When Panasonic introduced the Lumix DC-GH5, it made the bold promise that it would release not one, but two firmware updates that would significantly increase the performance of the camera. The first was to arrive in April and the second a bit later in 'Summer 2017.'

True to its word, Panasonic has announced firmware v1.1 for the GH5, bringing 4:2:2 10-bit Full HD video capture and a series of enhanced capture options for anamorphic shooters.

The firmware brings 4:2:2 10-bit IPB capture at 100Mbps to 1080/59.97p resolution. Anamorphic shooters also get 10-bit 4:2:2 IPB capture but with the larger, 3328 x 2496 shooting region encoded at 150Mbps. The update also includes two minor bug-fixes.

Higher resolution anamorphic video capture, along with 400Mbps All-I capture for 4K and 200Mbps All-I capture for Full HD will follow in the summer release.


Press Release

DC-GH5 Firmware Update Service Ver.1.1 for Expansion of 4:2:2 10-bit Video Recording Mode

Panasonic is announcing the new firmware update program Ver.1.1 for DC-GH5 to further enhance its performance. The new firmware Ver.1.1 enables 4:2:2 10-bit video recording in either FHD [MP4(LPCM)] / [MOV] and Anamorphic (4:3) mode, in addition to the existing 4K video recording mode.

4:2:2 10-bit FHD [MP4(LPCM)] / [MOV]

Item

System frequency

Size

Frame rate

Bit rate

YUV/bit

Image compression

[FHD/10bit/100M/60p]

59.94Hz

(NTSC)

1920 x 1080

59.94p

100 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

Long GOP

[FHD/10bit/100M/30p]

1920 x 1080

29.97p

100 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

Long GOP

[FHD/10bit/100M/24p]

1920 x 1080

23.98p

100 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

Long GOP

[FHD/10bit/100M/50p]

50.00Hz

(PAL)

1920 x 1080

50.00p

100 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

Long GOP

[FHD/10bit/100M/25p]

1920 x 1080

25.00p

100 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

Long GOP

[FHD/10bit/100M/24p]

24.00Hz

(CINEMA)

1920 x 1080

24.00p

100 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

Long GOP

・When [Miniature Effect] is selected for Creative Control Mode, you cannot select the items used for 4:2:2/10 bit motion pictures.

4:2:2 10-bit Anamorphic (4:3) mode

Item

System frequency

Size

Frame rate

Bit rate

YUV/bit

Image compression

[4K/A/150M/30p]

59.94Hz

(NTSC)

3328 x 2496

29.97p

150 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

Long GOP

[4K/A/150M/24p]

3328 x 2496

23.98p

150 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

Long GOP

[4K/A/150M/25p]

50.00Hz

(PAL)

3328 x 2496

25.00p

150 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

Long GOP

[4K/A/150M/24p]

24.00Hz

(CINEMA)

3328 x 2496

24.00p

150 Mbps

4:2:2/10 bit

Long GOP

・[Anamorphic(4:3)] is available only when the camera is set to Creative Video Mode.

The firmware version 1.1 also includes following firmware fixes that reflect customer feedback:

  • A problem in which the exposure adjustment did not operate properly during live view standby under specific conditions using [Variable Frame Rate].
  • A problem in which afterimages appeared when recording video under high ISO sensitivity settings in using [V-LogL]

The new DC-GH5 firmware Ver 1.1 is scheduled to be released on 24 April, 2017 at the following LUMIX Customer Support website: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/