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LUMIX S1, S1R, GH5, GH5S, G9 November 2019 Firmware Updates

Photo Moment - November 06, 2019

Five top LUMIX cameras are getting updates this month, including the full-frame LUMIX S1 and S1R, plus the micro four thirds GH5, GH5S and G9. Watch the video above for a breakdown of what these updates mean, and scroll to the bottom for a GH5 vs G9 comparison!

Panasonic Releases Firmware Update Programs for the LUMIX S1R, S1, GH5, GH5S and G9

Panasonic has announced that the company will release firmware update programs for the LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras S1R / S1 (S Series), GH5 / GH5S / G9 (G Series) and application software to enhance functions and usability. All programs will be available at the LUMIX Global Customer Support website on 19 November, 2019. 

The cameras and major programs to be updated are as follows.

If you don't already own one of these cameras, here are links to all of 'em!

LUMIX S1 ($2,498)
LUMIX S1R ($3,698)
LUMIX GH5 ($1,998 $1,398 on Nov 6, 2019)
LUMIX GH5S ($2,498 $1,998 on Nov 6, 2019)
LUMIX G9 ($1,498 $1,198 on Nov 6, 2019)
SFU1 V-Log Update for GH4, GH5, FZ2500 and G9 ($97)

LUMIX Full-frame Mirrorless Camera
S1R Firmware Version 1.3 / S1 Firmware Version 1.3

  1. Expanded media compatibility S1 & S1R
    • CFexpress Type B card can be used. A CFexpress Type B card boasts a theoretical performance of a maximum of 2,000 Mbps. Realizing an approximately 300% higher transfer speed than that of a conventional XQD card, it supports large-volume photos and videos. 
  2. Expanded compatibility with Profoto wireless transmitters S1 & S1R
    • Profoto wireless transmitters “Air Remote TTL-O/P” and “Profoto Connect-O/P” can be used, enabling wireless connection and control of external strobes for professional shooting. All functions may not be available depending on the situation.
  3. Improved compatibility with Sigma interchangeable lenses and mount converter S1 & S1R
    • It is possible to assign functions to the Fn buttons of Sigma L-Mount interchangeable lenses.
    • The performance of Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer) when attaching a lens using the Sigma MC-21 mount converter has been enhanced. It suppresses roll movement.
  4. Improved compatibility with Panasonic interchangeable lenses S1 & S1R
    • It is possible to assign functions to the lens Fn buttons when the Panasonic LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F2.8 O.I.S. (S-E70200) is mounted.
  5. Improved AF performance S1 & S1R
    • [AF+MF] can be used in AFC mode.
    • It is possible to set continuous AF on the live view screen in Creative Video mode or in other video recording modes when the video recording area is displayed.
  6. Improved performance of High-Speed Video S1 & S1R
    • It is possible to manually set the exposure according to the video exposure mode (P/A/S/M) in High- Speed Video mode.
  7. Other major improvements*
    • S1 & S1R
      • It is possible to select the card slot to save the JPEG images developed by in-camera RAW processing.
      • An Fn button can be used for checking the aperture effect while the button is pressed. 
      • Disabling any physical operation can be assigned to an Fn button.
      • AF Assist Light has been added to the Focus tab of the Video menu.
      • The luminance level of photos (including 6K/4K Photo and Post Focus images) can be set when playing back them over HDMI output.
      • AE can be locked with the [AF/AE LOCK] button when ISO Auto is set in M mode.
    • S1 
      • There were cases where a blue clipping effect occurred in V-Log recording. This problem has been improved.
      • (S1) There were cases where afterimages occurred in V-Log recording. This problem has been improved.

*For more details of the update program, please refer to the firmware update information page of each model to be available on November 19, 2019.

