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Lumix GH6 will do 120fps 4k & maybe more!

Lumix GH6 Panasonic

Panasonic unveiled in May the GH5 Mark II which is a slight refresh of the venerable m4/3rds GH5 with live streaming, better dynamic range in video, better AF algorithms, and slightly better IS on a very similar body with just a few cosmetic red buttons and rings for refresh purposes.  The slow motion remains at 180fps VFR at 1080p and 60p at 4k on the GH5 II since it is using the same sensor and imaging engine. It is a better overall camera than the original but a mild refresh nonetheless. 

That brings us to the pre-announced GH6 which is an in-development camera that aims to refresh the entire Micro 4/3ds line in Panasonic and aimed at professional video users.  It sports a new sensor, new imaging engine, new body and new technologies yet to be disclosed.  According to rumors, this camera should be able to keep micro 4/3rds alive for another five years delivering an array of video and photo features that will set it apart much like the original GH5 carved a place in camera history. We have also received rumored specs that may or may not pan out regarding frame rates which we find somewhat credible.  → Continue Reading Full Post ←

GH5 Firmware 2.0 Has Huge Improvements!

GH5 Firmware 2.0

The just announced Firmware for the Panasonic GH5 offers the promised improvements when the camera was launched like 400Mbps All-I compression for 4k 10 bit recording and or 200MBPS 1080p.  Also promised was near 6k Anamorphic shooting and HDR Ready Log Recording Gamma. All of that is in the firmware but the surprise comes from all the extra improvements that made the way into the 2.0 firmware release.

The new unexpected features range from a full tethering option for Mac or PC with free downloadable software to improved autofocus recording which was one of the weakest features of the camera.  As far as slow motion related improvements it seems the firmware is not making any headway there. The bitrate improvements do not mention the VFR mode.

The GH5 new Firmware 2.0 will be available by the end of September 2017. Official download site here: GH5 Firmware 2.0 end of September!

GH5 Firmware Update Version 2.0 Press Release:

Exceptional New Enhancements, Performance, and Functionality

Newark, NJ (August 30, 2017) Panasonic today announced the new firmware update Verion.2.0 for DC-GH5 to further enhance its performance. Many enhancements were previously planned but additional modifications were suggested by end users that specialize in both photography and cinematography. This update is an exceptional upgrade in camera performance to satisfy professional GH5 users.

The new firmware includes following upgrades:

1. Compatibility with “LUMIX Tether” PC software

This new firmware enables GH5 tethered shooting via USB, using “LUMIX Tether” PC software. Users can control the camera by connecting it to a PC via USB. It lets you view the image on a large PC screen while shooting, which is helpful in commercial photoshoots of portraits, products and so on, where continuous confirmation is required. You can use [6K PHOTO] [4K PHOTO] and start and stop video recording with the tethered shooting. It is also possible to choose the folder to save the image files in the PC.

2. Improved auto focus performance

-Auto focus performance for subjects with low contrast in photo shooting is improved.

-Tracking auto focus performance in video recording is improved.

-The customized AF area can be continuously displayed in [Multi AF] and [Custom Multi AF] during live-view.

-The AF area in [Multi AF] can be moved to the other edge (side, top or bottom) when it reaches one edge.

-The start point of AF lock can be set on the live view screen in advance in [AF Tracking].

-The AF area can be moved while the shutter button is half-pressed or while recording in [Burst Mode], [6K PHOTO] and [4K PHOTO].

3. Improved performance in [6K PHOTO] and [4K PHOTO]

-The waiting time to start the next burst shooting sequence after [6K Burst] and [4K Burst] is shortened to less than half the time.

-[Loop Rec] is available in [6K PHOTO]

•Use of Panasonic SD Memory Card with Video Speed Class 90 is recommended for [Loop Rec] of [6K PHOTO].

4. An additional ALL-Intra Video Recording mode

-4:2:2,10-bit ALL-Intra video recording mode is added to 4K/FHD video recording.

•Use of SD Memory Card with Video Speed Class 60 or higher is recommended for 4K ALL-Intra video recording. Operation is confirmed with Panasonic SD Memory Card with Video Speed Class 90.

