The upcoming firmware updates for the S5II and S5IIX will bring a range of enhancements to the cameras’ existing features. S5II Firmware Version 2.2 and S5IIX Firmware Version 1.3 will add:
AF-Point Scope Function
The update introduces an AF-Point Scope function that magnifies the focus position during autofocus. This addition aims to assist photographers in achieving more accurate focus, particularly in complex shooting scenarios.
The firmware update extends the shutter speed settings in high-resolution mode to a maximum of 8 seconds. Additionally, long-exposure noise reduction is now applied in this mode. A new feature called [Handheld High-Res] mode has been added, allowing for higher resolution photos to be captured without the need for a tripod, courtesy of the built-in image stabiliser.
Improved MF Assist
Manual focus users will appreciate the improved MF Assist feature, which now allows for up to approximately 20x magnification in full-screen mode. This allows for more precise manual focusing, making it easier for photographers to fine-tune their shots.
The update is in line with Panasonic’s approach to offer continuous improvements through firmware solutions. These updates not only extend the capabilities of existing hardware but also offer additional features to enhance customer experience.
The update will be made available free of charge and can be downloaded from the LUMIX Global Customer Support website starting 24 October 2023.
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