Panasonic announces firmware update programs for LUMIX G Series Cameras

Panasonic has announced the release of firmware update programs for the LUMIX G Series of Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Cameras; the software program “LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta)” for Mac; and the development of “LUMIX Webcam Software” for Windows and Mac.

The firmware updates for the LUMIX GH5, GH5S, G9, G95, G85 and GX9 will improve both compatibility with the new Tripod Grip DMW-SHGR1 and operational stability with the LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. /MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS12032) lens.

Meanwhile, “LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta)” and “LUMIX Webcam Software” boost user convenience as streaming opportunities grow. While “LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta)” supports tethered shooting and the capture of camera views for live streaming, the upcoming “LUMIX Webcam Software” makes it possible to use selected LUMIX cameras as webcams over a USB connection for both live streaming and video conferencing.

  • “LUMIX Webcam Software” will be available for Windows at the end of September 2020, and for Mac at the end of October 2020.

1. Firmware update programs for LUMIX GH5, GH5S, G9, G95, G85 and GX9

Model Firmware VersionTripod grip DMW-SHGR1 can be usedImproved operational stability with the Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS12032)
GH5 Firmware Version 2.7YesYes
GH5S Firmware Version 1.6Yes-
G9 Firmware Version 2.2YesYes
G95 Firmware Version 1.2YesYes
G85 Firmware Version 1.5YesYes
GX9 Firmware Version 1.5-Yes

2. LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta) for Mac

Following the release of “LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta)” for Windows, “LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta)” for Mac has also been released – based on “LUMIX Tether (Ver.1.7)” with an additional display option for instances where this software is used for live streaming.

As “LUMIX Tether” is a software program originally designed for tethered shooting, Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) such as a focus area mark, as well as control panels, are displayed with live view images on a monitor during USB tethering. However, these graphic items become a hindrance when the software is used to capture a camera view for live streaming. In response to customer requests, LIVE VIEW mode has been added on “LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta)”. It enables display of the camera view only, making it easy for separate streaming software to read it. Users can choose to show or hide these graphic items during USB tethering according to their requirements.

“LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta)” for Mac is provided as a pre-release version that is currently still under development. Please note that this software is not eligible for operation warranty and customer support. Compatible LUMIX models are: GH5, G9, GH5S, S1, S1R, S1H.

LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta) for Mac Operating Environment

OSMac OS X 10.11, Mac macOS 10.12, macOS 10.13, macOS 10.14*
CPUIntel CPU of 1 GHz or higher
Display1024 x 768 pixels or more
RAM1024 x 768 pixels or more
HDDFree space of 200 MB or more for installation
InterfaceUSB 3.0/3.1
*Operation with macOS 10.15 Catalina is under verification but some issues are reported.
(When to officially support macOS 10.15 Catalina is yet to be fixed.)

3. LUMIX Webcam Software

The upcoming “LUMIX Webcam Software” will be compatible with the following LUMIX models:
S1H, S1R, S1, GH5S, GH5, G9, G100.*

Release Date*: End of September 2020 for Windows and end of October 2020 for Mac.

*The release date of LUMIX Webcam Software for G100 is yet to be decided.

Panasonic is committed to continuous improvement of its LUMIX product line, including the Full-Frame S Series and the Micro Four Thirds G Series, by providing customers with value-added products and services, including these firmware and software update programs.