Panasonic introduced the world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera – the LUMIX DMC-G1 – in 2008, and the subsequent DMC-GH1 achieved the world’s first Full HD video recording in 2009. In 2014, Panasonic introduced the DMC-GH4, capable of 4K 30p/25p video recording, while also proposing a new and unique method of photography, called “4K PHOTO,” which allows users to capture fleeting photographic moments that even the eyes cannot catch, by using 4K video frames at 30 fps that can be saved as high-quality photos.

Today, the company announced the development of the LUMIX GH5, a new DSLM Camera that will offer a new world first: 4K 60p/50p and 4K 30p with 4:2:2 10-bit. It also features “6K PHOTO,” which extracts 18MP still images from video with about 9 times the pixel count of Full-HD. It’s is scheduled for commercialization and introduction to the global market in early 2017.

Through technologies such as digital signal processing and heat dissipation, packing them into the compact, lightweight body of a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, the LUMIX GH5 enables 4K 60p/50p and 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video recording, which has never before been achieved.

Taking advantage of its high-speed, long-time burst shooting capability, spur-of-the-moment shots can be saved in beautiful photos with higher resolution that complies with larger-sized printing by substantially increasing the resolution from approx. 8MP (4K PHOTO) to approx. 18MP (6K PHOTO). Furthermore, approx. 8MP 4K photo images can be captured at a super-fast 60 fps.

The LUMIX GH5 goes on show at Photokina 2016, which will be held at Koelnmesse, Germany, through 20-25 September in 2016, together with the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Lens Series. Achieving both high optical performance and a compact size, the series includes a new 12-60mm standard zoom lens, 8-18mm wide zoom lens and 50-200mm telephoto zoom lens.