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December 7, 2011

Panasonic Adds 25P or 30P to GH2 with New Firmware Update

The Panasonic GH2 is beloved by many because of its small size, small price, and, um, large hackability. It has always had 24p, but until now never had 25p or 30p. Thanks to a new firmware released by Panasonic, GH2 users will be getting one or the other (but unfortunately not both): PAL GH2 users can now get 25p embedded in a 50i stream, and North American buyers get 30p embedded in a 60i stream (both at 24mb/s AVCHD). Here are the rest of the details:

  1. Added a video mode [HIGH BIT RATE] which is suitable for editing video recorded at high bit rate(24Mbps).
  2. Added a function [POWER ZOOM LENS] when using power zoom lens.
    ([DISP FOCAL LENGTH], [STEP ZOOM], [ZOOM RESUME], [ZOOM SPEED], [ZOOM RING]*)
  3. Full area enlargement of AF area setting.
  4. Improved in the speed of consecutive shooting when shot with auto bracket.
  5. Increased number of recordable images in consecutive shooting.
  6. [EX.TELE CONV. (Extra Tele Conversion)] can be set ON/OFF separately in photo or video recording.
  7. More accurate light adjustment of built-in flash.
  8. Improved in the AF performance in video recording.
  9. Synchronization of alarm volume for low battery with [BEEP VOLUME].
  10. Added a function [HALF PRESS RELEASE].
  11. Improved NR (Noise Reduction) in high sensitivity shooting.
  12. Added a function [TOUCH SCREEN] which is ON/OFF control of touch-screen.

* Available with LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. only.

Note that this will overwrite any hacked firmware you may be running, and the hacks are not compatible with this new version (yet).

Link: Panasonic GH2 Firmware Update - Panasonic Japan

[via Philip Bloom]

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27 Comments

...and still my D7000 cannot record at 60fps..

December 7, 2011

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thankfully there's a hack for it too, because I certainly don't want:
* anything that's not a world camera: 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p are absolutely mandatory
* anything embedded in an interlaced stream

the GH2 is the perfect example of how a manufacturer can cripple its products way below their capabilities just for fun

December 7, 2011

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Hi Koo
Did you know about this http://vimeo.com/33025136
I think you can write a nice article about it especially if you interview the guy

December 7, 2011

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Aksel

Aksel, picture quality, specially the detail level of it, is just ridiculous. Best looking DSLR material I've seen so far.

December 8, 2011

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ceptor

The gh2 puts out the best picture quality (with proper glass and viewed on vimeo or a similar site) hands down imo. The lowlight is insane, the size of the actual camera is great for many, and micro four-thirds sensor is viewed as a positive by most as well. Great alternative dev support, half the price of a 5DMII, it's hard to find a reason not buy this camera. If I needed another low-budget body, I would without a doubt pick one of these up. Love it.

December 8, 2011

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chris

Agreed

December 8, 2011

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ceptor

You mean less than one third of the price of a 5Dmk2. GH2 body = $700. 5D body = $2200. From legit dealers, of course.

December 8, 2011

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Shenan

right now at B&H and Amazon the GH2 with 14-42 lens is $699

December 8, 2011

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I agree... Just posted my interview with the director, really surprised to hear it was made for under 5k!!!

http://artofthestory.com/?p=994

December 8, 2011

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Are you saying that if I buy a GH2 now, I can't hack it due to the firmware upgrade? Or this firmware upgrade is optional to users/ buyers to install once they have bought the GH2 (once ready In Stock at B&H for example)?

Thanks for clarification in advance.

December 8, 2011

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i don´t know if all the bodies have the newest firmware installed ,but you can install hack even when you have the official firmware..but you will lose all the new functions ... it´s only a matter of time when the hack will be available also for the new firmware..

December 8, 2011

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matus amrich

What's worse: the GH2's 2.0x crop factor, or a Canon DSLR's moiré?

I want to begin DSLR video, currently own an XSi/450D and finished working with an XH-A1 for the past few years.

