The Lumix GH4 was an immensely popular camera for videographers and filmmakers alike, as it was a 4K camera that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Panasonic has an uphill task to develop a worthy successor, and in its announcement of the GH5 earlier today the company may have just done enough.
Panasonic satisfied curiosities around the globe through the announcement of the Lumix GH5, even though it’s still in development and not due for commercial release until next year. While details are scarce, some of the biggest features packed into the GH5 include 4K video recording of up to 60p (a first in its class) and 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording, which does away with the need for an external recorder.
The 18-megapixel sensor in the GH5 allows it to capture 6K photos at 30p – that’s right, photos, not videos. How it works is that 18-Megapixel stills can be selected from a 6K stream of burst photos. Once again, there are minimal details on Panasonic’s new shooter but this feature will be clarified once the GH5 is further in development.
Not much else was revealed about the GH5, although some were expecting at least a mention of 5-axis stabilisation. The camera is set to release some time in 2017, with more details sure to follow.