patiently wait and speculate.

Beyond the specs, we do know that this new camera is set to be the flagship of the LUMIX G Series. With some incredible achievements under its belt, such as having several cameras on the Netflix Approved Camera List, Panasonic is sure to set the bar high for its new camera and give new life to a sensor standard that has been left behind.      

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For me, it needs to have internal raw. If you are really serious about video = RAW. Moving from a GH5/GH5s to a BMPPC4K and now 6K, internal RAW saved my bacon a few times in post and what you can do with it is really amazing.

February 8, 2022 at 8:16PM

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I definitely agree on the RAW part, but that RED patent is likely the reason many manufacturers don't touch internal RAW. That said I've had a great time with the Ninja V and V+ on the GH5, GH5s, and Zcam E2. I'd likely opt for external recording anyways because SSDs are SOOOO much cheaper than the small cards you can buy (for example the cfexpress cards the Sony a7s3 needs). It's also probably easier to leave licensing costs for Prores RAW to Atomos, that way you can move recorders around to different cameras. Internal recording would be nice, but I don't mind the tradeoff.

February 10, 2022 at 11:22AM

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Agreed. No Raw = No Way

February 10, 2022 at 11:24AM

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ProRes422HQ at almost 2Gbps is what's rumoured. That will do you all fine.

February 20, 2022 at 11:15AM

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