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Digital Camera
Please read these instructions carefully before using this product, and save this manual for future use.

Dear Customer,
Thank you for choosing Panasonic!
You have purchased one of the most sophisticated and reliable products on the market today. Used properly, we’re sure it will bring you and your family years of enjoyment. Please take time to fill in the information below. The serial number is on the tag located on the underside of your camera. Be sure to retain this manual as your convenient camera information source. Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-3

Please note that the actual controls and components, menu items, etc. of your Digital Camera may look somewhat different from those shown in the illustrations in this Owner’s Manual.

Carefully observe copyright laws.
Recording of pre-recorded tapes or discs or other published or broadcast material for purposes other than your own private use may infringe copyright laws. Even for the purpose of private use, recording of certain material may be restricted.

About Owner’s Manual

Owner’s Manual <Quick Start Guide> (This Document)
Explains the preparation before recording.
Owner’s Manual <Complete Guide> (HTML Format/PDF Format) 

Explains all functions and operation methods in detail. This can be viewed with a PC or smartphone.
https://panasonic.jp/support/dsc/oi/GH6/index.html

Symbols Used in This Document
In this document, camera operation is explained using the following symbols.

Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-4 [MENU/SET] button
Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-5 Press the center of the joystick
Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-6 Cursor button up/down/left/right

or

Joystick up/down/left/right

  • Images and illustrations used in this document are for explaining the functions.
  • The description in this document is based on the interchangeable lens (H-ES12060).

Information for Your Safety

WARNING:
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or product damage, 0 Do not expose this unit to rain, moisture, dripping or splashing.

  • Use the recommended accessories.
  • Do not remove covers.
  • Do not repair this unit by yourself. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
    The socket outlet shall be installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible.

Product identification marking

Product Location
Digital camera Bottom
Battery charger Bottom

THE FOLLOWING APPLIES ONLY IN THE U.S.A. 

FCC Statment

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

FCC Caution:

  • Any unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment would void the
    user’s authority to operate this device.
  • To assure continued compliance, follow the attached installation instructions and use only shielded interface cables with ferrite core when connecting to computer or peripheral devices.

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity

Trade Name: Panasonic
Model No.: DC-GH6
Responsible Party: Panasonic Corporation of North America
Two Riverfront Plaza, Newark, NJ 07102-5490
Support Contact: http://shop.panasonic.com/support

How to Display Certification and Compliance Information
Certification and compliance information for this camera can be viewed on the menu screen.

  1. Select the [Others] tab of the [Setup] menu.
  2. Select [Approved Regulations] and confirm your selection.

Contains FCC ID: VPYLBEE5ZZ1PJ
This transmitter must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment and meets the FCC radio frequency (RF) Exposure Guidelines as this equipment has very low levels of RF energy.
Compliance with FCC requirement 15.407(c)
Data transmission is always initiated by software, which is then passed down through the MAC, through the digital and analog baseband, and finally to the RF chip. Several special packets are initiated by the MAC. These are the only ways the digital baseband portion will turn on the RF transmitter, which it then turns off at the end of the packet. Therefore, the transmitter will be on only while one of the aforementioned packets is being transmitted. In other words, this device automatically discontinues transmission in case of either absence of information to transmit or operational failure.
Frequency Tolerance: n 20ppm

About the battery pack

CAUTION
Battery pack (Lithium ion battery pack)

  • Use the specified unit to recharge the battery pack.
  • Do not use the battery pack with equipment other than the specified unit.
  • Do not get dirt, sand, liquids, or other foreign matter on the terminals.
  • Do not touch the plug terminals (i and j) with metal objects.
  • Do not disassemble, remodel, heat or throw into fire.
    If any electrolyte should come into contact with your hands or clothes, wash it off thoroughly with water.
    If any electrolyte should come into contact with your eyes, never rub the eyes. Rinse eyes thoroughly with water, and then consult a doctor.

CAUTION

  • Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the type recommended by the manufacturer.
  • When disposing of the batteries, please contact your local authorities or dealer and ask for the correct method of disposal.
  • Do not heat or expose to flame.
  • Do not leave the battery(ies) in a car exposed to direct sunlight for a long period of time with doors and windows closed.
  • Do not expose to low air pressure at high altitudes.
  • Do not expose to extremely low air pressure, as this may result in explosions or leakage of flammable liquids and gases.

Warning
Risk of fire, explosion and burns. Do not disassemble, heat above 60 oC (140 oF) or incinerate.

About the AC adaptor (supplied)

CAUTION!
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or product damage,

  • Do not install or place this unit in a bookcase, built-in cabinet or in another confined space. Ensure this unit is well ventilated.

AC adaptor
This AC adaptor operates on AC between 110 V and 240 V.
But

  • In the U.S.A. and Canada, the AC adaptor must be connected to a 120 V AC power supply only.
  • When connecting to an AC supply outside of the U.S.A. or Canada, use a plug adaptor to suit the AC outlet configuration.

