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Panasonic firmware updates bring raw 5.9K HDMI output to Lumix S5 and Lumix S1

Panasonic Lumix S5 and Lumix S1 with Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR
(Image credit: Panasonic)

The latest round of Panasonic firmware updates will be especially useful to videographers, as they bring the ability to record Blackmagic RAW video to an external Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR recorder.

This feature will be added to the Panasonic Lumix S5 and the Lumix S1, though Blackmagic RAW output from the Lumix S1 requires the Panasonic DMW-SFU2 software key to be installed.

Raw output over HDMI is becoming increasingly in demand for mirrorless video output, and a number of makers offer ProRes RAW output to the Atomos Ninja V. Blackmagic RAW and Video Assist recorders are a competing format that offers the same advantages for high-quality video capture and post production grading work.

(Image credit: Panasonic)

Panasonic Lumix S5 Firmware Version 2.3

The Lumix S5 is already a highly capable video camera at a very competitive price, so this update will extend its appeal still further for more advanced videographers.

The Lumix S5 does not record raw video internally, but if you hook up one of Blackmagic’s Video Assist 12G HDR devices via HDMI, you can both display a larger live view with more information while filming and record raw video to an SD card in the Video Assist 12G in 5.9K, 4K and 3.5K anamorphic resolution.

Keep in mind that Blackmagic RAW is a proprietary format and you will need Blackmagic Davinci Resolve software to play back and edit the RAW files – but there is a highly capable free version of Davinci Resolve you can use for this.

Panasonic Lumix S5 new video modes with firmware update 2.3
AreaResolutionFrame rateAspectHDMI output
Full frame5.9K (5888x3312)29.97p/25p/23.98p16:912-bit
APS-C4K (4128x2176)59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p17:912-bit
APS-C anamorphic3.5K (3536X2656)50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p4:312-bit

(Image credit: Panasonic)

Panasonic Lumix S1 Firmware Version 2.1

This firmware update brings the same Blackmagic RAW output over HDMI to the Lumix S1, provided the camera has already been upgraded with the paid-for DMW-SFU2 software key. Otherwise, you will need to buy the software key for this function to become available.

Panasonic does periodically require these ’software keys’ to unlock further features on its cameras, and it’s a useful if annoying upgrade for the Lumix S1 for videographers.

The Lumix S1 will also get two new Photo Styles: L.ClassicNeo and L.Monochrome S.

Panasonic Lumix S1 new video modes with firmware update 2.1
AreaResolutionFrame rateAspectHDMI output
Full frame5.9K (5888x3312)29.97p/25p/23.98p16:912-bit
APS-C4K (4128x2176)59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p17:912-bit
APS-C anamorphic3.5K (3536X2656)50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p4:312-bit

(Image credit: Panasonic)

Panasonic Lumix S1R Firmware Version 1.9

It’s less exciting news for Lumix S1r owners, as this camera simply gets the new L.ClassicNeo and L.Monochrome S Photo Styles added for the Lumix S1, above.

Photoshop Lumix HLG Photo plug-in

Also due for release on July 13 is a Photoshop plug-in to read, edit and save HLG still images. HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) mode is usually associated with video, and used to display high dynamic range footage on HLG-compatible displays. Panasonic is keen to extend its use to still images too, and while HLG-compatible display devices are still needed, it will at least be possible to edit and optimize these images with Photoshop.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio. Previously he has been Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. 

Rod's near-encyclopedic knowledge of cameras both old and new makes him an invaluable resource, whether we need to ask a question about transparencies or the latest X-Trans sensor. He owns all manner of cameras, from Nikon DSLRs through Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm bodies, and on any given day you'll see him using kit from just about every manufacturer.