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Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II Firmware Update V1.1 Released

November 9th, 2021 Jump to Comment Section
Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II Firmware Update V1.1 Released

On November 30, 2021, Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II will get a new firmware update v1.1 which adds 4K IP streaming (RTP/RTSP) with PC via wired LAN, RTMP/RTMPS streaming via USB tethering with a smartphone, longer focus throw options for select lenses, and more. Furthermore, the LUMIX Tether PC software v2.0 will bring multiple camera control, zoom control, and more.

Announced in May 2021, the LUMIX GH5 II was meant to be a slightly improved Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds video flagship with a strong focus on easy live streaming. To get a full picture of the camera’s capabilities, make sure to check Johnnie’s GH5 II Review and Gunther’s GH5 II Lab Test. While we wait for the new M43 video flagship, the GH6, the GH5 II gets a new firmware update v1.1 – let’s take a look at what is new.

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II firmware update v1.1

LUMIX GH5 II firmware update v1.1. Source: Panasonic

Perhaps the most notable improvement with the v1.1 firmware concerns high-resolution live streaming. With this firmware update, Panasonic will enhance the wired video streaming performance. It complies with RTP/RTSP streaming via wired LAN and via USB tethering to support a maximum of 4K live streaming for both indoor and outdoor use.

  • IP streaming (RTP/RTSP) of video and audio (AAC) with PC via wired LAN is possible.
  • It is also possible to live stream using multiple cameras using LUMIX Tether PC software. This requires LUMIX Tether PC software version 2.0 which will be available at the LUMIX Global Customer Support website at UTC 1:00 on 30 November 2021.
  • RTMP/RTMPS streaming via USB tethering with a smartphone is possible.
LUMIX GH5 II firmware update v1.1. Source: Panasonic

Apart from the live streaming functionality improvements, Panasonic also adds some further features and performance improvements:

  • [Live View Composite] function has been added.
  • 720° and 1080° have been added as the options of [Focus Ring Control]. This can be used for example with the Panasonic 10-25mm f/1.7 lens.
  • The camera can be connected to LUMIX Tether via wired LAN
  • Multiple cameras can be controlled from LUMIX Tether (v2.0 or higher).
  • Zoom operation of the LUMIX G power zoom lenses can be controlled from LUMIX Tether (v2.0 or higher).
  • There were cases where the camera froze when transferring images to a PC via Wi-Fi (5GHz). This phenomenon has been fixed.
LUMIX 10-25mm f/1.7. Source: Panasonic

Price and Availability

The firmware update v1.1 will be available free of charge for download at the LUMIX Global Customer Support website at UTC 1:00 on 30 November 2021. The camera itself currently sells for just under $1,700.

Do you use the LUMIX GH5 II camera for your work? What do you think about the latest firmware update? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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