Lumix GH6 8K Powerhouse On The Horizon

Posted Mar. 2nd, 2021 by Daniel J. Cox

LUMIX GH6 in Development

There was some encouraging news in the world of Micro Four Thirds recently. 43Rumors reports that Panasonic announced at CP+ they are definitely working on the Lumix GH6, an updated version of the immensely popular GH5. Techradar has a great article about the coming GH6.

Photo by Panasonic

Revolutionary Zoom

They also announced they’re working on some sort of revolutionary new telephoto zoom to accompany the Lumix GH6. I have no idea what that lens might be, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s something to compete with the Olympus 150-400mm zoom. The new Olympus lens is getting rave reviews, and though I haven’t written about it yet, I’m seeing exceptional results from this lens. Olympus says they’ve received three times the number of orders for the 150-400mm—a lens that costs $7500US—than they initially anticipated. That would certainly get any competitor’s attention, including the folks working on the upcoming Lumix GH6. Here’s an article by Imaging Resource outlining the phenomenal attention to detail and cutting edge technology that has gone into this lens.

The new Olympus 150-400mm F/4.5 zoom. This lens is proving to be exceptional.

Yes, the 100-400mm is expensive! However, it’s proving to be worth the higher price tag due to the far superior sharpness, extended IS to 8 stops, relatively small size, and superb weather sealing. No other Micro Four Thirds zoom lens in this range comes even close to the minute details this lens produces. Only the Olympus 300mm F/4 is in the same league.

This is a 100% crop of of the new lens at 1000mm. 1000mm is accomplished by zooming to 400mm with the 1.2x teleconverter engaged.

Olympus Saves Micro Four Thirds

Congratulations to Olympus for very possibly saving the Micro Four Thirds category of mirrorless cameras. We all know that Lumix, for all practical purposes, abandoned Micro Four Thirds to jump into the full-frame market. I’m ecstatic to see them coming back into the MFT game with the coming Lumix GH6. Hopefully Olympus’ success in the high-end market has encouraged Lumix to rethink their strategy. Thank you Olympus! We need both Lumix and Olympus to drive this category of cameras into the future. I want to see them both succeed.

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  1. Vincent MyetteOn Mar. 21st, 2021 (3 weeks ago)

    Olympus quits the camera business…. I don’t see how this announcement helps de MFT format!

  2. RasmusOn Mar. 10th, 2021 (1 month ago)

    It looks like an amazing lens for sure. I had the 300mm F4 when I used m43 and it was amazing, most likely the best 300mm lens in the world.

    Having said that, I do believe you are too optimistic about m43’s future. I jumped from Nikon FF DSLR in 2012 when the E-M5 was released. I stayed with m43 up till October 2020. Using mostly high end lenses, 12-40, 40-150, 300F4, Leica 42,5 Noct. The lenses are amazing for sure and as you say.

    However, m43 had huge benefits to size when the other brands refused to see mirrorless as the future. As you say, electronics are getting smaller, cheaper and better but this also goes for larger sized sensors. With mirrorless we now have large sized sensor cameras as small as the high end m43 (and these are the m43 cameras that have a future). The lenses were still a big part of the small size against DSLR lenses but that too has gone out the window.

    You need to take everything in to account when discussing these things. Yes the 150-400 is a very small and amazing lens, but in the end it’s still physically a 150-400mm lens, no matter when sensor is put behind it. The new Canon (I am not a Canon shooter, just saying) 100-500mm F4,5-7,1 has a longer focal length span, as well as longer max focal length. It’s about 50% shorter at its shortest and 15% lighter. It’s also less than half the price which is a huge factor for most people.

    Yes, with a FF camera it’s also much shorter and the aperture at 500mm is slower. However, with a camera like the 48mp R5 you can crop it down to around 20mp with a 1.5 crop and get very similar focal length to the 150-400 without TC. And the camera/lens package will still be cheaper, better in low light (even with the slower aperture) and have the benefit of more MP when there is no need to crop.

    Having said that, I have no doubt the Olympus lens is in another league, the question is how important will this be in the end as the the Canon combo is without a doubt better than most people will ever need. Add to that fact that Canon’s new AF is miles ahead of Olympus (I hope they can solve this with the company switch) and it’s a hard sell when you consider all things.

    As much as I have loved m43 for almost nine years, I don’t see a very bright future for it. Sigmas I-series of lenses and Nikons Z series of F1.8 primes are also making it hard to justify the F1.2 primes from m43 when sensor performance is taken in to account.

    I would love to see m43 get a huge bump in popularity though. I just don’t see it happening.

    /Rasmus

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 10th, 2021 (1 month ago)

      Only time will tell. The one item you left off the list regarding the the Olympus 150-400mm versus the Canon 100-500mm is speed of both lenses. Canon f/4.5-7.1 versus Olympus f/4.5 all the way through. Thanks for joining the conversation.

  3. TerryOn Mar. 8th, 2021 (1 month ago)

    Thanks Daniel I’m looking forward to your review of the Olympus 150-400 however I would probably aim for the 300 f4 due to cost. Like you I have owned FF Nikon but swapped for an EM1 mk1.

  4. TerryOn Mar. 8th, 2021 (1 month ago)

    Absolutely the 2 brands need to co-exist. I use a G9 and recently acquired EM1 ii mainly for the hybrid AF. So Lumix need to drop the DfD only for sports and Wildlife. Certainly an improvement to the Lumix 100-400 would not go a miss. It’s great MFT users have such a great choice, FF bodies may ultimately offer better IQ but the lenses are huge and seem to be getting bigger.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 8th, 2021 (1 month ago)

      Thanks Terri for joining the conversation. I’m convinced that eventually micro 4/3 will be the option of choice for most photographers. We all know that electronics get smaller, cheaper, and better. I’m confident the micro 4/3 sensors will eventually be so good there won’t be a need for full frame sensors for 90% of all photo situations. Just hoping that happens sooner rather than later. Again thanks for stopping and adding your voice.

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