Both Panasonic and Pentax have announced firmware updates for key cameras in their respective ranges.
Panasonic will make firmware version 1.1 for the Lumix DC-GH5 camera available from Monday, 24 April. The primary task of the new firmware is to enable 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording in either Full HD or Anamorphic (4:3) capture modes. It will also provide fixes for incorrect exposure adjustment when shooting using variable frame rates and correct a problem with after-images when recording high-sensitivity V-LogL video footage. Firmware 1.1 for Panasonic’s GX850, GX800 and GF9 cameras has just been released. It’s function is to add the Beauty Retouch function to each camera. Links to the downloads for the new firmware can be found at http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/.
Ricoh Imaging has released firmware updates for its full-frame Pentax K-1 and medium-format Pentax 645Z DSLR cameras, providing support for its new Image Transmitter version 2.3.0, which provides remote control for a number of camera functions, including image recording format, drive and white balance modes, card slot setting and live view magnification and focus fine adjustment. Recording image quality and JPEG size will also be controllable remotely with the K-1, along with start and stop of file transfer for movie shooting. Windows users will gain control of the focus assist and exposure bracketing for the 645Z.
The update for the K-1 can be downloaded from http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/digital/k1.html. The new firmware for the Pentax 645Z is available at http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/digital/645z_s.html.