Today, the Panasonic LUMIX GH6 firmware version 2.0 is available for download. The new firmware unlocks the compatibility with Atomos Ninja V and Ninja V+ recorders for external 12-bit ProRes RAW in up to DCI 4K 120fps or 5.7K 60fps. Additionally, ProRes 422 and 422 HQ are available for DCI 4K and FullHD recording modes up to 60fps.
The new Micro Four Thirds flagship mirrorless camera from Panasonic – the long-awaited LUMIX GH6 – has finally been officially announced back in February 2022. Since then, we put the camera through its paces in our tests – make sure to check these in case you missed it.
As was the case with Panasonic’s previous cameras, the GH6, too, is scheduled to get multiple firmware updates that unlock various new features. The major firmware update to version 2.0 was officially announced roughly a month ago. Today, it becomes available to the public as a free download from the Panasonic Support Website. Let’s quickly recap what the new firmware update brings.
Panasonic LUMIX GH6 firmware v2.0
First, the new firmware unlocks the ability to record 12-bit ProRes RAW externally with the Atomos Ninja V or Ninja V+ recorders. The GH6 outputs raw video signal over its HDMI port with the following recording modes available:
Sensor area: Micro Four Thirds Anamorphic (4:3)
- 5.8K (5760×4320) at 23.98, 25, 29.97fps
- 4.4K (4352 x 3264) at 50, 59.94fps
Sensor area: Micro Four Thirds (17:9)
- 5.7K (5728×3204) at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94fps
- C4K (4096×2160) at 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94, 100, 119.88fps – with pixel-to-pixel sampling
The Atomos Ninja V+ will support all these recording modes. The older Ninja V is limited to 5.8K anamorphic and 5.7K 17:9 up to 29.97fps and C4K 17:9 up to 59.94fps.
Internal ProRes in DCI 4K and FullHD
On top of the already included 5.7K ProRes internal recording, the GH6 with the firmware v2.0 can now record ProRes in DCI 4K (4096×2160) and FullHD (1920×1080) formats as well. For both resolutions, users can choose between two different ProRes flavors (422 or 422 HQ) and can pick any of the following frame rates: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, and 59.94fps. The maximum bitrates are 1.9Gbps for C4K at 59.94fps and 454Mbps for FullHD at 59.94fps.
The good news is that there are no limitations on recording time. Please note that the internal 4K DCI ProRes recording requires CFexpress Type B media.
Price and availability
As I mentioned above, the new firmware update v2.0 is available right now free of charge and can be downloaded from the Panasonic Support Website. Unlike some previous Panasonic cameras, the GH6 does not require any paid firmware upgrade to unlock certain features – it contains the full feature set right out of the box. The camera itself can currently be purchased for $2,198 (around €2,335 including VAT in Europe).
Are you using the GH6 for your video work already? What do you think about the camera so far? Will you take advantage of one of the new features of the firmware v2.0? Let us know in the comments section underneath the article.