LUMIX Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera
GH5 Firmware Version 2.6 / GH5S Firmware Version 1.4 / G9 Firmware Version 2.0

  1. Expanded compatibility with Profoto wireless transmitters GH5 GH5S G9
    • Profoto wireless transmitters “Air Remote TTL-O/P” and “Profoto Connect-O/P” can be used. All functions may not be available depending on the situation.
  2. Improved AF performance
    • GH5S & G9
      • [Animal Detect.] has been added to AF mode. Utilizing Advanced AI Technology, animals, including canidae, felidae and birds, can be detected in addition to humans. The focus frame is automatically set on the target subject by analyzing the size and position of the target subject in the viewing image. The camera keeps tracking these subjects even when they turn their back to the camera.
      • It is possible to switch the subject to focus on by pressing the joystick in [Face/Eye/Body/Animal Detect.] mode. 
    • GH5 & GH5S & G9
      • [AF-ON: Near Shift] and [AF-ON: Far Shift] functions have been added. [AF-ON: Near Shift] preferably focuses on a subject nearby while [AF-ON: Far Shift] preferably focuses on a subject far away. 
      • A Focus Peaking function is available not only in MF mode but also in any AF mode. 
      • It is possible to set continuous AF on the live view screen in Creative Video mode or in other video recording modes when the video recording area is displayed.
  3. Enhanced video functions G9
    • 4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording is supported.
    • 4K 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output is supported.
    • Luminance level for 10-bit video is supported.
    • VFR (Variable Frame Rate) shooting is supported (FHD 2-180 fps/4K 2-60 fps).
    • HDR video recording is supported.
    • V-Log L recording and Waveform Monitor (WFM) are available with the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1(sold separately).
  4. Other major improvements*
    • GH5 & GH5S & G9
      • [AWBw] has been added to WB mode.
      • [Highlight Weighted] has been added to [Metering mode].
      • [Exposure Offset Adjust.] has been added to the Custom menu, which enables adjustment of the standard exposure value for all metering modes.
      • [0.5SEC] has been added for an option of [Duration Time (photo)] in [Auto Review].
      • AE can be locked with the [AF/AE LOCK] button when ISO Auto is set in M mode.
      • [MODE1] has been added to the Live View Boost function, which increases the frame rate for smooth image displays to enable easier manual focusing.
    • G9
      • [MODE2] has been added to High Resolution mode, which reduced subject’s motion blur.

*For more details of the update program, please refer to the firmware update information page of each model to be available on November 19, 2019..

LUMIX Sync Version 1.0.4

  1. Wireless connection (operation) with GH5/GH5S/G9 is supported. 

How Do the GH5 and G9 Compare Now?

This is an excellent question, because the G9 does now have a lot of the features and capability that the GH5 does. So, what's missing? Here's a full comparison chart. 

Red denotes the superior feature; green denotes new with current updates

Sensor20.3 MP Live MOS, no low-pass filter
ISO200 – 25,600 (Extended ISO 100)
6K PHOTO18 MP 30fps (HEVC H.265)
WeatherSplash/Dust/Freeze-proof to –10℃ / 14℉
SD CardsDual UHS-II Slots
Battery GripBGGH5BGG9
Status LCDn/aYes!
Viewfinder3,680k-dot OLED, 21mm, 0.76x(35mm equiv.), 60 fps0.83x / 0.77x / 0.70x, 120 fps
LCD3.2ʺ 1,620k-dot RGBW LCD3.2ʺ 1,040k-dot LCD
Dimensions138.5 × 98.1 × 87.4 mm136.9 × 97.3 × 91.6 mm
Weight725g658g (70g / 2.5oz lighter)
Price$1,998.00 ($1,398 on Nov 06, 2019)$1,498.00 ($1,198 on Nov 06, 2019)
High Resolution Photo Moden/a80MP JPEG/RAW 10,368 × 7,776 (synthesized by shifting sensor)
AutofocusAdvanced DFD, approx 0.05sAdvanced DFD, approx 0.04s
Shutter SpeedElectronic shutter 1/16,000Electronic shutter 1/32,000
Burst ShootingAFS 12fps, AFC 9fpsAFS 60fps, AFC 20fps
Dual I.S. 25-axis / 5 stops5-axis / 6.5 stops
4K 60/50p4K 60/50p (4:2:0 8-bit) 150Mbps, Unlimited recording4K 60/50p (4:2:0 8-bit) 150Mbps, (Up to 10 min.)
4K 30/25/24pC4K/4K 30/25/24p (4:2:2 10-bit) All-I 400Mbps, Unlimited recording4K 30/25/24p (4:2:2 10-bit) 150Mbps, (Up to 29 min. 59 sec.)
VFR4K: Max. 60 fps (flexible), FHD: Max. 180 fps (flexible), Manual exposure4K: Max. 60 fps (flexible), FHD: Max. 180 fps (flexible), Manual exposure
HDMI Output4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit Output4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI Output
V-Log L UpgradeYesYes