New 4:2:2,10-bit ALL-Intra Recording Mode

Item System Frequency Size Frame Rate Bit Rate YUV/bit Image Compression
C4K/ALL-I/400M/24p 59.94Hz


4096×2160 23.98p 400 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
4K/ALL-I/400M/30p 3840×2160 29.97p 400 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
4K/ALL-I/400M/24p 3840×2160 23.98p 400 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
FHD/ALL-I/200M/60p 1920×1080 59.94p 200 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
FHD/ALL-I/200M/30p 1920×1080 29.97p 200 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
FHD/ALL-I/200M/24p 1920×1080 23.98p 200 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
4K/ALL-I/400M/25p 50.00Hz


3840×2160 25.00p 400 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
FHD/ALL-I/200M/50p 1920×1080 50.00p 200 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
FHD/ALL-I/200M/25p 1920×1080 25.00p 200 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
C4K/ALL-I/400M/24p 24.00Hz


4096×2160 24.00p 400 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
4K/ALL-I/400M/24p 3840×2160 24.00p 400 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
FHD/ALL-I/200M/24p 1920×1080 24.00p 200 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra

5. 4K HDR video recording

-[HLG] (Hybrid Log Gamma) is added to [Photo Style]. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a mode to reproduce both the brightest and darkest part in an image, making it look just as human eyes see. The camera records video with a designated gamma curve compatible with ITU-R BT.2100, and you can now choose Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in [Photo Style].

-A low-bit-rate recording mode 4K HEVC for HLG was added. This enables playback on AV equipment compatible with the HEVC compression format, such as Panasonic 4K HDR TVs.

6.Enhancement of the Anamorphic video recording mode

-High-Resolution Anamorphic mode, which enables video recording in 18-mega effective pixels, is added. *Recorded in HEVC

New High-Resolution Anamorphic Mode

*1 “High Resolution Anamorphic Mode” records motion picture with an aspect ratio suited for an anamorphic lens,4:3. The effective picture size for this mode is equivalent to the number of pixels produced by 6K (approx. 6,000 (horizontal) x 3,000 (vertical)) images (approx. 18 megapixels).

Item System Frequency Size Frame Rate Bit Rate YUV/bit Image Compression
6K/A/200M/30p*2 59.94Hz


4992×3744 29.97p 200 Mbps 4:2:0/10 bit Long GOP
6K/A/200M/24p*2 4992×3744 23.98p 200 Mbps 4:2:0/10 bit Long GOP
4K/A/400M/30p 3328×2496 23.98p 400 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
4K/A/400M/24p 3328×2496 23.98p 400 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
6K/A/200M/25p*2 50.00Hz


4992×3744 25.00p 200 Mbps 4:2:0/10 bit Long GOP
4K/A/400M/25p 3328×2496 25.00p 400 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit ALL-Intra
6K/A/200M/24p*2 24.00Hz


4992×3744 24.00p 200 Mbps 4:2:0/10 bit Long GOP
4K/A/400M/24p 3328×2496 24.00p 400 Mbps 4:2:2/10 bit All-Intra

*2 High resolution Anamorphic mode

-[Anamorphic Desqueeze Display] was added, which lets you view an enlarged image in Cinescope size while recording with 2.0x and 1.33x Anamorphic lens.

-[Video Guide Line] is added to display the image in a variety of aspects, such as 2.39:1, 2.35:1, 16:9, and 1:1 while recording video. This can be used not only in Anamorphic mode but also in other video recording modes.

7.Enhancement of Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer)

-[I.S. Lock(video)] is added. This powerfully compensates for handshake when the viewing angle is fixed.

-A new handshake correction mode is added, which provides optimum correction when using 2.0x and 1.33x Anamorphic lens.

8.Correction of white balance setting

-When the K (Kelvin) value was changed after adjusting the color temperature with 2-axis white balance compensation, the setting was reset. This bug has been fixed.

9.Improved usability of Time Lapse Shot

-The time to finish shooting and the number of recordable pictures are displayed on the stand-by screen.

10.Improved usability of Power Save LVF

-Power Save LVF can now be used during all stand-by display options.

11.Wireless functions

-The Bluetooth Remote Control function can be used with Image App, which will also be updated at the same timing with the GH5 firmware release.

-If the camera has not completed image transmission when it is turned off, it restarts transmission when it is turned on with the [Auto Transfer] function.

12.Other improvements

-A rating function using a Fn button is available in Playback Zoom and Multi Playback.

