The LUMIX GH5 Just Got Even Better: LUMIX GH5 Firmware Update Ver.2.01st September 2017     By: Panasonic New Zealand

DC-GH5 Firmware Update Service Ver.2.0 for Exceptional Enhancement of Performance and Functions

Panasonic has announced a new firmware update program Ver.2.0 for the LUMIX DC-GH5 to further enhance the camera's performance. Interviewing front-line photographers and cinematographers worldwide after they had used the GH5, Panasonic investigated what was needed in the field and provided the functions which were strongly demanded. This enhancement is not just a firmware update, but an exceptional upgrade of camera performance to satisfy professional GH5 users.

The camera will offer compatibility with 400-Mbps 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-Intra video recording in 4K 30p/25p/24p and Full-HD; high-resolution video recording in Anamorphic mode; 4K Hybrid Gamma Profile compatible with 4K HDR television; and USB tethering.

The firmware will be released at the end of September at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/

The new firmware includes following upgrades:

1. Compatibility with "LUMIX Tether" PC software

The new firmware enables GH5 tethered shooting via USB, using "LUMIX Tether" PC software. It lets you view the image on a large PC screen while shooting, which is helpful in commercial photoshoots such as portraits or products, etc., where continuous confirmation is required. You can use '6K PHOTO' and '4K PHOTO' and start and stop video recording during tethered shooting.

2. Improved autofocus performance

The GH5's autofocus performance has been improved in this firmware update with the goal of supporting enhanced video and stills shooting in challenging lighting conditions.

Furthermore, the following AF area enhancements have been made:

The customised 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'

When using 6K Burst' and '4K Burst', the waiting time before starting the next burst shooting sequence has been shortened to less than half the time.
'Loop Rec', which allows the user to continually record and overwrite data on an SD Memory Card, is now available in '6K PHOTO', as well as the original '4K PHOTO'. [i]

4. An additional ALL-Intra Video Recording mode

As originally announced, a 4:2:2, 10-bit ALL-Intra video recording mode has been added to 4K/FHD video recording.[ii]

New 4:2:2,10-bit ALL-Intra Recording Mode

Item

System Frequency

Size

Frame Rate

Bit Rate

YUV/bit

Image Compression

C4K/ALL-I/400M/24p

59.94Hz

(NTSC)

4096x2160

23.98p

400 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

4K/ALL-I/400M/30p

3840x2160

29.97p

400 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

4K/ALL-I/400M/24p

3840x2160

23.98p

400 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

FHD/ALL-I/200M/60p

1920x1080

59.94p

200 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

FHD/ALL-I/200M/30p

1920x1080

29.97p

200 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

FHD/ALL-I/200M/24p

1920x1080

23.98p

200 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

4K/ALL-I/400M/25p

50.00Hz

(PAL)

3840x2160

25.00p

400 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

FHD/ALL-I/200M/50p

1920x1080

50.00p

200 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

FHD/ALL-I/200M/25p

1920x1080

25.00p

200 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

C4K/ALL-I/400M/24p

24.00Hz

(CINEMA)

4096x2160

24.00p

400 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

4K/ALL-I/400M/24p

3840x2160

24.00p

400 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

FHD/ALL-I/200M/24p

1920x1080

24.00p

200 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

5. 4K HDR video recording

  • As promised, 'Hybrid Log Gamma' (HLG) Profile has been added to the 'Photo Style' menu. HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode reproduces both bright and dark areas in an image for outstanding, natural contrast, and preserves fine detail. The camera records video with a designated gamma curve compatible with ITU-R BT.2100.
  • A new low bit-rate 4K HEVC for HLG recording mode 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

Building on the existing 4K Anamorphic video capabilities, High-Resolution Anamorphic mode adds the ability to record Anamorphic video in 18 megapixels for the ultimate resolution and quality.[iii]

New High-Resolution Anamorphic Mode[iv]

*1 "High Resolution Anamorphic Mode" records motion picture with an aspect ratio suited for an anamorphic lens,4:3. The effective picture size for this mode is equivalent to the number of pixels produced by 6K (approx. 6,000 (horizontal) x 3,000 (vertical)) images (approx. 18 megapixels).

