Lumix G | Experience: Host of new features for Lumix G9, GH5 and GH5s via latest firmware from Panasonic

“Panasonic has announced forthcoming firmware updates for the Lumix G9, Lumix GH5 and Lumix GH5s bodies that will add new features and improve the handling and operation of its flagship models. Each of the cameras gets improvements to their AF systems as well as a Focus Ring Lock setting to prevent unintended focus shifts when the lens ring is accidentally turned.

A new method of using the WB, ISO and Exposure Compensation buttons is also introduced to all three cameras, and the GH5 and G9 will now be able to offer 20x magnification in manual focus mode to bring them in line with the GH5s. Another key improvement will be that individual images from high drive bursts will be editable using the in-camera raw processing function, while the G9 and GH5 have improvements to their in-body IS systems.

Black and white fans will be pleased to know that the new L.Monochome D Photo Style that was introduced with the Lumix GX9 will now come to these three cameras, and grain can be added via the Photo Style before shooting or afterwards in in-camera raw processing….”


Lumix G9 Pro, Lumix GH5 and Lumix GH5S at Panasonic Japan. Where is the professional successor to the pro flagship rangefinder-stye GX8? All Panasonic needs to do is place the internals of the DSLR-style G9 inside a rangefinder-style camera body.

Panasonic Japan and Damien Demolder of Panasonic UK have announced three firmware updates for the company’s current DSLR-style flagship mirrorless hybrid stills/video Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Panasonic Lumix DC-G9, Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S and Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5, due for release on 30th May 2018.

The three firmware updates bring some welcome updates and improvements to the cameras’ autofocus performance, IBIS aka Body I.S. aka image stabilizer performance, audio recording performance, and a range of “new functions” and “other improvements”.

Further details will be available on the specific firmware update pages on the date of release.

The flagship Panasonic Lumix GX8 camera with Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspheric II Mega OIS kit zoom lens. As a documentary photographer and moviemaker, having a former career in magazine and newspaper photography, coming from a Leica M-System, Rolleiflex waist-level TLR and Linhof Master Technika 4″x5″ sheet film camera background, digital rangefinder and rangefinder-style cameras like the GX8 with its tilting off-centre EVF are absolutely crucial tools to support my specific way of seeing and creating and there are no substitutes.

Panasonic appears to have abandoned its non-DSLR-style flagship camera, the rangefinder-style stills/video hybrid Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8, so far as firmware updates are concerned, and that is a very great pity given that the supposed successor to the GX8, the GX9 that is more accurately known as the GX7 Mark III in Japan, is a substantial downgrade on the GX8 and is clearly not aimed at professional photographers.

The last firmware update for the GX8 was released on 20th July, 2016.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 appears to be a fine sports and wildlife stills-oriented camera but rangefinder-style cameras cannot be replaced by DSLR-style cameras.

Panasonic, where is the professional rangefinder-style hybrid successor to the GX8?


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