-The following functions can be assigned to Fn buttons – [Constant Preview] [6K/4K PHOTO Bulk Saving] [Min. Shtr Speed] [RAW Processing] [Rec/Playback Switch] [Destination Slot] and [Mic Level Adj.].

-The DISP.Button can be locked.

-In Relay Rec, there were cases where the video file number was not able to be reset. This bug has been fixed.

-In Relay Rec, there were cases where the video file number was reset after formatting the SD Memory Card. This bug has been fixed.

-In Backup Rec, there were cases where the file number was not reset even after applying resetting. This bug has been fixed.

-The image quality when applying the following settings is improved: Extended low ISO, [i.Dynamic] (Intelligent D-range Control) and Highlight Shadow.

The new DC-GH5 firmware Version 2.0 is scheduled to be released at the end of September 2017 at the following LUMIX Customer Support website.

LUMIX DC-GH5 Firmware Ver.2.0


  • “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 18-megapixel (approx. 6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that the 6K image manages.
  • Specifications are subject to change without notice.

HSC Notes on the GH5:

The Panasonic GH5 is one of the most reliable and powerful compact cameras for video production in existence. Its quality is undeniable; the ability to shoot 4k 60p and up to 1080p 180fps put it in a class of its own compared to other mirrorless cameras. We recommend it as a do it all camera for many reasons.

The release of this new firmware by the end of September will add many new features that will make it an even better deal.  If you need a camera that does it all with very little compromise along with respectable slow motion features than the GH5 is a no-brainer purchase. 180fps quality drops compared to 120fps but it is still very usable and it will be enough frames to analyze a golf swing or other sports motion on an interchangeable lens camera.

We will re-visit the GH5 camera once the firmware is released to see if improvements have been made in VFR mode and if the Autofocus is in fact improved enough to get competitive against Sony or Canon dual pixel AF. -HSC

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Panasonic GH5 Firmware 1.1 Allows 10 Bit 60p 1080!

Panasonic GH5 Firmware 1.1

The Panasonic GH5 ushered the era of 10-bit video recording on a portable prosumer interchangeable lens camera for the first time. Panasonic promised some features which at launch would not make the cut but would be added when firmware was released that would improve the spec sheet.  The new 1.1 version of the Firmware will enable 10bit recording on 1080p 24p, 25p, 29.98, 29.97p, 59.94p & 50p all at 100 Mbps.

While the camera offered 10 Bit recording at 4k from the get go it was not available above 29.97fps which left the 60fps 4k mode out in the cold for the increased color space. The update and all subsequent ones will also do not allow 10 Bit to be used above 30p in 4k so the 60fps UHD spec will remain at 4:2:0 8 Bit color.

Panasonic GH5 firmware 1.1 update information Below:

You can click the image below to go directly to the Panasonic GH5 firmware site or click here!

As you can see it also now enables 4k anamorphic resolutions for shooting in 10 bit 4:2:2 at full sensor width after downsampling from 6k.  However, an even later update will allow for full 6k anamorphic shooting using the entire m 4/3 sensor space without downsampling. That update will be released in the summer of 2017 according to Panasonic.

For Slow Motion fans, the Firmware 1.1 Update allows 60fps or 50fps 10 Bit 4:2:2 recording on the GH5 for full HD 1080p; which is ideal if you want to work with intermediate frame rates on blue or green screen setups. Gradations will be much better represented as will skin tones.  The 100 Mbps codec limit is good for a full HD recording on H.264 codec.

See the footage below for how to install and for a 1080p 60fps sample shot on the GH5.

How to Update your GH5/GH4 Firmware by Leo Gonzalez:

What about the AF Problems?

The Lumix GH5 continuous Auto Focus has issues and Panasonic has already stated that they are aware of the problem and are working on future improvements. There is no timeline as to when or what will be improved on this front.  However, the video below should give you some hints as to what to do with your GH5 for getting the best possible AF performance until then.  It seems all you have to do is leave it on Custom AF – OFF to get the best results.

The BEST GH5 AUTOFOCUS Settings with PhotoJoseph – Max Yuryev:

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GH5 Slow Motion New Quality Footage!

GH5 Slow Motion

The Panasonic GH5 has been the camera darling of early 2017 for video enthusiasts and the addition of 120fps, 150fps and 180fps full HD was one of the most awaited features for the camera. Earlier footage showed a decrease in image quality when using higher frame rates on the camera and the appearance of moire and aliasing was evident. It was still far better than what the GH4s 96fps mode was able to do.