Cautions for Use 

  • Do not use any other USB connection cables except the one supplied with the camera or the Battery Charger (DMW-BTC15: optional).
  • Do not use any other BNC conversion cables (for TC IN/OUT) except the supplied one.
  • Always use a genuine Panasonic Shutter Remote Control (DMW-RS2: optional). 0 Always use a genuine Panasonic Tripod Grip (DMW-SHGR1: optional).
  • Use an Ultra High-Speed HDMI cable (Type A–Type A plug, up to 1.5 m (4.9 feet) long).
  • Do not use the BNC cables with a length of 2.8 m (9.2 feet) or more.
  • Do not use the synchro cables with a length of 3 m (9.8 feet) or more.
  • Do not use the headphone cables with a length of 3 m (9.8 feet) or more.
  • Do not use the stereo microphone cables with a length of 3 m (9.8 feet) or more.
  • Keep this unit as far away as possible from electromagnetic equipment (such as microwave ovens, TVs, video games, etc.).
  • If you use this unit on top of or near a TV, the pictures and/or sound on this unit may be disrupted by electromagnetic wave radiation.
  •  Do not use this unit near cell phones because doing so may result in noise adversely affecting the pictures and/or sound.
  • Recorded data may be damaged, or pictures may be distorted, by strong magnetic fields created by speakers or large motors.
  • Electromagnetic wave radiation may adversely affect this unit, disturbing the pictures and/or sound.
  • If this unit is adversely affected by electromagnetic equipment and stops functioning properly, turn this unit off and remove the battery or disconnect AC adaptor. Then reinsert the battery or reconnect AC adaptor and turn this unit on.

Do not use this unit near radio transmitters or high-voltage lines.

  • If you record near radio transmitters or high-voltage lines, the recorded pictures and/or sound may be adversely affected.
  • Before cleaning the camera, remove the battery or the DC Coupler (DMW-DCC17: optional), or disconnect the power plug from the electrical outlet.
  • Do not press the monitor with excessive force.
  • Do not press the lens with excessive force.
  • Do not spray the camera with insecticides or volatile chemicals.
  • Do not keep products made of rubber, PVC or similar materials in contact with the camera for a long period of time.
  •  Do not use solvents such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, kitchen detergents, etc., to clean the camera, since it may deteriorate the external case or the coating may peel off.
  • Do not leave the camera with the lens facing the sun, as rays of light from the sun may cause it to malfunction.
  • Always use the supplied cords and cables.
  •  Do not extend the cords or the cables.
  • During access (image writing, reading and deleting, formatting etc.), do not turn the camera off, remove the battery, card or disconnect the AC adaptor. Do not subject the camera to vibration, impact or static electricity.
  •  The data on the card may be damaged or lost due to electromagnetic waves, static electricity or breakdown of the camera or the card. We recommend storing important data on another device, such as a PC.
  • Do not format the card on your PC or other equipment. Format it on the camera only to ensure proper operation.
  • The battery is not charged at the time of purchase. Charge the battery before use.
  •  The battery is a rechargeable lithium ion battery. If the temperature is too high or too low, the operating time of the battery will become shorter.
  • The battery becomes warm after use, during charging, and immediately after charging. The camera also becomes warm during use. This is not a malfunction. 0 Do not leave any metal items (such as clips) near the contact areas of the power plug or near the batteries.
  • Store the battery in a cool and dry place with a relatively stable temperature.
    (Recommended temperature: 15 oC to 25 oC (59 oF to 77 oF); recommended humidity: 40 %RH to 60 %RH)
  • Do not store the battery for a long time while fully charged. When storing the battery for a long period of time, we recommend charging it once a year. Remove the battery from the camera and store it again after it has completely discharged.

For the U.S.A. and Canada only 

A lithium ion battery that is recyclable powers the product you have purchased. Please call 1-800-8-BATTERY for information on how to recycle this battery. Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-7

Introduction

Before Use

Firmware of Your Camera/Lens
Firmware updates may be provided in order to improve camera capabilities or to add functionality.
Make sure that the firmware of the camera/lens you purchased is the latest version. We recommend using the latest firmware version.

  • To check the firmware version of the camera/lens, attach the lens to the camera and select [Firmware Version] in the [Setup] ([Others]) menu. You can also update the firmware in [Firmware Version].
  • For the latest information on the firmware or to download/update the firmware, visit the following support site:
    https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/index.html (English only)
  • This document provides explanations for camera firmware version 1.0.
    Refer to “Owner’s Manual <Complete Guide>” for the changes after a firmware update. (l 3)

Handling of the Camera

When using the camera, take care not to drop it, bump it, or apply undue force. These may cause malfunction or damage to the camera and lens.
If sand, dust, or liquid gets on the monitor, wipe it off with a dry soft cloth.

  • Touch operations may be incorrectly recognized.
    When using in low temperatures (−10 oC to 0 oC (14 oF to 32 oF)) 
  • Before use, attach a Panasonic lens with a minimum recommended operating temperature of −10 oC (14 oF).
    Do not place a hand inside the camera mount.
    This may cause a failure or damage because the sensor is a precision device.
    The sensor can move, making a rattling noise, when the camera is shaken while it is off. This is caused by the image stabilizer mechanism in the body. It is not a malfunction.

Splash Resistant

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.
In order to minimize the possibility of damage please be sure the following precautions are taken:

  • Splash Resistant works in conjunction with the lenses that were specifically designed to support this feature.
  • Securely close the doors, socket caps, etc.
  • When the lens or cap is removed or a door is open, do not allow sand, dust, and moisture to enter inside.
  • If liquid gets on the camera, wipe it off with a dry soft cloth.

Condensation (When the Lens, the Viewfinder or Monitor is Fogged Up) 

  • Condensation occurs when there are temperature or humidity differences. Take care as this may lead to soiling, mold, and malfunctions in the lens, viewfinder, and monitor.
  • If condensation occurs, turn off the camera and leave it for approx. 2 hours. The fog will disappear naturally when the temperature of the camera becomes close to the ambient temperature.

