Panasonic have today released V2.1 firmware for the GH4. This gives us timecode and recording start/stop triggering over HDMI to Atomos devices such as the Shogun 4K recorder. The firmware also adds a few other features, read on to find out what they are…
Well hell has officially frozen over and Fuji have full manual control in video mode along with 24p.
You can download the V3.0 firmware for the X-T1 and X-T1 Chrome edition here. It adds a lot of improvements.
New firmware for the Panasonic adds higher vertical resolutions in various aspect ratios, making further use of the camera’s 4K video ability.
For photographers also a brand new in-camera workflow is now available to extract high resolution stills from “4K Photo Mode”. For 4K video, resolution increases from 2160 lines in 16:9 for standard 4K to 2336 lines in 3:2, 2496 lines in 4:3 and an enormous 2880 lines in 1:1. By comparison the Red Dragon in 6K records up to 3160 lines vertically (2:1 aspect ratio). An anamorphic lens is needed to take advantage of the resolution gain in squarer aspect ratios such as 4:3 and 1:1. As a huge advocate of anamorphic at EOSHD, I’ll be testing this out very shortly with my collection (below). I’m expecting the results to be stunning.
I caught up with Panasonic recently to discuss the firmware update and more…
Update on the update: Firmware update app is currently Windows only, Mac version available within the next 24hrs
Metabones have announced a firmware update for their Smart EF Mark IV adapter (E-Mount). This is a must-have update for A7S users who have experienced buggy behaviour with their camera using Canon lenses.
The firmware update is available from Metabones here along with full instructions.
If you have the earlier Mark III version of the adapter the firmware update must be done back at base. To do this users should contact Metabones to arrange the return.
Blackmagic firmware Version 1.8 is set to be released for all cameras simultaneously. The good news is that the work to create a unified firmware seems to be done. This was the work which for so long was getting in the way of Blackmagic adding new features to their cameras (like histograms). From now on we could be seeing some more regular and more exciting updates.
Straight off the bat with 1.8 there’s a lot of new additions like 4K raw on the Production Camera and a new user interface for all cameras.
Above: Prospect, a short film shot on the 2.5k Blackmagic Cinema Camera
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera was the first foray for the company into the camera market and was announced 2 years ago this month. I know many users were expecting more from firmware updates in the meantime to add basic features and also features promised by Blackmagic themselves. Many were expecting these to be announced this week at NAB. Instead Blackmagic revealed new cameras, one in particular the URSA being packed with new features.
So I asked Blackmagic some tough questions and here are the answers…
Today myself and Malcolm of Magic Lantern were able to transfer $700 to Someone1.00 to buy his first test body from the NEX-Hack.com donations fund.
We are well on the path to improvements in video image quality and features on the Sony NEX and Alpha cameras.