September 28, 2017

Panasonic Releases GH5 Firmware 2.0 with Anamorphic and More

Panasonic releases LUMIX DC-GH5 firmware 2.0 with a slew of new features and improvements. 

The wait is finally over. We announced last month that Panasonic has updated the GH5 to include 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-Intra 400 Mbps to 4K and full HD video recording modes, and the new firmware is now available.

In NTSC, you'll now see options for 4096 x 2160 (24p) and 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), PAL 3840 x 2160 (25p) and CINEMA 4096 x 2160 (24p) and 3840 x 2160 (24p).  To take full advantage of the ALL-Intra video you must use an SD memory card with a Video Speed Class 60 or higher. Panasonic has confirmed operation with a Video Speed Class 90 rated memory card.  

Panasonic GH5 recording modes
GH5 video recording modesCredit: Panasonic

4K HDR Video Recording

Both HDR (High Dynamic Range) and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) have been added to the GH5. The camera records video with a designated gamma curve compatible with ITU-R BT.2100. While you can choose HLG, the GH5 monitor is not capable of showing images in HLG. If you're using an external monitor or recorder for HDR images, HLG View Assist will convert the images to display them. Additionally, 4K HEVC has been added for HLG. 

Anamorphic 

With firmware version 1.1, Panasonic added 4:2:2 10-bit video recording to anamorphic (4:3) mode. Now with 2.0, a high-resolution anamorphic mode has been added to enable video recording in 18-mega effective pixels. This new mode can be recorded in HEVC /H.265 with an aspect ratio suited for an anamorphic lens,4:3. The effective picture size for this mode is equivalent to the number of pixels produced by 6K (approx 6000h x 3000v pixels). During playback, you will need gear that supports HEVC /H.265. 

New High-Resolution Anamorphic Mode
New High-Resolution Anamorphic ModeCredit: Panasonic

Improved Autofocus 

Panasonic has improved autofocus performance for subjects with low contrast in photo shooting and the tracking autofocus in video recording. Now the customized AF area can be continuously displayed in Multi AF and Custom Multi AF during live-view. Additionally, the start point of AF lock can be set on the live view screen in advance in AF Tracking.

Enhanced Image Stabilizer

I.S. Lock video has been added to compensate for handshake when the viewing angle is fixed. A new handshake correction mode has been added to provide optimum correction when using 2.0x and 1.33x anamorphic lens as well. 

Other Fixes

  • Improved timelapse shooting
  • Improved Power Save LVF
  • The Bluetooth Remote Control function can be used with Image App
  • A rating function using a Fn button is available in Playback Zoom and Multi Playback
  • The DISP.Button can be locked
  • Many others

In addition to the GH5 receiving an update, the DMC-GH4 got a lift to version 2.7 to fix a Variable Frame Rate issue while using image stabilization. You can download the GH5 firmware here.       

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The footage looks just as good and anything I've seen from the EVA1 to this point. 400mbps ALL-I may be able to compete with ProRes.

September 28, 2017 at 4:00PM

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For quality definitely. H.265 is still a pain to edit with like it's h.264 brother. Think prores will always beat it in post.

September 29, 2017 at 10:35AM

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Charles C.
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It should be noted that HDR mode can't be used in Cinema mode, and can only be activated by using the HVCE codec. HLG provides no real leg up from the standard VLog profile. Also keep in mind for HDR mode that the HLG profile is activated, which means all curves are automatically set to -5. If you want a clean image to color correct in post, I'd suggest moving the curves back to neutral before shooting.

September 29, 2017 at 7:26AM

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HLG is a "ready to broadcast" HDR format where you would perform little to no color correction or grading on it. It is an alternative to the standard HDR LOG formats, and meant for fast-turn-around situations where you shoot and then the footage is edited as quickly as possible to have it ready for 4K HLG broadcast.

I can also see it being used by people that want "instant HDR" footage that can be viewed on any HDR display with no de-logging required.

October 2, 2017 at 9:10PM, Edited October 2, 9:13PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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