Panasonic Announces Firmware Update for LUMIX S1R, S1 and Selected M4/3 Cameras

July 2nd, 2019
Panasonic Announces Firmware Update for LUMIX S1R, S1 and Selected M4/3 Cameras

Panasonic has just announced a new firmware update for their LUMIX cameras. These new firmware updates include both, the S1R and S1 full-frame cameras (firmware version 1.2), as well as Micro Four Thirds cameras (GH5, GH5S, G9, G95, G85 and GX9). The new firmware further enhances autofocus and image stabilization, and unlocks some new features for selected cameras. The update will be available for download at the LUMIX Global Customer Support website at 3:00am CEST on July 9th 2019. Furthermore, the paid upgrade for the LUMIX S1 will be available from July 9th onwards, too.

Firmware update for selected LUMIX cameras announced

Panasonic has always been known for continuous support and care for their customers by releasing frequent firmware updates to cameras that are already in the market. When their full-frame LUMIX S-line of cameras was announced, Panasonic promised to release new firmware updates to enhance their functionality and bring new features. The update is here now – what’s new?

Panasonic LUMIX S1 and S1R Firmware 1.2 (Free Update)

With the new firmware 1.2, both, the S1 and S1R are getting improved performance of the IBIS (in body image stabilization). The correction performance of the IBIS has been improved from a maximum of 5.5 stops to a maximum of 6.0 stops (based on the CIPA standard – yaw/pitch direction, tested with the LUMIX S-X50 PRO prime lens). The correction performance of the Dual I.S. 2 has been improved from 6.0 stops to 6.5 stops (based on the CIPA standard – yaw/pitch direction, tested with both LUMIX S PRO 24-105mm and 70-200mm f/4 lenses at their long ends).

Both cameras get improved tracking AF performance when using tracking autofocus mode in video recording. New functions AF-ON: Near Shift and AF-ON: Far Shift have been added. Near Shift puts a preference on focusing on a nearby subject, while Far Shift puts a preference on focusing on a distant subject. These new features are assignable to a function button and make it much easier to guide the AF by refocusing on a subject closer or further away than the camera’s current AF position. Last but not least, the Live view display during auto focusing is now easier to see.

The operational stability when using an XQD memory card has been improved for both cameras.

Panasonic LUMIX S1 New Recording Modes and V-Log (Paid Upgrade)

The LUMIX S1 can get the the new internal 10-bit recording modes in 4K UHD

This paid upgrade (via the upgrade software key) will be available from July 9th 2019, exclusively for the LUMIX S1, unlocking new internal (MOV) video recording modes, external HDMI output, and the V-log picture profile with its accompanying features. This update for the LUMIX S1 is a paid update ( DMW-SFU2). It costs $199 and can only be used on one camera. Some local Panasonic subsidiaries may offer this upgrade for free within a bundle with a LUMIX S1 purchase, though.

New internal recording modes for the LUMIX S1 available with the paid upgrade. Source: Panasonic

The external HDMI output in 4K60p (50p for PAL) 4:2:2 10bit gets unlocked with the new firmware update.

A V-Log picture profile will be added in photo style. The [V-Log View Assist] function will be added, which enables viewing the V-Log file with LUT (Look Up Table) when recording video in V-Log. The [Read LUT File] function will be added, which allows users to install and apply a custom LUT.

A WFM (Waveform Monitor) display function will be added, as well as a [Luminance Level] adjustment function that complies with 10-bit. There is also a new XLR Mic Adaptor Setting function that enables high-res sound recording using the XLR Microphone Adapter DMW-XLR1 (which is being sold separately, for MOV recording mode only).

We are currently testing the LUMIX S1 with the new firmware and will share the results soon – stay tuned for that!

The LUMIX S1 can get a V-log picture profile upgrade

Panasonic LUMIX M4/3 Cameras Updates

Panasonic did not forget to update the firmware of their Micro Four Thirds cameras too. The GH5 is getting the new firmware version 2.5, and the GH5S, G9, G95, G85, and GX9 are getting firmware version 1.3.

With this new firmware, all of the above mentioned M4/3 cameras are getting improved compatibility with the new Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm f/1.7 lens. Smooth aperture control is available during video recording. An Aperture Ring Increment function has been added, allowing users to choose the control method of the aperture ring, [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.

The compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter (DMW-RS2) gets improved. The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu. For the LUMIX G95, the compatibility with the Panasonic battery grip (DMW-BGG1) gets improved, as the Fn button on the battery grip can now be customized within the camera’s custom menu.

What do you think of the new LUMIX firmware updates from Panasonic? Do you shoot videos with the S1? Are you going to purchase the paid upgrade for the camera? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ryan Butt
Ryan Butt
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December 5th, 2019

Panasonic Lumix S1 has no All i Codec? even for current firmware v1.3 update?

mathed
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July 9th, 2019

But then when will it be possible to get the update key?
Today the firmware update 1.2 was released and it is assumed that the DMW-SFU2 update, that puts in all the news that I have been reading, but I am tired of looking for information and I can not find anything, I have been with a documentary film for months recording with the S1 and I was anxious to get this update.
Do you know anything about this? thanks for your great work.

mathed
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July 9th, 2019
Reply to  Jakub Han

Jacub thank you very much for your quick response, finally I get a clearer information from you. Not even from the Technical Service of Panasonic Spain do they even know what the DMW-SFU2 update is about. I’ve been excited for this update for months, that’s why I bought this camera instead of the GH5s, but the wait and the bad information about it makes me hate this brand, it’s horrible the strategy they are doing, seriously, this is no longer understandable, at first I could understand it, but this is already playing with the professional consumer. I do not understand the need to sell it in a physical box instead of a downloadable file, increasing the wait to arrive, first thinking that it would be July 1, then 9, now 31, and finally August, embarrassment. The patience in the wait is over, I’m going to sell it and go back to Sony.
Greetings Jakub, you are the best.

Mjt
Mjt
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July 5th, 2019

Blackmagic is up go BM…..Panasonic is too expensive and providing less features

TonyP
TonyP
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July 4th, 2019

It’s good that Panasonic has not forgotten the M43 crowd. I will install the new firmware on my G9.
Thanks for the update!

defiverr
defiverr
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July 4th, 2019

I am still out on the limb to either get the S1 or wait for Sony’s next A7S line. Is it worth getting the BMPCC4k in the meantime?

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July 11th, 2019
Reply to  defiverr

The big problem comes with having no lenses. F4 zoom lens or luxury 50mm is not enough to look at this system right now. And Panasonic never admits it has worst Af in the video, so we have to stuck until they realize or keep updating minute changes if all this has happened after paying 4k [by the time competition will be far away doing wonders]. my suggestion is to wait until 3 years before switching to a new system. Till then GH5s or pocket is safe to bet for video.

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