New Panasonic S1, S1R, S1H firmware to add AF, video enhancements

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Panasonic has announced new firmware for the Lumix S1, S1R and S1H full-frame mirrorless camera’s that will add new AF functionality and video capability for the S1R.

Among the new enhancements is the capability for the Lumix S1R to record 5K video.

The Panasonic firmware will also make the new AF capabilities of the Lumix S5 available on the S1, S1R and S1H. Panasonic says:

The enhanced AF technology and performance of the new LUMIX S5 will also be available on the S1, S1H and S1R. The upgraded AF notably excels in detection of people and movement. In addition to eye, face, and body AF, the head is also separately recognised by real-time detection technology to provide even more precise focusing. The cameras will keep tracking the subject even if they move quickly, turn their back to the camera, tilt their head or move far away.

Improvements to the DFD technology have also enhanced AFC, which enables users to keep tracking small or fast-moving subjects to capture them in crisp focus. These updates benefit users in both photo shooting and video recording scenarios.

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