The just announced Firmware for the Panasonic GH5 offers the promised improvements when the camera was launched like 400Mbps All-I compression for 4k 10 bit recording and or 200MBPS 1080p. Also promised was near 6k Anamorphic shooting and HDR Ready Log Recording Gamma. All of that is in the firmware but the surprise comes from all the extra improvements that made the way into the 2.0 firmware release.
The new unexpected features range from a full tethering option for Mac or PC with free downloadable software to improved autofocus recording which was one of the weakest features of the camera. As far as slow motion related improvements it seems the firmware is not making any headway there. The bitrate improvements do not mention the VFR mode.
GH5 Firmware Update Version 2.0 Press Release:
Exceptional New Enhancements, Performance, and Functionality
Newark, NJ (August 30, 2017) Panasonic today announced the new firmware update Verion.2.0 for DC-GH5 to further enhance its performance. Many enhancements were previously planned but additional modifications were suggested by end users that specialize in both photography and cinematography. This update is an exceptional upgrade in camera performance to satisfy professional GH5 users.
The new firmware includes following upgrades:
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
|Item||System Frequency||Size||Frame Rate||Bit Rate||YUV/bit||Image Compression|
|4096×2160||23.98p||400 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|4K/ALL-I/400M/30p||3840×2160||29.97p||400 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|4K/ALL-I/400M/24p||3840×2160||23.98p||400 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|FHD/ALL-I/200M/60p||1920×1080||59.94p||200 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|FHD/ALL-I/200M/30p||1920×1080||29.97p||200 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|FHD/ALL-I/200M/24p||1920×1080||23.98p||200 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|3840×2160||25.00p||400 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|FHD/ALL-I/200M/50p||1920×1080||50.00p||200 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|FHD/ALL-I/200M/25p||1920×1080||25.00p||200 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|4096×2160||24.00p||400 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|4K/ALL-I/400M/24p||3840×2160||24.00p||400 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|FHD/ALL-I/200M/24p||1920×1080||24.00p||200 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
5. 4K HDR video recording
-[HLG] (Hybrid Log Gamma) is added to [Photo Style]. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a mode to reproduce both the brightest and darkest 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
*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|
|4992×3744||29.97p||200 Mbps||4:2:0/10 bit||Long GOP|
|6K/A/200M/24p*2||4992×3744||23.98p||200 Mbps||4:2:0/10 bit||Long GOP|
|4K/A/400M/30p||3328×2496||23.98p||400 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|4K/A/400M/24p||3328×2496||23.98p||400 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|4992×3744||25.00p||200 Mbps||4:2:0/10 bit||Long GOP|
|4K/A/400M/25p||3328×2496||25.00p||400 Mbps||4:2:2/10 bit||ALL-Intra|
|4992×3744||24.00p||200 Mbps||4:2:0/10 bit||Long GOP|
|4K/A/400M/24p||3328×2496||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 2.39:1, 2.35:1, 16:9, and 1:1 while recording video. This can be used not only in Anamorphic mode but also in other video recording modes.
7.Enhancement of Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer)
-[I.S. Lock(video)] is added. This powerfully compensates for handshake when the viewing angle is fixed.
-A new handshake correction mode is added, which provides optimum correction when using 2.0x and 1.33x Anamorphic lens.
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 bug has been fixed.
9.Improved usability of Time Lapse Shot
-The time to finish shooting 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.
-The Bluetooth Remote Control function can be used with Image App, which will also be updated at the same timing with the GH5 firmware release.
-If the camera has not completed image transmission when it is turned off, it restarts transmission when it is turned on with the [Auto Transfer] function.
-A rating function using a Fn button is available in Playback Zoom and Multi Playback.
-The following functions can 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 bug has been fixed.
-In Relay Rec, there were cases where the video file number was reset after formatting the SD Memory Card. This bug has been fixed.
-In Backup Rec, there were cases where the file number was not reset even after applying resetting. This bug has been fixed.
-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
- “6K PHOTO” is a high-speed burst shooting function that cuts a still image out of a 4:3 or 3:2 video footage with 18-megapixel (approx. 6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that the 6K image manages.
- Specifications are subject to change without notice.
HSC Notes on the GH5:
The Panasonic GH5 is one of the most reliable and powerful compact cameras for video production in existence. Its quality is undeniable; the ability to shoot 4k 60p and up to 1080p 180fps put it in a class of its own compared to other mirrorless cameras. We recommend it as a do it all camera for many reasons.
The release of this new firmware by the end of September will add many new features that will make it an even better deal. If you need a camera that does it all with very little compromise along with respectable slow motion features than the GH5 is a no-brainer purchase. 180fps quality drops compared to 120fps but it is still very usable and it will be enough frames to analyze a golf swing or other sports motion on an interchangeable lens camera.
We will re-visit the GH5 camera once the firmware is released to see if improvements have been made in VFR mode and if the Autofocus is in fact improved enough to get competitive against Sony or Canon dual pixel AF. -HSC