Host of new features for Lumix G9, GH5 and GH5s via latest firmware from Panasonic

Panasonic has announced forthcoming firmware updates for the Lumix G9, Lumix GH5 and Lumix GH5s bodies that will add new features and improve the handling and operation of its flagship models. Each of the cameras gets improvements to their AF systems as well as a Focus Ring Lock setting to prevent unintended focus shifts when the lens ring is accidentally turned.

A new method of using the WB, ISO and Exposure Compensation buttons is also introduced to all three cameras, and the GH5 and G9 will now be able to offer 20x magnification in manual focus mode to bring them in line with the GH5s. Another key improvement will be that individual images from high drive bursts will be editable using the in-camera raw processing function, while the G9 and GH5 have improvements to their in-body IS systems.

Black and white fans will be pleased to know that the new L.Monochome D Photo Style that was introduced with the Lumix GX9 will now come to these three cameras, and grain can be added via the Photo Style before shooting or afterwards in in-camera raw processing.

The firmware will be available to download on the 31st May 2018, and I’ll post an update then that demonstrates some of the new features.

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Panasonic Lumix G9 – Firmware v1.1

1. Improvement of AF performance

  • AF tracking performance in video recording has been improved.

2. Improvement of Body I.S.(Image Stabilizer) performance

  • There were cases where peripheral distortion occurred in video recording while walking when used with Panasonic wide zoom lenses (H-F007014, H-E08018). This bug has been fixed.

3. Improvement of High Resolution Mode

  • Performance of motion correction has been improved.
  • Minimum f/11 aperture can be used.

4. Improvement of sound recording performance

  • Sound quality has been improved by optimizing the noise reduction performance of internal noise cancelling microphone.

5. New functions

  • [L.Monochrome D] has been added to Photo Style.
  • [Grain Effect] can be added and adjusted in Photo Style.
  • [Live View Boost] has been added, which makes it easy to check the composition on the monitor in low-light environment.
  • Maximum 20x enlarged view is available in [MF Assist].
  • [Focus Ring Lock] has been added to [Custom] menu, which disables focus ring operation to lock the focus.
  • [WB/ISO/Exposure Button]*has been added, which enables adjustment of WB/ISO/Exposure only while the exposure compensation button is pressed. This can be set [Custom]>[Operation].
  • [Dial] has been added to [Custom]>[Operation Lock Setting].

6. Other improvements

  • [Focus Ring Lock],[E-Stabilization(Video)],[Mic Rec Level Disp.],[Live View Boost],and [L.Monochrome D] can be assigned to the Fn button that works in recording mode.
  • It is possible to choose images from group display such as burst shots in [RAW Processing] mode.
  • Restarting time from sleep mode has been shortened while using Image App and Bluetooth connection.
    It is possible by selecting the functions of Image App you use in [Setup] menu in advance.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 – firmware v2.3

 1. Improvement of AF performance

  • AF tracking performance in video recording has been improved.
  • AF speed at 180d (180°) has been improved when displaying the shutter speed in degrees in [SS/Gain Operation]>[ANGLE/ISO].

2. Improvement of Body I.S.(Image Stabilizer) performance

  • There were cases where peripheral distortion occurred in video recording while walking when used with Panasonic wide zoom lenses (H-F007014, H-E08018). This bug has been fixed.

 3. Improvement of sound recording performance

  • Sound quality has been improved by optimizing the noise reduction performance of internal noise cancelling microphone.

 4. New functions

  • [L.Monochrome D] has been added to Photo Style.
  • [Grain Effect] can be added and adjusted in Photo Style.
  • [Live View Boost] has been added, which makes it easy to check the composition on the monitor in low-light environment.
  • [Night Mode] has been added, which reduces glaring on the screens when recording in low-light environment.
  • Maximum 20x enlarged view is available in [MF Assist].
  • [Focus Ring Lock]* has been added to [Custom] menu, which disables focus ring operation to lock the focus.
  • [WB/ISO/Exposure Button]*has been added, which enables adjustment of WB/ISO/Exposure only while the exposure compensation button is pressed. This can be set [Custom]>[Operation].
  • [Dial] has been added to [Custom]>[Operation Lock Setting].
  • [Lamp Light ON/OFF]* has been added in [Setup] menu, which enables turning off the status indicator and wireless connection lamp.

5. Other improvements

  • [Like 709],[V-LogL] and [V-LogL View Assist] in Photo Style can be used in photo shooting.
  • [LUT Monitor Display] and [LUT HDMI Display] can be used in playback mode.
  • [Focus Ring Lock],[E-Stabilization(Video)],[Mic Rec Level Disp.],[Live View Boost],[Night Mode] and [L.Monochrome D] can be assigned to the Fn button that works in recording mode.
  • [LUT Monitor Display],[LUT HDMI Display] and [Night Mode] can be assigned to the Fn button that works in playback mode.
  • Vector Scope can be displayed on the screen while adjusting white balance.
  • It is possible to choose images from group display such as burst shots in [RAW Processing] mode.
  • Restarting time from sleep mode has been shortened while using Image App and Bluetooth connection.
  • It is possible by selecting the functions of Image App you use in [Setup] menu in advance.
  • Remaining battery status is indicated by 1/4-gauge, indicating approximately 25% per gauge.

Panasonic Lumix GH5s – Firmware v 1.1

1. Improvement of AF performance

  • AF tracking performance in low-light, low-contrast video recording has been improved.
  • AF speed at 180d (180°) has been improved when displaying the shutter speed in degrees in [SS/Gain Operation]>[ANGLE/ISO].

2. Improvement of sound recording performance

  • Sound quality has been improved by optimizing the noise reduction performance of internal noise cancelling microphone.

3. New functions

  • [L.Monochrome D] has been added to Photo Style.
  • [Grain Effect] can be added and adjusted in Photo Style.
  • [Focus Ring Lock]* has been added to [Custom] menu, which disables focus ring operation to lock the focus.
  • [WB/ISO/Exposure Button]*has been added, which enables adjustment of WB/ISO/Exposure only while the exposure compensation button is pressed. This can be set [Custom]>[Operation].
  • [Dial] has been added to [Custom]>[Operation Lock Setting].

4. Other Improvements

  • [Focus Ring Lock],[E-Stabilization(Video)],[Sound Rec Level Disp.]and [L.Monochrome D] can be assigned to the Fn button that works in recording mode.
  • Vector Scope can be displayed on the screen while adjusting white balance.
  • It is possible to choose images from group display such as burst shots in [RAW Processing] mode.

Not sure how to update your camera’s firmware safely? Read How to Update you Lumix G Camera’s Firmware