GH5 Unique Features

  • Unlimited Recording
  • NTSC 59.94Hz / PAL 50.00Hz / Cine 24.00Hz
  • C4K
  • Anamorphic Support
  • Shutter Angle
  • Synchro Scan
  • Master Pedestal
  • Vector Scope
  • Focus Transition 
  • All-Intra Codecs
  • Time Code
  • Color Bars
  • XLR-1 Support
  • HDMI Out Recording Control
  • HDMI Out LUT Display
  • Video Priority Layout

G9 Unique Features

  • Superior Autofocus
  • Higher FPS for still photography
  • Night mode (red display)
  • AF Point Scope function
  • USB Power Supply
  • Dual burst mode presets
  • Fn Lever
  • Improved JPEG color rendering
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4K DCI please for Lumix S1and real 24 frames on the HDMI output ... even the GH4 can do that .. please
You're a wealth of info. But sadly, this doesn't seem like they've changed much for the GH5. Good news for G9 owners though. Thanks for the website info. This is TLDR for GH5 owners, insert Sad Face here.
Great news thanks!
Could someone give precise details/specs regarding the .MOV video for the G9 for particularly Pal here in Australia?
Once it’s shipping…
Is the 30mins there in external recording as well?
At that point it’s up to the recorder.
G7, g80? 🤣
Thanks PhotoJoseph, no need to look everywhere to understand this huge update, you synthesised it in a way it's impossible to not understand ! 
Because of you, "now it's getting more and more difficult to be a bad photographer"
What about G85 and the auto-iso firmware update people have been asking for repeatedly?
You should ask Panasonic about that. I have no information.
I was just about to jump over to the nikon z6 but now I will keep my g9 afterall 🙈
Thank you very much for the info, and I like the quality! I'm eagerly waiting to be able to buy the amazing GH5S!
When is this new firmware coming out?
you say FN buttons, but my brain hears "F'in buttons" : )
Thanks for sharing Joseph. I’ve been very happy with the G9 but looked at some of the GH5 video features with a bit of envy. This update basically makes the G9 the perfect hybrid for me. Would be very interested to see a hands-on review of some of the new video features if you got you hands on a preview version of the firmware.
Thanks and you’re welcome! I’ll do some hands-on but not until I have the final version.
This is huge, puts the g9 back in contention with the Fuji xt3 and the gh5. Solid and thank you!
I wish Panasonic had of added High Resolution Mode to the GH5! Surely it must be possible.
It’s not. Different generation hardware in G9.
Great video!
Why the xlr1 doesnt work with the g9?
Because it wasn’t designed to. It physically doesn’t fit and it doesn’t have the audio hardware internally required or the software to manage it. If you want XLR native support, get a GH5, GH5S, S1 or S1H
No g85??
Excellent, thorough and clear. Thanks!
Wow!! Your info is so helpful. Can’t wait for new firmware updates wanna try it out with my G9.
I usually shoot vdo and photos with G9 its a fantastic camera. no regret for purchased
Appreciate for the info again sir!! Have a great day sir
Great overview of all the updates! Very excited about the new video features coming to the G9. I bought it over the GH5 because of the large price difference at the time and having a nice balance between photo and video functions. However, I always wanted more video features, especially Vlog support.
Are we going to be able to use something like Atomos Ninja V to use the the 4K 60fps 4.2.2 on the G9?
@PhotoJoseph thx for the reply
Great video, thanks. Question..... Does the G9 implement the internal teleconverter that the GH5 has? Not sure if I've worded that correctly, but with the GH5 you are able to do video using the full sensor, or, if you desire, there is the ability to choose to film with the sensor cropped. This, in effect, gives you additional focal range as you are punched into a fraction of the complete sensor. I've been using a GH5 for a couple of years, but it has died on me, and with these firmware updates on the G9 (I mostly shoot video in HD 120FPS) I'm thinking the G9 may be a better replacement than another GH5. Thanks.
Yes the G9 also has the cropped sensor record
I shot a S1R for 30 days and returned it when I discovered that the camera was incapable of shooting continuous bursts with Flash with my AD600PRO set up, will this firmware update help any other manufacturers systems?
Unfortunately no, other than Profoto.
Anyone else have problems trying to take multiple pictures with flash enabled? Whenever I try to use any flash on the G9 or GX85, Burst Mode is automatically disabled the second I connect a flash. However I found a strange hack where if I don't connect the flash all the way in the hotshoe, then Burst Mode works with flash enabled. Sucks that nobody seems to talk about this issue.
@PhotoJoseph The trick is to slide the metal plate from the flash to touch the contacts on the hotshoe but not actually lock it into place. If you do it correctly the burst icon will not be Xed out and the flash will fire with every shot until you are out of charge.

