As announced, Panasonic has just announced many anticipated new additions to its GH camera system. The most important news is probably the pre-announcement of the Panasonic GH6 and the launch of the new Panasonic GH5 II.
The Panasonic GH6 has been announced for the end of the year. There is not much information about it yet. However, it already seems certain that the GH6 will have internal 10-bit 5.7K/60p and 10-bit 4K/120p, as well as unlimited recording time of 10-bit 4K/60p. Panasonic has not yet announced any other possible specifications for the upcoming GH6 - for example in terms of internal RAW recording, integrated ND filter or specifications for the AF system.
On the other hand, there is plenty of information about the new GH5 II, which will receive a whole series of small but fine updates as a targeted model update of the GH5.
For example, the new Panasonic GH5 MKII now has internal max. 4K/60p 10 bit 4:2:0 recording (incl. parallel 4K/60p 10 bit 4:2:2 output via HDMI) as well as wireless live streaming. For wireless live streaming (via WIFI), only a smartphone or a corresponding WLAN router is required. With a future update, cable-supported USB-LAN IP LIVE streaming will also be supported. An external recording can also be made in parallel to the live stream via HDMI-Out.
The implementation of the latest Deep Learning motif recognition should bring the autofocus of the GH5 II up to the level of the Panasonic S5 AF. Here we now find the face/eye/head/body/animal recognition familiar from the full-frame Lumix, with associated frames.
A new AR (anti-reflective) coating on the sensor is said to increase the dynamic range of the GH5 II (by up to 25% in photo mode).
In addition, the touchscreen LCD monitor has been updated and, according to Panasonic, now has a higher luminosity and stronger colour reproduction (as well as a slight increase in resolution from 1.6 to 1.8 million pixels). The monitor seems to be the same as on the Panasonic S5.
V-Log L is now pre-installed on the GH5 II and a further improved dual 5-axis image stabilisation raises the stabilisation performance from 5 to now 6.5 f-stops. Here, the current image stabilisation algorithms of the Panasonic S1H were used.
The battery and charging options of the GH5 II have also received a noticeable update. The GH5 II can now be charged and powered via a USB-C connection. In addition, the GH5 II now uses the 2,200 mAh battery already familiar from the S5, which should give it an even longer runtime. The older 1,860 mAh batteries from the GH5 can still be used in the GH5 II.
Also new for the GH5 is the ability to set the angle of rotation of the focus when focusing manually, as well as switching between linear and non-linear control. Shutter speeds can now optionally be displayed in shutterangle and the ISO display can also be switched to DB Gain.
In addition, there are a number of smaller improvements to the GH5 II:
For example, a new luminance spot metering is now on board, which can be moved freely and optionally displays numerical values. Frame markers have also been added, displaying many frames from 2.39:1 to 16:9 in any colour, transparency and aspect ratio. An optional tally function that displays a red frame for video recording and a blue one for live streaming at the edge of the monitor and also portrait video is now supported by the Panasonic GH5 II.
Here is an overview showing some of the new features of the Panasonic GH5 II in the current MFT portfolio:
Also announced were interesting firmware updates for the Panasonic GH5S. The 2.0 firmware update of the GH5S will also bring the improved autofocus functions of the GH5 II as well as external ProRes RAW recording via Atomos Ninja V (also for anamorphic video).
The new GH5 II will be available from June at an RRP of €1,699.
As an Early Bird promotion, Panasonic is also offering a 1.7/ 25mm lens and an extra battery free of charge for the introduction of the GH5 II. The Early Bird promotion runs until 31 July 2021.