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Lumix GH6 to get 120fps DCI 4K ProRes RAW and more internal ProRes HQ options next month: Digital Photography Review


Panasonic has announced new firmware will become available for the Lumix GH6 on July 5, 2022, that will bring ProRes RAW recording at frame rates of up to 119.88p in DCI 4K and 59.94p in 5.7K when the camera is tethered to the Atomos Ninja V+. The original Ninja V only supports up to 59.94p in DCI 4K and 29.97p in 5.7, so the newer V+ is needed for the higher frame rate options.

Anamorphic shooters will get ProRes RAW 4:3 in 5.8K at up to 29.97p and 4.4K at up to 59.94p with the Ninja V+, or 5.8K-A up to 25p with the original Ninja V.

Further new features added to the Lumix GH6 will include a host of new internal ProRes 422 HQ and 422 recording codecs at resolutions lower than the current 5.7K options. Users will be able to record in DCI 4K or 1080 at up to 59.94p. The lower resolution and bitrates allow 1080 ProRes recordings to be made directly to SD cards as well as to the CFexpress slot: currently all ProRes recording have to be recorded to a CFexpress card.

The firmware announcement makes no mention of regular, 16:9 UHD 4K resolutions ProRes or ProRes RAW, or of ProRes options for anamorphic recording. Neither does it mention the promised ability of the GH6 to record to an external hard drive via USB-C.

Firmware v2.0 for the Lumix GH6 will be made available for download on 5th July via the Lumix Global website. For more information see the Panasonic website.

Press release:

Panasonic Announces the Release of New Significant Firmware Update for GH6


Newark, NJ (June 7, 2022) – Panasonic has announced that the company will release the firmware update program Ver.2.0 for the LUMIX GH6 to enhance performance and usability. The firmware program will be available at LUMIX Global Customer Support website https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/ at UTC 1 a.m. on July 5, 2022.

Together with ATOMOS, a global company that creates innovative technologies and cloud services for filmmakers everywhere, Panasonic created new firmware which enables the output of up to 5.8K / 29.97p and C4K / 119.88p RAW video data over HDMI to be recorded as Apple ProRes RAW on ATOMOS NINJA V and NINJA V+ devices.

First introduced in February 2022, the highly-regarded LUMIX GH6 has been recognized for its exceptional video performance and handling among existing and new GH users worldwide. Over time, the GH6 will evolve with firmware updates to further enhance its performance and usability to meet the changing needs of creators.

GH6 Firmware Version 2.0

1. RAW video data output over HDMI function

Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on the ATOMOS NINJA V/V+.


Area Resolution Frame Rate Aspect HDMI Output Ninja V+ Ninja V
Micro Four Thirds 5728×3024
(5.7K)
59.94p / 50.00p 17:9 12-bit Yes

No

29.97p / 25.00p / 23.98p Yes
4096×2160
(C4K)
119.88p / 100.00p No
59.94p / 50.00p / 29.97p / 25.00p / 23.98p Yes
Micro Four Thirds (Anamorphic) 5760×4320
(5.8K-A)
29.97p 4:3 No
25.00p / 23.98p Yes
4352×3264
(4.4K-A)
59.94p / 50.00p No

A LUT (Lookup table) exclusively designed for RAW video recorded on NINJA V/V+ is available on the following customer support website to make the same color grading as V-Log/V-Gamut. It is easy to match colors between the footages recorded with Panasonic Varicam, EVA1 cameras to combine them. https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/lut/s1h_raw_lut/index.html

*Selectable recording mode depends on the firmware version of NINJA V/V+.
*Please refer to the ATOMOS website for the information on the corresponding firmware version of NINJA V/V+.
*Software that supports Apple ProRes RAW is required to edit RAW video recorded with NINJA V/V+.
*All functions may not be available depending on the situation.

2. Internal recording C4K 60p/FHD 60p in ProRes 422 HQ/ProRes 422 is available.

With this update, it is possible to load low compression and high-quality data directly to the PC without transcoding for smooth NLE (non-linear editing)

Major Apple ProRes 422 HQ / ProRes 22 Recording Modes

F/W
Version
System Freq. Quality Full PxP Frame-rate Bitrate Aspect Ratio CF
express
SD
Version 1.0 59.94Hz
(NTSC)
5.7K
(5728 x 3024)
Yes No 29.97p 1.9Gbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
17:9 Yes No
1.3Gbps
(ProRes 422)
23.98p 1.5Gbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
1.0Gbps
(ProRes 422)
50.00Hz (PAL) 25.00p 1.6Gbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
1.1Gbps
(ProRes 422)
24.00Hz (CINEMA) 24.00p 1.5Gbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
1.0Gbps
(ProRes 422)
Version 2.0 59.94Hz
(NTSC)
Cinema 4K
(4096 x 2160)
Yes 59.94p 1.9Gbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
17:9
1.3Gbps
(ProRes 422)
29.97p 972Mbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
648Mbps
(ProRes 422)
23.98p 778Mbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
519Mbps
(ProRes 422)
FHD
(1920 x 1080)
59.94p 454Mbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
16:9 Yes
302Mbps
(ProRes 422)
29.97p 227Mbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
151Mbps
(ProRes 422)
23.98p 181Mbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
121Mbps
(ProRes 422)
50.00Hz (PAL) Cinema 4K
(4096 x 2160)
50.00p 1.6Gbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
17:9 No
1.1Gbps
(ProRes 422)
25.00p 811Mbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
541Mbps
(ProRes 422)
FHD
(1920 x 1080)

50.00p

378Mbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
16:9 Yes
252Mbps
(ProRes 422)
25.00p 189Mbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
126Mbps
(ProRes 422)
24Hz (CINEMA) Cinema 4K
(4096 x 2160)
24.00p 779Mbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
17:9 No
519Mbps
(ProRes 422)
FHD (1920 x 1080) 24.00p 182Mbps
(ProRes 422HQ)
16:9 Yes
121Mbps
(ProRes 422)

*PxP = Pixel by Pixel

•Apple and ProRes are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.
•ATOMOS, Ninja V+ and Ninja V are registered trademarks of ATOMOS Limited.
•Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
•All functions may not be available depending on the situation.
•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.


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