Panasonic rolls out autofocus update for S1 models and S5

Panasonic has just rolled out a highly anticipated firmware update for its S-series mirrorless camera line. The update will improve the S1, S1H, S1R, and S5’s autofocus.

Since Panasonic teased the firmware at the beginning of the month, Panasonic users have been awaiting the release. The firmware update tackles features that they’ve been asking about. In the updates, S1R users can now shoot 5K 4:2:0 10-bit LongGOP video at 200Mbps and shoot 4K 60/50p 4:2:2 10-bit video over HDMI. Additionally, Panasonic has gifted the S5 with 4K DCI and ProRes RAW support.

Firmware breakdown for S1 models and S5

S1H, S1R, S1, and S5

  • Human/Animal recognition can be set ON or OFF when the AF mode is set to [1-Area] or [1-Area+]
  • [AF+MF] can be used during video recording

S1H, S1, and S5

  • Recognition performance during video recording in V-Log has been improved

S1R, S1, and S5

  • [SS/Gain Operation] function has been added

S1R and S1

  • [Red REC Frame Indicator] is available

S1H, S1R, and S1

  • Possible to play back vertical videos vertically
  • 4K video files can be transferred to a smartphone via Wi-Fi

S1H and S5

  • [Horizontal Image Flip(Monitor)] / [Vertical Image Flip(Monitor)] enables you to reverse or not to reverse the monitor image when the free-angle monitor is rotated


Panasonic has consistently been releasing updates for its existing camera with features its community have been asking for. It doesn’t seem like they’re going to stop any time soon too. S1 users can expect to see a 5.9K, 4K DCI, and 4K 60p/50p 4:2:0 10-bit recording update coming next year.

As for this update, You can download the Panasonic S-Series firmware update for the S1 models and S5 right now. To do so, head over to the official Panasonic support page.

Image courtesy: Panasonic

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
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