2019 Firmware Updates For GH5, GH5S, G9, LUMIX S1, S1R Explained Features

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The 2019 firmware updates for Panasonic GH5, GH5S, G9, LUMIX S1, and S1R explanation of the improvements you will get on each camera. Also the GH5 vs G9 firmware updates make the two cameras much closer in the specs and video features.

LUMIX Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera Updates:
GH5 Firmware Version 2.6 / GH5S Firmware Version 1.4 / G9 Firmware Version 2.0

1. Expanded compatibility with Profoto wireless transmitters (All)

* Ability to use Profoto wireless transmitters “Air Remote TTL-O/P” and “Profoto Connect-O/P.”

* All functions may not be available depending on the situation.

2. Improved AF performance


・[Animal Detect] has been added to AF mode. Utilizing Advanced AI Technology, animals, including cats, dogs and birds, can be detected in addition to humans. The focus frame is automatically set on the target subject by analyzing the size and position of the target subject in the viewing image. The camera continues tracking these subjects even when they turn their back to the camera.

・It is possible to switch the subject to focus on by pressing the joystick in [Face/Eye/Body/Animal Detect] mode.

All・[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.

・A Focus Peaking function is available in MF and any AF modes.

・Continuous AF capability is available on the live view screen in Creative Video mode or in other video recording modes when the video recording area is displayed.

3. Enhanced video functions (G9)

・4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording is supported.

・4K 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output is supported.

・Luminance level for 10-bit video is supported.

・VFR (Variable Frame Rate) shooting is supported (FHD 2-180 fps/4K 2-60 fps).

・HDR video recording is supported.

・V-Log L recording and Waveform Monitor (WFM) are available with the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1 (sold separately).

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4. Other major improvements*


・[AWBw] has been added to WB mode.

・[Highlight Weighted] has been added to [Metering mode].

・[Exposure Offset Adjust] has been added to the Custom menu, which enables the user to adjust the standard exposure value for all metering modes.

・[0.5SEC] has been added for an option of [Duration Time (photo)] in [Auto Review].

・AE can be locked with the [AF/AE LOCK] button when ISO Auto is set in M mode.

・[MODE1] has been added to the Live View Boost function, which increases the frame rate for smooth image displays to enable easier manual focusing.


・[MODE2] has been added to High Resolution mode, which reduces the subject’s motion blur.

You can buy the Panasonic G9 here and the GH5 here at a great price.

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