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Panasonic announces new GH5M2

Posted on May 25, 2021 by Adam Duckworth

Panasonic is expanding its range of 4K 10bit internal recording cameras, with the addition of the Lumix GH5M2. There’s also a new camera launch confirmed for later this year, and new firmwares have been introduced for several products in Panasonic’s existing lines.

Following the popularity of the GH5, the Micro Four Thirds Lumix GH5M2 has been developed to meet the rapidly increasing demand for live video distribution, and boasts industry-leading, wireless live streaming capability and high video performance.

Featuring a 20.3 megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor with an anti-reflective coating, the GH5M2 captures fine detail cleanly, and controls both flare and ghosting well. This upgrade has done away with the optical low pass filter too – allowing for even better resolution. Improvements to the Venus processing engine gives 25% more wide dynamic range, as well as improved moire suppression. And for stable handheld shooting, the Body IS is even more advanced and capable of a 6.5EV benefit.

The Lumix GH5M2 has been developed to meet the rapidly increasing demand for live video distribution, and boasts industry-leading, wireless live streaming capability and high video performance

For stills, the autofocus system has been improved, with updated algorithms for face/eye detection, and head/body and animal recognition. But the biggest benefits can be seen in video, and the already outstanding video performance of the GH5 has evolved even further. The GH5M2 can shoot uncropped C4K/4K 50p/60p 4:2:0 10bit unlimited video internally, and simultaneously output 4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10bit over HDMI. Plus, it is capable of wireless live streaming in FHD/60p, with the Lumix Sync smartphone app or with direct wired connection to a Wi-Fi router.

Panasonic has also announced that the GH6 will be available before the end of 2021, reinforcing its commitment to its MFT line-up. Although full details are yet to be released, we do know that the GH6 will have a new high-speed sensor and a newly developed Venus image processing engine. A Leica DG 25-50mm f/1.7 has also been confirmed to be under development.

In terms of firmware updates, Panasonic’s latest are set to enhance usability, and new functions have been announced for the Lumix GH5S, G9 and G100 cameras. The biggest benefits are seen on the GH5S; the new firmware enables Raw video data output over HDMI, improved AF, and added record and playback option of vertical videos.

The Panasonic GH5M2 will be available from the end of June, at £1499 body only, £1699 for the body with 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Lumix G lens, and £1999 for the GH5M2 with Leica 12-60mm f/2.8-4 lens. Full details can be found on the Panasonic website:

To download the new firmware updates, click here:


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