Latest firmware improvements for Lumix G9, GH5 and GH5s explained

This is a three-page article

  • Page One – AF Tracking, Focus Ring Lock, L.Monochrome D,
  • Page Two – Handling top plate buttons, Night Mode, Images in a sequence, Live View Boost, 20x mag MF assist
  • Page Three – High Resolution mode, V-LogL for stills, Battery life display, 180 degree shutter AF, Vectorscope display

G9 only

High resolution at f/11 and with motion in background

When the Lumix 80/40MP High Resolution mode was introduced the smallest aperture that could be used with the mode was f/8. Now that has increased/decreased to f/11. This will help with depth-of-field in landscapes, and will also help when we want a longer shutter speed to create a smoother blur from areas of the image that are moving.

firmware update for Lumix GH5, G9 and GH5s

A High Resolution shot with blow ups of extreme movement on the left, and more gentle movement on the right

The restriction to f/8 previously was to ensure users were using the best quality settings for their lens to make the most of the detail-gathering power of this mode, but now we are safe to use f/11 as well – perhaps a reflection of improved optics in the latest lenses.

The update also brings better handling of moving elements in the scene even with short exposures. Elements, such as tree branches, that are only moving a little appear clearer, while more dramatically moving objects are represented with more emphasis on one frame – so again it will appear clearer but with softer multiple impressions alongside it.

You can find out more in a whole article on getting the best from the G9 High Resolution mode.

GH5 only

V-LogL and Like 709 used in stills

If you have opted for the additional V-Log L Photo Style you can now use it for shooting stills as well as for video – as you can in the GH5s. You can also use the Like 709 mode too, and this can be applied post capture in in-camera raw processing as a normal Photo Style.

firmware update for Lumix GH5, G9 and GH5s
While raw files shot in either Photo Styles can be imported into the in-camera raw processing feature manipulations are very restricted for those shot in V-LogL. The JPEG files of both though will give film-makers a good idea of what their footage will look like and the chance to test-grade in imaging editing software before the shoot.

Battery display

The battery icon will now be divided into four segments, each representing 25% power remaining/used. This four-part icon already exists in the G9, GX9 and GH5s. Previously the GH5 used a three-part icon which is obviously less accurate – and useful.

GH5/GH5s only

AF speed at 180 degree shutter

The big deal for film-makers in this update is the improvement in the speed, accuracy and general behaviour of the focusing system – especially when using the video-priority display settings and a 180° shutter. This is really covered in the ‘Improved AF Tracking’ section above, but I’ll mention again that I’ve found the behaviour of the system completely changed.

Vectorscope displayed while adjusting WB

Well, there’s not too much mystery around what this does – it allows users to view the vectorscope display on the rear screen while the white balance is being adjusted. Previously the display wouldn’t show, as it still doesn’t when ISO is being adjusted, but now it does so we can see how the white balance affects the trace in the display. This will make it easier for users to monitor how white balance changes impact colour saturation and hue.

This is a three-page article

  • Page One – AF Tracking, Focus Ring Lock, L.Monochrome D,
  • Page Two – Handling top plate buttons, Night Mode, Images in a sequence, Live View Boost, 20x mag MF assist
  • Page Three – High Resolution mode, V-LogL for stills, Battery life display, 180 degree shutter AF, Vectorscope display

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