Panasonic is set to release new firmware update for its entire S-series full-frame mirrorless as well as the latest Micro-Four-Thirds camera, the G100. This update will improve autofocus, video recording, wireless connectivity, and more.
Updates for S Series
This firmware update introduces the improved autofocus features and performance found in the new LUMIX S5 to LUMIX S1, S1R, and S1H: In addition to eye-autofocus, the new firmware allows the camera to recognize the face and body separately in real-time tracking. As a result, even when the subject is moving quickly and/or when their head is turned away, the camera is able to maintain focus.
Additionally, several other autofocus features have been improved:
- Animal recognition is now available
- AF+MF mode can now be used in video recording
- AF performance during V-Log recording is improved
This update also includes improvements to video recording functionalities:
- A recording indication frame is added to S1R and S1
- 5K and 10-bit HDR video recording as well as 4K 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit video output via HDMI are added to S1R
- C4K (4096x2160) video recording as well as 5.9K/4K/Anamorphic 3.5K 12-bit RAW video output via HDMI is added to S5
Other areas that Panasonic has improved include WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, vertical video playback, and more.
Updates for G100
The LUMIX G100 will now be supported by the LUMIX Webcam Software. Additionally, the LCD monitor on the G100 can now display the images flipped when the free-angle LCD is rotated.