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Panasonic GH6 Review: A Powerhouse of Technology for Stills & Video Alike

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Here is another Panasonic GH6 Review published online. The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6 is the latest in a line of high-end Micro Four Thirds video cameras. ePhotozine published their full in-depth review for the Panasonic GH6 flagship MFT mirrorless camera saying that “A powerhouse of technology for stills and video alike”.

Panasonic GH6 is scheduled to be released on March 15, they have received reservations that greatly exceeded their expectations, so some customers who have already made reservations may not be delivered on the day of release. According to the Panasonic.jp, the newly announced Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6 is now in short supply.

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Panasonic GH6 review from ePHOTOzine verdict :

If we were looking for a stills camera then there could be quite a bit of redundant technology here, but as soon as the video aspect becomes part of the equation then the whole concept and offering that the GH6 represents might just blow us away. The whole idea of shooting high quality, professional standard video is just an amazing new world for the photographer as more and more take up the mantle and become more videographers, for all sorts of reasons.

This is seriously good stuff, priced realistically and also, thanks to the internet, there are the means to meaningfully share the finished output.

This is not to say that there are no handling issues, and the placement of some dials and buttons can be unfortunate if our usual grip falls in the wrong places. It is, however, a learning curve and most things can be worked around with practice.

Panasonic GH6 Pros:

  • Excellent image quality
  • MFT mount
  • 25.2MP LiveMOS sensor
  • Dual card slots (CFExpress and SD)
  • 3.68M dots OLED EVF
  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Dust and splash resistance
  • Extensive video specifications
  • Shutter life expectancy 200,000
  • Image Stabilisation to 7.5 stops

Panasonic GH6 Cons:

  • Bulky and heavy for format
  • Some controls are easily pushed accidentally
  • CFExpress cards expensive

Panasonic GH6 Key Features

  •  Panasonic GH6 weighs 823g, which is about 100g heavier than Panasonic GH5, due to the addition of a cooling system for most of the weight. The GH6’s grip is the right size and the holding is comfortable.
  • Panasonic GH6 has a wireless connection feature, but strangely, it doesn’t have the livestreaming feature that the GH5 Mark II.
  • The EVF is 0.76 times the same as Panasonic GH5 with 3.68 million dots, and it still looks good.
  • The monitor has been downsized from 3.2 inches to 3 inches on Panasonic GH5, but now has 1.84 million dots, making it more flexible by using the same method as the Panasonic S1H.
  • Video AF may or may not be surprisingly powerful, with a mix of good and bad parts. Also, video AF can only recognize subjects up to 60p. Canon EOS R5 and Sony A1 are ideal for shooting sports and wildlife with high frame rate videos.
  • The video wobbling is the Achilles heel of Panasonic’s AF system, and the GH6 is arguably the best Panasonic machine to date in this regard, but there are some unpleasant wobbling depending on the composition.
  • The resolution is certainly better than the 20MP machine, but the difference isn’t that big, and I wouldn’t buy the GH6 just for resolution.
  • In high resolution mode, the details are visibly rich. High-resolution mode processing is more sophisticated, but it struggles with moving subjects and excludes landscapes with birds, cars, people, and leaves swaying in the wind.
  • It’s strange that Panasonic GH6 doesn’t have 4K and 6K photo modes. The high sensitivity of the still is pretty clean up to ISO800, and a little noise appears at ISO1600 and 3200. At ISO 6400, the details of the details begin to melt, and at ISO 12800, more details are lost. At ISO 25600, it looks bad.
  • It’s great that 4: 2: 2 10bit is available for video in almost all modes. Thanks to the cooling fan, there are no overheating issues in any mode. There are three fan speeds: low speed, normal, and high speed. At low speed, you can hardly hear noise, but at high speed, you can hear the sound of a PC with a modest sound.
  • Panasonic GH6 does not have a stacked sensor, but the rolling shutter effect is less than that of Canon EOS R5. The 4K and 5.7K of the GH6 were extremely sharp and very impressed. High-sensitivity video quality is not so bad.
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