Firmware Friday: More Fuji X-series firmware coming; Panasonic updates VariCam HS, LT and 35 video cams


posted Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:00 AM EDT


A couple of weeks ago, we told readers about a raft of new firmware on the way from Fujifilm. It's not here yet, but for this week's Firmware Friday roundup we have news of another ten Fuji X-series cameras which will soon be receiving updates alongside those we previously mentioned. And for good measure, we also have news of updates for three of Panasonic's professional video cameras and one related accessory.

Let's start off with Fuji's news this week, and then come back to Panasonic!

Fujifilm X-A1, X-A2, X-A3, X-A10, X-E1, X-E2, X-M1, X-Pro1, X-T1 and X-T10

We already told you about Fujifilm's planned updates for the Fuji GFX 50S, X-Pro2, X-T2, X-T20, X100F in our Firmware Friday roundup of September 8th. Today, we can add ten more Fuji models to the list, as listed in the subheading above. The updates for these cameras are more straightforward than the feature-packed upgrades announced earlier for their siblings, though. For these additional models, it seems that the sole change -- or at least, the only one thus far revealed, anyway -- will be to add support for the recently-launched XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens.

More on this story in November when the updates land!

Panasonic VariCam HS, LT, 35 and AU-VREC1 recording module

Second and last for this week's roundup, we come to the Panasonic VariCam series of professional video cameras. Here, there are simultaneous updates to three of the cameras, as well as the recording module compatible with two of the three. Several changes are shared between all of these devices, including a new warning message when you insert a flash card containing a corrupted clip, newly-expanded UDP packets which allow details such as the clip name to be communicated to external apps via Wi-Fi, an improvement in stability at boot-up and a fix for an issue which prevented playback in QT Player if a 2K ProRes clip was repaired in-camera.

In addition, the VariCam LT is now compatible with the Canon CN 18-80mm lens, adds a Chinese-language GUI display (it's not stated whether this uses traditional or simplified character sets, so we'd assume the latter), and supports a new U620L 4G/LTE USB modem. And a problem which could cause a level difference between the top and bottom of the screen at some frame rates has been resolved.

For the VariCam 35, meanwhile, an issue causing flickering at the edge of characters has been fixed. There are no other changes for the VariCam HS beyond those shared with the other models.

You can get the VariCam 35, HS and AU-VREC1 firmware here, and the VariCam LT firmware here.

(Camera parts image courtesy of Kelly Hofer / Flickr; used under a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license. Image has been modified from the original.)