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LUMIX GH5M2 launched with wireless live streaming capability and 4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit video recording

Panasonic has unveiled a new G Series camera – the LUMIX GH5M2 – demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to the G Series Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera system by delivering key new enhancements for G Series aficionados: including wireless live streaming capability; C4K[i]/4K 60p[ii] 4:2:0 10-bit video recording and simultaneous output of 4:2:2 10-bit over HDMI during 4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit internal recording; V-Log L pre-installed; and unlimited recording in all video modes.

James Choi, Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, said: “With the GH5M2 we are proud to introduce industry-leading live streaming capabilities for modern content creators – including direct to platform wireless live streaming, with wired IP streaming and tethered mobile streaming to be available in the future. This will allow today’s content creators to take advantage of the acclaimed image quality and usability of the GH line, such as 4K 60p 10-bit internal recording, unlimited recording modes, and robust ergonomics, while also being able to live stream wherever and whenever they desire.”

Key Features

The LUMIX GH5M2 is the first G Series model to offer high quality wireless live streaming – with simply the camera and a smartphone – using the LUMIX Sync app. The camera complies with H.264 in RTMP/RTMPS protocol, allowing streaming directly to platforms such as You Tube or Facebook without the need for a paid cloud streaming server. In addition, 1080p Full HD at up to 60 frames per second 16Mbps[iii] maximises video quality.

For wired live streaming, the LUMIX Webcam Software download allows the GH5M2 to act as a high quality webcam, connecting directly to a PC via USB. With a future firmware update, the camera will support wired IP streaming (RTP/RTSP) with the benefit of high image quality and greater stability, which will provide greater flexibility for live production and multi-camera setups.[iv]

The GH5M2 delivers up to 6.5-stops slower shutter speeds[v] for impressively stable handheld shooting and video panning, via the advanced Body I.S. (Image Stabiliser) and the latest algorithm developed for the S1H – an improvement over the GH5 by 1.5 stops. The camera also incorporates a 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor with a new Anti-Reflective (AR) coating for maximum lens performance, and an updated image processor with the latest high-speed Venus Engine. The AF improvements first introduced with the S Series for more accurate subject detection and precise focusing – particularly for faces and heads, as well as animals and moving objects – enhance both video recording and still shooting.

Other capabilities that will be welcomed by G Series users include 4K 60p 10-bit internal recording, external output via HDMI and V-log L profile pre-installed in the camera.

The GH5M2 boasts a rugged field-ready design. As well as having a magnesium alloy full diecast front/rear frame, it is splash[vi] and dust-resistant and also freeze-resistant down to -10 degrees Celsius. Dual SD card slots offer further flexibility with relay recording and backup support. To enhance shooting ergonomics, a versatile free-angle 3.0-inch LCD rear monitor (3:2 aspect, 1840K-dot) features a higher luminosity than the GH5, plus superior colour reproduction for better visibility in outdoor shooting situations.

The GH5M2 includes Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 5GHz (IEEE802.11ac)[vii]/ 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n). Conveniently, most GH5 accessories, such as the XLR microphone adaptor, the shutter remote control and the battery grip, can also be used with the GH5M2.

To further enhance performance and usability, GH5M2 firmware updates are scheduled for June 8, 2021.  They will include Live View Composite, USB Tethering, and RTP/RTSP Wired IP Streaming. In addition, when LUMIX G / LEICA DG lenses are used with the GH5M2, users will be able to choose between linear or non-linear control of the focus ring, allowing for more precise and repeatable focus transitions when using manual focus.

High quality video and advanced editing

The GH5M2 features outstanding video performance for professional videography and is capable of unlimited video recording in all video modes. In addition, the camera can record C4K/4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit; and also offers simultaneous output of 4:2:2 10-bit over HDMI during 4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit internal recording. With no crop when recording in 4K 60p, the user can capture video in the original viewing angle of the lens.