Be Sure to Perform Trial Recording in Advance
Perform trial recording in advance of an important event (wedding, etc.) to check that recording can be performed normally.

No Compensation Regarding Recording
Please note that compensation cannot be provided in the event that recording could not be performed due to a problem with the camera or a card.

Be Careful with Regard to Copyrights
Under copyright law, you may not use the images and audio you have recorded for other than personal enjoyment without the permission of the copyright holder.
Be careful because there are cases where restrictions apply to recording even for the purpose of personal enjoyment.

Also Refer to the Cautions for Use in the “Owner’s Manual <Complete Guide>” 

Standard Accessories

Digital camera body (This is referred to as camera in this document.)

Check that all the accessories are supplied before using the camera.
(Product numbers correct as of January 2022.)

Battery pack
(This is referred to as battery pack or battery in this document.)

  • Charge the battery before use. Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-9

Battery charger
(This is referred to as battery charger or charger in this document.) Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-10

AC adaptor  
This is used for charging and power supply.Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-11

  • USB connection cable
  • BNC conversion cable (for TC IN/OUT)
  • Cable holder
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap*1
  • Eye cup*1 Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-12
  • Hot shoe cover*1 Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-13
  • Flash synchro socket cap*1 Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-14
  • 1 This is attached to the camera at the time of purchase.

Items Supplied with DC-GH6L (Lens Kit Product)

Interchangeable lens*2, *3
“LEICA DG
VARIO-ELMARIT
12-60mm/F2.8-4.0
ASPH./POWER
O.I.S.” Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-15

Lens hood Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-16 Lens cap*4 Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-17 Lens rear cap*4 Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-18

  • 2 Dust and splash resistant
  • 3 The recommended operating temperature is from −10 oC to 40 oC (14 oF to 104 oF)
  • 4 This is attached to the lens at the time of purchase.

Names of Parts

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  1. Stereo microphone
    Do not block the microphone with a finger. Audio will be difficult to record.
  2.  Drive mode dial
  3. Hot shoe (hot shoe cover) Keep the hot shoe cover out of reach of children to prevent swallowing.
  4. [LVF] button
  5. Front dial
  6. [WB] (White balance) button
  7. [ISO] (ISO sensitivity) button
  8. (Exposure compensation) button
  9. Power indicator
  10. (Recording distance reference mark)
  11. Charging light/Network connection light
  12. (Audio information) button
  13.  Video rec. button
  14. Camera on/off switch
  15. Mode dial lock button
  16. Mode dial Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-20
  17. (Playback) button
  18. Operation lock lever
  19. Monitor/Touch screen
  20. (AF mode) button
  21. Focus mode lever
  22.  Rear dial
  23. [AF ON] button
  24. Rear tally lamp
  25. Joystick/Fn buttons
    Center: Fn9, 3: Fn10, 1: Fn11,
    4: Fn12, 2: Fn13
  26. (Quick menu) button
  27. Cursor buttons/Fn buttons
    3: Fn14, 1: Fn15, 4: Fn16,
    2: Fn17
  28. Control dial
  29. [MENU/SET] button
  30. [DISP.] button
  31. (Cancel) button/(Delete) button/Fn button (Fn1) Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-21
  32. (32) Diopter adjustment dial
  33. Eye cup
    •  Keep the eye cup out of reach of children to prevent swallowing.
  34. Viewfinder
  35. Eye sensor
  36. Speaker
  37. Eye cup lock lever
  38. Fan inlet
    •  The fan inlet for the cooling fan.
    • Do not obstruct this unit’s ventilation openings with newspapers, tablecloths, curtains, and similar items.
  39. Tripod mount
    • If you attempt to attach a tripod with a screw length of 5.5 mm (0.22 inches) or more, you may not be able to securely fix it in place or it may damage the camera.
  40. [REMOTE] socket
  41. Card access light 1
  42. Card slot 1
  43. Card slot 2
  44. Card access light 2
  45. Card door lock lever
  46.  Card door
  47. Battery door release lever
  48. Battery door
  49. DC coupler cover
    • When using an AC adaptor, ensure that the Panasonic DC Coupler (DMW-DCC17: optional) and AC Adaptor (DMW-AC10PP: optional) are used.
    • Always use a genuine Panasonic AC Adaptor (DMW-AC10PP: optional).
    • When using an AC Adaptor (optional), use the AC cable supplied with the AC Adaptor (optional). Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-22
  50. Shoulder strap eyelet
  51. Shutter button
  52. Self-timer light/AF assist light
  53. Enlarged live display (video) button/Fn button (Fn2)
  54. Grip
  55. Preview button/Fn button (Fn3)
  56. Front tally lamp
  57. Flash synchro socket (flash synchro socket cap)
    • Use a flash with a synchronization voltage of 250 V or less.
    • Connect the supplied BNC conversion cable (for TC IN/ OUT) when synchronizing the time code with an external device.
    • Keep the flash synchro socket cap out of reach of children to prevent swallowing.
  58. [MIC] socket
  59.  Headphone socket
    • Excessive sound pressure from earphones and headphones can cause hearing loss.
  60. USB port
  61. Cable holder mount
  62. HDMI socket
  63. Fan outlet
    • The fan outlet for the cooling fan.
    • Do not obstruct this unit’s ventilation openings with newspapers, tablecloths, curtains, and similar items.
  64.  Lens fitting mark
  65. Mount
  66. Contact points
  67. Sensor
  68.  Lens lock pin
  69. Sub video rec. button
  70.  Lens release button

Supplied Lens

H-ES12060 Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-23

  1. Lens surface
  2. Focus ring
  3. Zoom ring
  4. O.I.S. switch
  5. [AF/MF] switch
    • You can switch between AF and MF.
      If [MF] is set on either the lens or camera, operation will be with MF.
  6. Contact points
  7. Lens mount rubber
  8. Lens fitting mark

Viewfinder/Monitor Displays

At the time of purchase, the viewfinder/monitor displays the following icons.

