Serious intermittent fault with new GH5 firmware V2 “Shutting down camera”

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I had this intermittent fault just after I updated my camera but thought nothing of it and put it down to finger problems. Today my friend Stewart phoned me to explain what happened to him yesterday and we discovered it was the same problem, camera shuts down by itself.

Problem…As you press the DISPLAY button it eventually reaches a total blank screen, then although it does not happen every time, the camera shuts down.

Work around…Switch the camera off and on again.

UPDATE : One of my readers thinks it might also be related to the type of software as seemingly the PC download has the POWER SAVE LVF SHOOTING mode in the OFF position while the MAC version which is the one I used is at the 1SEC position…interesting.

As usual time and time again the wrong people get the FW early who do not pick up on these problems.

Meanwhile you can avoid this happening by locking off the DISPLAY button as shown by Erik Naso below…The good point about locking off the display button is once its locked off it stays that way even after powering down your GH5.

Please report to me on this blog if you also have the same problem with your GH5 and we can get Panasonic to act quickly to remedy this. It would also be useful to know where you are from i.e. Scotland, England, USA etc.

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GH5 v2 firmware now available

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Sadly there is no indication that the firmware (FW) has completed, I left my camera for at least 10 minutes after installing the FW. In my first GH5 the camera powered off and never powered on again, giving me a very tense 15-20 minutes, I finally decided to switch it off and on and v2 FW was on the body. Second camera worked as Panasonic predicted.

  1. Once the firmware update process is completed, the camera body will turn off the power and turn on again then it will be initial mode automatically.
  2. To verify the version number, follow Step1 at the beginning. Upon the confirmation on the camera body firmware version same to the one you downloaded, the firmware update is completed.
  3. Turn off the power switch.
  4. Remove the SD memory card.
  5. Here is a video produced by Simon Beer from Production Gear, taking you through the upgrade to V2.

    As an added bonus you can now choose from -9 and -12 dB giving you more latitude while filming in sunlight. note you need to have EXTENDED GAIN SETTING switched on before this is enabled.
    This can be found in the spanner with the c beside it then choose EXPOSURE and you will find it in menu one at the top.

    My thanks to Erik Naso for demonstrating how to enable Fn lock

    You can get the FW here…

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ADVERT…Open Day at Preston Media to see the new Panasonic EVA-1

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Discuss part exchanging your old equipment for the new Panasonic EVA-1 available at the end of October 2017. Both John and Andy will be able to give you part exchange details and 0% deals on the EVA-1.

This Thursday only at at Malvern…103, Worcester Road, Malvern, Worcs. WR14 1EP

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ADVERT…Remember to visit Production Gear today to see the Panasonic EVA-1

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Today, Wednesday is your big day to finally see the Panasonic EVA-1 at Production Gear.

Production Gear Ltd
Units 12 & 13
Wrotham Business Park


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Amazing drone skills but totally illegal

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Captured by master First Person View (FPV) drone pilot Paul Nurkkala, it shows his “flight of the year” in which he flies around, inside, onto, and under a moving train… barrel rolls included.

Nurkkala captured the video using his custom built drone, which is equipped with a GoPro Hero 5 Session and piloted from afar using special FPV goggles.

There are two camps on this one, the first thinks it’s just the coolest footage to ever come out of a drone, because Nurkkala is clearly such a talented pilot. The second is infuriated that he would do something so obviously illegal, post the results online, and receive so much praise and adulation.

The music is a bit repetitive and boring.

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Choose your viewfinder

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The Blackmagic would be $1500 plus $300 for the mod kit from Wooden Camera. The Zacuto requires no modding and costs $1950.

Watch the video below and tell me which VF you would choose, now hats off to Wooden Camera for producing this modification but I think I know which viewfinder I would choose.

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Entry level VAricam 1 the facts

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Firstly the internet is full of speculation and guesswork, so far we have seen pictures from a…

  1. Pre production EVA-1
  2. Unfinished new preproduction super 35mm sensor
  3. Seems noisy at 2500 ISO

Are we surprised we are seeing all these problems with this preproduction camcorder, the answer is in the word “pre production”.

I am not a fan of companies lashing together equipment to “show off” to adoring fans for trade shows etc. I had a pre production Panasonic HC-X1 which turned out to be “faulty”, though no one told me it was a pre production till I flagged up the fault.

EVA turns out to stand for Entry level VAricam or so Panasonic told me earlier on today. Next week the same camera will be touring the UK (not Scotland) to let everyone have a look at it.

I would prefer Panasonic let everyone see a production model due late October, but who listens to me.

All I can say that even the £15K VariCam is noisy at ISO 5000 which is taken out during grading so lets not get too hung up about noise figures till we see a production model.

So far the footage that has been shown on YouTube and Vimeo has looked very good, as usual its internet footage to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Nigel Wilkes (UK & IRE Group Manager, Panasonic) “Panasonic have listened to what our customers would like in a new mid range production camcorder, and we have worked very hard to produce EVA1. The launch of this amazing camera is happening now, but please remember, EVA1 is NOT finished, and it won’t be until the end of October 2017.

We have released preproduction units for you all to see and discuss, but please think about what is being said. The showreel will not be perfect, it’s there to give you an idea about what can be achieved.

EVA1 is going to be amazing; please be patient. It’s coming!”

I will leave you with the last two videos produced on the Panasonic EVA-1.
Firstly by Elle Schneider, a filmmaker, fine art photographer living in Los Angeles. Photos have been featured in exhibits in Los Angeles at the Happening Gallery and Milan by Vogue Italia, films have played internationally….Near to Superstition in 4K

Shot on EVA1 | Short film “Near to Superstition” from VariCam & EVA1 on Vimeo.

“Radio 88” by Johnny Derango features a lot of shots at night, but in controlled lighting environments. A lot of the exterior night shots were taken at the 2500 base ISO. For the interior shots Johnny shot mostly at 800 ISO…Vimeo version in 4K

Radio 88 from Johnny Derango on Vimeo.

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URGENT ATTENTION…My GH5 micro jitter has returned with my newest 12-60mm Leica lens

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My GH5 is now displaying the micro jitter problem again as I reported back in March 2017. My GH5 has ver 1.1 firmware and my lens (Leica 12-60mm f2.8-4) has the updated ver 1.1 firmware.

I only noticed this today after filming my friends son outside my house using my GH5 handheld in 4K 50p mode. I will run more tests in the morning.

Having had a look at V2 FW info this issue has not been addressed but once again I will enquire about this tomorrow.

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IBC 2017 Day TWO

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My thanks to Simon Beer for sending these pictures live from the show floor.

Man gets attacked by an 8K seagull

The Sony PXW-Z90 receiving a lot of attention.

Meanwhile back at the JVC stand the game has just started.

IDX have brought out these cute V lock batteries almost half the size of other makes of V lock batteries. The IPL-98 packs are 93Wh capacity into a slim form factor weighing just 1.3 lbs.

Canon had the C200 on show.

Panasonic were very busy showing off the EVA-1 camcorder.


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IBC 2017 NEWS…New LED lighting from Litepanels

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Cracking new LED panel the Gemini from Litepanels. The Litepanels Gemini provides a beautiful wide soft source of color accurate illumination. Staying true to the Litepanels legacy, the Gemini has accurate full spectrum daylight and tungsten lighting.

Gemini allows quick and easy adjustment with three full featured lighting modes to adapt to any lighting situation today’s cinematographers and lighting professionals will find themselves in.

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