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Panasonic releases firmware updates for Lumix GH3 and G5

By dpreview staff on Jul 9, 2013 at 10:12 GMT

Panasonic has released firmware updates for its Lumix DMC-GH3 and DMC-G5 mirrorless cameras. Version 1.2 for the GH3 adds the 'Low light AF' previously seen on the G6 that works down to -3 EV, a 'silent mode' that turns off operational sounds and flash firing, and an 'Exposure Compensation Reset' function'. Meanwhile version 1.1 for the G5 only corrects wording of the Motion Picture menu on cameras sold in PAL broadcast regions (including Europe and Australasia), and therefore isn't required by US owners. Click below for full details and to download the firmware.

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Total comments: 20
galecian
By galecian (9 months ago)

I tried to install the new firmware 1.2 in the GH3 body (it is presently 1.1). I have proceeded as usual:
- format the SD card, copy the .bin at the root level
- install a full battery in the body, install the SD card
- turn ON the body and go to play mode.

But I have the message "NO VALID PICTURE TO PLAY" as if the firmware is already installed. Does someone has the same problem?

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JElyea
By JElyea (9 months ago)

It happened to me. I found out the file name has to be exact as "GH3__V12.bin" and nothing else will be accepted. If you extracted a couple of times... likely your file name may be "GH3__V12 something.bin" and the camera will not read it. You just need to make sure the file name is the exact GH3__V12.bin then it should work.

Jess

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clivewade
By clivewade (9 months ago)

This link for the GH3 update did not give any instructions on how to update the firmware of the camera. Anyone fournd a link to the instruction sheet for a uk user?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (9 months ago)

"Meanwhile version 1.1 for the G5 only corrects wording of the Motion Picture menu on cameras sold in PAL broadcast regions"

And G5 is just a year old. No support at all.

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snegron2
By snegron2 (9 months ago)

...and still no review of the G5 :(

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georgec
By georgec (9 months ago)

No focus peaking? Purposely?

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Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (9 months ago)

I guess no focus peaking... Do they want to lure people away from the GH3 so they buy the G6? I don't understand the logic.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (9 months ago)

I just got the round dot with the word low to appear. It isn't easy to get it to do that but it worked in Manual stills mode. It brightens up the display for a second by presumably decreasing the shutter duration.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (9 months ago)

The "Exposure Comp Reset" setting in the Tools menu does not work with custom settings. The custom settings will always reset the exposure to whatever it was when the custom setting was saved. I would think that the custom settings should use the new feature instead of ignoring it.

The new "Silent Mode" is under the custom tools setting.

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BJN
By BJN (9 months ago)

If I dialed in exposure comp in a custom setting, I'd want that to take priority. Did you try creating a new profile with Exp. Comp. Reset enabled? I'd agree that a profile created with the reset enabled should use the feature, but I'd want custom profile compensation to override otherwise.

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BJN
By BJN (9 months ago)

I don't know if the comments area will let me post a link, but here's the instructions for firmware updates Page 1...

http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index2.html

Silent Mode is a new menu item. I can't find any menu setting for low light mode, even under other AF settings, and the update notice just says: "It becomes easier to focus in a dark environment. When the Low Light AF Function is activated, the focus indication is displayed as [icon is a round dot above the word LOW]. Focusing may take longer than usual."

If there's no menu option to toggle Low Light AF, I presume it's activated automatically?

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Jun2
By Jun2 (9 months ago)

No focus peaking?

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Gesture
By Gesture (9 months ago)

Does G5 already have low light focus and silent mode?

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (9 months ago)

How do CDAF focus down to -3 EV? Would be impressive if it actually works.

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (9 months ago)

Technically, 'Low light focus' mode slows down the sensor's live view framerate during CDAF in low light, allowing it to collect more light per measurement and therefore get more accurate results. This means that AF can continue to work in lower light, although it necessarily slows down a bit in the process.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (9 months ago)

slow shutter.

mirrorless cameras should be able to perform better in low light than SLRs because in SLRs only about 40% of light is directed to the AF sensor (-1.3 stops).

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iudex
By iudex (9 months ago)

Nice to read that producer supports also discontinued models. The G5 seems to be a good deal nowadays, for 325 USD it is one of the cheapest EVF cameras.

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audijam
By audijam (9 months ago)

technology advances soooo fast....G5 is a great camera and still is.

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toxotis700
By toxotis700 (9 months ago)

how can i enable "Low light focus" ?
I cant find it in menus ?

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (9 months ago)

Low light focus mode is activated automatically in low light. All you should find is that in situations where the camera previously failed to focus, it'll now work.

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