Panasonic S1 Firmware Update 1.2 Released with 4K 10bit 4:2:2 and V-Log

Just days ago Panasonic released the much-awaited Firmware Update 1.2 for the Panasonic S1, unlocking the full potential of the video-oriented 4K full-frame mirrorless camera. You can find the link to where you can download the firmware update towards the bottom of this post, but before that let’s take a look at what is included in the firmware update.

Panasonic S1 firmware update v1.2 unlocks major video functions such as support for the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2 (rather unfortunately priced at $199), which gives users access to 4K/24p 10bit 4:2:2 and full V-Log for getting the most dynamic range and quality out of the camera’s 24 megapixel full-frame sensor. It is worth to point out that the V-Log here is the EVA1 “full V-Log”, not the Panasonic GH5/GH5S – V-Log L variant. Same V-Log as in the VariCam LT too.

Other notable new features include the addition of 4K/60 and 50p 4:2:2 10bit output via HDMI, V-Log Assist function so you can see a Rec.709 monitoring LUT while recording in V-Log, support for 3rd party LUTs, which you can load onto the camera via SD card, and a Waveform monitor function to help you nail exposure.

Lumix S1 front

Images by Panasonic

Panasonic S1 Firmware Update 1.2 Details:

  • Improved performance of the IBIS
    • correction performance of the camera Image Stabilizer improved from 5.5 stops to 6.0 stops.
    • performance of the Dual I.S.2 improved from 6.0 stops to 6.5 stops.
  • Improved AF performance
    • [AF-ON: Near Shift] and [AF-ON: Far Shift] functions added.
      • [AF-ON: Near Shift] preferably focuses on a subject nearby
      • [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.
  • Support for Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2:
    • An [Activate] function for update key DMW-SFU2 added
    • New video recording modes [MOV]
      • 4K 60p/50p, 4:2:0 8bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM
      • 4K/30p/25p, 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM
      • 4K/24p, 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM
      • 1080/60p/50p, 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP, 100Mbps, LPCM
      • 1080/30p/25p, 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP, 100Mbps, LPCM
    • HDMI Output 4K/60p/50p 4:2:2 10bit via HDMI output
    • V-Log added in Photo Style
    • The [V-Log View Assist] function added
      • enables viewing the V-Log file with LUT when recording video in V-Log
    • [Read LUT File] function will be added,
      • allows users to install and apply 3rd party LUTs.
    • WFM (Waveform Monitor) display function added
    • [Luminance Level] adjustment function that complies with 10-bit.
    • [XLR Mic Adaptor Setting] function that enables high-res sound recording
      • when using the XLR Microphone Adapter DMW-XLR1
  • Improved operational stability
    • Operational stability with XQD memory cards improved

Head over to Panasonic’s support page here to download Firmware update 1.2 for the Panasonic S1 mirrorless camera.

Are you currently a Panasonic S1 owner? If you are, and are also based in Europe you may be able to claim your free Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2 and save yourself €179 if you buy the S1 before end of September.

For full T&Cs, eligible retailers, and more info on how to claim head over to Panasonic here.

I can’t find any information if this offer applies to North America, so best to check with Panasonic USA or your local dealer.

Here is a link to the DMW-SFU2 upgrade license at B&H, where it’s priced at $199.

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