Panasonic has just released a firmware update for the GH5, GH5S and G9. With every update, the owners of these cameras hope to see a fix for their poor video autofocus. Does this update finally fix it?
Panasonic promises that the update will improve the performance of the AF, I.S. and sound recording. It also brings other smaller improvements, as well as a bunch of new functions (full list here).
We don’t have a GH5 at the moment to test these claims, but here’s a great video from ProAV TV that tests side-by-side the autofocus performance of the 2.2 and 2.3 versions of the firmware.
So, it looks like there is a significant improvement in the AF, as long as you use the 180 degree shutter.
To see a complete list of all the features of the 2.3 update, and to download it, please go to this page on the Panasonic website.
About a year ago we did our own autofocus tests of the GH5. Our camera used the original firmware that the GH5 was released with. Here are the tests.
By the way, we have many other videos about the GH5. Here are some of them: