Panasonic releasing firmware to fix live view lag on S5 II
Panasonic has announced that a new firmware is coming to the Panasonic S5 II in late March. The firmware adds a new live view display speed switching function. This function lets you change the live view frame rate when shooting in AFC autofocus mode. Users report the speed had been dropping down to 30fps making it feel somewhat laggy and difficult to track their subjects.
New firmware is also coming for several S-series lenses in April 2023 to improve AF performance during zoom tracking. The lenses affected are the Panasonic Lumix S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8, Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro O.I.S. and Panasonic Lumix S PRO 70-200mm f/2.8 O.I.S. lenses.
The news from the Panasonic Japan website about the upcoming firmware updates is quite short. In fact, it’s just a couple of (Google translated) sentences…
- Regarding the S series full-frame single-lens camera “DC-S5M2”, new firmware that can switch the live view display speed while pressing the shutter halfway in AFC will be released in late March
- New firmware that improves AF performance during zoom tracking will be released in April 2023 for the S-series interchangeable lenses “S-R24105”, “S-E2470” and “S-E70200”
Beyond “late March” and “April 2023”, no specific dates have been provided for either of the firmware releases. Hopefully, though, when they are released, this should bring the Panasonic S5 II up to par with the competition when it comes to tracking moving subjects.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.