Archive - April 2024

Panasonic Announces Major Firmware Update Bringing New Features to the LUMIX S5II and S5IIx

Panasonic has announced a significant firmware update for its full frame mirrorless LUMIX S5II and S5IIx cameras that improves the shooting experience and enhances sharing functionality for both images and videos.

In line with LUMIX’s continuous commitment to supporting creators, the S5II Firmware V3.0 and S5IIx Firmware V2.0 deliver efficiency in both production and post-production workflows, providing important time (and therefore cost) saving benefits.

Aaron Waters, Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, said: “LUMIX continues to exceed customer expectations by offering meaningful firmware updates to its cameras. These latest updates bolster our popular S5II and S5IIx cameras with new features and improved performance due to our continued product development. This is all at no cost to users, while adding value to their investment in the S Series.”

“The LUMIX S5II/S5IIx enhancements include updates to AF (autofocus) and IS (image stabilisation) technology first seen in the G9II, new partner developments with Adobe’s Frame.io and the inclusion of requested features from the LUMIX user communities, including proxy recording and high speed pre-burst capabilities.”

The S Series firmware will be available to download free of charge from the LUMIX Global Customer Support website: https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/ at 11am AEST (UTC 1:00 am) on 22 April 2024.

S5II Firmware Version 3.0 / S5IIx Firmware Version 2.0

  1. Enhancement of Production Workflows

New Native Camera to Cloud Integration with Adobe’s Frame.io

Compatibility with Frame.io Camera to Cloud is now supported, enabling images and videos to be automatically uploaded, backed up, shared, and worked on jointly via the cloud. Recorded content is sent to the Frame.io platform through an internet connection via Wi-Fi or USB tethering, enabling seamless sharing of captured photos (JPEG/RAW) and Proxy videos. This empowers creators to receive remote real-time feedback during capture and enables collaborative editing among production teams using their preferred creative software. Frame.io Camera to Cloud streamlines the workflow from shooting to editing, enhancing overall efficiency in the creative process. These capabilities are ideal for wedding videographers who provide same-day highlight videos, or event photographers who work with a social media team.

Proxy Video Recording

This new feature records a low bit-rate proxy file when recording video. Simultaneously recording a proxy file that is linked with the original video recording enables faster delivery from production to post.

  1. Improved Basic Performance

Real-time Auto-focus Recognition (Animal Eye, Car, Motorcycle Recognition)

The improved real-time auto-focus system enhances the highly accurate Phase Hybrid auto focus of the S5II and S5IIx, efficiently recognising people amongst multiple subjects. It also features an animal eye recognition function, to focus on and follow animal eyes, as well as a car and motorcycle recognition function, which is ideally suited for shooting motorsports.

Enhanced E.I.S. (Electronic Image Stabilisation) Performance

In addition to Standard, High mode is newly added to the E-Stabilisation (Video) function, which electronically corrects large shakes when shooting on the move. Perspective distortion correction has also been added to correct the distortion that tends to occur during video shooting when using a wide-angle lens. Combined with Active I.S. Technology, it is now possible to achieve even more stable footage.

  1. Expanding Creative Options

Super High Speed (SH) Pre-burst Shooting

This new function records bursts before shooting begins. When set to the SH PRE mode, the camera begins burst shooting from the moment the user half presses the shutter button, allowing retroactive burst shooting up to the moment the shutter button is pressed down fully.

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LUMIX Unveils 5-Year Bonus Extended Warranty for Selected Products

Panasonic Australia is proud to introduce an enticing new Bonus Extended Warranty program. Effective April 1, 2024, LUMIX S Series and G Series cameras and lenses, along with Panasonic Professional Camcorders, qualify for this exclusive offer.

With every eligible purchase made after April 1, 2024, customers will enjoy an additional 3-year bonus warranty atop the standard 2-year warranty, extending the coverage to a total of 5 years.

To activate this extended coverage, customers need only register their product through the LUMIX Extended Warranty website within 120 days of purchase at https://www.panasonic.com.au/warranty/

LUMIX’s extended warranty coverage is now one of the longest in the market and also provides exclusive access to product information, resources and guides to help users get the most out of their LUMIX product.

Aaron Waters, LUMIX Product Marketing Manager at Panasonic Australia said the Bonus Extended Warranty is testament to the relationship that Panasonic and LUMIX has created with its customers over many years.

“Our customers not only deserve a high-quality product, but one that delivers value over time. We want the Bonus Extended Warranty to give our customers peace of mind that their product is built to last,” said Aaron Waters.

“This Bonus Extended Warranty program is the perfect value-add for those who choose LUMIX as their preferred camera solution.”

For more information, visit https://www.panasonic.com.au/warranty/

Full list of eligible products below:

