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How to Update! July 2019 Firmware Updates LUMIX S & G Series

Photo Moment - July 10, 2019

Panasonic has released firmware updates 1.2 for the LUMIX S1 and S1R, firmware 2.5 for the LUMIX GH5, and firmware 1.3 for the LUMIX GH5S, G9G80/G81/G85G90/G91/G95 and the GX9. The video above walks you through the update procedure, which is also outlined below!

Download your Firmware Updates here

Firmware Update Procedure

  1. Ensure your batteries are at least 50% full for the S Series, and full for all other cameras
  2. Format an SD memory card in your camera, then turn off the camera
  3. Remove the SD card from the camera, and insert it into your computer
  4. Visit this Panasonic page in any web browser
    1. Click the Downloads button in the of buttons near the top of the page
    2. Select the appropriate tab for your camera (Full-frame System Camera or Micro Four Thirds System Camera)
    3. Locate your camera model in the list, and click the Click to the download page link. This will open a new window. If a window does not open, you may have pop-ups disabled. Change that in your browser settings.
    4. Click the Download button in the pop-up window
  5. Locate the downloaded .zip file, and double-click it to expand to a .bin file
  6. Copy the .bin file to the root level of your camera's SD card. Just drag it to the icon; don't put it inside a folder/directory in the SD card.
  7. Remove the SD card from your computer, and re-insert it into your camera
  8. Turn on the camera
  9. Continue below depending on your camera model

Continued Update Procedure for LUMIX S1 and S1R

  1. Press the menu button
  2. Navigate to Setup menu (wrench) > IN/OUT menu (box with radio waves on it) > Bluetooth, and if Bluetooth is on, turn it off. \
  3. Navigate to Setup menu (wrench) > Others (wrench with three dots underneath it) > Firmware Version > Firmware Update
    • TROUBLESHOOTING — If the Firmware Update menu is not available, the camera does not see the file on the card.
      • Try reformatting the card, and copying the .bin file again
      • Ensure you downloaded the correct .bin file (i.e. the S1, not the S1R update, for the S1 camera)
      • Ensure you disabled bluetooth
      • Return to the download page, and locate the button “Click here to the procedure for update”. Read the painfully precise instructions carefully; look for anything you may have missed. If that still doesn't work… contact Panasonic. 
  4. It will confirm the version that it will update to; select Yes to start the update. The update will take several minutes (it took mine about 3m45s)
  5. The camera will automatically reboot when it's done. If you want, verify that the update was successful by going back to the Firmware Version menu and verifying the new version is there.
  6. If you disabled Bluetooth, don't forget to re-enable it

Continued Update Procedure for LUMIX G Series and Others

  1. Press the Play button
  2. The Version Up menu will appear; select Yes to update.
    • TROUBLESHOOTING — If the Version Up page does not appear, the camera does not see the file on the card.
      • Try reformatting the card, and copying the .bin file again
      • Ensure you downloaded the correct .bin file (i.e. the GH5, not the GH5S update, for the GH5 camera)
      • Return to the download page, and locate the button “Click here to the procedure for update”. Read the painfully precise instructions carefully; look for anything you may have missed. If that still doesn't work… contact Panasonic.
  3. The camera will automatically reboot when it's done. If you want, verify that the update was successful by going to the Setup menu (wrench) > Version Display and verifying the new version is there.

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Full-frame Mirrorless Camera Firmware Updates Include…

LUMIX S1R Firmware Version 1.2

  1. Improved performance of the Body Image Stabilizer
    • The correction performance of the Body Image Stabilizer has been improved from a maximum of 5.5 stops to a maximum of 6.0 stops. *1
    • The correction performance of the Dual I.S.2 has been improved from 6.0 stops to 6.5 stops. *2
      • *1 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50mm, when S-X50 is used.]
      • *2 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=105mm, when S-R24105 is used.]
        Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm, when S-R70200 is used.]
  2. Improved AF performance
    • [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.
    • The tracking performance when using [Tracking] AF mode in video recording has been improved.
    • Live view display during auto focusing is now easier to see.
  3. Improved operational stability
    1. Operational stability when using an XQD memory card has been improved.

