The Japanese tech giant Panasonic will have an important announcement regarding new Micro Four Thirds cameras from the LUMIX GH line on Tuesday, May 25th. We will be streaming it live on our own YouTube channel too.
It seems that after the long wait, we will finally see some new cameras –note: Panasonic uses the plural here– from the LUMIX GH line. Panasonic lets both, the LUMIX S full-frame and LUMIX GH MFT lines co-exist. Tune in to CineD for the livestream (embedded above) of the event on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. EDT (4:00 p.m. CEST, 7:00 a.m. PT).
Current Stand of LUMIX GH Series
The GH line of LUMIX cameras has historically been Panasonic’s top line of cameras with Micro Four Thirds (MFT) image sensors, aimed at filmmakers. When it comes to the latest models in the line – the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 was announced during Photokina back in 2016, so that’s already almost five years. Released in 2017, the GH5 quickly became one of the most popular mirrorless cameras for filmmakers with internal 4K60 video, 10-bit 4:2:2 modes, good IBIS, and a handful of assist functions for filmmakers. Over the years, Panasonic has also upgraded the camera multiple times with useful firmware updates, such as the All-I recording modes.
The other latest LUMIX GH camera is the GH5S. Announced in January 2018, the camera was designed to co-exist with the GH5 as an even more filmmaker-oriented model with a lower resolution dual-native-ISO sensor (for better lowlight performance) and no IBIS. To know more (or to refresh your memory) about the GH5S, check our hands-on and review articles with videos.
Finally, in November 2020, Panasonic announced a different kind of camera, although it technically also falls in the GH series. The LUMIX BGH1 is a box-style camera with similar specs as the GH5S, but with a few added extras, such as an SDI output. Check our BGH1 review here to know more.
New GH Series Cameras
After Panasonic joined the L-Mount alliance in 2018 and announced a new line of full-frame cameras with the LUMIX S, some filmmakers were speculating that it marked the end of Micro Four Thirds for Panasonic. Although the company repeatedly said they will continue developing new MFT cameras, the long silence after the GH5S had many people worry about the future of the GH series.
As a proud owner of the LUMIX GH5 and a handful of Micro Four Thirds lenses, I am happy that Panasonic stood to its promise and there will be new GH series cameras. The company wrote:
We are committed to further enhancing the G Series lineup and performance of conventional Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras and lenses to meet the continuous demands of creators who value the strong advantage that only MFT can offer.Panasonic LUMIX on new GH series cameras
By the strong advantage of MFT, Panasonic surely means the overall size of the system. This is not so much about the size of the camera body, but rather about the size of the native MFT lenses. This can be, for instance, especially useful for wildlife and sport shooters, where ultra-telephoto focal lengths are often needed.
What is exciting about the announcement, is that LUMIX says there will be more than one new camera. All the news will be announced during an online launch event. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 10:00 am EDT (16:00 CEST, 7:00 am PT). We will, of course, monitor the event and bring you all the news as soon as possible.
Are you using Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses? What do you think Panasonic will announce? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section underneath the article.