Panasonic is preparing to release a series of firmware updates bringing new features and capabilities to its Lumix S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras — DC-S1H (Ver.2.4), DC-S1 (Ver.2.0), DC-S1R (Ver.1.8), DC-S5 (Ver.2.2) — and the Micro Four Thirds box-style mirrorless camera DC-BGH1 (Ver.2.0).

The company said the updates will further enhance each product’s performance and usability, and are a traditional part of its value-added services to its customers. Except where noted, most of the updates are available free of charge to purchasers of the indicated models.

The latest updates will begin to be available from the Lumix Global Customer Support Site: at the following times:

Model Firmware Version Release Date
DC-S1H Ver.2.4 March 31, 2021
DC-S1 Ver. 2.0 April 6, 2021
DC-S1R Ver.1.8 April 6, 2021
DC-S5 Ver.2.2 April 6, 2021
DC-BGH1 and
Lumix Tether for
Multicam V.2.0, V.1.1 March 24, 2021

The Lumix S1H Firmware Version 2.4 coming March 31, 2021 adds to the already available Apple ProRes RAW output to an Atomos Ninja V external recorder, 5.9K RAW video data output and recording as Blackmagic RAW on Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR on a camera monitor device. Panasonic said this support for the two widely used RAW formats 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. This firmware will be available at no cost to the user,” the annoucement said.

DaVinci Resolve or DaVinci Resolve Studio is required to play back the Blackmagic RAW data, and DaVinci Resolve Studio is required to edit the Blackmagic RAW data.

The Lumix S1 update coming April 6th will include a bundle of new features, although most of these will only be avaialbe to users who have paid for Panasonic’s DМW-ЅFU2 software key.

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The Lumix S1 Firmware Version 2.0 adds the following:

6K(5952×3968) / 5.9K(5888×3312) / 5.4K(5376×3584) video recording mode in MOV format (15 minute max)

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(4096×2160) video recording mode in MOV format

C4K60p/50p, 4:2:0 10bit LongGOP, 200Mbps, LPCM (30 minute max)
C4K60p/50p, 4:2:0 8bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM (30 minute max)
C4K30p/25p/24p, 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM

4K(3840×2160) 10-bit video recording mode in MOV format

4K60p/50p, 4:2:0 10bit LongGOP, 200Mbps, LPCM (30 minute max)

Anamorphic(3328×2496) video recording mode in MOV format

4K-A50p, 4:2:0 10bit LongGOP, 200Mbps, LPCM (30 minute max)
4K-A50p, 4:2:0 8bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM (30 minute max)
4K-A30p/25p/24p, 4:2:2 10bit LongGOP, 150Mbps, LPCM

RAW video data output over HDMI function (Atomos Ninja V)

Updates available without the paid DМW-ЅFU2 software key, include: Dual Native ISO Setting; the option to add camera orientation information to prevent unintended image rotation in playback; and the ability to use a Power Save Mode while the camera is running on an AC adapter.

The Lumix S1R Firmware Version 1.8 and Lumix S5 Firmware Version 2.2 coming on April 6th, give users the option to add camera orientation information to prevent unintended image rotation in playback; and the ability to select Power Save Mode using the camera with an optional AC adapter.

The new pro-level Lumix BGH1 box-style camera (pictured at top) update coming March 24th will bring an IP streaming function for high-quality image transmission to social media sites via a PC connection over wired LAN.

The BGH1 camera can stream 4K 60p (50p) video in the HEVC / H.265 codec, while keeping the image quality the same as H.264. This will enable 4K streaming at low bit rates for bandwidth challenged applications.

IP streaming with PC (RTP/RTSP protocol) formats supported include the following:

4K/60p (3840×2160) H.265 : 50M, 25Mbps H.264 : 50M, 25Mbps
4K/30p (3840×2160) H.265 : 25M, 12.5Mbps H.264 : 25M, 12.5Mbps
FHD/60p (1920×1080) H.265 : 20M, 16Mbps H.264 : 16M, 8Mbps
FHD/30p (1920×1080) H.265 : 12M, 6Mbps H.264 : 6M, 3Mbps

The update also adds Apple ProRes RAW video data output over HDMI function via an Atomos Ninja V recorder. V-Log or Rec.709 is selectable on Live View monitor during RAW output, and 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 to make the same color grading as V-Log/V-Gamut.

Other enhancements include Genlocking status display, SD memory card formatting via a PC connection and the choice of whether to include orientation information seen in Panasonic’s other firmware updates.

The Panasonic Lumix Tether for Multicam Ver.1.1 will be released on March 24, 2021. This will offer settings and controls for the BGH1 during IP streaming.

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By Greg Tarr

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