This of course is not real secure but this works on my GX85 and G9 with the Godox flash and probably others.
@PhotoJoseph Actually trying it again.. this is the best most reliable way:

Pay attention to the icons on screen when you are sliding the plate. Wait until the Flash Icon appears AND the Burst Icon is still available. If you push too far the burst icon will get crossed out. THEN tighten the locking ring of the flash until it's held into place.

The flash is not technically locked into place but still will not fall out and you can keep bursting flashes.
timberwolves100 interesting. Basically you are just not making contact on one of the pins. If you figure out which pin that is, you could also tape it off so that you could make a complete connection and Bistro would be more secure. But I just discovered something extremely interesting as well. I have the V1F which is designed for Fuji. The pin configuration is different, and I was able to shoot manual strobe in multi shot mode. So covering the offending pin should definitely do it. — just tested this. It works.
​@PhotoJoseph You are correct. Covering up the first small metal contact on the right side, under the big contact in the center of the hotshoe with a small piece of electrical tape does the trick. Now the flash is fully secure and does not seem to effect the camera or flash in a negative way.

Makes me think there is an incompatibility with the connecting pins that is not being addressed for some reason.
timberwolves100 technically, high speed shooting with flash is only supported by Panasonic (and after the update, Profoto) lights. All other “compatible” lights are reverse engineered and are not officially supported (this isn’t unique to Panasonic). Using third party flashes in high speed shooting simply isn’t supported, and I don’t have a reason why. I should probably add that this workaround, while seemingly benign, could be voiding someone’s warranty and that you proceed at your own risk. (Just covering my ass here).
You sir are a gentleman. If it wasn't for your investigations and delving myself and i'm sure a whole bundle of other GH5'ers would be back in the 2.2's or beyond. Thanks for keeping us up to date and giving us your insight into creative photogravideolophosy Joseph. . I've made a memo for the 19th . I'm sure I ticked a "Tell me when firmware is coming" box, back when, but seems my mailman is not playing ball. It goes to show how hard the Panny backroom boys are working with pretty regular updates . Good on ya all.
Thank you! ☺️ Be sure you’re subscribed; I’ll be releasing a video once it ships on how to install!
@PhotoJoseph I've been subbed to your channel for eons, it's the Panasonic updates page that I cannot find for the upcoming info's. Your very welcome Joseph.
I bought a G9 when they first came out and like it a lot but the video was not quite to the level of the GH5 so these new upgrades are very good, but, and it's a big but, the video recoding limit is a pain for me. I get asked to record plays and music concerts etc and hovering around the camera to press record agin when it cut off it a total pain in the ass, Everything else is great but this lets it down. Do you think this will ever change? I was so excited to see your video hoping this may change but no.
No. It’s an overheating protection issue.
Interesting as I have recorded 4K for well over an hour with only the few seconds between it reaching the 30min cut off's and the camera is barely warm. I recon they could do it. Have they actually told you this? I live in a cold climate anyway so I don't think it would matter. @PhotoJoseph
OFB Cycling World this is proven. The fact that you’re in a cold environment is what made it work. We have a report of a hacked camera that overheated in just 80°F after 20 minutes of recording. This is why the software limits you to 10 minutes.
Great video! So, about the new video frame rate settings for the G9...which codec will they use? Will they be mp4, like the G9 camera uses with previous firmware, or will they be mov, like the GH5 uses? I see you mentioned that mov is being this why?
Thanks for making this
thanks for the video. The gh5 also has night mode!
I'll be looking forward for the updates for my G5, just a question, I recently dropped (by accident of course} my G5 with the Olympus 14-40 2.8 Pro lens, the camera is still functioning fine, but the lens got damage by the lens mount, my question is where would you recommend to take the lens to get it fixed? Thanks for your help.
Contact Olympus directly or
No update for the g85?
It's not a "flagship" model so no.
Hi. I use the G9 and I am very excited about this update. They're really dialing it in pretty well from my point of view. I would at some point like to see the tethering capabilities improve, but hey these are some great updates!
Many thanks for this video. Most informative and helpful; watched several times (and subscribed.).

