(FT3) New GH6 successor with phase detection AF is in the works and will be named GH7 and not GH6II

A source told me that the

GH6 with phase detect AF is in development and that it will be named GH7 and not GH6II as some rumors suggested

The fact that it might be named GH7 suggests that this isn’t just an updated Gh6 with phase detection AF (like the S5II compared to the S5). But a major new camera update. Not sure when this GH7 will be announced but I guess the Gh7 is not coming this year and more likely sometimes in mid-late 2024.

More G9II specs: Has same GH6 sensor, 1,5sec pre-Burst, weights 658g

At 3pm London time Panasonic will announce the G9II and two new lenses. I already leaked most specs but here is some last minute addition detail:

  • 25.2MP sensor is the SAME used by the GH6.
  • Twice the readout speed of the G9
  • pre-Burst of up to 1,5 sec (100 images!) The G9 had 0,4 sec pre-Burst
  • autofocus works up to -6EV (G9 hat -4EV)
  • Camera weight is 658g
  • The new DMW-BG1E  battery grip is compatible with the S5II and S5IIx

G9II pricing info from the UK: £1699.00

That’s the pricing for the new camera and lenses in the UK:

  • Lumix G9 II Body £1699.00
  • Grip for Lumix G9 II £309.00
  • LUMIX Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 35-100mm f2.8 Power OIS £1099.00
  • LUMIX LEICA DG Vario-Elmar 100-400MM f4/6.3 II ASPH Power OIS £1499.00

So it’s priced just like the Fuji X-T5 in the UK.

Fully leaked Panasonic G9II images and specs

This is the Google translated presentation text…please be aware there might be some errors because this page appears to be “work in progress”:

Main Features:

  • Micro 4/3 Live MOS Sensor
  • Internal 5.7K 60/50p 10bit recording
  • ProRes 5.7K & ALL-Intra 800Mbps via USB-SSD
  • Anamorphic Mode 5.8K 30p 10bit
  • Burst 75fps AFS – 60fps AFC

Come and discover the Panasonic Lumix G9 II, a little gem of technology. This camera accommodates a Live MOS micro 4/3 sensor with 25 million pixels with 8-stop stabilization, and double stabilization with the active I.S. function.

This camera will allow you to film in 5.7K 60/50p 10bit, in 4:2:2 10bit in 4k at 60p and in Apple ProRes 5.7K and ALL-Intra via USB in SSD, in order to offer you great freedom in your post-production. This Panasonic Lumix Mark II will allow you to film in SlowMotion 4K at 120p and 10bit, but also an anamorphic mode in 5.8K at 30p, for videos with an exceptional cinema rendering.

Concerning the photo part of this device, this Lumix G9 II allows you to capture up to 75 images per second in AFS and 60 images per second in AFC, with a buffer of 200 images.

25 MP 4/3-type Live MOS Sensor
Type 7.6 cm (3.0’’) Vari-angle TFT LCD touchscreen / Aspect ratio 3:2
File format JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.31), RAW in photo, MOV: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC, Apple ProRes MP4: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC in video
Supported memory cards SD card and External SSD
Viewfinder OLED viewfinder 3680K pts (0.8x)
Exposure 3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV steps, max ±3EV, single/burst
White Balance AWB / AWBc / AWBw / Day / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Settings1, 2, 3, 4 / Customizable Temperature1, 2, 3, 4 Blue/Amber, Magenta/Green
Bracketing 3, 5, 7 frames in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV steps, max ±3EV, single/burst 3, 5 or all positions 1 to 999 frames, focus can be adjusted in 10 steps 3 exposures in Blue/Amber or Magenta/Green axis, Color T° adjustment
Power Rechargeable Li-ion battery (7.2V, 2200mAh, 16Wh) included
Connectivity USB Type-C (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen2)) HDMI TypeA Audio: ON/OFF, MP4: 2ch, MOV: 2ch (When [4ch Mic Input] OFF), 4ch (When [4ch Mix Input] ON)
WiFi Yes 2.4GHz (STA/AP) (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) – 5GHz (STA) (IEEE 802.11a/n/ac) Security: WPA/WPA2/WPA3
Bluetooth Bluetooth® v5.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE))
ISO Sensitivity Normal] Minimum 60fps sensor output max: 100-6400 / 61fps sensor output min: 100-1600 Maximum 60fps sensor output max: 200-12800 / 61fps sensor output min: 200-3200 [V-Log] Minimum 60fps sensor output max : 500-6400 / Sensor output 61fps min: 2
Micro 4/3 mount
1840K screen resolution
Burst Burst 60ips AFC – 75ips AFS
USB connection Yes
Stabilization Stabilization 8.0 stops + Double Stab. + Activates I.S.
Dynamic range 13+ stops (V-Log) (sensor output 60fps max) 12+ stops (V-Log) (sensor output 61fps min)
Microphone Stereo, Windproof OFF/Standard/High