Panasonic pledges firmware for GX1 body, 100-300mm lens


posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 4:08 PM EDT

Panasonic's GX1 compact system camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Corp. Click to read our Panasonic GX1If you're among the early adopters for the Panasonic Lumix GX1 system camera, or you're shooting with the Lumix G Vario 100-300mm lens, the company has news that'll put a smile on your face: new firmware that brings improved performance.

You'll have to wait a little while though, because while it's being announced today, it doesn't drop until the end of January.

For the Panasonic GX1 body, the firmware update will bring improvements to white balance and continuous autofocus. It'll also improve stability with high-speed UHS-I flash cards. A variety of other minor tweaks relate to power zoom, drive modes, and the camera's menu system.

If you've been using the LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm lens, meanwhile, you should notice better image stabilization performance.

If you're lucky enough to own both--well, you'll get all of the above, and twice the firmware updating fun!

Watch our news page for more info when the updates arrive, later this month...

Press Release

Panasonic Announces the Firmware Update Program for DMC-GX1, LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300) to Enhance Performance and Usability

Panasonic announces the new firmware update program for the digital interchangeable lens system camera DMC-GX1 and LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300) of LUMIX G Micro System. The firmware will be released to enhance the performance and usability in its control.
The following functions will be available with the new firmware:


  • Enhancement in the performance of AWB

  • Enhancement in the performance of [AFF] (AF Flexible) and [AFC] (AF Continuous)

  • Improved stability when used with the SD Memory Card complying with UHS-I

  • Addition of [STEP ZOOM] and [ZOOM SPEED] in the setting of [Fn] (Function) button and [Q.MENU]

  • Reflection of [DRIVE MODE] settings to [CUSTOM SETTING]

  • [MENU RESUME] in each menu tab

  • Page flip in the menu tab with [DISP.] (Display) button

LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300)

  • Improved performance of O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)

The firmware program will be available in the end of January at Panasonic’s Customer Support Site.