  • For information about the icons other than those described here, refer to “Owner’s Manual <Complete Guide>”. Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-24
    1. Photo Style
    2. Level gauge
    3.  Picture quality/Picture size
    4. AF area
    5. Focus mode
    6. AF mode
    7. Image stabilizer
    8. Focus (green)/Recording state (red)
    9. Recording mode
    10. Metering mode
    11. Shutter speed
    12. Aperture value
    13. Exposure compensation value/Manual Exposure Assist
    14. iSO sensitivity
    15. Card slot/Double card slot function
    16. Number of pictures that can be taken/Number of pictures that can be taken continuously
    17. Battery indication

Getting Started/Basic Operations

  • When preparing, make sure the camera on/off switch is [OFF]. Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-25

Attaching a Shoulder Strap
Attach a shoulder strap to the camera with the following procedure to prevent it from dropping. Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-26

  • Pull the shoulder strap and check that it will not come out.
  • Attach the opposite end of the shoulder strap with the same procedure.
  • Use the shoulder strap around your shoulder.
  • Do not wrap the strap around your neck.
  • It may result in injury or accident.
  •  Do not leave the shoulder strap where an infant can reach it.
  • It may result in an accident by mistakenly wrapping around the neck.

Charging the Battery

You can charge the battery either using the supplied charger, or in the camera body.
You can also use the Battery Charger (DMW-BTC15: optional).

  • The battery that can be used with the camera is DMW-BLK22. (As of January 2022)
  • Optional battery DMW-BLF19PP
  • You can also use DMW-BLF19PP (optional), but there are the following limitations:
  • The following functions cannot be used:
  • [Rec Quality] exceeding a resolution of C4K
  • [Rec Quality] with a high frame rate video exceeding a recording frame rate of 60.00p
  • [Variable Frame Rate] exceeding a frame rate of 60 fps
  •  The battery capacity is low, so this reduces the number of pictures that can be taken and the available recording time.
  • There will be 4 remaining battery charge indicators.
    We recommend using DMW-BLK22 (supplied/optional).

Charging with the Charger

Charging time Approx. 230 min
  • Use the supplied charger and AC adaptor Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-27
Connect the charger and the AC adaptor with the USB connection cable.
  1. Check the direction of the terminals and plug in/out straight holding onto the plug.
    (Inserting these at an angle may cause deformation or malfunction)
  2. Connect the AC adaptor to an electrical outlet.
  3. Insert the battery.
    1. The charging lights ([CHARGE]) (A) blink and charging begins

Charging Lights Indications 

Charging

status

0 % to 49 % 50 % to 79 % 80 % to 99 % 100 %
 

Charging lights

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 Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-29

 

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If the [50%] light is blinking quickly, then charging is not occurring.

  • When the battery is inserted while the charger is not connected to the power source, the charging lights turn on for a certain period to allow you to confirm the battery level.

Battery Insertion

  •  Always use genuine Panasonic batteries (DMW-BLK22).
  • You can also use DMW-BLF19PP (optional), but there are limitations. (l 23)
  • If you use other batteries, we cannot guarantee the quality of this product. Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-32
  • Check that the lever (E) is holding the battery in place.
  • When removing the battery, press down on lever (E).

Inserting a Battery into the Camera for Charging

  • Using the camera body and the supplied AC adaptor.
    1. Set the camera on/off switch to [OFF].
    2. Insert the battery into the camera.
    3. Connect the camera USB port and the AC adaptor using
      the USB connection cable.
  • Check the direction of the terminals and plug in/out straight holding onto the plug.
    (Inserting these at an angle may cause deformation or malfunction)
  • Connect the AC adaptor to an electrical outlet.
  • The charging light (F) turns red and charging begins.
  • Charging Light Indications

Charging time Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-34
Charging light (red)
On:
Charging.
Off:
Charging has completed.
Blinking: Charging error

  • The battery is not charged at the time of purchase. Charge the battery before use.
  •  For charging, use this camera or the Battery Charger (DMW-BTC15: optional) and the items supplied with them.
  •  Do not use any other USB connection cables except the one supplied with the camera or the Battery Charger (DMW-BTC15: optional).
  • Do not use any other AC adaptors except the one supplied with the camera or the Battery Charger (DMW-BTC15: optional).
  • Even when the camera on/off switch is set to [OFF] thus turning the camera off, it consumes power.
  • When the camera will not be used for a long time, remove the power plug from the electrical outlet in order to save power.

Power Supply
When the battery is inserted into the camera for charging and the camera is turned on, you can record while the camera is being supplied with power.

  • is displayed in the screen while power is being supplied.
  • Refer to “Owner’s Manual <Complete Guide>” for details about supplying power and charging the battery while power is being supplied.
  • Turn off the camera before connecting or disconnecting the AC adaptor.

