Firmware v1.1 for Panasonic GH5 Enables 10-Bit 4:2:2 FullHD Video

April 24th, 2017
Firmware v1.1 for Panasonic GH5 Enables 10-Bit 4:2:2 FullHD Video

The first of the two promised updates for the Panasonic GH5 has finally arrived. Firmware v1.1 enables internal 10-bit full HD 4:2:2 recording at 100Mbps. Later this year, the second update will unleash 4K 4:2:2 10-bit all-i internal recording. Worth a look, I would say!

Panasonic GH5Panasonic GH5 Firmware v1.1

The Panasonic GH5 is a very impressive piece of technology, no doubt about it, and you can read all about it in our early hands-on article about it here.

What’s even more impressive, however, is Panasonic’s commitment to releasing several updates for it over the course of 2017, meant not only to squash any potential bugs but also to implement various advanced features. The first of the two promised updates is now out, and it improves the internal recording capabilities by unlocking 10-bit full HD 4:2:2 internal recording. Until now, the Panasonic GH5 was only capable of recording Full HD 8-bit 4:2:0 at 100Mbps, so version 1.1 will really up the game in terms of Full HD resolution.

There are some good news for anamorphic shooters, too: the update brings 10-bit 4:2:2 IPB recording to a larger 3328 x 2496 region of the sensor, and is encoded at 150Mbps.

Firmware improvement content (taken from Panasonic’s official download link):

  • FHD 4:2:2 10-bit video recording has been added. It can be selected in either FHD [MP4 (LPCM)] or [MOV] recording format.
  • 4:2:2 10-bit video recording has been added to Anamorphic (4:3) mode.
  • There was a problem in which the exposure adjustment did not operate properly during live view standby when the [SS/Gain Operation] display was set to [ANGLE/ISO] while [Variable Frame Rate] was selected for Creative Video mode. This has been fixed.
  • A problem in [V-LogL] of Photo Style mode where afterimages appeared when recording video under high ISO sensitivity settings has been fixed.

Future Firmware Updates

This is only the first firmware update for the GH5, with more to follow. Later this year, Panasonic will release an update that focuses on the camera’s 4K recording capabilities.

Panasonic GH5

The current 4K 4:2:2 10-bit at 150Mbps will be replaced with some more muscle power, namely 400Mbps all-i. The Full HD will also get an update, unlocking 200Mbps all-i. You can wave goodbye to longGOP compression once the update is ready later this year. Very impressive for a camera this small and lightweight!

Conclusion

I think this update strategy for the Panasonic GH5 can be very reassuring for customers as it gives a little more peace of mind when making a purchase decision. The current HD implementation may not super high-end, but once it’s updated to 10-bit, this camera really should become the benchmark for other manufacturers in this market. So long, 8-bit!

Get this new update by heading over to Panasonic and clicking here. Additional beneficial information about this latest update can be viewed by clicking here

Have you invested in a Panasonic GH5? What are your thoughts about this update, and the next one coming later this year? Tell us in the comments below!

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Lukas Kalinowski
MemberApril 24th, 2017

This update relate to 60p FHD ? or only 24/23/30P ? thanks!

Johnnie Behiri
Johnnie Behiri
AdminApril 24th, 2017

Hi Lukas.

Yes, 60p is supported.

For the full list of supported frame rates: http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/share2/eww/en/dsc/fts/pdf/GH5_V11_ENG.pdf

Thank you.

Johnnie

Lukas Kalinowski
MemberApril 24th, 2017

Thanks i was trying to get to the link that was mention in the article but this just did not working that’s why i asked. Thanks!

Han Zhang
Han Zhang
GuestApril 24th, 2017

Why can’t they do something about the lx100. So much potential.

Marco Jacob
Marco Jacob
GuestApril 24th, 2017

Any improvements on the Autofokus issue?

Frankie Coto
Frankie Coto
GuestApril 24th, 2017

does it magically grow its sensor size too?

Da Go
Da Go
GuestApril 24th, 2017

Andrea Nocifora ?????

Angus Khan
Angus Khan
GuestApril 24th, 2017

No but a Speed Booster does. And if you need your shot to be more telephoto you can take it off for a minute.

Frankie Coto
Frankie Coto
GuestApril 24th, 2017

lol amazing!

 John Schultz
John Schultz
MemberApril 25th, 2017

No need to grow the sensor size anymore, there are now wide fast lenses available, such as the Voigtlander 10.5mm F.95. The Speed Booster provides more options too, so there’s nothing holding a filmmaker back from just about any desired look other than their creativity (I shoot with GH4, 5D3, A7S II, 1DX II and C300 II, all are useful for different purposes). Sensor size does nothing magical, it’s all about the lenses used. Canon still has the best color science, nice to see Sony and Panasonic improving there too (A9 and GH5 skin tones are looking pretty good).