V-Log L comes pre-installed in the camera, delivering high dynamic range with broad colours, and renders a very flat image while maintaining all of the color information within the image. Designed with consistent colour management and an easier post production workflow in mind, the recorded footage is easily matched with V-Log L footage recorded by the LUMIX S1/S1H/S5 or LUMIX GH5/GH5S/BGH1. 35 conversion LUTs for VariCam cinema cameras can be downloaded free of charge for use in the LUMIX GH5M2.

Like the S1H – the S Series video flagship full-frame mirrorless camera – the LUMIX GH5M2 includes the HLG gamma profile and has two types of Cinelike gamma presets selectable in Photo Style. HLG allows for high dynamic range video shooting with minimal need for editing, thanks to its broadcast-ready colour gamut format. With the included Cinelike modes, impressive warm skin tones or delicate nuances of light and shadow can be reproduced even without colour grading over V-Log L footage. The Cinelike D2 setting gives priority to dynamic range and the Cinelike V2 prioritises contrast. MonochromeS and L.ClassicNeo Photo Styles, which were first introduced on the LUMIX S5, have also been added. All these modes can be used for Anamorphic video recording. For VFR (Variable Frame Rate) recording, C4K/4K 60fps, Anamorphic 50fps and FHD180fps are available. AF can be set before starting VFR recording. The GH5M2 also incorporates cinema-standard practical video assist tools such as Waveform Monitor and V-Log L View Assist.

Other shooting assist functions include Frame Markers for checking composition during recording. A wide range of aspect ratios are supported, including those for popular social media platforms – 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5, 5:4 and 9:16. In addition, the REC Frame Indicator allows the user to check at a glance if the camera is recording or not.

High-precision AF

The GH5M2 features high-speed, high-precision AF. In addition to the eye, face and body, the head is also separately recognised by real-time detection technology to provide even more precise focusing. The camera keeps tracking subjects when they move quickly, turn away, tilt their head or move far away from the camera. Also, improvements to DFD technology have enhanced AFC, which allows the camera to keep tracking small or fast-moving subjects and capture them in crisp focus. The GH5M2 detects the eye and face at a 2x faster recognition cycle speed than the GH5, even if they are around 50% smaller in the frame. 

Reliability and versatility in the field

The camera is highly reliable in the field, with secure construction and a sealing for every joint, dial, and button. The shutter unit also has a life of around 200,000 cycles. For outdoor use, the GH5M2 uses the DMW-BLK22 2200mAh high capacity battery first launched with the LUMIX S5. The battery complies with USB PD (Power Delivery), convenient when travelling and using a USB power bank, and can also be recharged via AC or USB. The GH5M2 has a double SD Memory Card slot compatible with high-speed, high capacity UHS-II for Relay, Backup or Allocation Recording.

Content sharing with smartphones is streamlined using Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy connection, Wi-Fi 5-GHz (IEEE802.11ac) and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi® (IEEE 802.11b/g/n). With an always-on Bluetooth connection, a smartphone can act as the camera’s remote control via the LUMIX Sync app. The settings of a GH5M2 camera can also be copied and transmitted to other GH5M2 cameras when shooting using multiple cameras (either via LUMIX Sync or SD Card).

The camera is compatible with the LUMIX Tether applications which enable tethered shooting via USB. Users can control the camera by connecting it to a PC and view images on a large PC screen while shooting, useful in situations where continuous confirmation is required.

A number of GH5 optional accessories can be used with the GH5M2. They include a Microphone Adaptor (DMW-XLR1) for professional XLR microphones to record high-quality stereo sound, as well as switchable Mic, Line and Condenser Microphones. The Battery Grip (DMW-BGGH5E) extends battery life and provides controls for portrait oriented shooting, and the camera is also compatible with the Shutter Remote Control (DMW-RS2) and a Tripod Grip (DMW-SHGR1).

Future Firmware updates

Firmware Update for GH5M2 – by the end of 2021

  • Live View Composite
  • USB Tethering(4G/5G Smartphone Link) Compatible Streaming Distribution for more stable connection with smartphones
  • RTP/RTSP wired IP streaming – by connecting the camera to the PC via wired LAN, high quality video with sound can be stably streamed to social streaming platforms. A USB Ethernet adaptor is required.

