Firmware Ver.1.1 set to expand 4K camera's 4:2:2 10-bit video recording mode


Panasonic has announced the first of its planned firmware updates (Ver.1.1) for the LUMIX GH5, which will expand the camera’s 4:2:2 10-bit video recording mode.

The new firmware enables 4:2:2 10-bit video recording in either FHD [MP4(LPCM)] / [MOV] or Anamorphic (4:3) modes, in addition to the existing 4K video recording mode. The GH5 delivers Cinema 4K (4096×2160) video at 60p and 4K at 50p, using the entire width of the sensor when shooting 4K and then downsampling the footage in-camera.

What the firmware will offer
In 4:2:2 10-bit 1920×1080 Full HD [MP4(LPCM)] / [MOV] mode the firmware will offer 50p and 25p (PAL), 59.94p, 29.97p and 23.98p (NTSC) and 24p (Cinema) – all at 100Mbps with Long GOP image compression. Whilst in 4:2:2 10-bit Anamorphic mode (3328×2496) it will offer 25p (PAL), 29.97p and 23.98p (NTSC) and 24p (Cinema) at 150Mbps with Long GOP image compression.

Bug fixes
The firmware version 1.1 for the GH5 also includes following bug fixes:
• A problem in which the exposure adjustment did not operate properly during live view standby under specific condition in using (Variable Frame Rate).
• A problem in which afterimages appeared when recording video under high ISO sensitivity settings in using (V-LogL).

Release date
The new GH5 firmware (Ver.1.1) is scheduled to be released on Monday 24 April 2017 – you will be able to find out all about it on that day by visiting the LUMIX Customer Support website by clicking here.

More firmware to come…
Panasonic has said that firmware updates scheduled during 2017 will include the following additional video features for the GH5:
• 400Mbps 4:2:2 10-bit All-Intra video recording in 4K 30p, 25p and 24p
• Hybrid Log Gamma in Photo Style mode, which enables 4K HDR video recording, and USB tethering.

Dual I.S. lens firmware
Panasonic has also announced a new firmware update (Ver.1.3) for its LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. lens – making it compatible with the Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) function. Dual I.S. is available when the zoom lens is used with the LUMIX GH5, GX8, GX80/GX81/GX85 and G80/G81/G85 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras. Combining an O.I.S.Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) and Body Image Stabilizer (B.I.S.), it compensates for larger movements which were conventionally uncontrollable and boasts even more powerful and effective blurring suppression from wide-angle to telephoto.

19 lenses now compatible
With this firmware update a total of 19 LEICA DG and LUMIX G digital interchangeable lenses are now compatible with Dual I.S. Panasonic has said that this firmware update will be available “later in April 2017” – you will be able to find out more by visiting the LUMIX Customer Support website by clicking here.

Find out more
The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 is available now with a body only price of around £1699. To watch The Video Mode’s exclusive video preview of the Panasonic GH5 camera with LUMIX G Ambassador and filmmaker Nick Driftwood just click on the video window in the middle of this article for a top film-making professional’s viewpoint on the camera.