Following the launch of the Panasonic LUMIX S5, the company announced new firmware update programs for the Panasonic LUMIX S1/S1H/S1R. These firmware updates should be available by the end of this year and enable the LUMIX S1R to record 5K video as well as improving autofocus performances for all cameras. Let’s take a closer look at it!
Panasonic LUMIX S1/S1H/S1R Upcoming Firmware Updates
After the recent launch of the Panasonic LUMIX S5 – you can watch our review and sample footage here if you missed it – new firmware update programs have been announced for the Panasonic LUMIX S1/S1H/S1R.
For LUMIX S1R shooters, you’ll now be able to record 5K video. There’s no mention if it’s internally or externally, but I assume it’ll be able to record 5K video in both ways.
For the Panasonic S1/S1H/S1R, all cameras will have improvement to the autofocus technology. This upgraded AF comes directly from the LUMIX S5. According to Panasonic:
In addition to eye, face, and body AF, the head is also separately recognized by real-time detection technology to provide even more precise focusing. The cameras will keep tracking the subject even if they move quickly, turn their back to the camera, tilt their head, or move far away.
Improvements to the DFD technology have also enhanced AFC, which enables users to keep tracking small or fast-moving subjects to capture them in crisp focus. These updates benefit users in both photo shooting and video recording scenarios.
These firmware updates should be available by the end of this year, free of charge.
What do you think of these upcoming firmware updates for the Panasonic LUMIX S1/S1H/S1R? Do you consider getting any of these cameras, or do you plan on getting the S5 directly? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!