Firmware update for LUMIX G / LEICA DG lenses

  • Users will be able to choose linear or non-linear control over the focus ring when lenses are used with the GH5M2. For Non-Linear, focus is shifted according to the rotation speed of the focus ring, and for Linear, focus is shifted according to the rotational quantum of the focus ring. Sensitivity (the amount of focus shift per rotational quantum) can be selected from 90 to 360 degrees in 30-degree increments.
  • Compatible lenses: H-E08018, H-X1025, H-ES12060, H-ES50200, H-RS100400, H-XA025, H-ES200, H-HSA12035, H-FS12060, H-HSA35100, H-FSA45200 and H-FSA100300.

The firmware program for the above G Series lenses will be available at the LUMIX Global Customer Support site https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/index.html on June 8, 2021

LUMIX GH5M2 Pricing and Availability

LUMIX DC-GH5M2GN: Body only: RRP $2699

LUMIX DC-GH5M2LEICA: Kit with 12-60mm LEICA DG lens (H-ES12060E): RRP $3799

LUMIX DC-GH5M2PRO: Kit with 12-35mm LUMIX G lens (H-HSA12035E): RRP $3799

LUMIX DC-GH5M2M: Kit with 12-60mm LUMIX G lens (H-FS12060E): RRP $2999

The GH5M2 will be available in July 2021 from leading photographic specialists.

For further information, please visit www.panasonic.com.au or call 132 600.

[i] Corresponding to 4K (4096×2160) as defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI).

[ii] On condition that the camera is under the environment where the operation is guaranteed and is running on the battery. Recording time depends on the capacity of the battery and the SD Memory Card. Recording may stop in C4K/4K 60p 10-bit and Anamorphic mode automatically to protect the camera.

[iii] 16Mbps cannot be selected when the RTMPS URL is set.

[v] Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=60mm (35mm camera equivalent f=120mm) when H-ES12060 is used.

[vi] Splash Resistant is a term used to describe an extra level of protection this camera offers against exposure to a minimal amount of moisture, water or dust. Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this camera is subjected to direct contact with water. To avoid damage when using the camera under these conditions, it must be used in accordance with associated instructions in the manual. Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water. To avoid damage when using the camera under these conditions, it must be used in accordance with associated instructions in the manual.

[vii] 5GHz Wi-Fi is not available in some countries.

Panasonic develops the LUMIX GH6 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera The flagship of the LUMIX G Series for innovative video expression

Panasonic Corporation is proud to announce the development of the LUMIX GH6. This flagship LUMIX G Series model will offer next-generation video expression with the combination of a new high-speed Micro Four Thirds sensor and Venus Engine image processor. The LUMIX GH6 will be commercialised for its release to world markets by the end of 2021.

Panasonic established the LUMIX brand in 2001, and introduced the world’s first digital single lens mirrorless camera in 2008[i]. Since that time, it has produced a host of innovative cameras and interchangeable lenses by taking advantage of the outstanding mobility and high video performance which is unique to the mirrorless camera system. Over 20 years of R&D development has seen LUMIX cameras and lenses gain a solid reputation across a wide range of users from professional photographers to film creators.

As video streaming grows, creators are demanding high quality and unique video capabilities. Against this backdrop, the development of the LUMIX GH6 is underway. Providing 4:2:2 10-bit DCI 4K/60p recording capability[ii], the LUMIX GH6 achieves unlimited video recording when the camera is used under the certified operating temperature[iii]. It is reliable enough to record continuous footage for a desired duration. It also provides a 10-bit 4K 120p High Frame Rate (HFR) and Variable Frame Rate (VFR) for high resolution slow/quick motion video. Moreover, the GH6 records 10-bit 5.7K 60p video by taking full advantage of a newly developed Micro Four Thirds sensor. Accommodating a variety of recording modes and shooting assist functions, the GH6 enables photo/video hybrid use for creative applications including films, music videos, documentaries and short clips for social media.

