There are plenty of considerations when buying a camera – after all, you’re not just buying a camera alone, you’re buying into a whole camera system. That means bodies, lenses, accessories, and something that people often forget: firmware.
Your camera should last you a long time, which means that it will need support in the form of software updates. From basic bug fixes to quality of life improvements, you need to know that your camera is going to be supported by the manufacturer.
Panasonic has always been a company that cares about its customers and their experience long after they’ve made a purchase. And that’s continues to be the case with the Lumix S5II and S5IIX – two new full frame cameras that have just received new full fat features, thanks to a significant software update.
Here’s what you can expect from the new firmware for the S5II (version 2.2) and S5IIX (version 1.3):
The most exciting update for pixel peepers comes to the cameras’ High-Resolution Mode, which uses pixel-shift technology to create stunning 96MP images.
Handheld High-Res mode has now been added, which takes advantage of the S5II system’s powerful in-body image stabilization, enabling you to shoot super high-res shots even without using a tripod.
And the shutter speed when using the mode can now be set to a maximum of 8 seconds, with long exposure noise reduction applied, making your shots crisper and cleaner than ever.
The first of two focus-based upgrades comes as an addition to the autofocus system:
the new AF-Point Scope function.
This enables you to magnify the focus position when using autofocus, to zoom in and make sure that you’re focusing with pinpoint precision exactly where you want to.
Improved MF Assist
The second focus upgrade is made to the manual focus system, in the form of an improvement to MF Assist.
When focusing manually, it is now possible to enjoy 20x full-screen magnification in order to precisely place your point of focus – especially handy when working with fine detail or small subjects like macro photography.