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Panasonic S1/S1R Firmware Updates Promise Better Image Stabilization and Autofocus Performance
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, July 2, 2019 @ 09:00 PM (EST)
Source: DPReview


Panasonic has announced a slew of firmware updates to various models in its mirrorless camera line, including significant updates for the full-frame S1 and S1R, launched earlier this year. According to Panasonic, firmware version 1.1 improves in-body image stabilization by an additional 1/2-stop—for a total of 6 stops with non-stabilized lenses and 6 1/2 stops with Dual IS-compatible lenses; and improved autofocus, with “easier to see” live view display during AF, better tracking performance during video recording, and the addition of new AF-ON options.

The company also says when using XQD cards, “operational stability” has been improved, and an “Activate” function has been added to the S1, for entering the upgrade software key for the optional DMW-SFU2 update, which offers additional video recording modes.

In the same announcement, Panasonic details firmware updates for six Micro Four Thirds models: GH5, GH5S, G9, G90/G91/G95, G80/G81/G85, and GX9.

All the latest firmware updates can be downloaded from Panasonic’s website on July 9th.
 



PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Releases Firmware Update Programs for the LUMIX S1R, S1, GH5, GH5S, G9, G90/G91/G95, G80/G81/G85 and GX9

Newark, NJ (July 1, 2019) - Panasonic has announced that the company will release the firmware update programs for the LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras to enhance the functions and usability. All programs will be available at LUMIX Global Customer Support website https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/ at UTC 1:00 on July 9, 2019.

The cameras and the programs to be updated are as follows:

Full-frame Mirrorless Camera

LUMIX S1R Firmware Version 1.1

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. Improved operational stability

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

LUMIX S1 Firmware Version 1.1

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.

  • The video recording modes [MOV]

4K

60p/50p*

4:2:0

8bit

LongGOP

150Mbps

LPCM

30p/25p*

4:2:2

10bit

LongGOP

150Mbps

LPCM

24p

4:2:2

10bit

LongGOP

100Mbps

LPCM

FHD

60p/50p*

4:2:2

10bit

LongGOP

100Mbps

LPCM

30p/25p*

4:2:2

10bit

LongGOP

100Mbps

LPCM


* PAL area only.
・HDMI 4K60p/50p* 4:2:2 10bit output

* PAL area only.
・V-Log will be added in Photo Style.
・The [V-Log View Assist] function will be added, which enables viewing the V-Log file with LUT(Look Up Table) when recording video in V-Log.
・The [Read LUT File] function will be added, which allows users to install and apply their favorite LUT.

・A WFM (Waveform Monitor) display function.
・A [Luminance Level] adjustment function that complies with 10-bit.
・An [XLR Mic Adaptor Setting] function that enables high-res sound recording using the XLR Microphone Adapter DMW-XLR1 (sold separately).*

* MOV only

4. Improved operational stability

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

Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Cameras

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.

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.

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

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.

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