In addition to the GH6, a new interchangeable lens, the LEICA DG 25-50mm F1.7 is also under development. Together with the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025), these two lenses cover focal lengths from 10mm to 50mm at F1.7 (35mm camera equivalent: 20-100mm). These two lenses have a common aperture, high descriptive performance, shape and operability that streamlines workflow and enhances expressiveness for the creator.

The LUMIX G Series offers a unique value proposition of excellent video and image quality in a compact form factor with high mobility, while the full-frame LUMIX S Series drives the company further into the professional market with uncompromisingly powerful hybrid and video functionality. With these two Series, Panasonic is committed to providing maximum product value and innovative capabilities to allow photographers and videographers to fully unleash their creativity.

[i]As an interchangeable lens system camera, as of September 12, 2008. Panasonic study.

[ii]Corresponding to the 4K resolution (4096×2160) defined by Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI).

[iii]Recordable time depends on the capacity of the battery and the memory card. The camera may stop recording to protect the camera if   the temperature exceeds the certified operating temperature.

Panasonic Releases Firmware Update Programs for LUMIX G Series Cameras: GH5S, G9 and G100

Simultaneously with the release of the LUMIX GH5M2 and the development of the GH6, Panasonic has announced the release of firmware update programs for current LUMIX G Series mirrorless cameras to improve functionality and usability. Panasonic is committed to providing value to users via further enhancements of the G Series lineup through firmware updates.

The firmware programs for the DC-GH5S, DC-G9, and DC-G100 will be available at the LUMIX Global Customer Support website https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/ at AEST 11:00AM on 9 June, 2021.

GH5S Firmware Version 2.0

  1. Improved AF performance
    – It can detect the eyes / face at 2x faster recognition cycle speed and humans / animals at 5x faster recognition cycle speed. These subjects can be detected even if they are around 50% smaller in the frame[i].
    – AF Tracking and recognition performance has been improved with the addition of head recognition.
    – Human/Animal recognition can be set ON or OFF when the AF mode is set to [1-Area].
  1. RAW video data output over HDMI function[ii]
    Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on Atomos NINJA V.
    – [4K] / [Anamorphic (4:3) 3.7K] 12-bit RAW video data can be output over HDMI.
Area Resolution Frame Rate Aspect HDMI Output
Micro Four Thirds 4K (4096×2160) 23.98p/25.00p/29.97p/50p/59.94p 17:9 12-bit
Micro Four Thirds
Anamorphic
3.7K (3680X2760) 23.98p/25.00p/29.97p/50p/59.94p 4:3 12-bit

A LUT (Lookup table) exclusively designed for RAW video recorded on NINJA 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 colours between the footage recorded with Panasonic Varicam and EVA1 cameras to combine them. https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/lut/s1h_raw_lut/index.html

  1. Added video functions
    – [Red REC Frame Indicator] function has been added.
    – It is possible to play back vertical videos vertically.
    – Users can choose to add or not to add camera orientation information in [Vertical Position Info (Video)] menu to prevent unintended image rotation in playback.
    – [Video Guide Line] function has been upgraded with more options.
  1. Other added functions
    – [Power Save Mode] is selectable while the camera is powered with an AC adaptor (DMW-AC10, sold separately).

G9 Firmware Version 2.4

  1. Improved AF performance
    – It can detect the eyes / face at 2x faster recognition cycle speed and humans / animals at 5x faster recognition cycle speed. These subjects can be detected even if they are around 50% smaller in the frame[iii].
    – AF Tracking and recognition performance has been improved with the addition of head recognition.
    – Human/Animal recognition can be set ON or OFF when the AF mode is set to [1-Area].
  1. Added video functions
    – [Red REC Frame Indicator] function has been added.
    – It is possible to play back vertical videos vertically.
    – Users can choose to add or not to add camera orientation information in [Vertical Position Info (Video)] menu to prevent unintended image rotation in playback.
  1. Other added functions
    – [Frame Maker] function has been added.
    – [Power Save Mode] is selectable while the camera is powered with an AC adaptor (DMW-AC10, sold separately).
    – The camera can be recognised when it is connected to a PC via the USB power supply port.