60D
Like: Canon (I'm a fan), I already own EF-S lenses, flip-out screen, only a 1.6x crop, can pick up stills from my 450D experience
Dislike: Morié.
Question: Is morié easy to deal with? Should it deter me from going Canon (waiting for the 4K is not an option).

GH2
Like: 16x9 native sensor, video-oriented features, smaller, no moiré!
Dislike: the 2.0x crop factor.
Question: Is 2.0x crop too much? How would I do wide shots? Even a 12mm means only 24mm? Is it difficult to deal with that much crop in shooting? Does the video-oriented nature of the camera make it worth it?

Thanks!

December 8, 2011

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As far as morié, I would think about the final format your product will be delivered in, and if it's going to be that noticeable through a compressed stream. Watch some tests for your answer to that. As far as a multiplied crop factor? Take a few steps back. Then again, if you already have a significant investment in EF-S lense's, there is that to think about as well. You could always try renting or borrowing ahead of time, I know people with both of these cameras, so I would probably go that way with it personally. Hope that was of some help!

December 8, 2011

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chris

gh2 crop is more like 1.85ish i believe

December 8, 2011

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It's basically 2X.

December 8, 2011

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Ryan Koo
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Writer/Director

sorry Koo but 2x crop factor have m4/3 senzors only in G1/G2/G3 GF1/GF2/GF3 the GH series have oversized multiaspect senzor which never uses it´s full size so it is larger than 2x cropped senzor . in video it´s set to 16:9 mode which is not a crop from 4:3! in 16:9 mode it uses the widest part of the senzor.. look here http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicdmcgh1/

December 9, 2011

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matt

They're right Koo, it's 1.85x crop due to an oversized m43 sensor.

December 11, 2011

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Lucas Adamson

Oh, and it's a ridiculous way of looking at it. 2x crop factor of what? A stills full frame image - not relevant to film production, particularly. Super35 is THE standard we should be using, and then you see it's actually moot.

December 11, 2011

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Lucas Adamson

For me personally, I would say moiré and aliasing is much worse than the crop factor issue. The crop factor of a GH2 is only about 10%-20% more than the crop factor of a 7D or Super 35mm motion picture frame (look at frame size comparisons), so you can easily compensate for the difference with wider lenses, moving the camera back a bit, or opening up the aperture, depending on what you are trying to accomplish. Contrast that with the acrobatics you would need to do to fix moiré and aliasing in post, if you can even fix it. And you gain a lot of video image quality with GH2 in the process, even without the hacks.

December 8, 2011

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Shenan

I am one of those guys who does not feel comfortable hacking the camera, so this update is great! One question for you GH2 users. How much difference is there between the new 24Mpbs and the Cinema 24p mode?
Thanks.

Bill

December 8, 2011

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Bill~

I was really worried about hacking my GH2 as well, but these instructions made it feel very easy. http://www.zeroplusplus.com/easy-panasonic-gh2-42mbps-firmware-patch-ins...

I'm glad I did, too - the results post hack are amazing: http://youtu.be/76SuJv55k04?hd=1

December 9, 2011

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Joe

Oh - and that video I linked to was shot at 60fps/720p at about 34mbps. In 24p cinema mode at 44mbps, it's as sharp as any other DSLR on the market.

December 9, 2011

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Joe

Should read "considerably sharper"

December 11, 2011

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Lucas Adamson

Whoa ! I read above (#6) - that the ETC mode is now available for STILLS. If so, that's HUGE. Is that, in fact, correct?

December 8, 2011

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If anyone can elaborate on kicap's question above, or direct us wanna be GH2 buyers to where we can learn. I am sure many people would be thankful. Myself included. But after reading an unbelievable amount of posts from many, many forums, the straight goods are just not easy to come by. So, what is the state of GH2 HACKABILITY on a model bought now. And does the subject of this Thread (firmware upgrade) impact any of this.
Please, help some bro's out!

December 8, 2011

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funkydmunky

The newer 25p / 30p firmware will be hacked within a week of today, probably, said Vitaliy Kieselev.

December 11, 2011

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Lucas Adamson