By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
As expected, Panasonic has seeded out a firmware update that improves recording for better stability for their micro four-thirds GH5, and adds support for customizing the Fn button for interchangeable lenses.
The scheduled update, known as Version 2.2, was released earlier this week and will improve image stability while shooting in variable frame rate mode. As mentioned above, the update will also give users the ability to assign functions to the Fn button of interchangeable lenses, including the Leica DG ELMARIT 200mm F2.8 lens H-ES200.
Additionally, an update is also for the mid level G80. That update, known as Ver. 1.3, promises improved performance of image stabilization the same Leica H-ES200 lens, plus it fixes a bug that can occur when trying to control the G80 with an external device.
You can download the updates here.
In other GH5 news, if you’re looking to reward yourself with an early present, you may want to check out this bundle: A Panasonic GH5 and an Atomos Ninja Inferno external monitor-recorder. The kit sells for $2,995, and also comes with two extra batteries, charger and an HDMI cable for external recording.
The Ninja Inferno has a 7-inch display and can record to an SSD drive at 4K/60 in 10 bit 4:2:2 ProRes. Considering that the GH5 can only record 8-bit internally, that is definitely a boost. The only real downside is that you’re probably going to need to also pick up an additional arm and camera cage to house it all. The Inferno with two batteries attached and SSD can get a bit heavy for connecting to a standard hot shoe. So you may want to add that cost to your budget.
You can find the bundle at B&H here. But there’s only 10 kits left in stock, so you may want to act fast.
Then again, you may also want to wait. As you recall from last month, we talked about a rumor going around that Panasonic is planning to release an upgraded version of their 4K micro four thirds camera platform.
Believed to be called the GH5S (how Apple-esque), the next generation camera will sport an improved image sensor for expanded low light performance. The sensor looks like it’s based on the G9 image sensor, and expands the GH5 to 4K60 and 6.5 stops of IS with 120 fps internal frame rate. There’s also an expanded 20 frames per second burst mode.
It’s a modest improvement which one would expect from a tick-tock development cycle, but if you’re planning on spending the money anyway, it may pay off to keep your powder dry until after CES 2018 (early January), even if you plan on getting the standard GH5 anyway. You can bet that if the GH5S is announced, that Panasonic will drop the price of any GH5 in their inventory to clear them out. So deals will most certainly be had.
But if you need it right now, that bundle above is pretty darn good. The Atomos Inferno will definitely future-proof the camera to keep it hanging with the next generation.
Hat Tip: 43Rumors