Jungsik Yu
Jungsik Yu
GuestApril 24th, 2017

강성철 펌웨어 업데이트 하시라네요 ㅎㅎ 영상 퀄 기대합니다^^

SungChul Kang
SungChul Kang
GuestApril 24th, 2017

내일 당장 해볼께요!

Jonathan David Piercy
Jonathan David Piercy
GuestApril 24th, 2017

Elan Schnider

Elan Schnider
Elan Schnider
GuestApril 24th, 2017

sick, was wondering if I was going to be bound to 4K

Elan Schnider
Elan Schnider
GuestApril 24th, 2017

the update brings 10-bit 4:2:2 IPB recording to a larger 3328 x 2496 region of the sensor, and is encoded at 150Mbps. Good for the anamorphic mode

Jonathan David Piercy
Jonathan David Piercy
GuestApril 24th, 2017

Yeah but just wait. Apparently you will get up to 400Mbps later on this year.

Elan Schnider
Elan Schnider
GuestApril 24th, 2017

yea at all-i

Adam Loretz
Adam Loretz
GuestApril 25th, 2017

If only Adobe and Apple would react as quickly so we can edit these 10 bit files natively.

 amir sfair filho
amir sfair filho
MemberApril 25th, 2017
 Andreas Paleologos
Andreas Paleologos
MemberApril 27th, 2017

Nice with the bump! I’d love if they updated the Digital Zoom engine to accept smooth zoom from 1x – 4x. It’s kinda useless to only be able to only select “off, 2x or 4x” – and nothing in-between. It’d be great if one could do it smooth while recording too. Cheers.
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Message for Panasonic’s engineers.
Since the video auto focus is somewhat of a topic with this camera (I have one, it is an issue, it’s unreliable), I’m just throwing out an idea here that could improve focus for face recognition. Since all lenses with auto focus are digitally recognised, the GH5 should be able to precisely know the distance of each lenses’ focus range, and their focal length. Faces are of very similar sizes, so if a face is recognised, no matter if it’s sharp or out of focus, the size of the face should reveal the approximate distance. The software could then quickly guess a pretty accurate focus distance based on the size of the face, combined with the information about the lens, and quickly focus there. The contrast detection could then fine tune it. Then when finally in focus, the size of the face will be temporarily remembered as a reference, and could further dictate focus changes, rather than the contrast detection (which is more unreliable, and hunts all the time for some reason).

When the contrast based focus engine has focused on anything else than a face, perhaps the GH5 is powerful enough to live track any random on screen object for a while. Rather than just trying and guessing, an object could be caught when it’s in focus, and then tracked with the same size-to-focus engine as described above. Once anything is in focus, the camera knows the distance, and the relative size-to-distance-to-focus should be easy to determine, if the object/ area/ pattern is detected.

Johnnie Behiri
Johnnie Behiri
AdminApril 27th, 2017

Hi Andreas.

Rest assure that your message will be transferred to the relevant people at Panasonic.

Thank you!

Johnnie

 Petter Magnusson
Petter Magnusson
MemberMay 4th, 2017

Great idea!

I have noted that the GH5 is actually quite good at focusing, but the problems arise when an object is inserted in front of the current focus point. Normally we would like the camera to then shift over to the closer object (think vlogging unboxing etc), and the GH5 will do that , but only if the object covers almost ALL of the chosen focus points.

Try to make a selection of focus points and insert an object, if there are areas not covered by the closer object the focus will remain further away. This seems like an algorithm problem more than a hardware problem and could thus be fixed to a large part with a new setting for sensitivity to closer objects for example, or assuming that an introduced blurry object is closer and try to refocus in that direction instead of trying to stick to the old focus distance at all cost. Canon has this setting of distance priority (but is helped by the AF hardware used).

 Petter Magnusson
Petter Magnusson
MemberMay 2nd, 2017

I have the strangest thing, if I do a test recording comparing 8 and 10 bit the 10 bit file has much more contrast and less dynamic range!

My settings are GH5, FHD, ISO 400, MP4 LPCM, Cinelike D with Sharpen -3, Saturation -2, Firmware 1.1, lum 0-1023/0-255, iDyn off, iRes ff, Highlight Shadow Standard

Premiere Pro CC (I have no problem playing 10 bit files FHD and 4K however!)

Can anyone reproduce this? Sure looks like a bug!

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