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How to Firmware Update LUMIX G9 (and V-Log L), GH5, GH5S, S1, S1R

Photo Moment - November 20, 2019

The November 2019 Firmware updates for the Panasonic LUMIX S1, S1R, GH5, GH5S and G9 are now available — here's how to update your camera!

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  • 1:00 How to update your S1 or S1R
  • 4:10 How to update your G9, GH5 or GH5S
  • 8:07 How to install SFU1 (V-Log L upgrade)

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Thank you for the video!
My gh5 firmware is 2.1,am trying to update to 2.7 but trying to press play button it displays no valid picture to play,can you assist me?
Just start the process from the beginning. The most common mistake is people tend to put the file in the wrong place on the SD card.
Thank you...Mac is so complicated with .bin. Is my first day with g9
My G9 does not have the STD menu for selecting VLOG ???? The VLOG update is installed. How the hell do you select VLOG anywhere ... it is doing my head in. I can't instructions how to do it anywhere.
@PhotoJoseph ... I have mate. The only place it appears is in P mode and its greyed out.
I can't picture what's wrong. My only suggestions are to either call Panasonic's free technical support, or book 20 minutes with me and we can try to figure it out
@PhotoJoseph ... all good mate. I did a factory reset and it seems to have sorted it out. All the options are there now ... So f**ked if I know.
Oh that’s great news!
@PhotoJoseph ... I appreciate you getting back to me though ... thanks.
What if I have vlog on my gh4 can i use the same code
i keep getting "no activation code" when i try this, any ideas what I'm doing wrong? I'm following all the steps.
and I have firmware 2.1 on camera
when you try to do *what*… please, details.
@PhotoJoseph figured it out. If you have High Sierra as your mac OS, the drag and drop won't work for some reason. Had to use a different computer with Mojave
Hi Joseph. Where is the upgrade information to the software Version 2.1? Thank you for your help!
I didn't do a dedicated video as it was a very small update, but I did put it on my website
what is that neosoul music at 8:20??? whewwwwww!!!!
I don't know which was wich but here's the full set of tracks used in this video (this is always listed on, which you'll see the link to in the description of every video). All tracks are from MusicBed — Tracks used in this video: Thrills by LAXCity, Miss Me by Breakup, Here we Go Again by Floyd Wonder, No More Gravity by Red Licorice, Brooklyn by Junior State, One Million by Utah
Love your videos. Do you have a revised file update for your custom settings on GH5 to download ? I’m still using your old one from your from your course. Thanks. 🙂
I don't, and here's why… I change my settings ALL THE TIME. I found that I'm constantly adjusting my C memory settings, how I configure the camera, etc. for nearly every shoot. Having one "base line" just doesn't work for me anymore, sorry! So I think what I provided way-back-when is a good starting point.
Thanks Joseph. Makes good sense.
hi, I watched the video but my macbook pro does not have an SD card slot.
Hey I really hope you reply I need you help. I entered into the service mode on my lumix g9 to see the image count and now I’m stuck in service mode and a yellow triangle shows every time I turn the camera off. Do you know how to turn it off or can you put me in contact with someone who can help with that. Panasonic does not have a good customer service
I don't know offhand, but Panasonic has fine customer service — have you tried calling them? If they give you grief about being in service mode… well, that mode isn't designed for users so expect a little grief about going there ;-)
PhotoJoseph thank you for the reply and I have gotten the problem fixed.
Good, sorry for the delayed reply
Is the G9 compatible with Elgato Camlink 4k for streaming? It has clean hdmi output but in the official Elgato compatible cameras it only lists the GH5 and not the G9, which seems weird. Could the 30 minute record limit be the reason?
That is odd. I haven’t use the ElGato but it’s hard to imagine any reason that it wouldn’t work. The 30 minute limit only applies to internal recording; any of these cameras can be connected to HDMI and left on indefinitely. I vote it’d work fine. As always… but from somewhere you can easily return it!
@PhotoJoseph thanks for your response, I will buy it from a shop that has 14 day return warranty
Good plan!
Thanks for this video - what do you think about the new mode for exposure - (german: gewichtete spitzlichter - highlights mode)?
Hey there, sorry for the delay. I got this same question twice in a couple of days and wanted to be sure I had a good answer.

