Firmware Updates for Panasonic LUMIX G9, S1/S1R & GH5/S Cameras

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Panasonic has announced firmware updates for some of their most popular LUMIX cameras including the DC-G9, DC-S1, DC-S1R, DC-GH5 & DC-GH5S. These firmware updates will be available starting November 19, 2019 via the Panasonic firmware updates support download page.

Find out what’s new and improved below.

DC-S1R/DC-S1 – Firmware Update Version 1.3
Panasonic S1 and S1R Cameras

Panasonic S1 and S1R Cameras

  1. Expanded media compatibility (S1 & S1R)
    • CFexpress Type B card can be used. A CFexpress Type B card boasts a theoretical performance of a maximum of 2,000 Mbps. Realizing an approximately 300% higher transfer speed than that of a conventional XQD card, it supports large-volume photos and videos.
  2. Expanded compatibility with Profoto wireless transmitters (S1 & S1R)
    • Profoto wireless transmitters “Air Remote TTL-O/P” and “Profoto Connect-O/P” can be used, enabling wireless connection and control of external strobes for professional shooting.
      * All functions may not be available depending on the situation.
  3. Improved compatibility with Sigma interchangeable lenses and mount converter (S1 & S1R)
  4. Improved compatibility with Panasonic interchangeable lenses (S1 & S1R)
  5. Improved AF performance (S1 & S1R)
    • [AF+MF] can be used in AFC mode.
    • It is possible to set continuous AF on the live view screen in Creative Video mode or in other video recording modes when the video recording area is displayed.
  6. Improved performance of High-Speed Video (S1 & S1R)
    • It is possible to manually set the exposure according to the video exposure mode (P/A/S/M) in High- Speed Video mode.
  7. Other major improvements (S1 & S1R)
    • It is possible to select the card slot to save the JPEG images developed by in-camera RAW processing.
    • An Fn button can be used for checking the aperture effect while the button is pressed.
    • Disabling any physical operation can be assigned to an Fn button.
    • AF Assist Light has been added to the Focus tab of the Video menu.
    • The 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.
    • There were cases where a blue clipping effect occurred in V-Log recording. This problem has been improved. (S1 only)
    • There were cases where afterimages occurred in V-Log recording. This problem has been improved. (S1 only)
DC-GH5 Firmware Update Version 2.6 / DC-GH5S Firmware Update Version 1.4 / DC-G9 Firmware Update Version 2.0
Panasonic GH5 GH5s and G9 Cameras

Panasonic GH5 GH5s and G9 Cameras

  1. Expanded compatibility with Profoto wireless transmitters (GH5, GH5S, G9)
    • 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.
  2. Improved AF performance (GH5S & G9)
    • [Animal Detect.] has been added to AF mode. Utilizing Advanced AI Technology, animals, including canidae, felidae and birds, can be detected in addition to humans. The focus frame is automatically set on the target subject by analyzing the size and position of the target subject in the viewing image. The camera keeps tracking these subjects even when they turn their back to the camera.
    • 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. (GH5, GH5S, G9)
    • A Focus Peaking function is available not only in MF mode but also in any AF mode. (GH5, GH5S, G9)
    • It is possible to set continuous AF on the live view screen in Creative Video mode or in other video recording modes when the video recording area is displayed. (GH5, GH5S, G9)
  3. Enhanced video functions (G9)
    • 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 (FHD 2-180 fps/4K 2-60 fps).
    • HDR video recording is supported.
    • V-Log L recording and Waveform Monitor (WFM) are available with the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1 (sold separately).
  4. Other major improvements (GH5, GH5S, G9)
    • [AWBw]has been added to WB mode.
    • [Highlight Weighted] has been added to [Metering mode].
    • [Exposure Offset Adjust.] has been added to the 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].
    • 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 displays to enable easier manual focusing.
    • [MODE2] has been added to High Resolution mode, which reduced subject’s motion blur. (G9 only)
LUMIX Sync Ver1.0.4
  • Wireless connection(operation) with GH5/GH5S/G9 is supported
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