Panasonic’s Firmware Updates for All S-Line Cameras

Panasonic has published a firmware update for all four Panasonic S full-frame cameras. The S1, S1R, and S1H all see improvements to autofocus to match that of the S5, while the S5 sees a major video upgrade along with better autofocus performance.

S1H improvements:

  1. Improved AF performance
    – Tracking and recognition performance of AF have been improved with an addition of head recognition.
    – Recognition performance during video recording in V-Log has been improved.
    – Human/Animal recognition can be set ON or OFF when the AF mode is set to [1-Area] or [1-Area+].
    – [AF+MF] can be used during video recording.
  2. Added video functions
    – It is possible to play back vertical videos vertically.
  3. Other added functions
    – 4K video files can be transferred to a smartphone via Wi-Fi.
    – [Horizontal Image Flip(Monitor)] / [Vertical Image Flip(Monitor)] enables to reverse or not to reverse the monitor image when the free-angle monitor is rotated.
  4. Improved operational stability
    – There were cases low contrast images were not properly saved. This bug has been fixed.

S1R improvements:

  1. Improved AF performance
    – Tracking and recognition performance of AF have been improved with an addition of head recognition.
    – Human/Animal recognition can be set ON or OFF when the AF mode is set to [1-Area] or [1-Area+].
    – [AF+MF] can be used during video recording.
  2. Added video functions
    – The following 5K(4992×3744) video recording mode in MOV format has been supported.
    * 5K30p/25p/24p, 4:2:0 10bit LongGOP, 200Mbps, LPCM
    – [Like 2100(HLG)] has been added in [Photo Style] to support 10-bit HDR video recording.
    – [Luminance Level] function supports the 10-bit mode.
    – High-Resolution audio recording using an XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1 is available and it can be controlled with [XLR Mic Adaptor Setting] menu. *MOV only
    – 4K 60P/50P 4:2:2 10-bit video output over HDMI has been supported.
    – [SS/Gain Operation] function has been added.
    – [Red REC Frame Indicator] is available.
    – It is possible to play back vertical videos vertically.
  3. Other added functions
    – 4K video files can be transferred to a smartphone via Wi-Fi.

S1 improvements:

  1. Improved AF performance
    – Tracking and recognition performance of AF have been improved with an addition of head recognition.
    – Recognition performance during video recording in V-Log has been improved.
    – Human/Animal recognition can be set ON or OFF when the AF mode is set to [1-Area] or [1-Area+].
    – [AF+MF] can be used during video recording.
  2. Added video functions
    – [SS/Gain Operation] function has been added.
    – [Red REC Frame Indicator] function has been added.
    – It is possible to play back vertical videos vertically.
  3. Other added functions
    – 4K video files can be transferred to a smartphone via Wi-Fi.

S5 improvements:

  1. Improved AF performance
    – Recognition performance during video recording in V-Log has been improved.
    – Human/Animal recognition can be set ON or OFF when the AF mode is set to [1-Area] or [1-Area+].
    – [AF+MF] can be used during video recording.
  2. Added video functions
    – The following C4K(4096×2160) video recording mode in MOV format has been supported.
    * C4K60p/50p, 4:2:0 8bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM
    * C4K30p/25p/24p, 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM
    * C4K30p/25p/24p, 4:2:0 8bit LongGOP, 100Mbps, LPCM
    – RAW video data output over HDMI has been supported.
    * [5.9K] / [4K] / [Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K] 12-bit RAW video data can be output over HDMI.
    The Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on Atomos NINJA V.
    · All functions may not be available depending on the situation.
    · Software that supports Apple ProRes RAW is required to edit RAW video recorded with NINJA V.
    · Apply the LUT(Look up table ) available on the following customer supports site to make the same color grading as V-Log/V-Gamut
    https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/lut/s1h_raw_lut/
    – It is possible to display the Vector Scope.
    – [Master Pedestal Level] function has been added.
    – [SS/Gain Operation] function has been added.
  3. Other added functions
    – [L.ClassicNeo] and [L.Monochrome S] have been added in [Photo Style].
    – [Horizontal Image Flip(Monitor)] / [Vertical Image Flip(Monitor)] enables to reverse or not to reverse the monitor image when the free-angle monitor is rotated.
  4. Improved operational stability
    – There were cases low contrast images were not properly saved. This bug has been fixed.
    – There were cases the light trails were interrupted in Live View Composite shooting. This bug has been fixed.
    – There were cases cinelike noise arose at the bottom of the image when it was shot at high shutter speed. This bug has been fixed.

More info on Panasonic’s website.

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