Firmware up­dates for G9, GH5 and GH5S

Amateur Photographer - - 7days -

PANA­SONIC has rolled out a new set of firmware up­grades for its three top- of-the-line com­pact sys­tem cam­eras. The up­dates bring en­hanced per­for­mance and us­abil­ity, in­clud­ing to aut­o­fo­cus per­for­mance and sound qual­ity for video shoot­ing.

A new L. Monochrome D & Grain ef­fect has also been added to the Photo Styles op­tions across all three cam­eras. The ef­fect cap­tures even darker tones and greater con­trast, with grain ef­fects avail­able in dif­fer­ent strengths for all monochrome set­tings.

Live View Boost is added to the G9 and the GH5, mean­ing the screen and LCD mon­i­tor can be dis­played brighter than the im­age recorded to help check the com­po­si­tion when shoot­ing in low light. The GH5 also gets a Night Mode, whereby all the in­for­ma­tion on the cam­era screen is dis­played in red, so users are not dis­turbed by white light emis­sion.

All three cam­eras see im­proved AF per­for­mance – for the GH5 and the G9 this means in­creased tracking AF per­for­mance, while for the GH5S, aut­o­fo­cus­ing for low-light and low- con­trast photo shoot­ing has been im­proved. In ad­di­tion, the GH5 and G9 will have up to 20x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion avail­able in MF As­sist mode. The G9’s High Res­o­lu­tion Mode now has an ex­tended aper­ture range and im­proved mo­tion cor­rec­tion.

Sound qual­ity has also been en­hanced in all three sys­tems by op­ti­mis­ing the per­for­mance of the in­ter­nal noise­can­celling mi­cro­phone.

All firmware is free and avail­able to down­load now.

The G9 will get an Im­proved High Res­o­lu­tion Mode with the up­date

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