New Kondor Blue Cage for Panasonic LUMIX GH6 Released

Kondor Blue has recently released their own camera cage for the Panasonic LUMIX GH6. It features several 1/4”-20 and 3/8”-16 mounting points, an integrated Arca-Swiss plate, built-in tools, and even bubble levels. Pricing starts at $150.

Released at the beginning of this year, the Panasonic LUMIX GH6 is the company’s flagship model in their Micro Four Thirds lineup. The camera recently gained the ability to externally record 12-bit ProRes RAW with the Atomos Ninja V/V+ via a major firmware update (v2.0). If you’re interested in learning more about the camera, make sure to check out our review, Lab Test, and interview with Panasonic.

Soon after its release, third-party manufacturers started developing rigging accessories for the camera. Kondor Blue now joined this list, which already includes companies such as SmallRig, Zacuto, 8Sinn, Tilta, and SHAPE. Let’s take a closer look.

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Kondor Blue cage for Panasonic LUMIX GH6: features

The new Kondor Blue cage for Panasonic LUMIX GH6 fully wraps around the camera. It seems to provide enough protection to the body, while leaving all the main buttons and controls easily accessible. It only adds 400g/14oz. to the camera build and securely attaches to the GH6 via multiple points of contact, equipped with thumbscrews that don’t require tools to be tightened.

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The cage offers several industry-standard mounting points for camera accessories, including top and side NATO rails as well as many 1/4”-20,  3/8”-16, and M4 threaded holes. The larger threads feature ARRI-style locating pins to prevent accidental rotation of the mounted accessories. Furthermore, since the accessory covers the camera’s native cold shoe mount, the top of the cage provides an additional one with a spring-loaded safety pin.

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An Arca-Swiss quick-release plate at the bottom allows to rapidly move from handheld to gimbal setups, while HDMI and USB-C cables can be safely secured using a dedicated clamp. Interestingly, the design integrates bubble levels that can come in handy to check your camera’s horizon at one glance.

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Overall, the Kondor Blue cage seems like a pretty convenient and complete rigging option for GH6 users. All the tools you need are magnetically attached to the baseplate, so you don’t need to carry extra hardware with you.

Top handle bundle

Along with a cage-only option, the company offers a bundle that includes a NATO-style top handle. This additional accessory offers five extra 3/8”-16 holes with locating pins, almost twenty 1/4”-20 threads, two cold shoe mounts, and a 15mm side rode support for mounting EVFs or monitors. Moreover, it features a start/stop record button, which supports Panasonic Protocols.

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Price and availability

The Kondor Blue cage for Panasonic LUMIX GH6 is now available for purchase from the manufacturer’s website. Its official retail price is $150, but the company is currently offering a $31 discount. The cage comes in Space Gray and Raven Black finishes. Finally, the Top Handle bundle currently retails for $199 (official price: $230). All items should start shipping in October.

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Have you shot on the Panasonic LUMIX GH6 yet? What do you think of this rigging solution from Kondor Blue? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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