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

https://www.lumixgexperience.panasonic.co.uk/news/host-new-features-lumix-g9-gh5-gh5s-via-latest-firmware-panasonic/#.WwYsFS9L2OF

“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….”

Commentary

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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.

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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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Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 with Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspheric zoom lens.

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8Sinn to the Rescue: Panasonic Lumix GH5 and GH5S Camera Cage Updated with Wrist Strap Eyelets, Remote Cable Access

I have been preparing for a possible article on the very first feature film to be shot on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S video camera and have been researching some of the other gear the director used such as an 8Sinn  camera cage, handle, rod and Metabones support. 

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8Sinn GH5/GH5S cage version 2 with Scorpio top handle and new provision for mounting wrist strap and remote cable
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The first version of Polish accessories maker 8Sinn’s cage for the GH5/GH5S did not include two eyelets for wrist straps nor provision for attaching a remote release cable to the cage-clad camera’s remote port.

Until Panasonic officially announced the GH5, I was unaware of 8Sinn, a Polish camera accessories maker, and from what I saw of their products at their website, I was impressed.

I have yet to see or try any 8Sinn accessories in real life, though, so anything I write about their products is tempered with that fact.

The first version of the 8Sinn GH5 camera cage looked intriguing with apparently high quality design and manufacturing, but the reason I did not follow up on that initial impression was it lacked provision for easily attaching camera straps and the Panasonic DMW-RSL1 remote release.

Camera cages fall into either of two camps, body-hugging wrap-around ribbons or squarer protective enclosures with makers of the latter type including Seercam and makers of the former type including 8Sinn, MovCam, SmallRig and a host of other companies around the world.

The prime virtue of body-hugging wrap-around ribbon cage designs is that they allow the cage to be attached 24/7, for use when shooting stills or video, when handheld or tripod-mounted, triggered via shutter release button or remote remote cable.

The ability to attach camera straps helps ensure better grip and security against dropping, and so I always attach two or three Peak Design camera straps to every camera I own or borrow.

Peak Design Clutch and Cuff, and Panasonic DMW-RSL1 Remote Shutter Release

Those three Peak Design camera straps are Clutch, Cuff and Slide Lite, with Clutch and Cuff permanently attached to every camera whether caged or not, and with two Slide Lite straps in reserve when I am covering events in the time-honoured two-camera, two-lenses documentary photographer manner.

I keep two Peak Design Anchor Links attached to each camera’s camera left strap attachment eyelet for when I need to attach a Slide Lite, and have slightly different Anchor Link attachment arrangements depending on the cameras’ and cages’ specific designs.

None of the Motion9, Seercam or SmallRig cages I have currently are equipped with strap eyelets so I sometimes must resort to attaching Anchor Links via the now discontinued and rather oversized predecessor to the slimmer, neater Peak Design Anchor Mount.

8Sinn cage for GH5 and GH5S, version 2, with wrist strap eyelets and remote cable access

The 8Sinn cage for GH5 and GH5S, version 2, with built-in eyelets and CNCed indent for remote release cable access is an elegant solution for attaching Peak Design Clutch and Cuff, and the Panasonic DMW-RSL1 Remote Shutter Release as well as third-party alternatives.

8Sinn cage for GH5 and GH5S, version 2, complete kit

Whether assembled into a complete cage-based rig for GH5 or GH5S, audio adapter and Metabones-adapted non-native lens, or something much smaller, version 2 of 8Sinn’s GH5/GH5S camera cage is an intriguing choice given it has now solved the two problems found in version 1 and I hope to see and try it out for myself sometime soon.

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Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 with Panasonic DMW-BGGH5 Battery Grip, a necessity for photography or moviemaking with the GH5 and GH5S, though most cages are unfortunately not designed to accommodate it.

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