LUMIX S1 Firmware Version 1.2

  1. Improved performance of the Body Image Stabilizer
    • The correction performance of the Body Image Stabilizer has been improved from a maximum of 5.5 stops to a maximum of 6.0 stops. *1
    • The correction performance of the Dual I.S.2 has been improved from 6.0 stops to 6.5 stops. *2
      • *1 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50mm, when S-X50 is used.]
      • *2 Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=105mm, when S-R24105 is used.]
        Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=200mm, when S-R70200 is used.]
  2. Improved AF performance
    • [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.
    • The tracking performance when using [Tracking] AF mode in video recording has been improved.
    • Live view display during auto focusing is now easier to see.
  3. Function Enhancement with Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2
    • An [Activate] function has been added which enables the use of extended functions using the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2. The following functions will be added by activating the Upgrade Software Key:
      • The video recording modes [MOV]
        4K60p/50p*4:2:08bitLongGOP150MbpsLPCM
         30p/25p*4:2:210bitLongGOP150MbpsLPCM
         24p4:2:210bitLongGOP100MbpsLPCM
        FHD60p/50p*4:2:210bitLongGOP100MbpsLPCM
         30p/25p*4:2:210bitLongGOP100MbpsLPCM
        • * PAL area only
      • HDMI 4K60p/50p* 4:2:2 10bit output
        • * PAL area only.
      • V-Log will be added in Photo Style.
      • The [V-Log View Assist] function will be added, which enables viewing the V-Log file with LUT(Look Up Table) when recording video in V-Log.
      • The [Read LUT File] function will be added, which allows users to install and apply their favorite LUT.
      • A WFM (Waveform Monitor) display function.
      • A [Luminance Level] adjustment function that complies with 10-bit.
      • An [XLR Mic Adaptor Setting] function that enables high-res sound recording using the XLR Microphone Adapter DMW-XLR1 (sold separately). *
        • * MOV only
  4. Improved operational stability
    • Operational stability when using an XQD memory card has been improved.

Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera Updates Include…

GH5 Firmware Version 2.5

  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.
    • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
    • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.
  2. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.
    • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

GH5S Firmware Version 1.3

  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.
    • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
    • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.
  2. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.
    • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

G9 Firmware Version 1.3

  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.
    • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
    • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.
  2. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.
    • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

G90/G91/G95 Firmware Version 1.3

  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.
    • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
    • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.
  2. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Battery Grip DMW-BGG1.
    • The Fn button on the Battery Grip can be customized in the camera’s custom menu.

G80/G81/G85 Firmware Version 1.3

  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.
    • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
    • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.
  2. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic Remote Shutter DMW-RS2.
    • The video REC switch on the Remote Shutter can be disabled in the camera’s custom menu.

GX9 Firmware Version 1.3

  1. Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) digital interchangeable lens.
    • Smooth aperture control is available during video recording.
    • [Aperture Ring Increment] has been added with which users can choose the control method of the aperture ring from [SMOOTH] or [1/3EV] in photo shooting.