It is designed for scenes where you have a bright spot, such as a play on a theater stage. The metering mode looks at the brightest parts of the scene, and builds the exposure for that. If you used center weighted it'd calculate the shadows in too much, and multi-zone metering would likely as well. This basically tells the camera that the brightest part of the scene is what it should expose for.
Hi Sir I Have question. I recently bought Lumix s1 whole kit was cost me 5000$ with vlog. But I'm disappointed why s1 doesn't have FHD 120p with Audio Autofocus. All other manufacturers Offering this. Like sony A7iii Canon R. As ambassador r you able reach lumix about this. greatly appreciate that
And there are things this system has that those don’t. Sorry you’re disappointed.
@PhotoJoseph Thanks for reply Sir. I really appreciate your time. all I'm saying if this possible in future firmware update. that'll be great. 🙏
when i put my card in my gh5s body it is not showing version up page
You’re going to have to give me a lot more info to help you, but honestly every time this doesn’t work it’s because someone slipped a step. Watch the video again or read the Panasonic page and follow it step by step.
Absolutely helpful. Thx a lot and peaceful Christmas for you.
Thank you!
I have a littl dilema... If you have to buy NOW a camera for weddings what you choose between Panasonic GH5 and BMPCC4K? Thanks
GH5, without a doubt. Disclaimer: you’re asking a LUMIX Ambassador ;-)
@PhotoJoseph Lumix Ambassador but I trust that you give a honest opinion!!!
Do you think, that at some point, Panasonic will make anamorphic recording accessible for the S1 as well? It's such a bummer for filmmakers who recently bought the S1, when Panasonic released the S1H shortly after it. Trying to sell the S1 or trade it in for the S1H is not reasonable due to the price politics of Panasonic.
No, I don’t. But I also don’t understand the sentiment. You bought an S1 which did not have anamorphic support. If you needed anamorphic, then the S1 wasn’t the camera for you. Now that there’s another camera (the S1H) with anamorphic support, you want that feature, but it’s for that camera. You need to buy the camera that has the feature, sorry. I understand you’re bummed, but the camera you bought didn’t lose any features. You must have felt it suited your needs when you bought it; if your needs changed, then the camera must change to go with it.
bought three used, in mint condition, g9s earlier this year for $900 each. Now with the latest firmware it's the best bang for my money hands down.
It’s a sweet camera, isn’t it!
Joseph, I just got an S1 with 1.10 firmware--and I can't find the 1.2 firmware update. All I see is the 1.3 on the Panasonic site. Is there any problem with me skipping the intermediary update and just installing 1.3???
PhotoJoseph great. The camera comes tomorrow. I’ll install 1.3 before I load in V-log. Bye the way, I really enjoy your videos— so clear, so helpful. Thanks so much.
Thank you, and enjoy the camera!
Hi joseph i am preet from Sydney i am panasonick GH5s user now i buy panasonick s1 camera i try to find shutter priority like we can set in GH5s 180°,,,, can i set in lumix S1 or not
Big thanks if you help me with that joseph
Just responded to you on Facebook
Thanks joseph for help
Thank You! It works! I have v-log now!
Greetings from Germany, Berlin
It is Work for te gh4??
Excellent. Just ordered a G9 so when it arrives I will apply the update and purchase the V-LOG upgrade. Been waiting for a year for the G9 to come down in price. Panasonic makes great cameras, but always too expensive for me until they drop the prices. Will look for your instructions on how to use the V-LOG.
@photojoseph hey Joseph, long time no talk. I'm finally back on the Panasonic horse and using my GH5. Well I went to go update it just now with v2.6 and right in the middle of updating the camera just shut off. I thought it was part of the update, but after a few minutes I turned the camera off then on only to realize to my horror that the entire menu is now gibberish of letters and symbols and I can't use the camera. It keeps shutting itself off. Is there ANY way to do a reset on the camera without the menu? like a 'insert this firmware, power on the camera and it will auto install over the corrupt firmware'?? Any info at all you could help with this would be appreciate I REALLY don't wanna have to send my camera in to Panasonic to have them reset it....grrrrrr thanks
Call Panasonic support. Sorry man.
PhotoJoseph is there a link you can provide or the phone # because I’ve spent the last 24hrs looking for a contact number lol and all I get is “live chat” which doesn’t work or at least I can’t contact anyone and a support page. Literally couldn’t find a number to speak with a real life person anywhere
Sully Cortez I’m not at the studio now but I just googled “Panasonic support phone number” and got 800-211-7262 — try that
PhotoJoseph thank you sir!! I forgot google existed for a second lol 😂
Panasonic still doing there thing which is great. How much is the Panasonic GH5 and GH5s in the Black Friday sale
I haven’t used back-button-focus since version 2.0. Not once ! Awesome.
Hi! Very helpful videos! I was trying to update my GH5s to version 1.4... and I couldn´t. Then I realized I wasnt running the previous version 1.3... is that maybe the problem? I´m trying to fing de 1.3 firmware version but in the Panasonic support page isn´t available. Any help? Thanks!
Thanks for this tutorial...just got my GH5. How do you update lenses? Thanks! Mike Meyer - Columbus, Ohio (football capital of the world)
Same way as the body
