Panasonic has released Firmware Version 2.2 for the Panasonic Lumix GH6 video-oriented mirrorless hybrid camera and its main feature is the ability to record to external SSD (external solid state drives) up to and including 2TB capacity.
So far only a subset of portable SSDs from two brands, Samsung and SanDisk, have been tested by Panasonic staff.
Of those, Samsung Portable SSD T5 drives have reportedly become unavailable in many locations and Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield drives are currently going through Panasonic’s verification process.
Panasonic has verified SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD drives and SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD drives up to and including 2TB capacity.
Firmware Version 2.2, Release Date 2022/09/27
1. Support for SSD recording over USB
– Pictures and videos can now be recorded and played back with a commercially available external SSD connected to the USB port.
*Note beforehand that this is not a guarantee of operation on all devices.
*It is not supported in some video recording modes.
*We recommend using an external SSD whose operation has been confirmed by Panasonic.
For the latest information about external SSDs, check the following support site:
2. Other improvements
– ISO [8000/10000/12800] can now be selected when [HDMI Raw Data Output] and [Dynamic Range Boost] are set to [ON].
Please download the operation instructions from here for more details about the specification change.
SSDs verified or undergoing verification
Installing and setting up the SSD firmware update is not a straightforward process so I recommend reading Panasonic’s instructions as well as watching some of the videos we’ve shared in this article:
- Unititled.Net– SSD Recording Is Coming to the Panasonic Lumix GH6 on September 27, 2022 via Firmware 2.2: Watch These Videos Before You Upgrade – videos
Other considerations include the best cables for connecting your SSDs as many come with cables that are too short, as well as how best to mount your SSDs on your camera’s hotshoe or cage.
I’ve included some recommended USB Type-C cables in the list below as well as a SmallRig universal SSD holder with hotshoe mount that may do the job well.
So far as we know right now, however, this SSD holder has not been tested with Samsung’s T7 Shield SSDs, so I’ll keep looking and will share my results here soon.
Meanwhile Panasonic has added information about the 2.2 firmware update to its DC-GH6 Operating Instructions which are available in a range of languages as HTML and PDFs:
- Panasonic.com – DC-GH6 Operating Instructions
- B&H Affiliate Link – click here to help us with costs for creating this website and its contents by pre-ordering and purchasing items from B&H.
- B&H Affiliate Link – Panasonic Lumix Digital Cameras – GH6
- B&H Affiliate Link – Samsung External Drives – Samsung 1TB T7 Shield Portable SSD – Samsung 2TB T7 Shield Portable SSD
- B&H Affiliate Link – SanDisk – SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD V2, #SDSSDE61-2T00-G25 – SanDisk 2TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD, #SDSSDE81-2T00-G25
- B&H Affiliate Link – USB Type-C cables – Angelbird USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C to Type-C Male Cable (1.6′) – Kondor Blue USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Cable (8.5″) – Kondor Blue Right-Angle USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Cable (12″)
- B&H Affiliate Link – SmallRig cages for GH6
- B&H Affiliate Link – SmallRig Universal Holder for External SSD, #BSH2343
- Panasonic.com – Compatibilities for Digital Camera[s]
- Panasonic.com – Compatibilities of Memory card, DC-GH6
- Panasonic.com – DC-GH6 Firmware Update
- Panasonic.com – DC-GH6 Operating Instructions – Manuals in HTML and PDF in a range of languages.
- Panasonic.com – Lumix Customer Support
- Panasonic.com – Panasonic Announces the Release of Firmware Version 2.2 for GH6
To Support Direct SSD Recording over USB – “The firmware program will be available to download free of charge from the LUMIX Global Customer Support website https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/ on 27th September 2022.”
- SmallRig Affiliate Link – click here to help us with costs for creating this website and its contents by pre-ordering and purchasing from SmallRig.
- Unititled.Net – Photographer & Videographer Emily Lowrey of Micro Four Nerds Shares Her Loves, Hates & Niggles About Panasonic’s Lumix GH6 M43 Powerhouse Video Camera – videos – Includes her video on everything you need to know about the GH6 SSD firmware update.
- Unititled.Net – SSD Recording Is Coming to the Panasonic Lumix GH6 on September 27, 2022 via Firmware 2.2: Watch These Videos Before You Upgrade – videos