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The update procedure is a little different than before, so I thought I'd make this video for you. Are you excited for the S1 Filmmakers Update coming next?! Also, get the firmware updates here https://photojoseph.com/July2019LUMIXfirmwareUpdates
How do you update the DC-ZS70. Ive been having trouble updating and setting up the camera to take amazing pictures like I know it can
I haven’t tried that camera but I’d assume it to be the same process as the others. Read the instructions page if that isn’t working.
@PhotoJoseph I've been following the instructions you put out and on the page but it won't work for me 🤷🏻‍♀️
Have the GH5S. Last week reset my settings. Now I need to update to V1.4. The camera is on V1.2 for body and lens. The camera is not reading the bin file. Did all the necessary steps. Format, battery is full, tried on 2 different cards. Nothing. Next step calling panasonic. any clues?? would greatly appreciated.
hey guys just updated my gh 5 to the latest 2.6 but realized after I forgot about the prior 2.5 update is it included in 2.6
Hi
@PhotoJoseph I did what you said but when I clicked the zip file this comes out. Unable to expand GH5s V13 bin. It is and unsupported format. I use OS Mac. Hope you can help me. Thanks for your videos
PhotoJoseph I hoy it.. I was trying to unzip the bin but I got it figured it . Thanks for the fast reply
Hi Joseph! I had a problem updating my GH5s. When I press play the interface shows there is no valid image to display. So it doesn't recognize the file. I didn't get the 1.2 update so i am skipin it from 1.1 to 1.3. May this be a problem? I tried to look for the 1.2 but I can's find it. If I skip that update, are the features it included included on the 1.3 update? I would really apreciate your help.
Хотя и на анлгийском,но объяснил хорошо.Я теперь знаю как обновить свой S1.
Спасибо.
hi joseph!
.. i know it´s off topic here, but maybe u would answer me. what are the differences with the letters GH5-LEB, MEB, LEC, MEG-K ..... aso.? unfortunately i can´t find that anywhere and need to know for purchse; many thx in advance & greetings from austria.
Anything after the cameras model is either regional (for sale in Europe, North America, etc.) or bundles (what lens it comes with).
@PhotoJoseph ok, thx a lot. so no troubles with different specs (except lenses of course), as i suppose - fine.
(ordered a GH5 now in the UK for ~ € 1.500,- with the 12-60 leica to austria - that´s DC-GH5LEB-K. forget about the nikon Z50)
dude I've done this at least a dozen times with my Gh5 as well as the rental Gh5 I have and it doesn't work on either one. I don't know what I'm doing wrong! I'm tried in all kinds of modes and even turning bluetooth off. Nothing works!
Using slot #1?
@PhotoJoseph yep! keep in mind everything I've tried I've actually done on two cameras.
it's finally working. Your link worked better than the one I found directly off the Panasonic website. I don't know why. @PhotoJoseph
Andres Ortiz you’ve re-downloaded the file? Made sure it’s the right format (not uncompressed I think… I forget now; watch the video)… copied the file to the root level of the SD card?
Thanks Joseph!! Easy thanks to you!
Sweet!
i updated based on the procedure shown here - i cannot find the new features AF ON - Near/Far? Can you kindly guide me please - thank you
You have to assign it to a custom function button. That appears to be the only place it’s listed.
thanks a mil got it!
great!
Hey Joseph, Just updated the firmware on my GH5 body to 2.3 . but my lens firmware is on version 1.0 - i have the Lumix G 12-35mm and 35-100mm ~ Are we suppose to also download the Lens update? the page for lens software is a bit confusing ... Would you please be so kind and patient to explain the update for the lenses? thank you ( Please speak to me like a 6th grader ) I am in slo mo...
The process is the same for doing a lens. Exactly the same. If you don’t see an update listed for your lens, then one isn’t available. Also there have been two editions of those lenses. If yours are gunmetal grey/blue, that’s the original and I’m 99% sure there are updates available. If they are black then they are the new ones and I don’t think those have been updated. Check the part number on the lens; it’s engraved near the lens mount. Have lots of light and perhaps magnifying glass. They’re frustratingly hard to see.
thank you - used a magnifying glass to see the number & it wasnt on the panasonic list - So I'm assuming now Its all good.. camera GH5 has been updated... Thank you for this. much appreciated.
You’re welcome! It’s such a tiny number; I’m glad you could find it.
Hi Joseph, could you demonstrate how to use the new "shift near" and "shit far" AF on the S1?
Great info...thank you. Is an S1/S1R hardware or firmware pending to change the type of card in the XQD slot? This was mentioned a few times, but I don't recall the sources...perhaps wishful thinking?
Good Afternoon,


After i downloaded the Firmware Version on my camera (Ver 1.2) the settings were not functioning or even coming up on the displays. V log photo style and other features are not popping up when i go through the camera settings.


