Since there are currently a lot of rumours / spec leaks about a Panasonic GH5 successor (or a supplement) circulating on the net, we would like to take a moment to remind ourselves with what a bang the current Panasonic GH5 came onto the market in 2017: Up until that point, there was simply no DSLM that could come up with 4K 10-bit internally. This, coupled with good thermal management, Pro XLR options, dual card slot and excellent sensor stabilisation, was enough to not only hold its own against the full-frame competition, but in many cases actually represent an even more attractive proposition for video-savvy users - even from the pro camp.
If Panasonic wants to repeat this bang, the "perennial favourite" among sensor rumours offers itself: The organic sensor. For years, manufacturers like Sony, Panasonic and Fuji, among others, have been developing such organic sensors, which promise both global shutter and extreme dynamic ranges - theoretically or at least in the development lab.
Panasonic seemed to be furthest along in the development of such an organic sensor - after all, Panasonic was the only manufacturer to present a working 8K prototype at IBC 2019 in the form of the Panasonic AK-SHB 810.
But since then, the Corona pandemic and general chip shortages may have thrown off the timetable for an organic Panasonic sensor in an upcoming GH6 (should there be a production-ready sensor, with all its challenges such as heat management and high power requirements).
So it probably makes sense not to set expectations too high. Speculations are still allowed, of course, and here the question arises:
What would a GH6 have to be like to compete with the full-frame competition? For us, more dynamic range and improved AF would be at the top of the list ...