Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera
has been strongly tipped to be the next entry in the GH series, a mirrorless camera range that has proven hugely popular among videographers in recent years.
With its predecessor, the Panasonic GH5S, now two years old and the Panasonic GH5 arriving back in 2017, the series is certainly due a refresh. However, some fresh rumors about a Panasonic GH5 Mark II have thrown the arrival of the GH6 into some doubt – or at least pushed it further into the background.
A recent leak from the ever-reliable Nokishita suggests the GH5 Mark II will be a relatively minor upgrade to the GH5 and could launch soon. So where does this leave the rumored GH6, which has been tipped to arrive later in 2021?
Until we see an official launch for the GH5 Mark II, it’s not yet clear how it will fit into the GH lineup. It’s possible the camera could be a stop-gap for a true successor, with a pricier GH6 still in the pipeline. Alternatively, Panasonic might keep the series as an affordable alternative to full-frame cameras like the Panasonic Lumix S5.
The idea of the Panasonic GH6 having a high megapixel sensor isn’t a new one, as we reported on the possibility of it having a 41MP Sony sensor in September of last year. The initial rumor from 43Rumors pointed out that this sensor was marked as ‘Surveillance’, but that this was “something we saw with the GH5s sensor too, which is also considered as [a] ‘Surveillance’ sensor.” They then went on to speculate that this new sensor would be ideal for a future GH6 – especially with Panasonic having already promised an 8K camera by 2022.
However, the latest rumors from Joseph Paul indicate that the new Panasonic GH6 models won’t just have a beefy megapixel-packed sensor, they’ll also benefit from a full roster of exciting updated specs.
These include a better battery, an improved IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization) system and the ability to record RAW video at 4K and 6K. The possibility of 8K video has also been floating around since last September, although this set of rumors seems less emphatic about this possibility than the previous leaks. In addition, the Panasonic GH6 will also have a ‘new generation AF system’, which will enable the user to enjoy a faster autofocus.