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Panasonic LUMIX Firmware S1H Ver.2.4 / S1 Ver. 2.0 / S5 Ver.2.2 / BGH1 Ver.2.0

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Panasonic has released firmware updates for 5 of its cameras. These firmware updates add a lot of new functionality and features to the S1H, S1, S1R, S5, and BGH1

Pansonic has always been good and giving its users additional features and functionality via firmware updates. There is no doubt that the Panasonic mirrorless hybrid cameras have a lot of impressive features for capturing video, but a lot of potential owners are put off by the AF performance and limited choice of L mount glass.

S1H Ver.2.4 (available 31st March)

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The S1H is already a well-featured mirrorless hybrid and now Panasonic has increased its versatility by allowing users to output a RAW signal that can be recorded as Blackmagic RAW on a 5″ or 7″ Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR.

Here is what the S1H can record externally as Blackmagic RAW:

SENSOR MODERESOLUTIONFRAME RATE
& BIT DEPTH
Full5.9K (5888 x 3312)
16:9
29.97p 12-bit
25.00p 12-bit
23.98p 12-bit
S354K (4128 x 2176)
17:9
59.94p 12-bit
50.00p 12-bit
29.97p 12-bit
25.00p 12-bit
23.98p 12-bit
S35Anamorphic 3.5K
3536 x 2656 (4:3)
50.00p 12-bit
29.97p 12-bit
25.00p 12-bit
23.98p 12-bit

The S1H now joins a select number of cameras that are capable of recording both ProRes RAW and Blackmagic RAW externally.

Other items of importance to note when outputting RAW to the Blackmagic RAW on a 5″ or 7″ Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR are:

  • V-Log or V-709 is selectable on Live View monitor when outputting RAW
  • Shooting assist functions such as waveform, vectorscope, luminance spot meter, vectorscope, and zebras can be used during RAW output.

S1 Ver. 2.0 (available 6th April)

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The S1 has gained the most new features in this round of firmware updates. The S1 was announced back in early 2019 and let’s face it, it wasn’t a successful camera for Panasonic. For anyone shooting video, the S1H and subsequent S5 were a lot better options. Well, Panasonic has decided to do something about this and try and breathe new life back into the S1.

Essentially, the S1 inherits all of the recording resolution options of the S1H. However, there are a few catches. As the S1 doesn’t have an in-built fan like the S1H, the recording times when shooting in various resolutions and frame rates are capped. You can’t record without restrictions like you can on the S1H. You are also limited to recording in 4.2.0 10-bit LongGOP. There are no All-I options.

Now, you also do require the DMW-SFU2 Upgrade Software Key to enable all of these new features.

So what can the S1 now do? Well, I am glad you asked. Below are the new internal recording options that will be available through this firmware update:

6K/5.9K/5.4K

6K (5952x 3968)– 6K 24p 4.2.0 10-bit LongGOP 200Mbps

5.9K (5888 x 3312)– 5.9K 23.98/25/30p 4.2.0 10-bit LongGOP 200Mbps

5.4K (5376 x 3584)– 5.4K 25/30p 4.2.0 10-bit LongGOP 200Mbps

PLEASE NOTE: All of the above resolutions and frame rates have a recording time limitation of 15 minutes

4K DCI

4K DCI (4096 x 2160)– 50p 4.2.0 10-bit LongGOP 200Mbps

4K DCI (4096 x 2160)– 50/60p 4.2.0 10-bit LongGOP 150Mbps

4K DCI (4096 x 2160)– 23.98/25/30p 4.2.2 10-bit LongGOP 150Mbps

PLEASE NOTE: 4K DCI in 50/60p at 150Mbps and 50p at 200Mbps are limited to recording times of 29 minutes and 59 seconds

Anamorphic (3328 x 2496)

4K A-50p– 4.2.0 10-bit LongGOP 200Mbps

4K A-50p– 4.2.0 10-bit LongGOP 150Mbps

4K A-23.98/25/30p– 4.2.2 10-bit LongGOP 150Mbps

PLEASE NOTE: 4K A-50p at 150Mbps and 4K A-50p at 200Mbps are limited to recording times of 29 minutes and 59 seconds

RAW over HDMI

The S1 also gains RAW over HDMI. You can record ProRes RAW on the Atomos Ninja V via the RAW output from the S1. Just to be clear you can not record Blackmagic RAW from the S1.

Below you can see what you can record on the Atomos Ninja V:

SENSOR MODERESOLUTIONFRAME RATE
& BIT DEPTH
Full5.9K (5888 x 3312)
16:9
29.97p 12-bit
25.00p 12-bit
23.98p 12-bit
S354K (4128 x 2176)
17:9
59.94p 12-bit
50.00p 12-bit
29.97p 12-bit
25.00p 12-bit
23.98p 12-bit
S35Anamorphic 3.5K
3536 x 2656 (4:3)
50.00p 12-bit
29.97p 12-bit
25.00p 12-bit
23.98p 12-bit

A timecode function has also been added to the S1 and the ability to manually choose between the two Dual Base ISO settings. Previously this was automatically done by the camera.

It is interesting to see Panasonic try and revive the S1. My fear is this is a 2-year-old camera and while the new features and functionality are sure to benefit existing owners, I can’t see too many new buyers suddenly deciding to purchase this camera. The biggest downside with the Panasonic hybrid mirrorless cameras is that the Af technology is leap years behind both Sony and Canon. The limited number of Panasonic L mount lenses and their high price is also still an issue for a lot of consumers.

S5 Ver.2.2

The S5 firmware version 2.2 only adds metadata for when you are shooting vertical video and an Eco mode when using an AC adapter for power.

BGH1 Ver.2.0 (available March 24th)

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The new firmware for the BGH1 adds the following:

  • IP streaming with a PC (RTP/RTSP protocol)
  • RAW output over HDMI
  • Genlocking status display
  • LAN Detection lamp
  • Playback of vertical video

With IP streaming over LAN you stream up to 4K 60p with embedded audio without requiring any additional interfaces or capture devices.

Panasonic will also be updating LUMIX Teher for Muticam to version 1.1 In that new version there will be a new video record button for triggering start/stop recording to an external device. There is also a new option for turning on the RAW video data output.

The BGH1 also gets new menu pages for streaming setups to reflect the new additional features.

The camera will also now be capable of outputting a RAW signal that can be captured as ProRes RAW on the Atomos Ninja V.

RESOLUTIONFRAME RATE
& BIT DEPTH
4K (4096 x 2160)
17:9
59.94p 12-bit
50.00p 12-bit
29.97p 12-bit
25.00p 12-bit
23.98p 12-bit
Anamorphic 3.7K
3680 x 2760 (4:3)
50.00p 12-bit
29.97p 12-bit
25.00p 12-bit
23.98p 12-bit

Above you can see what can be recorded externally as ProRes RAW.

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