Panasonic drops huge firmware updates for wide range of cameras

AF and video improvements at the heart of new Panasonic firmware releases

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Panasonic has released a wide-ranging series of firmware updates for its full-frame S-series, Micro Four Thirds format and travel compact cameras.

The new firmware updates cover the Lumix S1, S1R, GH5, GH5S, G9, GX80 / GX85, TZ90 / ZS70, TZ200 / ZS200, GX880 / GF10 and GX800 / GF9.

Panasonic S1, S1R Firmware version 1.3

Panasonic’s firmware version 1.3 for the S1 and S1R includes:

Expanded media compatibility
CFexpress Type B memory card can be used.
Expanded compatibility with Profoto wireless transmitters
Profoto wireless transmitters “Air Remote TTL-O/P” and “Profoto Connect-O/P” can be used.
* All functions may not be available depending on the situation.
Improved compatibility with Sigma interchangeable lenses and mount converter
It is possible to assign function to the Fn buttons of Sigma L-Mount interchangeable lenses.
When attaching a lens using the Sigma MC-21 mount converter and [Image Stabiizer] > [Lens] is set to ON , Body .I.S.(Image Stabilizer) suppresses roll movement.
Improved compatibility with Panasonic interchangeable lenses
It is possible to assign functions to the lens’ Fn buttons when the Panasonic LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F2.8 O.I.S. (S-E70200) is mounted.
Improved AF performance
It is possible to set [AF+MF] in AFC mode.
It is possible to set continuous AF on the live view screen in Creative Video mode or in other video recording mode when the video recording area is displayed.
Improved performance of High Speed Video
It is possible to manually set the exposure according to the video exposure mode (P/A/S/M) in High Speed Video mode.
Other added functions
It is possible to select the card slot to save the JPEG images developed by in-camera RAW processing.
[0.5 SEC] has been added for an option of [Duration Time (photo)] in [Auto Review].
[Forced Flash OFF] can be selected in iA mode.
[AF Assist Light] has been added to the Focus tab of the [Video] menu.
[Off (Disable Press and Hold)] can be assigned to the Fn button. It disables operation when the button is long-pressed.
Fn button can be used for checking aperture effect while the button is pressed.
Other improvements
There were cases where F value control failed depending on the maximum F value when non-Panasonic L-Mount lens is mounted. This bug has been fixed.
Luminance level of photos (including 6K/4K Photo and Post Focus images) can be set when playing back them over HDMI output.
AE can be locked with the [AF/AE LOCK] button when ISO Auto is set in M mode.
Aperture and shutter speed can be controlled using front/rear dials when the rear monitor is set to OFF.
Improved operational stability
There were cases where Backup Recording using the Double Card Slot Function stopped during writing. This bug has been fixed.
AF operation following the pressing of [AF-ON] in MF mode was unstable when the LVF Frame Rate was at 120 fps and the camera was under dim lighting. This bug has been fixed.
There were cases where the images shot vertically did not rotate on playback. This bug has been fixed.
There were cases where [Image Stabilizer] was set to OFF when the battery was reinserted. This bug has been fixed.
Operational stability of image stabilizer has been improved. (When [Image Stabilizer] > [E-Stabilization(Video)] and [Boost I.S.(Video)] is ON. )
There were cases where blue clipping effect occurred in V-Log recording. This problem has been improved.
There were cases where afterimage occurred in V-Log recording. This problem has been improved.

Panasonic G9 firmware version 2.0

Panasonic’s firmware version 2.0 for the G9 boosts its video capabilities, adding support for 4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording:

Expanded compatibility with Profoto wireless transmitters
Profoto wireless transmitters “Air Remote TTL-O/P” and “Profoto Connect-O/P” can be used.
* All functions may not be available depending on the situation.
Improved AF performance
[Animal Detect.] has been added to AF mode.
It is possible to switch the subject to focus on by pressing the joystick in [Face/Eye/Body/Animal Detect.] mode.
[AF-ON: Near Shift] and [AF-ON: Far Shift] functions have been added. [AF-ON: Near Shift] preferably focuses on a subject nearby while [AF-ON: Far Shift] preferably focuses on a subject far away.
Focus Peaking function is available in any AF mode.
It is possible to set continuous AF on the live view screen in Creative Video mode or in other video recording mode when the video recording area is displayed.
Enhanced video functions
4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording is supported.
4K 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output is supported.
Luminance level for 10-bit video is supported.
VFR (Variable Frame Rate) shooting is supported.
HDR video recording is supported.
V-Log L recording and Waveform Monitor (WFM) are available with the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1(sold separately).
Other added functions
[MODE2] has been added to High Resolution mode, which reduced subject’s motion blur.
[AWBw] has been added to WB mode.
[Highlight Weighted] has been added to metering mode.
[Exposure Offset Adjust.] has been added to Custom menu, which enables adjustment of the standard exposure value for all metering modes.
[0.5SEC] has been added for an option of [Duration Time (photo)] in [Auto Review].
Other improvements
AE can be locked with the [AF/AE LOCK] button when ISO Auto is set in M mode.
[MODE1] has been added to the Live View Boost function, which increases the frame rate for smooth image display to enable easier manual focusing.
Improved operational stability
There were cases where Backup Recording using the Double Card Slot Function stopped during writing. This bug has been fixed.
AF operation following the pressing of [AF-ON] in MF mode was unstable when the LVF Frame Rate was at 120 fps and the camera was under dim lighting. This bug has been fixed.
There were cases where the images shot vertically did not rotate on playback. This bug has been fixed.
Operational stability of image stabilizer has been improved. (When [Image Stabilizer] > [E-Stabilization(Video)] and [Boost I.S.(Video)] is ON. ).

Panasonic GH5 firmware version 2.6

Panasonic has added support for Profoto’s Air Remote TTL-O/P and Connect-O/P wireless transmitters. It also improves its AF performance, making Focus Peaking available in any AF mode.

It also adds [AF-ON: Near Shift] and [AF-ON: Far Shift] functions. [AF-ON: Near Shift] preferably focuses on a subject nearby while [AF-ON: Far Shift] preferably focuses on a subject far away.

Panasonic GH5S firmware version 1.4

The GH5S gets the same support for Profoto’s wireless transmitters, as well as the [AF-ON: Near Shift] and [AF-ON: Far Shift] functions.

Animal Detection has also been added to its AF mode, and Peaking is also available in all AF modes.

Click the download pages below for full details of each camera’s new firmware.

Panasonic drops huge firmware updates for wide range of cameras
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