Recent new footage has re-examined the slow motion VFR mode and while there is a drop in quality the 180fps mode is still usable for many applications due to it retaining a lot of detail compared to other cameras.  The image is loosing quite a lot of resolution in the vertical so it will not be true full HD when you compare with the up to 60fps mode.

GH5 New Slow Motion Footage:

Panasonic GH5 | Variable Frame Rate – 96fps, 120fps, 180fps quality comparison by Osamu Hasegawa Films:

Panasonic Lumix GH5 180fps 1080p test | Standard Profile Ungraded by KnightVision:

Panasonic GH5 180fps Snow Test by Groovoost Inc.:

Pre-Production Panasonic GH5 Slow Motion – 180fps by FuzeDzn:

Panasonic GH5 – 180fps Champagne by Osamu Hasegawa Films:

The Panasonic GH5 camera is shaping out to be the choice of many budget film makers and video enthusiasts due to it’s 4k 10 bit capabilities and up to 50/60p in 4k as well.

You are getting true 96, 120, 150 and 180fps in full HD modes with quality degrading the higher you go. The sweet spot seems to be 120p where aliasing is less pronounced and the lowest quality unsurprisingly is the 180fps VFR mode.  Still the quality that the camera delivers is above HD 720p in resolution terms but not true full HD due to line loss.  The camera is throwing line information to cope with the data rate and or heat requirements.

The VFR quality will probably be identical in the shipping version and will probably not get tweaked from now on so you can make your judgement of the slow motion mode today.  The GH5 will be added to our Camera Guide soon once it is readily available. -HSC

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GH5 Slow Motion Pre Production Samples!

GH5 Slow Motion

The Panasonic GH5 is gathering attention all over the camera world by making inroads into the professional video production space with it’s truly professional image quality 4:2:2 10 bit and video oriented workflow. There is already talk of the BBC being able to use it for productions and that is no small thing considering how demanding their image quality needs are.

We have gathered the few Full HD 180fps GH5 samples posted so far from pre production cameras so you can judge for yourself the quality delivered in this mode.  From what we can see it is quite good at holding detail and sharpness compared to the GH4 but it still suffers from some moire and aliasing due to line skipping happening at some stage in the capture process.

The quality however is good enough to use as a real professional looking slow motion alternative below 200fps which exceeds the 120fps many cameras peak at.  However we are still partial to the Sony RX100 V  (Our 2016 pick for value) which offers 240 NTSC and or 250fps PAL near full HD slow motion for 4 seconds.  Sure the GH5 can shoot continuously at 180fps but you are missing 70 frames which is a big deal for slowing down footage.   You also loose the interchangeable lens aspect with the Sony RX and a larger sensor in the GH5 m4/3 vs 1 inch RX; but if you measure by frame rate alone it is a clean sweep.

GH5 Slow Motion Pre Production Samples:

Panasonic Lumix GH5 180fps 1080p Test by Steven Clarey:

Panasonic Lumix GH5 180fps in 50p mode is Best by Nick Driftwood:

180fps | Panasonic Lumix GH5: “Bored” (Downloadable Footage) by Neumannfilms:

180fps slow motion on the Panasonic GH5 by Griffin Hammond:

For Comparison here is 180fps footage from the Sony FS7 (Below) which is an $8,499 camera compared to the GH5 $1998.00. Looks as good at first glance but we will have to see final image quality from production versions of the GH5 camera to really do a final take.

Sony FS7 180 FPS Slow Motion by BLASTmedia:

As a bonus you should check this interview by Newsshooter.com’s Dan Chung at CES 2017 with Panasonic Marketing, Matt Frazer & Panasonic Camera Evangelist Griffin Hammond. They talk about all aspects of the GH5 camera and you might learn a thing or two. Dig in:

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Lumix GH5 10 Must See Videos!

Lumix GH5 VFR Mode Menu

Seems like the GH5 introduction has really made a splash on the web, TV tech news media and in enthusiast circles. The spec sheet alone is the most advanced of any DSLR or Mirror-less camera to date concerning the acquisition of professional video.  There is however one setting that does interest us more than any other and that is the  180fps VFR mode on 1080p resolution.

