New firmware 1.1 for the GH5 arrives

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I have just installed the new FW1.1 into my GH5 and it works a treat, it takes less than 60 seconds to perform. Your battery needs to be full or it will not operate.

FW v1.1 features the following…

FHD 4:2:2 10-bit video recording has been added. It can be selected in either FHD [MP4 (LPCM)] or [MOV] recording format.

4:2:2 10-bit video recording has been added to Anamorphic (4:3) mode.
There was a problem in which the exposure adjustment did not operate properly during live view standby when the [SS/Gain Operation] display was set to [ANGLE/ISO] while [Variable Frame Rate] was selected for Creative Video mode, this has been fixed.
A problem in [V-LogL] of Photo Style mode where afterimages appeared when recording video under high ISO sensitivity settings has been fixed.

Get the new FW here…

http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/index2.html

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New 8-18mm f2.8-4 Leica lens

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Panasonic has the launched the second lens of the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series, covering 16 mm Ultra-Wide Angle to 36 mm with high mobility. The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 Series achieves superb picture quality and high performance for both photo and video recording but remains compact in nature. The 8-18 mm F2.8-4 is fully weather-sealed and freeze proof (to -10° C) and has a Nano Surface coating to reduce flare and ghosting.

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  • Focusing distance from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto
  • Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize ghosts and flaring
  • Rugged, dust/splash-proof design
  • Freeze-proof down to -10° C
  • High-quality video recording capability
  • Zoom range of ultra-wide 8 mm to versatile 36 mm (35mm camera equivalent)
  • 15 elements in 10 groups: 1 x aspherical ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, 3 x aspherical lenses, 2 x ED lenses, 1 x UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens.
  • Sensor drive @ max. 240 fps
  • Silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system
  • Micro-step drive system in the aperture control
  • High-speed frame analysis

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GH5 micro review

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My GH5’s arrived just over two week ago and I soon got to work exploring the new features. I spent a lot of time filming the local bird life mostly at 180fps as you can see above.

I still do not understand why the cameras came with 4K 422 10bit 25p and not Full HD 422 10bit as this was main the reason for upgrading my two GH4s. OK, Panasonic have told us the 10bit HD is coming just around NAB which is just over a week away.

I have only used the two SD card slots recently to add JPEGs in slot one and RAW in slot two, photographic job.

 

My new SDXC card of choice is the Lexar 64GB UHS-II technology (U3) for a read transfer speed up to 1000x (150MB/s).

Autofocus…What about the poor autofocus everyone is on about on You Tube, I rarely use autofocus but I did find out that autofocus is disabled during 180fps. I found the tracking very useful and accurate especially during my low light footage as seen in the video (ladies coming out of a pub, walking towards the camera).

Jitter update : I also found that the Olympus and older Lumix lenses did not seem to produce the jitter the same as the newer Lumix 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 lens did, so I stopped using that lens.

Battery life… screen open…dual image stabiliser…One slot only…2 hours 13mins before the red indicator, squeeze a further 5mins after the red flashing battery indicator giving a total battery life in a brand new DMW-BLF19e battery pack. Total = 2h 20m.

Filming in 4K 50p, screen open filming onto 2 SDXC cards. Total rec. time = 1h 45m.

The lenses used were as follows…

Olympus Pro lenses…7-14 f2.8, 12-40mm f2.8, 40-150 f2.8 plus the 1.4x  Olympus converter.

Olympus Digital ED lenses…12mm f2, 60mm f2.8 macro.

Lumix…25mm f1.4 Leica and the 12-35mm f2.8

Focus Transition timings…

Sets the moving speed of focus

SH = 12 frames

H = 1 sec

M = 2s.14f

L = 4s.37f

SL = 14s.21f

Focus Transition Wait…

Sets the wait time before the start of Focus Transition for 5secs or 10secs or OFF.

This feature is very useful to avoid a small bump in the picture as you press the LCD.

Focus Transition Rec…

Starts Focus Transition when recording starts at either..

[POS 1]/[POS 2]/[POS 3]/[OFF]

Why Panasonic don’t refer to timings like I have translated above beats me or even better why can’t you dial in your own transition times.

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