G100 Firmware Version 1.2

  1. Added functions
    – Users can choose to add or not to add camera orientation information in [Vertical Position Info (Video)] menu to prevent unintended image rotation in playback.
    – The camera can be recognised when it is connected to a PC via the USB power supply port.

For further information, please visit www.panasonic.com.au or call 132 600.

[i]Comparison between before and after updating the firmware.

[ii]Atomos Ninja V Ver.10.66 will be required to support the RAW video data output function of the LUMIX GH5S. Software that supports Apple ProRes RAW is required to edit RAW video recorded with Ninja V. All functions may not be available depending on the situation.

[iii]Comparison between before and after updating the firmware.

TOUGHBOOK S1 rugged Android tablet unveiled: Powerful device for the mobile workforce

Panasonic has unveiled the new TOUGHBOOK S1 tablet – the ultimate rugged Android™ tablet for the truly mobile worker. This 7-inch screen device is easy to use with one hand, adaptable for a variety of tasks yet powerful and tough enough to cope with the demands of the busiest shift.

It is designed for mobile and mission-critical workforces such as police and security patrols, technicians monitoring production lines, field services engineers carrying out inspections and maintenance or construction workers on site.

The TOUGHBOOK S1 will be released in Australia in Summer 2021. Pricing will be announced closer to the release date. Marketed by Panasonic’s business arm – Panasonic System Solutions Oceania – it will be sold via Panasonic’s national TOUGHBOOK distributor, Multimedia Technology, and our wider authorised reseller network.

Ranjit Sohoni, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Mobile Solutions, said: “The TOUGHBOOK S1 adds to our family of Android Enterprise Recommended rugged mobility devices, offering a range of features including enterprise grade device deployment and management, and enterprise grade security as well as Google Play Protect. Security continues to be a priority – secure booting detects OS tampering and ensures application safety, while Google Play Protect detects and eliminates rogue apps.”

“AER certification will mean that demanding industries such as warehousing and logistics, and mission-critical roles such as emergency services can be confident that the TOUGHBOOK S1 is a viable long-term investment, well suited to a wide range of mobile business applications.”

Key Features

The TOUGHBOOK S1 tablet is ergonomically designed and lightweight (426g), and with or without a handstrap it fits conveniently and comfortably in one hand for use over long periods of time. In all weather conditions, the outdoor readable display is easy to use with a market-leading brightness of up to 500 cd/m² and enhanced anti-reflection technology ensuring clarity in the brightest sunlight. Rainy days and the need to remove safety gloves are also operational problems of the past when working with the TOUGHBOOK S1 tablet because of its effective rain-mode and glove-enabled touch screen.

The device is flexible for the different needs of mobile workers and can be optionally equipped using its configurable gadget port offering combinations of bar code reader or additional USB port. A 13MP rear camera with flashlight and a front 5MP camera are ideal for capturing images to attach to reports and for video conference calls with colleagues.

To ensure the rugged tablet can work as long as any shift, it is equipped with a simple click and switch design for warm swapping batteries. It takes away the need to interrupt work, power down the device or remove fiddly panels to change batteries. With two options of battery size, the device can operate for up to 14 hours on a single charge.

Powerful enough to handle the application needs of any mobile worker, the device uses the Android 10 operating system and is equipped with a Qualcomm® SDM660 Octa-Core CPU and 4GB of RAM memory and 64GB of storage.

Despite its ergonomic and lightweight design the tablet has all the protection expected of a fully rugged TOUGHBOOK device with a dust and water rating of IP65/67, MIL-STD-810H certification and tested to withstand drops of up to 150cm[1] onto concrete. For effective utilisation of accessories, the TOUGHBOOK S1 tablet shares elements of the TOUGHBOOK L1 and A3 Android tablet ecosystem, such as batteries, cradles, docks and stylus pens.

