Panasonic announces firmware update for GH5

Panasonic has announced a firmware update for the GH5 mirrorless camera. The update will be available from the “end of September” and will offer 400Mbps All-I compression options in 4K (200Mbps in 1080), higher resolution 4:3 video capture for shooting with anamorphic lenses and a Hybrid Log Gamma shooting mode. The update will also offer improvements in AF performance and stabilization modes.

Press release

DC-GH5 Firmware Update

Panasonic offers firmware update program for DC-GH5 to enhance the performance and usability.

  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.  
      New 4:2:2,10-bit ALL-Intra Recording Mode
  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
      New High-Resolution Anamorphic Mode
      “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)k3,000 (vertical) images (approx. 18 megapixels).

High resolution Anamorphic mode