On May 25 Panasonic officially announced the development of the LUMIX GH6 that combines the new Micro Four Thirds sensor and a new image processor. This Panasonic GH6 flagship camera of the LUMIX G Series will be commercialized for its release to world markets by the end of 2021. The Panasonic GH6 is already listed at B&H.
The latest rumors suggest that the Panasonic GH6 sensor will have feature phase detection autofocus.
Phase Detection Autofocus from WikiPedia:
Phase detection (PD) is achieved by dividing the incoming light into pairs of images and comparing them. Through-the-lens secondary image registration (TTL SIR) passive phase detection is often used in film and digital SLR cameras. The system uses a beam splitter (implemented as a small semi-transparent area of the main reflex mirror, coupled with a small secondary mirror) to direct light to an AF sensor at the bottom of the camera. Two micro-lenses capture the light rays coming from the opposite sides of the lens and divert it to the AF sensor, creating a simple rangefinder with a base within the lens’s diameter. The two images are then analysed for similar light intensity patterns (peaks and valleys) and the separation error is calculated in order to find whether the object is in front focus or back focus position. This gives the direction and an estimate of the required amount of focus-ring movement.
Panasonic GH6 Key Features:
- New Micro Four Thirds Sensor
- Updated Venus Engine Image Processor
- 5.7K 60p Video, 10-Bit Sampling
- DCI 4K 10-Bit 4:2:2, Unlimited Recording
- UHD 4K 120p with 10-Bit HFR
- Approximately $2500
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