Item

System Frequency

Size

Frame Rate

Bit Rate

YUV/bit

Image Compression

6K/A/200M/30p*2

59.94Hz

(NTSC)

4992x3744

29.97p

200 Mbps

4:2:0/10 bit

Long GOP

6K/A/200M/24p*2

4992x3744

23.98p

200 Mbps

4:2:0/10 bit

Long GOP

4K/A/400M/30p

3328x2496

23.98p

400 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

4K/A/400M/24p

3328x2496

23.98p

400 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

6K/A/200M/25p*2

50.00Hz

(PAL)

4992x3744

25.00p

200 Mbps

4:2:0/10 bit

Long GOP

4K/A/400M/25p

3328x2496

25.00p

400 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

ALL-Intra

6K/A/200M/24p*2

24.00Hz

(CINEMA)

4992x3744

24.00p

200 Mbps

4:2:0/10 bit

Long GOP

4K/A/400M/24p

3328x2496

24.00p

400 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

All-Intra

*2 High resolution Anamorphic mode

-[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.

7. Enhancement of Body I.S. (Image Stabiliser)

  • The new I.S. Lock (video) powerfully compensates for handshake when the viewing angle is fixed.
  • A new handshake correction mode provides optimum correction when using 2.0x and 1.33x Anamorphic lenses.

8. Correction of white balance setting

  • When the K (Kelvin) value was changed after adjusting the color temperature with 2-axis white balance compensation, the setting was reset. This has been corrected.

9. Improved usability of Time Lapse Shot

  • The remaining shooting time and the number of recordable pictures are displayed on the stand-by screen.

10. Improved usability of Power Save LVF

  • Power Save LVF can now be used during all stand-by display options.

11. Wireless functions

  • A new Bluetooth Remote Control function has been added to Panasonic's Image App. Users can now operate the shutter, video and bulb functionality remotely without wi-fi, which saves both time and battery power when there is no need to transfer images. The Image App will be updated at the same time as the GH5 firmware release.
  • When using 'Auto Transfer', the GH5 will now automatically resume image transfer in situations where the camera is powered off and restarted.

12. Other improvements

  • When reviewing shots, the user can assign a rating using a customisable Fn button
  • The following functions can now be assigned to Fn buttons - 'Constant Preview', '6K/4K PHOTO Bulk Saving', 'Min. Shtr Speed', 'RAW Processing', 'Rec/Playback Switch', 'Destination Slot' and 'Mic Level Adj'.
  • The DISP. Button can be locked.
  • In Relay Rec, there were cases where the video file number was not able to be reset. This has been corrected.
  • In Relay Rec, there were cases where the video file number was reset after formatting the SD Memory Card. This has been corrected.
  • In Backup Rec, there were cases where the file number was not reset even after applying resetting. This has been corrected.
  • The image quality when applying the following settings is improved: Extended low ISO, [i.Dynamic] (Intelligent D-range Control) and Highlight Shadow.

The new DC-GH5 Firmware Version 2.0 is scheduled to be released at the end of September 2017 at the following LUMIX Customer Support website.

LUMIX DC-GH5 Firmware Ver.2.0
http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/

[i] An SD Memory Card with Video Speed Class 90 is recommended for 'Loop Rec' in '6K PHOTO'.
[ii] An 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.
[iii]  Recorded in HEVC
[iv] High Resolution Anamorphic Mode records motion pictures with an aspect ratio suited for an anamorphic lens, 4:3. The effective picture size for this mode is equivalent to the number of pixels produced by 6K (approx. 6,000 (horizontal) x 3,000 (vertical) images (approx. 18 megapixels).
[v]  High-resolution Anamorphic mode
[vi] High-resolution Anamorphic mode
[vii]  High-resolution Anamorphic mode
[viii]  High-resolution Anamorphic mode

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