As announced, Panasonic today released firmware updates for its Lumix S-Series cameras (i.e. the Panasonic S1H, S1R, S1 and S5), which add some interesting new features to the cameras. For example, the S1, S1R and S1H will inherit the autofocus technology and performance of the new LUMIX S5.
In addition, the Panasonic S5 will get 5.9K RAW output for the Atomos Ninja, among others. The S5 will also get some professional video features (including vectorscope and master pedestal level). The S1R, which is not so video-affine so far, will also get an internal 5K recording function.
Panasonic Lumix S1
The AF upgrade for the full-frame models includes improved detection technologies for people and motion. In addition to the eye, face and body, the head is now also to be detected separately using real-time detection technology. The camera should continue to track the person even if they move quickly, turn their head/back to the camera, tilt their head or move far away from the camera.
In addition, improvements in DFD technology are said to have improved the continuous autofocus (AFC), which enables users to follow even small or fast-moving objects. The AF enhancements will be available for both photo and video recording.
The new functions in detail:
- Human/animal detection is available in AF modes[1-Area] and[1-Area+].
- The[AF+MF] mode can be used during video recording
- AF detection during V-Log recording has been improved
- The SS/Gain function was added to S1R, S1 and S5
- A recording indicator frame (red REC frame indicator) was added to S1R and S1
- Added vertical video playback to S1H, S1R and S1
- 4K video files can now be transferred to a smartphone via Wi-Fi (S1H/S1R/S1)
- The S1H and S5 monitors can now display mirrored images when these displays are rotated and Horizontal Image Inversion (Monitor) or Vertical Image Inversion (Monitor) is activated
- 5K recording was added to S1R
- Added 10-bit HDR video recording to S1R (like 2100/HLG)
- High-resolution audio recordings and special menu settings for the microphone adapter DMW-XLR1 have been added to S1R
- The luminance level function in S1R now supports 10-bit images
- Added 4K 60P/50P 4:2:2 10-bit video output via HDMI to S1R
- C4K (4096x2160) video was added to S5.
- S5 has been enhanced with 5.9K / 4K / Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K 12-bit RAW video data output via HDMI Apple ProRes RAW can also be recorded on Atomos NINJA V (S5).
- The display of the vector range has been added to S5.
- Master Pedestal Level was added to S5.
- The photo styles L.ClassicNeo and L.Monochrome S were added to S5
2021: LUMIX DC-S1 firmware version 2.0 brings Dual Native ISO
Also nice is the announcement that S1 users will not be forgotten in the video functions: A new LUMIX DC-S1 firmware version 2.0 will be released in the first half of 2021: This should allow to manually switch the already suspected Dual Native ISO settings of the sensor. Further improvements for the S1 require the possession of the paid DMW-SFU2 software update, which previously enabled the V-Log recording and MOV functions.
As a result, the S1 will also be capable of 5.9K / 4K / Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K 12-bit RAW video data recording via HDMI to an Atomos NINJA V, time code, and 5.9K/C4K and 4K60/50p 4:2:0 10-bit internal video recording. Customers who already own the DMW-SFU2 extension (=Vlog) can also use the update functions for free.
Panasonic S5 Sensor
Here our test of the Panasonic Lumix S1 - sensor image quality of the pre-release version and Panasonic S1 Hands-On: Top 5-axis I.S., 5.76 MP viewfinder, ergonomics and much more. - 10 Bit video as option and The sensor of the Panasonic S5 in test: Rolling Shutter and Debayering.