by Ian Burley
Panasonic Lumix has confirmed its development of a successor to its flagship GH4 Micro Four Thirds camera; the GH5. There are also three new premium Leica DG Vario-Elmarit zoom lenses with f/2.8-4.0 maximum aperture ranges. New consumer G80 and G81 Micro Four Thirds bodies were also unveiled and we’ll cover those in a separate update.
The camera has been completely redesigned and has a fresh new look. Under the skin the focus has been to build on the GH4’s already widely recognised video capabilities. An upgrade from a 16-megapixel sensor to 20 megapixels is complemented by support for 4K video at up to 60 frames per second and the introduction 6K video recording up to 30 frames per second.
6K video shooting is a benefit to still photographers too as it will be possible to extract individual 18 megapixel still frames from 6K movie clips – more than double the 8 megapixels you can get from a 4K frame. You can think of it as a 30 frames per second 18 megapixel still camera, though only shooting JPEG in this mode.
Information about the final specification of the GH5, which won’t be released until sometime in the first half of next year is still limited. For example, I understand it has not yet been decided if the dual IS system introduced, in the GX8 earlier in the year, will be featured.
The three new Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit lenses are a 12-60mm f/2.8-4, , 8-18mm f/2.8-4 and a 50-200mm f/2.8-4.
I’ll be talking to some of the key guys from Panasonic’s Osaka HQ in Japan later this week – watch this space!
Below are some shots from the news conference: