Panasonic GH5 Gets Even Better With an Amazing Firmware Update!

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In the race to make the best all around camera, manufacturers often release the "latest and greatest" product before unlocking its full potential. 

The Panasonic GH5 is ready, out of the box, to shoot high megapixel mirrorless images that will blow most other camera's out of the water. In a rush to release new products, however, companies like Panasonic, Sony, Canon, and Nikon, might not have put in the proper firmware to give you access to their products greatest attributes. 

What I mean by that is that camera's like Panasonic's GH5 are great, and they can do some amazing things. But in the past, it took hackers who created different firmware like "Magic Lantern" to get the most out of a Panasonic GH2, and now it seems the big boys have caught on by adding those great features themselves. 

Here are some great improvements to an already great camera. 


1. Compatibility with "LUMIX Tether" PC software
  • This new firmware enables GH5 tethered shooting via USB, using "LUMIX Tether" PC software. Users can control the camera by connecting it to a PC via USB. It lets you view the image on a large PC screen while shooting, which is helpful in commercial photoshoots of portraits, products and so on, where continuous confirmation is required. You can use [6K PHOTO] [4K PHOTO] and start and stop video recording with the tethered shooting. It is also possible to choose the folder to save the image files in the PC. 

2.Improved auto focus performance
  • Auto focus performance for subjects with low contrast in photo shooting is improved.
  • Tracking auto focus performance in video recording is improved.
  • The customized AF area can be continuously displayed in [Multi AF] and [Custom Multi AF] during live-view.
  • The AF area in [Multi AF] can be moved to the other edge (side, top or bottom) when it reaches one edge.
  • The start point of AF lock can be set on the live view screen in advance in [AF Tracking].
  • The AF area can be moved while the shutter button is half-pressed or while recording in [Burst Mode], [6K PHOTO] and [4K PHOTO].

3. Improved performance in [6K PHOTO] and [4K PHOTO]
  • The waiting time to start the next burst shooting sequence after [6K Burst] and [4K Burst] is shortened to less than half the time.
  • [Loop Rec] is available in [6K PHOTO]
  • Use of Panasonic SD Memory Card with Video Speed Class 90 is recommended for [Loop Rec] of [6K PHOTO]. 

4. An additional ALL-Intra Video Recording mode
  • 4:2:2,10-bit ALL-Intra video recording mode is added to 4K/FHD video recording.
  • Use of SD Memory Card with Video Speed Class 60 or higher is recommended for 4K ALL-Intra video recording. Operation is confirmed with Panasonic SD Memory Card with Video Speed Class 90.
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5. 4K HDR video recording
  • [HLG] (Hybrid Log Gamma) is added to [Photo Style]. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a mode to reproduce both bright part and dark part in an image, making it look just as human eyes see. The camera records video with a designated gamma curve compatible with ITU-R BT.2100, and you can now choose Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in [Photo Style].
  • A low-bit-rate recording mode 4K HEVC for HLG was added. This enables playback on AV equipment compatible with the HEVC compression format, such as Panasonic 4K HDR TVs.

6. Enhancement of the Anamorphic video recording mode
  • High-Resolution Anamorphic mode, which enables video recording in 18-mega effective pixels, is added. *Recorded in HEVC
  • [Anamorphic Desqueeze Display] was added, which lets you view an enlarged image in Cinescope size while recording with 2.0x and 1.33x Anamorphic lens.
  • -Video Guide Line] is added to display the image in a variety of aspects, such as Cinescope, 16:9 and 1:1 while recording video. This can be used not only in Anamorphic mode but also in other video recording mode.
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They've also included improvements to time-lapse, white balancing and wireless functionality. The GH5 2.0 firmware will be available at the end of September. 

Source: PANASONIC

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