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HOW TO UPDATE ▶︎ GH5, GH5S & G9 Firmware Update (October 2018 edition)

Photo Moment - October 23, 2018

The October 2018 firmware updates for the Panasonic LUMIX GH5, GH5S and G9 have just been released! Learn how to install them in this video.

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this didn't work for me with the card in Slot 1 it had to be in Slot 2
Which camera? Usually it has to be in slot 1. This is interesting.
oh you said GH5S in a previous post. Hmm… I'm about to record a video doing all updates, and will know then how it goes for me!
I'm on GH5s and this doesn't work, it says No valid picture
Great video man
hi i got some isuue about firmware in gh5 plz tell me about 2.5
Hi... I bought a GH5s recently... The body has a 1.1 version firmware on it... Since then, 1.2 and 1.3 has been out. In order to get all of the benefits of 1.2 and 1.3, do I have to download/install both, or will 1.3 alone include the previous benefits as well? Thanks
You can upgrade once to the latest version
@PhotoJoseph Awesome... Thanks for the reply and info, PhotoJoseph... Really appreciate it
Thanks. Got version 2.5
Thank you Joseph, super video, clear, to the point. Just updated my GH5. Mega Big Help! Thnx! DG
buen video
nice.. thanks :)
you're welcome!
if you update say from 1.0 to 2.5 does it mean you also update all the prior updates that have been released?
Yes, any update will always include previous updates. If it can’t it will warn you but I’ve never seen that happen.
Thank you so much!
You're welcome!
Very useful thank you. Saved me a ton of time.
Thank you Bud!!! I just updated my GH5, right now I'm shooting with the Sigma 18-35mm!! Does anyone have any suggestions on what Auto Focus to set with this lens...?? B/c the AF noise is killing me 🤨
hello, is there any possibility to save another language to GH5s? in my only English :(
The menus mean? Yes, you can change the language of the menus. It’s in the menus.
@PhotoJoseph thank you, but I have only English language and is it possible to upload to other languages,
Thank you so much! You should give tips to Panasonic on how to deliver an effective update instructional :)
For my G9 I managed to download the .bin file and it is on the card in slot 1 but when I press the play button it says "No valid picture to play"
What can I do now?
Hmm, did you reformat the card before starting? You've inserted the card then turned the camera on, in that order?
@PhotoJoseph Yes. But just found that it was somehow in DCIM file so removed it from there and pasted in the main body of Card1 and it updated ok from there.
@007Stalled 7 Thank you for that info. I had tried several times and had the same issue. Pasted it like you mentioned here and it worked.
Several months late here.
Can you use the USB connection to download from a PC to the card in slot 1 on the G9? ie then you don't have to remove the card to a PC or laptop especially if you don't have a card reader.
I honestly don't know but probably
this was the best video with best quality tutorial
Can't get this to work. My camera keeps saying "no valid picture to play" when I hit the play button.
You're likely missing a step. Please watch the video again and follow every step exactly. Make sure the card is newly formatted, the file is decompressed and in the right place, and the card is in the first slot.
Same. G9 won't see the update
Ed and Chase; you both followed the steps in the comment I left above?
PhotoJoseph thanks for commenting. Nothing I did worked on a PC so tried on a Mac... Hey presto a working file. G9 now successfully updated!
can you delete it off of the SD card once the camera displays that its running the new firmware update ?
At that point you should reformat the card, yes. Good question!
2 months late on this but cheers Joseph for the help
Here's a question I've yet to find an answer for. Got my G9 fairly recently. It shipped with 1.0 firmware. I can find no reference on whether you have to go from 1.0 to 1.1, then 1.2, or can you go straight to 1.2. I've scoured the Pana website and nada. Anyone know?
You can skip versions. Update away!
I did exactly what you said. however putting the update in the "root" of the folder. how? its not working
Just drag it to the disk, just like in the video
can yu do this with the camera connected to your computer via usb? i dont have anyway to put my sd card in my computer
No, it has to read the file from the card. How do you copy photos from your memory card? Do you mount the camera on your computer as a hard drive? If that’s the case, you may be able to copy the file to the SD card plugged into the camera that is connected via USB. It’s worth a try.
@PhotoJoseph does it work? any update?
Very helpful, thanks!
That went very well, thank you for the tutorial.
Seems panasonic have left use gh4 users out
Come on… that camera is over four years old. None of these new features could possibly be supported by that hardware, and also, how many camera manufacturers update cameras that old?
Yes I understand that but how hard would the update be for the gh4 after ther work already put in Fior the gh5 autofocus which for me stare the 4k revolution. .. I have the g3 2011 the gh4 2014 the gh5 2017 and ill have the SR1 2019 so I won't die but it would have been nice is all.
You don’t seem to understand. The updates are made possible by taking advantage of the processor in these new cameras. The CPU in them is massively more powerful than the one in the GH4. Even the G9 is more advanced in some ways than the GH5. You simply can’t do these things on the GH4. The processing power isn’t there. Remember these are computers as much as they are cameras.
Is there any way to hack the 10 min limit on 4k 60p / 30 min limit on 1080p as it was on G7 model ?
Not that I’m aware of
Will it work on a GH4.
No. Each update is specific to the camera model. There are updates for the Gh4 but they’re quite old. Still, check the same website and look for updates to see what’s there!
Great upload my friend.. Sending positivity across the board! :)
Is the firmware upgrade steps same for lens ?
You mention in the video not to unzip the file. I almost gave up until I decided to unzip and copy the extracted file to the memory card.
I said not to extract the .bin file. I didn’t say not to “unzip” the file. I suppose it originated as a zip and my system automatically unzipped it. Sorry for the confusion.
No problem, as long as we find it out :-) ;-)
The best video to show how to update Panasonic Cameras! Too bad you did not make this a couple years ago! Thanks!
I did, but it was buried in a longer video. Glad this was helpful.
Thanks Joseph. I haven’t updated the GH5 firmware in a long time. Can I go straight to the new firmware without any intermediate updates since I’ve missed a few?
Yes, absolutely.
PhotoJoseph sweet. I’m going to do that tonight. I’m excited for this update.

