Panasonic GH5 “Development” Announced But… ** UPDATED

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    Camera sites are abuzz this morning with news from Sony, Panasonic, and more – but Panny has dropped the Panasonic GH5 news – with a big “but…” – it won't ship until early to mid-2017.

    And there aren't a lot of details in the press release (below)

    And lots of sites are reporting it has 6k 30fps video – but my read on the PR says that is “photo mode”

    So I don't believe it is 6k video – still trying to understand this thing. “It also features ‘6K PHOTO’*2 which extracts approx.18-megapixel still images from ultra-high-quality video with approx. 9 times the pixel count of Full-HD”

    (Footnote says: “*2 “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 approx.18-megapixel (Approx.6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that 6K image manages. The name ‘6K PHOTO’ is tentative.”)

    What they do say:

    • 4k video up to 60fps
    • 10bit 4:2:2 internal
    • 8mp / 60fps burst photo

    What they don't say:

    • sensor size (let's assume it is still Micro 4/3)
    • what the hell this 6k PHOTO really is

    Stay tuned as we try to figure this out without much information to really go by.

    Promo video * Which I note has NO GH5 footage or images or anything other than 2 folks talking about how excited they are to see the GH5… geez.

    Press Release

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    Panasonic Develops the World’s First*1 4K 60p/50p Video Recording

    Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera [DSLM] LUMIX GH5 Featuring ‘6K PHOTO’*2 

    Cologne, Germany (September 19, 2016) – Panasonic today announced that it is in development of 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*3 for the first time in the world*1. It also features ‘6K PHOTO’*2 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.

    Panasonic has been committed to the development of innovative digital cameras under the theme “Create a New Photo Culture in the Digital Era.” The world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera LUMIX DMC-G1 was introduced in 2008*4 and the subsequent DMC-GH1 achieved the world’s first Full HD video recording in 2009*5.

    In 2014, Panasonic introduced the DMC-GH4, which realized 4K 30p/25p video recording for the first time in the industry*6. At the same time, Panasonic proposed a new and unique method of photography called ‘4K PHOTO’ which allows users to capture fleeting photographic moments that even the eyes cannot catch, by using super-fast 4K resolution video frames at 30 fps that can be saved as high-quality photos. As a result, the DMC-GH4 is highly acclaimed for its exceptional hybrid performance in both photography and videography by a wide range of professional users worldwide – not only photographers but also cinematographers in the film production field, as well as emerging photo/video-hybrid creators.

    By advancing Panasonic technologies, such as digital signal processing and heat dissipation, and packing them into the compact, lightweight body of a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, the LUMIX GH5 enables 4K 60p/50p and 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video recording*3, which has never before been achieved *1. With this unprecedented video recording performance, Panasonic aims to further capitalize on the strength that it has achieved in the film production industry.

    In the LUMIX GH5, the conventional ‘4K PHOTO’ function is dramatically advanced to form ‘6K PHOTO’*2which lets the user cut a still image out of ultra-high-quality approx.18-megapixel video with approx. 9 times the pixel count than Full-HD. Taking advantage of its high-speed, long-time burst shooting capability, spur-of-the-moment shots can be saved in beautiful photos with higher resolution that complies with larger-sized printing by substantially increasing the resolution from approx.8-megapixel (4K PHOTO) to approx.18-megapixel (6K PHOTO*2). Furthermore, approx.8-megapixel 4K Photo images can be captured at a super-fast 60 fps.

    *1 For a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of 19 September, 2016 (Panasonic survey).

    *2 “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 approx.18-megapixel (Approx.6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that 6K image manages. The name ‘6K PHOTO’ is tentative. 

    *3 In 4K/30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p video recording. 

    *4 For a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera, as of 12 September, 2008 (Panasonic survey). 

    *5 For a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of 3 March, 2009 (Panasonic survey). 

    *6 For a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of 7 February, 2014 (Panasonic survey).

    (cover photo credit: snap from Dpreview article at photokina)


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    1. arpierre@gmail.com

      Sketchy info for sure. I am waiting to see what they come up with. Mid next year is no big deal either. At least for me. I would rather a camera meet or exceed the specs, than buy a gimped one hopefully waiting for firm ware updates.
      Without real world tests of an actual product, I can imagine what the rumor mills will be churning out. What about low light? DR, etc.? Time will tell.