Please advise.


-Sean
That's because this wasn't the V-Log update. That comes later this month.
PhotoJoseph thank you, I was worried something was wrong with camera or firmware. Everyone is advertising that it’s the V log update. Do you have any idea of the actual release date?
End of the month; that’s all that’s made public. No actual date. Of course it’s over half way through the month, so no more than a couple of weeks.
I have follow all the steps but am not getting the vlog or 10bits MOV option, Anything am doing wrong????
@PhotoJoseph Thanks boss, just found this out. but it's a bit unfair to have to wait 28days to get this, would have been nice to just include it in the original purchase of the camera, or within the update, like they did for the GH5s.
So will this update my s1 to give the added video features you talked of on your previous videos? My local store where I purchased to camera said they charge for the update.
What about the S1 update key? How do we use that to gain access to V-log and such.
PhotoJoseph awesome thank you. Yeah it took me a few minutes to figure out this update and then I didn't see anywhere to add the key once we receive them but that's good to know that it's in a later update.

Have you had a chance to see the new l mount lens's announced today? Specifically the 14-24 2.8 sigma? I'm excited to see if the performance is similar to the native glass.
No more love for the GX8 then. Ok, fine. I got fed up waiting for a newer version anyway, time for an E-M1ii
The GX8 is literally four years old. There is now a GX9, and probably a dozen other LUMIX cameras have been released since then. I really don't understand what you're fed up waiting for, or why you'd expect a midrange four year old camera to continue getting updates. Software updates require hardware that can support the features; most of the new features you see added to cameras like the S and G series were designed into the hardware from the beginning with planned updates (as they are flagship cameras, this is part of their release strategy to make hardware last longer, unlike what many manufacturers do which is plan obsolescence even into their most expensive cameras), or are new software discover/developments with existing modern hardware. A four year old camera really isn't the focus of ANY company.
@PhotoJoseph this is the first firmware update which doesn't include anything for the GX8, which I'm a little sad about. Signifies it's not 'current', and likely won't be getting any further firmware updates.

I got fed up waiting for a new high end GX model to replace the GX8, with Dual IS etc. The GX9 doesn't cut it as a GX8 replacement.
How about the G9 then?
The update (for the G9) seems to only be about using the new zoom and remote cable and possible headphone volume inconsistency. The new zoom is way out of my retirement price range, I don't use remote cable, and headphone volume is ok, so I'll pass unless there is a more compelling reason not listed.
Thanks for the tutorial!
@PhotoJoseph for sure. The update can't hurt.
I am looking for a camera for video and photography as well, what type of camera you recommend?
Another great wee video from you Joseph. Very helpful links for the firmware. Oh my gosh, when are they releasing this Joseph?
GH5 Firmware Version 2.5, Improved compatibility with the Panasonic LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH.
Cool, my g80 got an update too! Thank you (i would never checked it out by myself).
So I’ve been searching for the process of obtaining the vlog update for free based on what was announced and since I have two S1’s- have not discovered it...what do I need to do?
PhotoJoseph I appreciate the response. Unfortunately, BestBuy, where both were purchases, doesn’t have any info & I’ve spoken to the Geek Squad Elite, Store manager, tech support from calling that #, camera support, etc. So no luck so far. Next step will be to elevate the higher tiers. I would expect more guidance from Panasonic. Anyway, I appreciate your video- always good editing & production. Thanks anyway.
PhotoJoseph oh & I thought it was out with v1.2. I’m confused with that
THANK YOU DEAR JOSEPH !!!
I wish you should do a video tutorial on S1 & S1R to help out guy like me who bought the camera and start to learn photography for my retirement. Thanks
He already has - look at his previous videos titled "hands on"
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