I was considering buying the G5 (not G5s) but am now, after this firmware upgrade, definitely tending to the G9.

Could you tell me if the G9's assorted 4k filming times are still limited if using an external recorder such as an Atomos? I really HAVE done my research but can't find this info as maybe it's too soon for the experts to have published it, or maybe it's just obvious to all except noobs like myself!

Thanks again, keep up the good work.
No limits to external recording unless limited by the recorder itself.
@PhotoJoseph Superfast reply! Much appreciated.
Autofocus improvements? lol - These cameras don't have a working video autofocus system - aka the have no phase detect. They say"fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me" Anyone buying this "new" system with exactly the same achilles heel of the previous micro four thirds system , i.e. no phase detect - well shame on yourself. You saw this sort of rubbish in the micro four thirds cameras. Release a system with a key element for video autofocus missing and then give everyone hope by constantly releasing firmware updates which "improve" the focus. A bit like constantly increasing the size of a hole in the bottom of a Flintstones car to make your feet easier to propel it rather than putting an actual engine in the car in the first place. Here we go again, more firmware, more fools. Well lovely as the camera is for video even the full frame professional market is realising not everyone has the the time for manual focus or wanting to risk "hunting" - see the new professional Sony FX9 - no guessing where that 6k phase detect sensor is going next.
Will the G9 @ 180fps still be only recording at up to 20mbs with the update ?
Unsure. Will have to wait for the update to see.
Wow! am so Excited, still hoping that Autofocus on GH5 will be better than it presently is.
Thanks for the Info Joe.
Thanks for this video. Looking forward to update. Do you have a tutorial on face detection by any chance on the GH5? I.e. follow focus I think it’s called. I can’t get it quite right, not sure what I’m doing wrong. Thanks
Face and follow are different ones. Either way, not really, but I could do one on follow focus. It’s cool when you get it right but it’s not easy to get right.
I just want autofocus in VFR. :*(
Thanks for taking the time to make this video, PhotoJoseph!
You’re welcome!
A very comprehensive and clear rundown on the new features coming with the firmware updates, thank you. In the case of the G9, the depth of upgrade could almost make the camera a G9 mk2! Kudos to Panasonic for creating such a wide ranging update, for free, to an already very impressive camera.
In the UK, we also have the bonus of very special price deals on the G9 these days, making it easily the best value, best spec' camera on the market.
Glad you enjoyed it, thanks!
I'm in a big dilemma now. Which camera to buy GH5 or G9? Hmm...
I'm in the same pickle. I'm a hybrid shooter, and I had been rocking the g7 for a couple of years until I lost it after a recent shoot :'( I had been thinking about upgrading though so I guess I have no choice now. I was gonna just gonna jump for the gh5 since I had basically been swooning over it for a long time, and I do mainly video work with some photography on the side so it made sense. But now the G9 has 4K 10-bit, and considering the autofocus is slightly better (although I don't expect much because Panasonic AF is notoriously terrible) and there's a bit more stabilization it's become a lot tougher of a decision. It might come down to price, honestly, IDK if higher bitrate and unlimited recording can justify the higher price on the GH5. I also like the convenience of the lcd on top. Damn Panasonic why do you have to make such great cameras?
@Leif Soederberg G9
Do people know that you can unlock the G9 from having video recording limits? It is able to record unlimited. A few videos on Youtube show exactly how this can be done.
@PhotoJoseph I wouldn't expect them to repair it.
I here from Panasonic reps that the G9 is cheaper only because its not licensed to record video past 30 minutes. It has nothing to do with limitations of hardware. They G9 actually has better cooling than the GH5. How true is any of this?
The unlocking feature is within Panasonics Menu system. Strange its actually able to be activated from the camera body and not a computer or other software.
Island Voice TV That’s partially true. The 29:29 limit is a tax thing. The 10 minute limit is for overheating. We even have a direct report from a user who hacked their camera and got overheating warnings after 20 minutes of recording on an 80F day. That’s why there’s a limit. On the other hand, Peter Gregg did a test where the GH5 shot in full sun on a 100F+ day with no problems.
Hi Joseph, Thank you for that. Knowing that, I defiantly won't be changing my settings in the camera. Will this camera stay on long enough if someone wants to add an external recorder on It to record for long takes?
Island Voice TV yes, there are no limits to external recording. When the camera is connected to HDMI, the sleep/power-saving setting get disabled. It’ll output 4K60 indefinitely! There may be limits on the recorder , but that’s up to that manufacturer.
@PhotoJoseph Thank you Joseph!
sad g85 noises
"Disabling any physical operation can be assigned to an Fn button."

