Panasonic GH5 Firmware Update: Video Galore

When the Panasonic GH5 came out, it was intended to be targeted towards video people. This camera tops out the GH4 by far with its in-body stabilization and variety of frame rates and recording options. However, when the GH5 first came out, it seemed that it still needed a bit of work. Now with the V2.0 firmware upgrade, these problems seem to be solved and this camera has been beefed up pretty good when it comes to video.

I first got this camera mainly because of the in-body stabilization and all the hype over how good video was on it. I have never been so impressed with how stable a camera could be as I just there hold it in my hand and I have definitely been taking advantage of that when it comes to some of my work. When I first started using this camera, I did not know much about it and to be honest, I am still pretty new to it. Over time I began using this camera for stills on top of video and again, I am impressed with what it is able to put out. The GH5 has been one of the most versatile cameras for me with the ability to shoot good photos and amazing 4K video. This update has pretty much opened another world for me as far as video goes and I am excited to play around with some of these features a little more after just updating the firmware myself. In this video, you will see a lot of the new features that are offered in this update and be taken through the menu so that you know where everything is yourself. It is nice to see that Panasonic has put this much into the GH5 because as if this wasn't already a great camera, it is even better now.

Conclusion

If you already own the GH5 and have the basic software on it, you have nothing to worry about, it is still an amazing camera for anything you can imagine. I enjoy this camera for both photography and videography and can always rely on it to put out the quality I am looking for. If you are interested in doing this update, I would recommend looking more into it and doing it at your own risk. I am not by any means telling you you should do it, but rather showing you what it has to offer. With the update, you have so many more options and that is a huge plus for anybody who owns this camera because of the potential it opens up.

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6 Comments

Patrick Hall's picture

I saw the loop recording option in the menu...does this allow you to hit record and capture something that happened seconds before the initiation of record? I haven't update the firmware yet from the previous one and don't know exactly what is new and what is a bit older.

Ty Poland's picture

I wish I could answer that question but I'm not so sure. I haven't had much time to play with the new video modes since I downloaded the firmware -_-

Spy Black's picture

It great to see that Panasonic, unlike Canon, doesn't choke their customers to upper echelon machinery. Panasonic just released the EVA1, and they could easily try to shove that down your throat like Canon does with the C series. But instead they ALSO give the GH5 more oomph, and thereby giving everyone with lesser budgets a chance to do great things with great gear at a price within the reach of, as the Brits put it, the unwashed masses...

Ty Poland's picture

Panasonic seems to be killing it lately, especially with the release of that G9.. I'd say they are almost comparable to Sony at this point

Spy Black's picture

I have to say that I think the G9 is M4/3 jumping the shark. Yes, great tech, but add a 12-60 f/2.8-4 and you're looking at almost 3 Gs. You can get a lot of camera for that money, and yes, you get a lot here, but it's still M4/3. And it's BIG. This is M4/3. Don't get me started about the 200. Yes, it's f/2.8, but these new products defeat one of the main attractions of M4/3, size.

I love my tiny GM5. It is a tiny jewel. To me the GM5 personifies M4/3. I honestly don't know who professionally shoots with gear like this. I know the GH5 is a popular filmaking, and this can probably be a backup cam, but I'm not aware of anyone who professionally shoots, whether weddings or studio or action, that shoots M4/3 professionally. I think there's a point of diminishing returns with this tech.

Scott Stebner's picture

Just bought the Gh5 for video. Can't wait to take it out and do some tests.