Panasonic Releases New Firmware for GH5, GH5s, G9

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

Panasonic has released a new firmware update for the GH5 and GH5s. The most significant improvement to the camera’s performance is in the continuous autofocus mode, for both stills and video. Previously, there was some disappointment with how well the camera tracked a subject continuously – particularly if you wanted it to use the full autofocus area and not a single point. The focus would frequently jump to the background.

The update dramatically improves this, minimizing the back focusing issue while using all 225 autofocus points in continuous mode and video. Other improvements, like image quality while using V-log for VFR recording or Intelligent Dynamic Range Control on the GH5s, have also been added.

A new firmware update for the G9 is also available, which also improves the continuous autofocus and minimizes back focusing.

The firmware updates and process to update are available for each camera below:

Panasonic GH5
Panasonic GH5s
Panasonic G9


Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.