Inserting Cards (Optional)

  • Memory Cards That Can Be Used (As of January 2022)
    You can use CFexpress cards and SD memory cards with this camera.
    Card slot 1: CFexpress card
    Card slot 2: SD memory card (SD card)
  • The camera supports UHS-I/UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3 standard and UHS-II Video Speed Class 90 standard SD cards.
  • When recording video with a bit rate of 72 Mbps or less, use SD cards compatible with SD Speed Class 10, UHS Speed Class 1 or higher, or Video Speed Class 10 or higher.
  • When recording video with a bit rate of 200 Mbps or less, use SD cards compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 or Video Speed Class 30 or higher.
  • When recording video with a bit rate of 400 Mbps or less, use SD cards compatible with Video Speed Class 60 or higher.
  • When recording video with a bit rate of 600 Mbps or less, use SD cards compatible with Video Speed Class 90.
  • The following types of video cannot be recorded to SD cards. Use CFexpress cards.
    • [Apple ProRes] video with resolution of 4K or more
    • [MOV] video with bit rate of 800 Mbps or more
    • Variable frame rate video with a recording quality with image compression mode ALL-Intra
  • For information on memory cards with confirmed operation, check the following support site: https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/connect/index.htmlPanasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-35

(A) Card slot 1: CFexpress card
(B) Card slot 2: SD card
(C) Card access light

  • Match the orientation of the cards as shown in the figure and then insert them firmly until they click.
  • To remove the card, confirm that the card access light has turned off, then push the card until it clicks, then pull the card out straight.
  • Format the cards with the camera before use.
  • Keep the memory card out of reach of children to prevent swallowing.

CAUTION, HOT CARD
As indicated on the inside of the card door, the card may be hot just after the camera has been used. Be careful when removing. When a high-temperature caution message is displayed on the screen, do not remove the card immediately, but rather wait for it to cool down and the message to disappear. Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-37

Attaching a Lens

Lenses That Can Be Used
The camera can use the dedicated lenses that comply with the Micro Four Thirds™ system lens mount specification (Micro Four Thirds mount).
You can also use the Leica M Mount interchangeable lens by attaching the M Mount Adaptor (DMW-MA2M: optional).

(A) Lens fitting marks

  • When removing the lens, rotate while pressing the lens release button (B).

Adjusting the Monitor Direction and Angle Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-40

Tilt

  • Put your finger on (A) and push the monitor up in the direction of the arrow.
  • The monitor of this camera can be tilted in two stages.
  • The monitor can still be opened when tilted to 28°.
  • the angles of adjustment are guides only.
  • Take care not to trap a finger in the monitor.
  • Do not apply excessive force to the monitor. This may cause damage or malfunction.
  • When not using the camera, close the monitor with the monitor surface facing in.

Setting the Clock (When Turning On for the First Time)

When you turn the camera on for the first time, a screen to set the time zone and clock appears. Follow the message to make the settings. Panasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-42

Menu Operation MethodsPanasonic-DC-GH6LK-DC-GH6LK-43

  • If you press [DISP.] while a menu item or setting item is selected, a description about the item is displayed on the screen.
  • Menu items that cannot be set are displayed grayed out.
  • If you press or while a grayed out menu item is selected, the reason why it cannot be set is displayed.
  • Press the shutter button halfway to close.
  • The menu settings can be returned to the default settings.
  • Refer to the “Owner’s Manual <Complete Guide>” for details about menu items.
  •  Refer to the “Owner’s Manual <Complete Guide>” for a list of default settings and reset targets.

Materials

Message Displays
Meanings of main messages displayed on the camera screen, and response methods.

  • It is a format that cannot be used with the camera.
    Either insert another card, or back up any necessary data before formatting. (l 28)
  • Use a card compatible with the camera. (l 27)
  • The card does not meet the writing speed requirements for recording.
    Cards that can be used depend on the video image quality. Check whether the card you are using meets the conditions required for recording. (l 27)
  • Check with the card manufacturers for the specifications of their cards.
  • If recording stops even if you are using a card that meets the conditions required for recording, it is possible that the speed of writing on the card has dropped.
  • Take a backup of the data, and either format the card (SD cards) or low-level format the card (CFexpress cards). (l 28)
  • When using CFexpress cards, the writing speed can drop if the temperature of the card rises. Wait until the card cools down.

[This battery cannot be used]

  • Use a genuine Panasonic battery.
    If this message is displayed even when a genuine Panasonic battery is used, contact the dealer.
  • If the terminal of the battery is dirty, remove the dirt and dust from the terminal.
  •  Turn off and on the camera.
    If the message is displayed even when doing this several times, contact the dealer.
  • The fan has stopped. Turn off and on the camera. If the fan does not work after turning the camera off and then on again, consult the dealer.
  • The temperature of the camera will rise if you continue to use the camera with the fan stopped. Do not use over long periods of time.

Troubleshooting

First, try out the following procedures (l 34 to 36).

  • Please also refer to the “Owner’s Manual <Complete Guide>”, which describes more detailed information.

The battery becomes flat too quickly. 

  • When connected to Wi-Fi, the battery drains quickly.
    Turn the camera off frequently such as by using [Power Save Mode].

Recording stops before finishing.
Cannot record.
Cannot use some functions. 

  • The temperature of the camera or card rises more readily in the following circumstances: when the ambient temperature is high; and during continuous use
    such as when recording high-definition video, taking burst pictures at high speed, or outputting via HDMI.
    When the temperature of the camera or card rises, [ ] appears blinking on the screen. If you continue to use the camera, a message indicating that the camera or card cannot be used is displayed on the screen and recording and HDMI output will be stopped. Wait for the camera or card to cool down and for the message indicating
    that they can be used again. When the message indicating that they can be used again is displayed, turn the camera off then on again.
  • When recording with the camera mounted on a tripod, etc., you can set the temperature at which recording is stopped to a higher temperature. Refer to the “Owner’s Manual <Complete Guide>” for details.