Slow motion samples are very hard to come by on this pre production camera for what seems to be an unofficial lock on that feature with testers according to some rumors. However we have learned that the feature is not locked and it is available to everyone on the test units but it requires UHS II U3 SDXC cards which many users simply did not have available.

One tester however was able to record a slightly lower frame rate at 150fps. The quality looks good but it would be premature to declare this true 1080p unless we could compare both VFR mode vs 1080p mode on the same exact scene to be able to objectively compare video recording quality.

Update Jan 10th, 2017: New Panasonic GH5 180fps Slowmo Video Here – quality is improved over GH4!

The first of the videos is by digiDIRECT and shows the Lumix GH5 camera at 150fps full HD 1080p at the 10 minute mark along witha  pretty comprehensive preview see below:

  1. Panasonic GH5 – Hands-on First Look & Sample Footage by digiDIRECT:

The next Video shows the GH5 shooting at night with a lamp post in the middle of the frame. Nick Driftwood the film maker responsible for several great GH2 hack video profiles, tests the camera video mode from ISO 200 to ISO 12,800 to show the noise handling. Up to ISO 3200 the camera is outstanding in low light with very unobtrusive grain.  If you add Noise Reduction in post later you get even cleaner results without much trouble.

2) Lumix GH5 – ISO 200 to 12800 Test by Nick Driftwood:

The Next Video shows the GH5 menu system and the Vector Scope and Waveform Monitor in action.

3) GH5 Menu Run Thru Video by Talking Pictures by DCW:

The next video by Nick Driftwood as well shows the GH5 camera shooting people in run and gun style at full 24p 4k settings Rec709L Color Profile. The video shows the camera performance on a very real world test scenario which can help you see the strengths and weaknesses of the image.

4) Panasonic Lumix GH5 ‘Notting Hill People’ early version fw 0.3 Rec709L Profile 24p 4K byNick Driftwood:

The following video shows Hugh Brownstone on a different take towards the GH5 camera and one that could have profound implications for price/performance going forward for all camera manufacturers.

5) Panasonic GH5: The ONE big thing by Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions:

The Sixth video shows no Panasonic GH5 but it does provide the take from a Sony Mirror-less camera user on what the GH5 represents and how it can affect other brand products going forward.

6) Panasonic GH5 (Thoughts from a Sony Mirrorless Shooter) by that1cameraguy:

On the 7th spot we have a CES floor interview with the Panasonic GH5 Marketing guru Sean Robinson who has some very cool lens design tattoos on his arms to show his camera affinity. He goes over the camera features, shooting and other interesting questions.

7) Panasonic GH5, 45min Interview with Panasonic Marketing Specialist Sean Robinson by Charbax:

On the 8th spot we have a pretty special video that has a link to download 5 sample clips from the GH5 so you can try them out in your editor. The clips are in V-Log L so you can apply a LUT in post to see how the camera will be able to grade the footage.  The samples show an extremely good color response and low noise associated with much more expensive gear. We recommend that you edit the footage on a modern Mac or PC to avoid slow downs. We used Adobe After Effects CC to color grade and edit the footage.   Thanks to Neumannfilms for providing such great footage to the video enthusiast community so early on.

8) Panasonic Lumix GH5: Downloadable Footage by Neumannfilms:

On the next video, Lok from Digital Rev TV fame has gotten his hands on a GH5 at CES and expresses his admiration for the camera and what it means for video shooting. We have a feeling this will be Lok’s favorite camera for a long time.

9) Panasonic GH5 – Lok gets his hands on it at CES 2017 by Lok from Photogearnews:

Last but not least we have Steven Clarey‘s great Japan footage shot with the Lumix GH5. Some breathtaking shots and real world recordings that will show you the qualities of the image from this camera.

10) Panasonic Lumix GH5 4K 50/60p Test Footage – Japan (Pre Production Model) by Steven Clarey:

That is all for now, visit the creators of these videos and subscribe to their channels so you allow them to continue to shoot and contribute footage to the world.

As far as slow motion samples besides the first video in this post; we will have to make a different post just focused on the 180fps slow motion mode on the GH5 once the footage becomes widely available.  By then we will be able to rate and see how good the VFR 1080p mode is and what ranking spot will it deserve on or Camera Guide.  Thanks for your interest – HSC!

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