GH4 firmware update 2.1 – No Slowmo Improvements!

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Today Panasonic has released the GH4 Firmware v2.1.  It is mainly a usability/performance and external recorder update. No slow motion bit rate or frame rate improvements on this release. We analyzed a before and after on the files and detected no change in data.  However recorded 4k footage has performance improvements.  It is good to see that the camera continues to be updated by Panasonic and adding features filmmakers care about.

The following features are included:

2015/01/26
Ver.2.1
  1. Time code can be embedded to the HDMI output signal.
    – Selectable in Motion Picture menu : [Time Code]>[HDMI Time Code Output]
    * Available when DMC-GH4 or DMW-YAGH are connected with the products of ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd. or the products complying with the extended specifications of ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd..
  2. RSS (Recording Start/Stop) signal can be embedded to the HDMI output signal.
    – Selectable in Motion Picture menu : [HDMI Rec Output]>[HDMI Recording Control]
    * Available when DMC-GH4 or DMW-YAGH are connected with the products of ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd. or the products complying with the extended specifications of ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd..
  3. FHD at 30p/25p native output via HDMI is available while recording video in FHD at 30p/25p.
    – Selectable in Motion Picture menu : [HDMI Rec Output]>[1080/30p Set.] or [1080/25p Set.]
  4. Playback performance of recorded 4K video is improved.
  5. [Time Lapse Shot] Program is fixed to start recording at the designated time even when [summer time] is set.

You can download the GH4 firmware 2.1 here from Panasonic!

  • Be sure to install on a fresh full battery to avoid the possibility of a failed update.
  • If your camera is working fine and you do not need these features there is no need to upgrade the firmware.

The GH4 is still one of the best camera’s available for slow motion on our list. Check the list here!

We still do not expect 120fps to ever be available aside from the 96fps on the camera.  However it is almost a given that the GH4 Successor the GH5 will probably support 120fps at 1080p to a minimum.

Amazon has free shipping on the GH4 from Panasonic Here!

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