The recorded image looks rough. Noise appears on the picture. 

  • When the camera is used continuously, the temperature inside the camera may rise and this may cause lower image quality. We recommend turning off the camera whenever you are not actually recording.
  • This is characteristic of MOS sensors which serve as the camera’s pickup sensors.
    This is not a malfunction.
  • When using the electronic shutter, lowering the shutter speed may reduce the effect of the horizontal stripes.
  • If flicker or horizontal stripes are noticeable when recording video, this can be mitigated by fixing the shutter speed. Either set [Flicker Decrease (Video)], or fix the shutter speed with the [ ] mode.

The brightness or coloring of the recorded image is different from the actual scene.

  • When recording under lighting such as fluorescent or LED lighting, increasing the shutter speed may introduce slight changes to brightness or coloring.
    These are a result of the characteristics of the light source and do not indicate a malfunction.
  • When recording subjects in extremely bright locations or recording under lighting such as fluorescent, LED, mercury, or sodium lighting, the coloring or screen brightness may change or horizontal striping may appear on the screen

The flash does not fire. 

  • The flash does not fire when using the following functions:
    •  Video recording
    • ELEC.]/[Silent Mode]
    • High Resolution mode
    • [Filter Settings]

displayed on the screen. 

The fan has stopped. Turn off and on the camera. If the fan does not work after turning the camera off and then on again, consult the dealer.

  • The temperature of the camera will rise if you continue to use the camera with the fan stopped. Do not use over long periods of time.
  • An alarm may sound when a door is opened while writing to a card. Wait until writing finishes, then turn the camera off and remove the card.
  •  The sound is caused by the in-body stabilizer. This is not a malfunction.
  • This is the sound of the lens moving and aperture operation. It is not a malfunction.
  • The brightness or coloring of the recorded image is different from the actual scene.
  • The flash does not fire.
  • An alarm sounds when the card door is opened.
  • When the camera is shaken, a rattling sound is heard from the camera.
  • There is rattling noise from the lens when the camera is turned on or off, or when the camera is swung.
  • There is a sound from the lens when recording.

Specifications

  • Please also refer to the “Owner’s Manual <Complete Guide>”, which lists more items.

The specifications are subject to change for performance enhancement.
Digital camera body (DC-GH6):
Information for your safety

  • Power source: 9.0 V
  • Power consumption: 4.8 W (when recording with the monitor), 3.8 W (when playing back with the monitor) [When using the interchangeable lens (H-ES12060)]
Type
Type Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
Recording media Card slot 1: CFexpress Type B card

Card slot 2: SD memory card / SDHC memory card*1 / SDXC memory card*1

*1 Compliant with UHS-I/UHS-II UHS Speed Class 3, UHS-II Video Speed Class 90

Double slot recording function is available.

Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Image sensor
Image sensor 4/3″ Live MOS sensor, a total of 26,520,000 pixels,

primary color filter

Effective number of

pixels of the camera

25,210,000 pixels
Recording format for still images
File format for still

images

JPEG (DCF compliant, Exif 2.31 compliant) / RAW
Picture size (pixels) When the aspect ratio setting is [4:3] [L]: 5776×4336

[M]: 4096×3072

[S]: 2944×2208

Recording format for video
Video format MP4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC) /

MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC, Apple ProRes)

Audio compression format MP4 AAC (2ch, 48 kHz/16 bit)
 

 

MOV

LPCM (2ch/4ch*2, 48 kHz/24 bit, 96 kHz/24 bit)

*2 When an XLR Microphone Adaptor

(DMW-XLR1: optional) is attached, 4ch can be selected

System frequency 59.94 Hz / 50.00 Hz / 24.00 Hz
Image quality for video Refer to “Owner’s Manual <Complete Guide>” for information about resolution, recording frame rate, and

other elements of recording quality.

Viewfinder
Type Aspect ratio 4:3, 0.5 inches, approx. 3,680,000 dots,

organic EL (OLED) live view viewfinder

Field of view ratio Approx. 100 %
Magnification Approx. 1.52×, Approx. 0.76× (35 mm film camera

equivalent), −1.0 m−1 50 mm at infinity, with aspect ratio set to [4:3]

Monitor
Type Aspect ratio 3:2, 3.0 inches,

approx. 1,840,000 dots monitor, capacitive touch screen

Field of view ratio Approx. 100 %
Focus
AF type TTL type based on image detection (Contrast AF)
Exposure control
Light metering system,

Light metering mode

1728-zone metering, multi-metering / center-weighted metering / spot metering / highlight-weighted metering
Metering range EV 0 to EV 18

(F2.0 lens, ISO100 conversion)

ISO sensitivity (standard output sensitivity) Pictures: AUTO / 50*3 to 25600

Creative Video mode: AUTO / 50*3 to 12800

*3 When [Extended ISO] is set

Switchable between 1/3 EV and 1 EV steps

Image stabilizer
Image stabilizer type Compliant with Image sensor shift type, 5-axis stabilizer,

Dual I.S.2

Shutter
Type Focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed Pictures:

Mechanical shutter: Bulb (max. approx. 30 minutes), 60 seconds to 1/8000 of a second

Electronic front curtain: Bulb (max. approx. 30 minutes), 60 seconds to 1/2000 of a second

Electronic shutter: Bulb (max. approx. 60 seconds), 60 seconds to 1/32000 of a second

Videos:

1/25*4 of a second to 1/25000 of a second

*4 When [Exposure Mode] is set to [M] in Creative Video mode and focus mode is set to [MF], this can be set up to 1/8 of a second

Flash synchronization

speed

 

Equal to or smaller than 1/250 of a second

Zoom
Extended Tele Conversion

(Picture)

 

Max. 2× (when a picture size of [S] is selected.)