does this mean that i'll be able to lock out the top rear dial using a function? it's been driving me crazy ever since i got the s1--that dial rubs on my clothing no matter how i carry the camera. the existing lock functions won't just lock out the rear dial and are too slow to use. and the dial switch settings don't allow you to disable the top rear dial.

be great if my squeaky wheel was getting the grease with this update, but i'm not holding my breath. :) /guy
I don’t know actually. Ask again once the update ships or of course install it and let us know!
Outstanding updates. This definately makes the G9 a powerhouse in that price range!

One question: Can the Focus Ring Control be set to linear in the G9? The non-linear setting is not pleasant to use and I was happy to see the linear option in the S1.
No, unfortunately
Nice to see Panasonic supporting (my) G9 and M43 in this way. This is 100% what camera buyers want, people invest their hard earned and the manufacturer reciprocates by continuing to push its capabilities.
I have a GH5S and G85. Tempted to upgrade the G85 to the G9 because of the advanced video and photo features now, should match up nicely to the GH5S and seems a better option for photos
The G9 is excellent even before the updates!
Thank you Joseph! You’re a genius! Thank you Panasonic. This is amazing news! 😍😍 sticking to my G9 for sure!
When I bought my GH5 it came with 1.1 firmware. When I tried to update it I had to go to 2.1 as all the in-between updates were not available. Then I missed in-between updates and now I am on firmware 2.5 and waiting to update to firmware 2.6 in a few days' time. What I don't know is whether I need the in-between firmwares that I missed or just having the latest firmware is sufficient. If I need all those firmware updates that I missed then how do I install them as I cannot find the activation link on the Panasonic website. I will really appreciate any advice/suggestions.
You should be able to go straight there.
@PhotoJoseph I have tried Panasonic website but, unfortunately, while all the details of what each firmware update updated are present, there's no link to download the previous firmware updates. I suspect that the latest firmware update includes all the previous updates and automatically updates whatever I don't have in my GH5. But I am not sure! Would appreciate if Panasonic could confirm that, or if they say that one needs to install each firmware update individually, then show us how to do it. I don't know how to contact Panasonic but perhaps as a Panasonic Ambassador you could kindly urge them to clarify this dilemma of mine, and I am sure of many others. Thanks in advance!
Yusuf Karim I already answered your question. You can just install the latest. I will pass on the info that this isn’t clear on the download page, thank you.
@PhotoJoseph Thank you!
Joseph, night (red) mode was available before update on GH5 :)
Yep. I made a mistake.
@PhotoJoseph we are humans :) bur overall good video and channel with a lot of useful knowledge.
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