Model Number Description
DC-G100GN-K G100 BODY ONLY
DC-G100KGN-K G100 + 12-32MM LENS KIT
DC-G100VGN-K G100 + 12-32MM LENS KIT& TRIPOD GRIP
DMC-G85MGN-K G85 + 12-60MM LENS KIT
DC-G90MGN-K G90 + 12-60MM LENS KIT
DC-G9GN-K G9 BODY ONLY
DC-G9WSKIT G9 + 12-60MM WEATHER SEALED LENS KIT
DC-G9M2GN G9II BODY ONLY
DC-G9M2M DC-G9M2GN + H-FS12060E LENS KIT
DC-G9M2LEICA DC-G9M2GN + H-ES12060E LEICA LENS
DC-G9M2LPRO DC-G9M2GN + H-ES12035GC LEICA LENS
DC-GH5M2M DC-GH5M2GN + H-FS12060E
DC-GH5M2LEICA DC-GH5M2GN + H-ES12060E LEICA LENS
DC-GH5M2LPRO DC-GH5M2GN + H-ES12035GC LEICA LENS
DC-GH6GN GH6 BODY ONLY
DC-GH6MKIT DC-GH6GN + H-FS12060E
DC-GH6LEICA DC-GH6GN + H-ES12060E LEICA LENS
DC-GH6LPRO DC-GH6GN + H-ES12035GC LEICA LENS
DC-BGH1GC BGH1 BOX CAMERA
DC-S5GN-K S5 BODY ONLY
DC-S5KGN-K S5 20-60 LENS KIT
DC-S5M2GN S5II BODY ONLY
DC-S5M2KGN S5II 20-60 LENS KIT
DC-S5M2WGN S5II TWIN LENS KIT – 20-60 + 50mm
DC-S5M2XGN S5IIX BODY ONLY
DC-S5M2XKGN S5IIX 20-60 LENS KIT
DC-S1GN-K S1 BODY ONLY
DC-S1HGN-K S1H BODY ONLY
DC-S1HMKIT S1H BODY + 24-105MM F4 LENS KIT
DC-S1MKIT S1BODY + 24-105MM LENS KIT
DC-S1RGN-K S1R BODY ONLY
DC-S1RMKIT S1R BODY + 24-105MM LENS KIT
DC-BS1HGC BS1H FULLFRAME BOX CAMERA
HC-X1500GC X1500 PRO CAMCORDER
HC-X2000GC X2000 PRO CAMCORDER
HC-X20GC X20 PRO CAMCORDER
HC-X2GC X2 PRO CAMCORDER
H-E08018E G SERIES LEICA 8-18MM F2.8-4.0 LENS
H-ES045E G SERIES LEICA 45MM F2.8 MACRO LENS
H-ES12035GC G SERIES LEICA 12-35MM F2.8 LENS
H-ES12060E G SERIES LEICA 12-60MM F2.8-4.0 LENS
H-ES200GC G SERIES LEICA 200MM F2.8 LENS
H-ES35100GC G SERIES LEICA  35-100MM F2.8 PWR OIS
H-ES50200GC9 G SERIES LEICA 50-200MM F2.8-4.0 LENS
H-F007014E G SERIES 7 – 14MM WIDE ANGLE LENS
H-F008E G SERIES 8MM FISHEYE LENS
H-FS12032E-K G SERIES 12-32MM F3.5-5.6
H-FS12060E G SERIES 12-60MM F3.5-5.6 LENS
H-FS35100E-K G SERIES 35-100MM F4-5.6 LENS
H-FS45150EKA G SERIES 45-150MM F4-5.6 LENS
H-FSA100300E G SERIES 100-300MM F4.0-5.6 II LENS
H-FSA14140GC G SERIES 14-140MM F3.5-5.6 MKII LENS
H-FSA45200E G SERIES 45-200MM F4.0-5.6 II LENS
H-H014AE-K G SERIES 14MM F2.5 LENS MK2 LENS
H-H020AE-K G SERIES 20MM F1.7 LENS
H-H025E-K G SERIES 25MM F1.7 LENS
H-HS030E G SERIES 30MM F2.8 MACRO LENS
H-HS043E-K G SERIES 42.5MM F1.7 LENS
H-NS043E G SERIES LEICA 42.5MM/F1.2 NOCTICRON
H-PS14042E-K G SERIES 14-42MM F4-5.6 POWER ZOOM LENS
H-PS45175E-K G SERIES 45-175MM F4-5.6 POWER ZOOM LENS
H-RSA100400G G SERIES LEICA 100-400MM F4-6.3 II TELEPHOTO LENS
H-X012E G SERIES LEICA 12MM/F1.4 SUMMILUX LENS
H-X015GC9-K G SERIES LEICA 15MM F1.7 SUMMILUX LENS
H-X09GC G SERIES LEICA 9MM F1.7 SUMMILUX LENS
H-X1025GC G SERIES LEICA 10-25MM F1.7 LENS
H-X2550GC G SERIES LEICA 25-50MM F1.7 ZOOM LENS
H-XA025GC G SERIES LEICA 25MM F1.4 II LENS
S-E2470GC LUMIX S PRO 24-70MM F2.8 LENS
S-E70200GC LUMIX S PRO 70-200MM F2.8 LENS
S-R1428GC LUMIX S 14-28MM F4-5.6 MACRO LENS
S-R1635GC LUMIX S PRO 16-35MM F4.0 LENS
S-R2060GC LUMIX S 20-60MM F3.5-5.6 LENS
S-R24105GC LUMIX S 24-105MM F4.0 MACRO LENS
S-R70200GC LUMIX S PRO 70-200MM F4 LENS
S-R70300GC LUMIX S 70-300MM F4.5-5.6 LENS
S-S18GC LUMIX S 18MM F1.8 LENS
S-S24GC LUMIX S 24MM F1.8 LENS
S-S35GC LUMIX S 35MM F1.8 LENS
S-S50GC LUMIX S 50MM F1.8 LENS
S-S85GC LUMIX S 85MM F1.8 LENS
S-X50GC LUMIX S PRO 50MM F1.4 LENS
S-E100GC LUMIX S 100MM F2.8 MACRO LENS
S-R28200GC LUMIX S 28-200MM F4-7.1 LENS