Handheld In-Camera High-Resolution Capture for LUMIX S5II and S5IIX now available with latest Panasonic firmware release

The newest firmware update for the LUMIX S5II and S5IIX will see them become the first full frame mirrorless cameras to feature handheld in-camera high resolution capture with motion correction for images of 96 megapixels (MP)[i]

This capability further expands the scope of landscape and commercial shooting, allowing photographers to benefit from the 24MP sensor’s low light performance, while also being able to capture impressive 96MP still images of landscapes and streetscapes. The latest updates demonstrate the ongoing LUMIX commitment to continuous improvement of current S Series full frame cameras via regular firmware releases, at no cost to users.

In the same way as the LUMIX G9II and GH6, the handheld mode includes advanced computational photography technology that analyses motion during the image capture and intelligently processes in-camera to produce a higher resolution image. Photographers can then view a 96MP RAW and/or JPG file, without requiring any proprietary software.

With the firmware update, Panasonic has also increased the shutter speed range for High Resolution mode to a maximum 8 seconds, for enhanced results when capturing slow shutter scenes such as waterfalls or nightscapes with light trails.

Improvements have also been made to the general user interface based on user feedback, with the addition of the AF scope function for wildlife photography, and improved MF Assist with magnification up to 20X.

The firmware update will be available at the LUMIX Global Customer Support website https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/ at AEDT 12PM on 24 October 2023.

Key updates – S5II Firmware Version 2.2 / S5IIX Firmware Version 1.3

・AF-Point Scope function

AF-Point Scope has been added to magnify the focus position during AF.

High Resolution Mode

Shutter speed at high resolution mode can now be set to a maximum 8 seconds with long exposure noise reduction applied. Thanks to the image stabiliser, [Handheld High-Res] mode has been added to enable recording pictures with higher resolution even when shooting without a tripod.

Improved MF Assist

It is now possible to magnify the full screen mode display in MF Assist up to approximately 20x, allowing more precise MF.

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[i] Based on Panasonic Australia Survey of 35mm Full Frame Cameras currently available in the market 11/10/2003.