Imminent Firmware Updates to Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras Announced

If you are currently an owner of any of the following Panasonic cameras (LUMIX S1R, S1, GH5, GH5S, G9, G90/G91/G95, G80/G81/G85, and GX9), be prepared as the company is about to release new firmware updates to all models in question at the beginning of next week.

The S1R and S1 will get improved Body Image Stabilization performance, with a claimed maximum 6 stops, up from 5.5 and up 9 to 6.5 stops from 6 when using Dual I.S.2. The updates regarding Micro Four Thirds cameras, on the other hand, will bring increased compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 alongside a plethora of other minor fixes and enhancements. You can find the full details regarding all firmware updates in the section below.

Photokina 2018 panasonic lumix s1 s1r

LUMIX S1R Firmware Version 1.2

1. Improved performance of the Body Image Stabilizer

  • The correction performance of the Body Image Stabilizer has been improved from a maximum of 5.5 stops to a maximum of 6.0 stops.*1
  • The correction performance of the Dual I.S.2 has been improved from 6.0 stops to 6.5 stops.*2
  • Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50mm, when S-X50 is used.]*2
  • Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=105mm, when S-R24105 is used.]
  • Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm, when S-R70200 is used.]

2. Improved AF performance

  • [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.
  • The tracking performance when using [Tracking] AF mode in video recording has been improved.
  • Live view display during autofocusing is now easier to see.

3. Improved operational stability

  • Operational stability when using an XQD memory card has been improved.

Lumix S1 front

LUMIX S1 Firmware Version 1.2

1. Improved performance of the Body Image Stabilizer

  • The correction performance of the Body Image Stabilizer has been improved from a maximum of 5.5 stops to a maximum of 6.0 stops.*1
  • The correction performance of the Dual I.S.2 has been improved from 6.0 stops to 6.5 stops.*2
    *1 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50mm, when S-X50 is used.]
    *2 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=105mm, when S-R24105 is used.]
    Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm, when S-R70200 is used.]

2. Improved AF performance

  • [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.
  • The tracking performance when using [Tracking] AF mode in video recording has been improved.
  • Live view display during auto focusing is now easier to see.

3. Function Enhancement with Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2

  • An [Activate] function has been added which enables the use of extended functions using the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2. The following functions will be added by activating the Upgrade Software Key.

4. Improved operational stability

  • Operational stability when using an XQD memory card has been improved.

GH5 Firmware Version 2.5

1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.

  • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
  • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.

2. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.

  • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

Panasonic GH5S

GH5S Firmware Version 1.3

1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.

  • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
    [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.

2. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.

  • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

Lumix DC-G9

G9 Firmware Version 1.3

1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.

  • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
    [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.

2. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.

  • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

G90/G91/G95 Firmware Version 1.3

1.Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.

  • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
  • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.

2. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Battery Grip DMW-BGG1.

  • The Fn button on the Battery Grip can be customized in the camera’s custom menu.

G80/G81/G85 Firmware Version 1.3

1.Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.

  • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
  • Aperture Ring Increment has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.

2. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.

  • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

GX9 Firmware Version 1.3

1.Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.

2. Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.

  • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.

The new camera updates will be released at UTC 1:00 on July 9, 2019.

[source: Panasonic]

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