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Official Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 press release

Panasonic Announces the Development of the World’s First 4K 60p/50p Video Recording DSLM Featuring 6K PHOTO[1]


Introducing the LUMIX GH5

Cologne, Germany, 19 September 2016 – Panasonic today announces the LUMIX GH5, the world’s first[2] Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) interchangeable lens camera capable of recording high-precision smooth 4K 60p/50p and faithfully reproductive 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video[3]. This premium camera will offer exceptional performance for professional photographers, videographers and emerging photo/video-hybrid creators.

The new LUMIX GH5 is scheduled to enter the market in the first half of 2017 and will feature Panasonic’s new ‘6K PHOTO’ offering – an approximately 18-megapixel-equivalent still image extraction from an ultra-high quality video with approximately 9x higher resolution than Full HD. Furthermore, an approximately 8-megapixel equivalent ‘4K PHOTO’ can be extracted from a video shot at 60 fps.

Panasonic also announces the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 lens series. These announcements demonstrate Panasonic’s dedication to continually deliver outstanding customer value and new culture in photography and film production by developing premium, new-era products and functions.

Commitment to innovation

The LUMIX GH5 will allow creative minds to capture their vision with ease and style, and further confirms Panasonic’s commitment to develop incomparable products and functions to address the new demands in photography and film production.

Panasonic is committed to the development of innovative digital cameras under the theme “create a new photo culture in the digital era”. The company brought the world’s first DSLM camera, the DMC-G1, to market in 2008[4] and the succeeding DMC-GH1 achieved the world’s first Full HD video recording in 2009[5].

Professional, versatile 4K videography with freedom and ease

The LUMIX DMC-GH4 has received much critical acclaim since its launch in 2014 and was the first camera to realise 4K 30p/25p video recording[6]. Building on its predecessor’s success, the LUMIX GH5 will offer a new world first: 4K 60p/50p and 4K 30p with 4:2:2 10-bit.

Exceptional 4K video recording will be packed into a compact, lightweight design created for videographers to take the camera anywhere and shoot in any location. With the unprecedented video recording performance of the LUMIX GH5, Panasonic aims to elevate its status in the film production industry.

Elevating outstanding photography to new heights

The LUMIX GH5 will dramatically advance the conventional ‘4K PHOTO’ function with ‘6K PHOTO’ that will cut a still image out of ultra-high definition video (4:3 or 3:2 video footage) with approximately 9x higher resolution than Full HD.

Silent and unobtrusive with quick focus to capture the moment, the LUMIX GH5 will allow photographers to take advantage of high-speed, long-time high frame rate shooting capability. Unmissable moments can also be saved as beautiful photographs in a higher resolution that complies with larger size of printing by substantially increasing the resolution from 8-megapixel (4K PHOTO) to 18-megapixel (6K PHOTO) equivalent resolution.

New LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 lens series

The LUMIX GH5 will be featured at Photokina 2016 alongside a new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 lens series. Achieving both high optical performance and compact size, the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 lens series will include a new 12-60mm standard zoom lens, an 8-18mm wide zoom lens and a 50-200mm telephoto zoom lens. All lenses will be showcased as reference exhibits at the Panasonic booth.

Please visit http://www.panasonic.com/global/consumer/lumix/gh5/ for further updates on the LUMIX GH5.

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About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, enterprise solutions and device industries. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and operates 474 subsidiaries and 94 associated companies worldwide as of March 2016, recording consolidated net sales of 56.794 billion Euro (7.553 trillion yen) for the year ended March 31, 2016. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers.

To learn more about Panasonic visit: http://www.panasonic.com/global.

[1] ‘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. The name ‘6K PHOTO’ is tentative.

[2] As of 19th September 2016 according to Panasonic research

[3] In 4K/30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p video recording

[4] For a Digital Interchangeable Lens System camera, as of 12 September 2008, according to Panasonic research

[5] For a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of 3 March 2009, according to Panasonic research

[6]For a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of 7 February 2014, according to Panasonic research


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Nice one Panasonic Lumix! It’s a bit early for the GH5 so there is only a mock-up on display, but what we know about it and the three new MFT Leica zooms is very positive. My only concern is that Panasonic is possibly being left behind in the AF stakes. There is no sign that Panasonic is interested in phase-detect AF. Yes, the GH5 is orientated towards great video, and it’s unsurpassed in its class there, but the lack of phase detect AF for stills shooting could be a deal-breaker for some.