@PhotoJoseph Thanks...I'm trying to figure out if my lens (Lumix 12-35mm) firmware is current. It shows version 1.0 in my camera. Just upgraded the camera to 2.6 successfully. I'm not seeing this lens firmware on Panasonic's list of available firmware updates, so I guess I'm OK. I just got the camera, so I'm unfamiliar with everything about it. I really appreciate your videos...huge help!
As always, Thanks for these videos! QUESTION: The GH5s & G9 both received Animal Detect, but the GH5 apparently did not. Why is this? And will the GH5 get this as well? Thanks.
Older processing engine, so no, sorry.
Hi Joseph
Great video. I have the GH5 and after updating I still can't get the Focus Peaking to work on auto focus, any body else had this problem ?
Did you enable it? It has its own setting in Peaking options. It doesn’t work quite the way I was hoping unfortunately. It only works while the camera is focusing in AF-S mode.
Dear Jospeh, Is the Panasonic Image App still usable when the new firmware is installed? Are all new features for the G9 automatically included in the app or will there be an update soon for the app as well?
You know, I haven’t tried yet. I doubt the old app will connect but haven’t tried. The new app, “LUMIX Sync”, has been great for the S1 but I haven’t compared features. Is there a specific feature you need? I could check on Monday
@PhotoJoseph Thanks for your reply. Just updated my G9 to firmware version 2.0. Camera settings are untouched after installation and Panasonic Image App works fine with all new features included. Great job Panasonic.
Joseph, could you explain how to turn on the focus peaking while in an autofocus mode feature for GH5 that just became available.
It’s an option under the peaking settings.
I have a Macbook pro that's up to date but it won't mount freshly camera formatted SD. Tried other Macs and have same problem. Any thoughts?
Resolved. Card reader. Keep up the great work.
I was waiting for this G9 firmware update so much because of the 10-bit video feature, but it turns out that 10bit is only available in MOV codec, and the free version of Resolve 16 doesn´t support it. Dang! Spending 300€ for the Studio version of Resolve because of one feature is not very tempting...
Time to pay for software I’m afraid.
New to the G9, grabbed the package with the 12-60 and other goodies from Adorama. Thanks for making this video, a lot easier and simpler than reading through the instructions!
Eye Detection for Animal after update G9...nice features...great Lumix
Eye detection for Animals? Are you sure? I thought it was only eye detection for humans.
I called the Pansonic site - they said no Vlog fiemware for G9. Not sure the Vlog L sfu1 will work with the G9?
You were given incorrect information. Did you watch this video? I literally installed the firmware update and V-Log on the G9. Watch it, please.
@PhotoJoseph Thanks for the information, just want to make sure. Its seems the Panasonic is outdated.
The G9 for $1K is SO tempting, especially after the new vid enhancements in firmware! So tempted. I love my GX85 too, btw.
Yup. Just updated mine. The new features are awesome! I managed a decent hi-res 80mp photo handheld using the new mode 2.
@dpanch_89 that's awesome .. time for me to sweet talk the wife
@PhotoJoseph are there updated manuals available?
Good question! Go into the camera and there’s a “manual” page they shows a link or QR code. Pull it up and let me know!
@PhotoJoseph Thank you, yes it is there :)
Andras Varga-Fekete and is it updated for the new features?
Yes all the bells and whistles. I wish these manuals would be more user friendly, but I can find my way around
Andras Varga-Fekete if you’re an iOS user, add the manual to Books, and you can add bookmarks, highlights and notes. That’s what I do with all user guides.
If i use the g9, do I have to be on the newest version to update to 2.0 or can I also upgrade from lets say 1.1
Whats important to me is, that I don't lose the benefits of the old updates
You can update from ANY version
Thanks for the great info. Could you also explain how to shoot and grade with HLG in your vlog for G9 video thanks
That’ll be another day. Once I figure it out :-)
Great video, Joseph. As always very helpful and informative.
Waiting for that video explaining how to shoot in v-log
Thanks Joseph. Please do the Vlog-L sooner than 2 weeks hehhe.. Also if I have a GH5s and I updated the body firmware I DONT ) need to update the V-Lo-L wright ? Thank again btw . I a msg new on all this so that why I ask
The GH5S came with V-Log installed, but even on GH5 if you have V-Log, the update won’t remove it.
@PhotoJoseph Thank you sir.
Does the G9 only allow the V-log profile in the movie mode or can I use it in Manual mode as well?
In photo mode yes it’ll work but like any profile it only applies to jpeg. But if you were shooting stills on a set and wanted them to match the V-Log footage, that’d work. Some apps will even let you apply a LUT to a photo.
The card reader on my computer doesn't work. Can I transfer it over with a USB-C cable?
Actually yeah… go to the update instructions page. I saw (but didn’t read) that there are instructions on how to do it via cable.
Yes, I just did it on my GH5.
Thank you so much. Look forward to that next video about vlog!
Love the new look shelving for your camera gear. Firmware updates installed for my GH5/GH5s. I'm holding out for the news of the Panasonic GH6 to be announced next year 2020!
Thanks! You won’t see this on the live show. Different set for recording. Fun stuff!
Youtube are changing a lot of stuff lately with FTC.
For a technology company like Panasonic to require this vlog activation code to be physically mailed is shocking, especially since you can order it online. Even from a green planet standpoint, negative marks. (Besides that thank-you Panasonic for this powerful firmware update!)
Yeah, I can’t explain it 🤷🏼‍♂️
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