Panasonic announces FW updates for the LUMIX S1H, S1, S1R, S5 and BGH1

Panasonic announced the release of firmware updates for the LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras DC-S1H (Ver.2.4; 31. 3. 2021), DC-S1 (Ver.2.0), DC-S1R (Ver.1.8), DC-S5 (Ver.2.2; all 6. 4, 2021) and the Micro Four Thirds box-style mirrorless camera DC-BGH1 (Ver.2.0; 24. 3. 2021) to further enhance their functions, performance and usability. Firmware updates are a key value-added service provided for LUMIX cameras and Panasonic will continue to improve our cameras and offer updates for our valued customers.

Panasonic LUMIX S1H, S1, S1R, S5 a BGH1

LUMIX S1H FW 2.4 (March 31, 2021)
Now, in addition to Apple ProRes RAW recording, the S1H complies with 5.9K RAW video data output and recording as Blackmagic RAW on Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR. This is an industry-first for a full-frame mirrorless camera. By providing two alternatives for RAW workflow, the S1H corresponds more to the wide-ranging creative needs.

LUMIX S1 FW 2.0 (April 6, 2021)
Features and functions available with the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2 include:

6K (5952x3968) / 5.9K (5888x3312) / 5.4K (5376x3584) video recording mode in MOV format (* max. 15 minutes continuous):
6K24p, 4:2:0 10bit LongGOP, 200Mbps, LPCM*
5.9K30p/25p/24p, 4:2:0 10bit LongGOP, 200Mbps, LPCM*
5.4K30p/25p, 4:2:0 10bit LongGOP, 200Mbps, LPCM*

C4K (4096x2160) video recording mode in MOV format (* max 29 minutes 59 seconds continuous):
C4K60p/50p, 4:2:0 10bit LongGOP, 200Mbps, LPCM*
C4K60p/50p, 4:2:0 8bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM*
C4K30p/25p/24p, 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM

4K (3840x2160) 10-bit video recording mode in MOV format (* max 29 minutes 59 seconds continuous):
4K60p/50p, 4:2:0 10bit LongGOP, 200Mbps, LPCM*
Anamorphic(3328x2496) video recording mode in MOV format
4K-A50p, 4:2:0 10bit LongGOP, 200Mbps, LPCM*
4K-A50p, 4:2:0 8bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM*
4K-A30p/25p/24p, 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM

RAW video data output over HDMI function
[5.9K] / [4K] / [Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K] 12-bit RAW video data output can be output over HDMI. The Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on Atomos NINJA V.

[Time Code] function

Features and functions available without the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2 include:

[Dual Native ISO Setting] function has been added.

Users can choose to add or not to add camera orientation information in [Vertical Position Info (Video)] menu to prevent unintended image rotation in playback.

[Power Save Mode] can be selectable while the camera is powered with an AC adaptor (DMW-AC10, sold separately).

LUMIX S1R FW 1.8 and LUMIX S5 FW 2.2 (April 6, 2021)

Users can choose to add or not to add camera orientation information in [Vertical Position Info (Video)] menu to prevent unintended image rotation in playback.

[Power Save Mode] can be selectable while the camera is powered with an AC adaptor (DMW-AC10, sold separately)

LUMIX BGH1 FW 2.0 (March 24, 2021)

The BGH1 will provide an IP streaming function that enables distant, high-quality image transmission to the social streaming platform online with PC connection over wired LAN. Notably, the LUMIX BGH1 is a unique camera that can stream 4K 60p (50p) video in H.265. The H.265 realizes half the bitrate while keeping the image quality the same as H.264, which means it can provide 2x higher image quality at the same bitrate as H.264. Streaming in ultra-high definition 4K at low bitrate is possible even in the cases where the bandwidth is not broad enough.

IP streaming with PC (RTP/RTSP protocol):
4K/60p (3840x2160) H.265 : 50M, 25Mbps, H.264 : 50M, 25Mbps
4K/30p (3840x2160) H.265 : 25M, 12.5Mbps, H.264 : 25M, 12.5Mbps
FHD/60p (1920x1080) H.265 : 20M, 16Mbps, H.264 : 16M, 8Mbps
FHD/30p (1920x1080) H.265 : 12M, 6Mbps, H.264 : 6M, 3Mbps

RAW video data output over HDMI function. The Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on Atomos NINJA V.

V-Log or Rec.709 is selectable on Live View monitor during RAW output.

Shooting assist functions including Luminance Spot Meter, Zebra Pattern can be used during RAW output.

A lookup table (LUT) exclusively designed for RAW video recorded on NINJA V is available on the following customer support website to make the same color grading as V-Log/V-Gamut. It is easy to match colors between the footages recorded with Panasonic Varicam, EVA1 and GH5 series cameras to combine them: https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/lut/s1h_raw_lut/index.html

Genlocking status display: Synchronization status can be shown on the external monitor connected with HDMI or SDI when the camera is under Genlock synchronization.

SD Memory Card formatting via PC connection. It is possible to format the SD Memory Card from the camera menu on the live view display of LUMIX Tether while the camera is connected with the PC.

Users can choose to add or not to add camera orientation information in [Vertical Position Info (Video)] menu to prevent unintended image rotation in playback.

LUMIX Tether for Multicam Ver.1.1 (March 24, 2021)

Settings and controls over the BGH1 during IP streaming are available.

Rec.Quality options corresponding to RAW video data output will be displayed when [Menu]>[Video]>[Image Format]>[HDMI RAW Data Output] is turned ON.

It is possible to start/stop recording on the external device with the BGH1 during HDMI/SDI output.

When [HDMI Recording Control] and/or [SDI Recording Control] is/are ON, Rec button is available even if the SD Card is not inserted. The connection method, either HDMI or SDI, is also displayed.