      1. Scott

        After reading this release twice a couple sentences caught my attention:

        1. “By advancing Panasonic technologies, such as digital signal processing and heat dissipation…”

        2. “In the LUMIX GH5, the conventional ‘4K PHOTO’ function is dramatically advanced to form ‘6K PHOTO…”

        With the two above and the fact that I cannot see Panasonic putting a 27 MP sensor in the GH5 (5760 pixel wide 6K with a m43 sensor), AND with what Olympus is doing with their IBIS cameras (super-resolution), I think Panasonic will use an undetermined number (I’d guess 2-4 frames) of 4K60 video frames to create a super-resolution “6K” series of “photos” at 30 fps for a limited time (1-4 seconds).

        Anyway, that’s my guess.

        Also, FWIW, there is no mention of IBIS being in the GH5. If it were going to be there, I would have thought they’d mention it…

    2. Eno

      “The new LUMIX GH5 is scheduled for commercialization and introduction to the global market in early 2017.”

    3. Eno

      So much negativism against Panasonic and so much praising about Canon, to bad they really don’t deserve it (neither of them)!

      1. Author
        planetMitch

        Well, I’m only negative on the Panasonic because they said virtually nothing! Why announce anything like this? And yet I see people so excited on the ‘net over this non-announcement. I do happen to love Canon gear – never have I hid that fact.

        1. Goron

          Panasonic said plenty already, internal 10 bit 4:2:2 in 4K 30p, 60p 4K and we know it will arrive in early 2017.
          Canon on the other hand announce several jokes called XC-15 and 5D mk4.
          The 5D mk 4 has a huge 1,75x crop factor in UHD, a crappy (a kind word to describe it) codec and features moire and aliasing like in 2008. Those are unacceptable nowadays, especially at 3600$ price point. I simply don’t care about a fancy AF if the image out of it is thrash!
          The XC-15 is an overpriced and under featured piece of gear which by the way, nobody will be buying it. Even it it was half the price, the very expensive media required makes the whole package uninteresting and way to expensive to play with.
          It does not matter that Canon started (by mistake it seams) the video revolution in 2008, things have moved on since them.

          1. Author
            planetMitch

            @goron, well as I’ve said a billion times before – the XC15 is obviously NOT designed for you (or others like you)! It is designed for a specific market and if you think it is a bad product then it isn’t Canon that is making a mistake, it is you. There is a market for this camera and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and people ARE buying them!

            Canon – despite what many say – is NOT stupid. They know their markets very well and know how to design and sell. You just aren’t the right buyer for them and that is OK!

            1. Goron

              You are right, that those cameras are not for me and most videographers that once loved the 5D mk2 video.
              We shall see how well they will sell. :)

        2. Eno

          I also liked Canon gear and owned a 5D mk 2 but that was a long time ago…Since then I couldn’t been happier shooting with the GH4 and after I saw the announcement of 5D mk4 I sold all my remaining Canon lenses.
          Canon simply has no intention of providing what I want in regards to video. :)

            1. Eno

              I’ve used Canon lenses with a speed booster for a ling time now, but after I saw what 5D mk 4 has to offer in regards to video, I’ve sold everything that was left from Canon and will be investing exclusively in m4/3 glass.

        3. Sully Cortez

          because mitch, they want to hype everyone up and so far as a videographer, 10bit 4:2:2 internal ISSSSS something to get hyped over! I just hope they implement VLOG L for free, keep the anamorphic mode, and give us IBIS…… I CANNOT see them excluding it since they made a big stink about it being in the G80. They’re probably saving that, along with a few other key features (like the autofocus joystick THANK GOD FINALLY) and potentially dual SD slots. Personally besides Fujifilm’s MF announcement, I can see Panasonics GH5 stealing the photokina show. I think it’ll be a video killer until the A7SIII comes out. It will smoke the competition in terms of post flexibility and a lot of serious shooters with their speedboosters in hand, will absolutely LOVE that ability. Panasonic is smart, I just wish like you, they gave us a little bit more. Personally I’m really excited about the audio module. FINALLY we get an actual audio module and not that horrendously overpriced brick of nonsense called the YAG adapter lol.

    4. Danny Grizzle

      re: sensor size (let’s assume it is still Micro 4/3)

      Please just stop it with this rabid rumor. It is not just abut sensor size, it is about the lens ecosystem.

      Not going to happen, and Panasonic has said as much in previous remarks by their officials.

      Persistence in fostering this rumor cheapens the credibility of those who repeat it.

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