Display language
Interface
USB USB Type-C®, SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 2) Supports USB Power Delivery (9.0 V/3.0 A)
HDMI HDMI Type A
[REMOTE] ‰2.5 mm jack
[MIC] ‰3.5 mm stereo mini jack
Headphones ‰3.5 mm stereo mini jack
Flash Synchro Yes
TC IN/OUT Yes (connect the BNC conversion cable (supplied) to the flash synchro socket)

Input: 1.0 V to 4.0 V [p-p], 10 kΩ

Output: 2.0 V ±0.5 V [p-p], low impedance

External dimensions / Mass (Weight)
External dimensions Approx. 138.4 mm (W)×100.3 mm (H)×99.6 mm (D) (5.45″ (W)×3.95″ (H)×3.92″ (D))

(excluding the projecting parts)

Mass (Weight) Approx. 823 g/1.81 lb (camera body, with battery and one SD memory card)

Approx. 739 g/1.63 lb (only camera body)

Operating environment
Recommended operating temperature −10 oC to 40 oC (14 oF to 104 oF)

0 Battery performance temporarily worsens at low temperatures (−10 oC to 0 oC (14 oF to 32 oF)), reducing the number of pictures that can be taken and the available recording time.

Permissible relative

humidity

10 %RH to 80 %RH
Wi-Fi
Compliance

standard

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (standard wireless LAN protocol)
Frequency range used (central frequency) 2412 MHz to 2462 MHz (1 to 11ch)

5180 MHz to 5320 MHz (36/40/44/48/52/56/60/64ch)

5500 MHz to 5720 MHz (100/104/108/112/116/120/124/

128/132/136/140/144ch)

5745 MHz to 5825 MHz (149/153/157/161/165ch)

Encryption method Wi-Fi compliant WPA™ / WPA2™ / WPA3™
Access method Infrastructure mode
Bluetooth
Compliance

standard

Bluetooth v5.0, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
Frequency range used (central

frequency)

 

2402 MHz to 2480 MHz

Battery charger (Panasonic DVLC1005Z):

Information for your safety

  • Input: 9.0 V
  • Output: 8.4 V
  • Operating temperature: 0 oC to 40 oC (32 oF to 104 oF)

AC adaptor (Panasonic VSK0815F):

Information for your safety

  • Input: 110 V–240 V
  • Output: 5.0 V 1.8 A
  • Operating temperature:  0 oC to 40 oC (32 oF to 104 oF)

Battery pack (lithium-ion) (Panasonic DMW-BLK22):

Information for your safety

  • Voltage/capacity: 7.2 V / 2200 mAh

The symbols on this product (including the accessories) represent the following:

Interchangeable Lens:
H-ES12060 “LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm/F2.8-4.0 ASPH./POWER O.I.S.”

Mount Micro Four Thirds Mount
Focal length f=12 mm to 60 mm

(35 mm film camera equivalent: 24 mm to 120 mm)

Lens construction 14 elements in 12 groups (4 aspherical lenses, 2 ED

lenses)

Aperture type 9 diaphragm blades/circular aperture diaphragm
Maximum aperture F2.8 (Wide) to F4.0 (Tele)
Minimum aperture value F22
Angle of view 84o (Wide) to 20o (Tele)
In focus distance 0.20 m (0.66 feet) to ¶ (Wide)/0.24 m (0.79 feet) to ¶

(Tele) (from the focus distance reference line)

Maximum image

magnification

0.3× (35 mm film camera equivalent: 0.6×)
Optical Image Stabilizer Yes
Filter diameter 62 mm
Maximum diameter ‰68.4 mm (2.7″)
Overall length Approx. 86 mm (3.4″) (from the tip of the lens to the

base side of the lens mount)

Mass (Weight) Approx. 320 g (0.70 lb)
Dust and splash resistant Yes
Recommended operating

temperature

−10 oC to 40 oC (14 oF to 104 oF)
Permissible relative

humidity

10 %RH to 80 %RH

Trademarks and Licenses

  • Micro Four Thirds™ and Micro Four Thirds Logo marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of OM Digital Solutions Corporation, in Japan, the United States, the European Union and other countries.
  • SDXC Logo is a trademark of SD-3C, LLC.
  • The terms HDMI and HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and the HDMI Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
  • USB Type-C® and USB-C® are registered trademarks of USB Implementers Forum. 0 The USB Type-C® Charging Trident Logos are trademarks of USB Implementers Forum, Inc.
  • The SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps Trident Logo is a registered trademark of USB Implementers Forum, Inc.
  • QuickTime and the QuickTime logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc., used under license therefrom.
  • HDAVI Control™ is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation.
  • Adobe is a trademark or registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.
  • Apple, Final Cut Pro, Mac, OS X, macOS, and ProRes are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.
  • The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Panasonic Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
  • The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Logo is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance®.
  • The Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ Logo is a trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance®.
  • “Wi-Fi®” is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance®.
  • “Wi-Fi Protected Setup™”, “WPA™”, “WPA2™”, and “WPA3™” are trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance®.
  • This product uses “DynaFont” from DynaComware Corporation. DynaFont is a registered trademark of DynaComware Taiwan Inc.
  • QR Code is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED.
  • LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH. ELMARIT is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG. The LEICA DG lenses are manufactured using measurement instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by Leica Camera AG based on the company’s quality standards.
  • Other names, company names, product names mentioned in this document are trademarks or registered trademarks of the companies concerned.

