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Panasonic debuts the LUMIX GH5 Mark II, also teases the upcoming GH6

The GH5M2. (Source: Panasonic)
The GH5M2. (Source: Panasonic)
Panasonic has just introduced the "evolved", Mark II form of the Micro Four Thirds GH5 camera. The new up-to-4K/60fps/10-bit unit improves on its immediate forebear in a number of ways, an upgrade to USB type-C charging at a reduced starting price compared to the Mark I included. Then again, the OEM projects that the flagship GH6 will also be there to hold out for before the end of 2021.

Panasonic has just announced an updated, or Mark II, version of the GH5 Micro Four Thirds unit. It boasts the latest Venus Engine processor and has a MOS sensor of 20.3MP in resolution. It is rated for up to C4K (17:9 4096:2160 over HDMI) or 4K at 60 frames per second (fps) with 4:2:0 10-bit color internally, although the latter goes up to 4:2:2 with a connected recorder.

The GH5M2 also benefits from improved n-body image stabilization (IBIS), as well as a brighter and higher-resolution rear display, even if it is smaller than that of the Mark I at 3 inches. The updated version also now charges using the USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) via a type-C cable, as opposed to the microUSB of the original GH5.

Furthermore, Panasonic has priced this new LUMIX variant at US$1,699.99, or $2299.99 when bundled with the H-ES12060 lens. Then again, the OEM has seen fit to throw a wrench in any resulting buying decisions by also announcing that the GH6 is in the works.

This outright next generation is also slated to support 4K/10 bit recording with options on 120fps in some modes, and to come with a new sensor. Panasonic might be ready to launch it by the end of 2021, and estimates it will ship for about $2,500.

Alternatively, the GH5M1 now goes for ~$1,300 on Amazon

A first glimpse of the GH6. (Source: Panasonic)
A first glimpse of the GH6. (Source: Panasonic)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-05-26 (Update: 2021-05-26)