It has been over two years since Panasonic surpassed consumer's expectations with their release of the GH4, a 4K-ready interchangeable camera system priced under $1,700. Since its release, it has won over many filmmakers who are budget conscious and put Panasonic on the map towards one of the most innovative brands in the digital imaging market.
Sony has remained the biggest competitor to Panasonic and their recent offerings by way of the a7RII, a7SII and a6300 have proven to be fierce competition for the smaller-sensor GH4 which is quickly falling behind in the technology of today. Panasonic just made a major teaser of their new flagship GH5 at Photokina 2016 and the hype is already overbearing.
Here is what we know so far about the GH5's specs:
- 4K UHD at 60p/50p
- Internal 10-bit 4:2:2 recording up to 30 fps
- 6K photo mode offering 18 MP stills extracted from a video sample (this does not appear to be full-fledged 6K video like some sources are reporting)
We don't have any concrete details on pricing or release date at this time. If I were to make an educated guess, I think we will see the GH5 priced similarly to the GH4 at a sub-$2K price and hit the market somewhere in the first half of 2017.
Stay tuned for more details as they are announced.
Source: No Film School