Would you be willing to make a video or do a live discussion on what exact fixes have been addressed? I understand that there’s a list of fixes but for my GH5s, VFR is still an issue. An example of something that has been addressed in the new firmware is VFR in V-Log-L on the GH5s. There should have been a difference but there is not.
I haven’t been told of any additional fixes that aren’t on the list that comes with each update. When I recorded this video, initially I talked about those fixes but decided to cut that out to keep it shorter since the list is right there to read. If I learn of anything that was not listed, I will definitely let you guys know. And just so you know, I did not get the update in advance. I got it the same time you guys did.
thanks joseph for leting me know about the update and including links
Hey :) thank you :D
Would love to know if the auto focus was improved in this firmware update for the G9.
Yes. Dramatically, especially for video.
Great news indeed! Updating in the morning!
you rock! thank you!
Great concise video. Too bad Panasonic didn't fix the VFR V-LOG bug; slow-mo V-LOG is still unusable with the GH5S.
Thanks. It's same procedure for update lenses?
You just have to do one at a time. After i updated the gh5 body i removed the .bin file and added .lin for the lens update
Yes correct. Sorry, I should have said that.
I know the G7 is only $500 but would still like to have a little update love....
Has it never had an update? It’s a pretty solid camera!
Thank you!
Hey @photojoseph I had to ask this question cause I'm having trouble updating my Panasonic Lumix 35-100 lens after I've updated my camera. It won't seem to update
Are you sure it needs the update? Remember there are two versions of that lens, the original and a version 2.
Good on you @PhotoJoseph your suggestion was more useful than I thought. I had 2 version updates for my HS35100 and also an update for my H025 as well as my GH5S Body. So good
PhotoJoseph I have never been a heavy user of Auto Focus as I’m not a YouTuber or in front of my camera much but the update has shown decent improvements. More than happy and look to more updates in the future
Thanks for the update. Btw, you don't have to format the SD card. Just adding the .bin file worked fine.
Always reformat the card. It’s like wearing your seatbelt.
Who would dislike this video after only being up one hour? SMH lol You can't get more straight to the point then this video. I just updated my 12-35mm version 1 lens now I have dual IS. The update has been out for lens but I never knew about it. Thanks again.
PJ, are you planning on doing some tests to see if there's real improvements over the past version? I'm just tired of these tiny improvements. I ended up ordering the EOS R, which is inferior to GH5 in every way other than AF. I really wish I didn't have to. I was so happy with my GH5 except the fact that I needed to rely on AF more. :(
I will.
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