This product incorporates the following software:

  1. the software developed independently by or for Panasonic Corporation,
  2. the software owned by third party and licensed to Panasonic Corporation,
  3. the software licensed under the GNU General Public License, Version 2.0 (GPL V2.0),
  4. the software licensed under the GNU LESSER General Public License, Version 2.1 (LGPL V2.1), and/or
  5. open source software other than the software licensed under the GPL V2.0 and/or LGPL V2.1.

The software categorized as (3) – (5) are distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Please refer to the detailed terms and conditions thereof displayed by selecting [MENU/SET] > [Setup] > [Others] > [Firmware Version] > [Software info].
At least three (3) years from delivery of this product, Panasonic will give to any third party who contacts us at the contact information provided below, for a charge no more than our cost of physically performing source code distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code covered under GPL V2.0 or LGPL V2.1, as well as the respective copyright notice thereof.
Contact Information: [email protected]
The source code and the copyright notice are also available for free in our website below.
https://panasonic.net/cns/oss/index.html 

This product is licensed under the AVC Patent Portfolio License for the personal use of a consumer or other uses in which it does not receive remuneration to (i) encode video in compliance with the AVC Standard (“AVC Video”) and/or (ii) decode AVC Video that was encoded by a consumer engaged in a personal activity and/or was obtained from a video provider licensed to provide AVC Video. No license is granted or shall be implied for any other use. Additional information may be obtained from MPEG LA, L.L.C.
See http://www.mpegla.com

Limited Warranty (ONLY FOR U.S.A.)

Panasonic Products Limited Warranty
Limited Warranty Coverage (For USA Only)
If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Corporation of North America (referred to as “the warrantor”) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (“warranty period”), at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished parts, (b) replace it with a new or a refurbished equivalent value product, or (c) refund your purchase price. The decision to repair, replace or refund will be made by the warrantor.

Product or Part Name Parts Labor
Digital Camera 1 Year 1 Year
All included Accessories

(Except Non-Rechargeable Batteries)

90 Days Not Applicable
Only Non-Rechargeable Batteries 10 Days Not Applicable

During the “Labor” warranty period there will be no charge for labor. During the “Parts” warranty period, there will be no charge for parts. This Limited Warranty excludes both parts and labor for non-rechargeable batteries, antennas, and cosmetic parts
(cabinet). This warranty only applies to products purchased and serviced in the United States. This warranty is extended only to the original purchaser of a new product which was not sold “as is”.
Mail-In Service–Online Repair Request
Online Repair Request
To submit a new repair request and for quick repair status visit our Web Site at http://shop.panasonic.com/support.
When shipping the unit, carefully pack, include all supplied accessories listed in the Owner’s Manual, and send it prepaid, adequately insured and packed well in a carton box. When shipping Lithium Ion batteries please visit our Web Site at
http://shop.panasonic.com/support as Panasonic is committed to providing the most up-to-date information. Include a letter detailing the complaint, a return address and provide a daytime phone number where you can be reached. A valid registered receipt is required under the Limited Warranty. IF REPAIR IS NEEDED DURING THE WARRANTY PERIOD, THE PURCHASER WILL BE REQUIRED TO FURNISH A SALES RECEIPT/PROOF OF PURCHASE INDICATING DATE OF PURCHASE, AMOUNT PAID AND PLACE OF PURCHASE. CUSTOMERS WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE REPAIR OF ANY UNIT RECEIVED WITHOUT SUCH PROOF OF PURCHASE.

Limited Warranty Limits and Exclusions

This warranty ONLY COVERS failures due to defects in materials or workmanship and DOES NOT COVER normal wear and tear or cosmetic damage. The warranty ALSO DOES NOT COVER damages that occurred in shipment, or failures that are caused by products not supplied by the warrantor, or failures that result from accidents, misuse, abuse, neglect, mishandling, misapplication, alteration, faulty installation, set-up adjustments, misadjustment of consumer controls, improper maintenance, power line surge, lightning damage, modification, the introduction of sand, humidity or liquids, or rental use of the product, or service by anyone other than a Factory Service Center or other Authorized Servicer, or damage that is attributable to acts of God.

THERE ARE NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES EXCEPT AS LISTED UNDER “LIMITED WARRANTY COVERAGE”.
THE WARRANTOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY.

(As examples, this excludes damages for lost time, travel to and from the servicer, loss of or damage to media or images, data or other memory or recorded content. The items listed are not exclusive, but for illustration only.)

ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, ARE LIMITED TO THE PERIOD OF THE LIMITED WARRANTY.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the exclusions may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. If a problem with this product develops during or after the warranty period, you may contact your dealer or Service Center. If the problem is not handled to your satisfaction, then write to:

Panasonic Corporation of North America Consumer Affairs Department 8th Fl. Two Riverfront Plaza Newark NJ 07102-5490

Documents / Resources

Panasonic DC-GH6LK DC-GH6LK [pdf] Owner's Manual
DC-GH6LK Digital Camera, Digital Camera

References

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