For ease of management and administrative peace of mind, the TOUGHBOOK S1 tablet is Android Enterprise-ready, and comes with a standard three-year warranty.

For more information visit: https://business.panasonic.com.au/computer-product/toughbook-s1

[1] *Tested by an independent third-party lab following MIL-STD-810H Method 516.6 Procedure IV
Android is a trademark of Google LLC

 

Panasonic becomes Australian Distributor for Eagle Eye Networks

Panasonic System Solutions Oceania (PSSOC) has partnered with Eagle Eye Networks to become a Distributor of the company’s retail supply chain solutions across Australia.

Eagle Eye Networks, a leader in cloud-based video security surveillance, artificial intelligence and analytics, is working with PSSOC – Panasonic’s business arm in Australia – to expand its reseller network and to bring its Eagle Eye Cloud Video Management System to the Australian market.

Ken Francis, President, Eagle Eye Networks said: “We see a great opportunity to strengthen our rapidly growing retail and logistics supply chain across the Oceania market. As we continue to establish our local presence, partnering with like-minded organisations such as Panasonic to deliver on our growth ambitions can accelerate getting our modern solution into the hands of businesses across the region.”

“Panasonic brings myriad experience and knowledge in retail operations, local stakeholder liaison and innovative customer support. Their expertise is invaluable and will undoubtedly improve our capabilities in developing and deploying solutions, as well as providing ongoing support for customers in the long-term,” said Mr Francis.

Eagle Eye Networks Cloud Video Management System allows customers in the retail and logistics industries to monitor activity and receive real-time alerts to devices such as smartphones. The intuitive technology grants complete control directly to the end user and supports Eagle Eye’s three guiding principles: security, reliability, and flexibility. Ultimately, the solution removes the need for physical infrastructure and optimises business performance with artificial intelligence-powered analytics.

David James, Group Manager – System Solutions at PSSOC, said the partnership demonstrates the growth in appetite for cloud-based solutions among customers. “Businesses of all sizes are all looking for greater visual control and peace of mind in their security solutions. It’s suggested that 85 per cent of security patrol callouts are false alarms, which is becoming a focus area for customers to reduce costs. This partnership with Eagle Eye Networks allows an organisation’s security cameras and infrastructure to be transformed into powerful visual tools that provide insights into daily operations – for example, alerts when someone enters a restricted area, object counting of people and vehicle flow, loitering, when cameras are tampered with, or quick access to video to share with authorities if theft occurs,” Mr James said.

“Other key benefits of our Visual Intelligence as a Service (VIaaS) offer include customised AI analytics, open REST architecture, increased flexibility and autonomy for live visual alert procedures, improved staff safety and access to real-time information for a range of system solutions.”

“The benefits of migrating to cloud-based platforms in today’s security market are endless – from lowering upfront capital expenditure, to reducing the reliance on physical infrastructure and removing the need to continuously repair and maintain hardware. All businesses should be looking to invest in this space.”

“This partnership with Eagle Eye Networks marks Panasonic’s continuing investment in the alarm monitoring market, building on our security portfolio with the Panasonic camera range. While we offer an easy to deploy, plug and play, camera brand and operating system agnostic platform, we are also just as comfortable working with customers’ preferred brands and existing infrastructure. Aligning with Eagle Eye Networks allows Panasonic to deliver ‘Visual Intelligence’, by integrating a CCTV system in the cloud, on-premise, or a hybrid of both, with robust alarm monitoring procedures for an intelligent business solution.”

Panasonic and Eagle Eye Networks will be showcasing the latest developments at the upcoming Security Exhibition and Conference, to demonstrate the benefits to Retail Supply Chain customers.  The Conference is being held at the International Convention Centre Sydney from 21-23 July 2021.

Panasonic is also seeking expressions of interest from those interested in becoming a VIaaS powered by Eagle Networks partner. Interest can be registered via panasonic.business@au.panasonic.com.

To learn more visit https://business.panasonic.com.au