Panasonic has finally released firmware update 2.0 for the GH4 Micro Four Thirds camera in order to add some new features to the camera, which has been previewed at Photokina 2014.
The current flagship camera in Panasonic’s line-up is the GH4. This mirrorless shooter with a Micro Four Thirds sensor was introduced at the beginning of 2014 with 4K video recording capabilities among a long list of exciting features.
In order to improve the device, the Japan-based company has decided to release an update. The new firmware version stands at 2.0 and it has been released for download globally for free.
Panasonic GH4 firmware update 2.0 brings 4K Photo mode to a 4K video camera
A changelog has been provided for the Panasonic GH4 firmware update 2.0. The most important addition is considered to be the new 4K Photo mode, which has been introduced in the FZ1000 bridge camera for the first time, while the new LX100 Micro Four Thirds compact camera is getting it, too.
The 4K Photo mode allows users to capture a single frame at 4K resolution when recording 4K videos. This way, users do not have to stop recording their videos if they decide to capture a moment that is worthy of a single shot.
This mode supports Loop Recording, meaning that videos will continue to be recorded when deleting an older file.
Several other improvements have also been included in firmware version 2.0
The changelog of firmware version 2.0 continues with support for a frame rate of 23.98fps at 4K resolution and 100Mbps bitrate in MP4 format. The previous frame rates available for the users were 30fps, 25fps, and 24fps.
ISO sensitivity settings are now more accessible, as the maximum value of a range can be set directly from the ISO menu. Additionally, the flash output can be set using the exposure compensation menu, which will allow users to save a few extra seconds.
The autofocus system has been improved, too, as its performance is better during video capture when using 1-area AF. Furthermore, AF tracking has been improved when using the Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power OIS lens, which is available at Amazon for about $630.
Last but not least, Panasonic GH4 users can now control their camera remotely via USB tethering. The required application is called USB Tether and it has been developed by Promote Systems.