Panasonic officially unveiled the new GH5 Mark II and also announced a few details on their upcoming GH6 flagship Micro Four Thirds camera.
You can find the link to the livestream presentation in case you missed it in our post here.
The new Panasonic GH5 II (or GH5M2) brings new features such as internal 4K/60p recording in 10bit 4:2:0, built-in V-Log L flag picture profile, improved autofocus and live streaming capabilities among others.
4K/60p in 10bit internal + 4K/60p 10bit 4:2:2 output via HDMI
Furthermore, when it comes to video (and most will be buying this camera precisely for the excellent video features) the GH5 Mark II can record 4K without a crop. As some of you surely remember, the 4K crop on the original GH5 was quite the annoyance.
Moreover, the new GH5M2 also has the ability to simultaneously output 4K/60p 10bit 4:2:2 via HDMI to an external recorder such as the NINJA V from Atomos.
V-Log L included in camera
V-Log L comes pre-installed in-camera, so users will not have to shell out an extra $99 for a license like GH5 users had to back in the day.
Furthermore, you can download 35 conversion LUTs for VariCam cinema cameras for free for use in the GH5M2. These make the footage easily matched with the footage recorded in V-Log from the Lumix S1H/S1 and V-Log L of GH5/GH5S.
Cinelike D2 and V2 Picture Profiles
Also, Panasonic has added a couple of new picture profiles – Cinelike D2, which gives priority to dynamic range and Cinelike V2, which is has more contrast. These would be perfect for straight-out-of-camera work and footage that requires little to no grading in post.
In addition, Panasonic has also added MonochromeS and L.ClassicNeo profiles, which can also be used for Anamorphic video recording.
Improved Autofocus Performance and AR sensor coating
The new GH5M2 sports a 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Four Thirds sensor with a new AR coating that minimizes ghosts and flaring even in backlighting.
Moreover, the new camera also features improvements in the AF department. Historically, this has been an area in which all Panasonic/Lumix cameras have struggled.
However, the new GH5M2 ports some improvements from the Lumix S5. Panasonic says their latest model comes with high-speed and high-precision AF, as well as incorporates an advanced deep learning technology that detects specific subjects such as humans and animals.
In other words, when a human is the subject, in addition to detecting the eye, face, and body, the head is also separately recognized by real-time detection technology, which results in even more precise focusing.
The AF system detects eyes and face at a 2x faster recognition cycle speed than the GH5 and are detectable even if they appear in approximately half the size of those the GH5 can capture.
Check out some official promo footage captured with the new GH5 II below:
In-Camera Image Stabilization (IBIS) up to 6.5 stops
The GH5 Mark II comes with built in image stabilization, which has been further improved to achieve stable handheld shooting and making it possible to use a 6.5-stop slower shutter speed.
Adopting the latest algorithm developed for the S1H, the GH5M2 produces smooth, stabilized video even while in motion or in panning. According to Panasonic movement with a characteristically low frequency is suppressed more effectively to use slower shutter speed.
Wireless (and Wired) Live Streaming
In addition to wired live streaming, the new GH5M2 is capable of wireless live streaming using the LUMIX Sync application for smartphones.
You can live stream straight from your camera via the Lumix SYNC app on your smart phone. The GH5M2 can stream in H.264 utilizing the RTMP/RTMPS protocol, at up to 1080/60p at 16Mbps.
Furthermore, for those that prefer a wired connection for streaming, Panasonic’s dedicated software program, LUMIX Webcam Software, is available to download. An upcoming firmware update will also allow the new GH5 II to support wired IP streaming (RTP/RTSP).
Panasonic GH6 in development – Coming later in 2021
In addition to the GH5 Mark II, which you can now pre-order at B&H, Panasonic also officially confirmed it is working on the next MFT flagship – the highly-anticipated GH6.
The new GH6 is set to debut sometime later in 2021 and cost around $2,500 USD, which is quite a good price point. And although, Panasonic is tight lipped at the moment when it comes to specs, their livestream presentation that ended minutes ago gave some overall features we can expect to see in the new flagship.
In summary, the GH6 will feature a new sensor and a new image processor, 4K60p DCI recording in 10bit 4:2:2, unlimited video recording and 4K/120fps super slow motion.
A surprise feature is also the addition of 10bit 5.7K up to 60p, and of course, there will be other features announced in time. But for now, this is what we know.
Pricing, Pre-Order, and Shipping Info
- Panasonic Lumix GH5 Mark II – $1699 Pre-Order at B&H
B&H lists the camera as “coming soon” and there is no official word on shipping yet.
Panasonic is also running a special offer for those that pre-order a GH5M2 from May 25th, 2021 to July 5th, 2021. If you order during the promotional period you get 1 year FREE premium membership to Lumix Pro Services, which normally costs $199.
You can read more about this promotion here – https://shop.panasonic.com/lumixgh5m2.
via Panasonic USA