The Panasonic LUMIX S5II and S5IIX will receive a firmware update on October 24th that adds a handful of new features, but probably the biggest is that long exposures have been enabled for High Resolution Mode.
High Resolution Mode is a feature that’s come to many cameras over the last few years. It’s essentially a way for a camera to take advantage of its IBIS system to take several shots with the sensor in slightly different positions and then blend them together into a single, larger image.
Panasonic will release new firmware for the Lumix S5II and Lumix S5IIX mirrorless cameras, aimed at enhancing both performance and usability. Here is the complete list of changes coming in the Panasonic S5II v2.2and S5IIX v1.3 firmware updates:
S5II Firmware Version 2.2 / S5IIX Firmware Version 1.3
AF-Point Scope Function
The update introduces an AF-Point Scope function that magnifies the focus position during autofocus. This addition aims to assist photographers in achieving more accurate focus, particularly in complex shooting scenarios.
The firmware update extends the shutter speed settings in high-resolution mode to a maximum of 8 seconds. Additionally, long-exposure noise reduction is now applied in this mode. A new feature called [Handheld High-Res] mode has been added, allowing for higher resolution photos to be captured without the need for a tripod, courtesy of the built-in image stabiliser.
Improved MF Assist
Manual focus users will appreciate the improved MF Assist feature, which now allows for up to approximately 20x magnification in full-screen mode. This allows for more precise manual focusing, making it easier for photographers to fine-tune their shots.
The update is in line with Panasonic’s approach to offer continuous improvements through firmware solutions. These updates not only extend the capabilities of existing hardware but also offer additional features to enhance customer experience.
The update will be made available free of charge and can be downloaded from the LUMIX Global Customer Support website starting 24 October 2023.