Panasonic has announced that its new flagship GH6 M43 camera is under development and is expected to release before the end of 2021. The next in line in the Lumix G series will continue the legacy of professional-level video performance while boasting a brand new M43 sensor. Along with that, the image processor is seen upgraded to the Venus Engine.

On the videography side, the camera is capable of capturing 4K footage at upto 60fps and 4:2:2 10-bit DCI unlimitedly when used under specified operating temperatures. The camera will also be able to shoot 10-bit 4K at 120fps Variable Frame Rate (VFR) as well as High Frame Rate (HFR) video. Additionally, GH6 can also record 10-bit 5.7K 60p video owing to the all new Micro Four Thirds sensor. With a variety of shooting modes, the GH6 is suitable for everything including music videos, films, short clips and documentaries.

Besides the camera, Panasonic is also planning to release the Leica DG 25-50mm f/1.7 lens.

“It covers from 10mm to 50mm (35mm camera equivalent: 20-100mm) together with the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH. which is currently available and has been met with high acclaim.”, the company notes. “These two lenses have a common aperture, high descriptive performance, shape, and operability so that it is easy to make the creator’s own unique image product using these two lenses with minimal workflow”.

As far as the reason why Panasonic chose to announce both GH5M2 and GH6 at the same time is concerned; it is that they want to be clear enough that the company is wholly behind M43. With certain things not feasible with full frames, the company has all of its focus on M43. 

Secondly, the company wanted to be transparent about its launch plans to give the users enough options and create markets for both the cameras.