Lumix Firmware Fixes Need for Auto Focus Workaround

Posted Jul. 6th, 2018 (1 week ago) by Daniel J. Cox

Several weeks ago I wrote about and shot a video showing an issue we’ve all been experiencing with our Lumix cameras when shooting still photos. You can read more about it in the post titled: Lumix Auto Focus Workaround. Below is the oringal video I shot showing the problem. Good news as of the latest firmware update is Lumix Firmware Fixes Need for Auto Focus Workaround.

But I’m happy to announce that the newest firmware for the G9 and GH5 seems to have fixed the issue. The G9 firmware update is Version 1.1.  The GH5 firmware update is Version 2.3. The video below discusses the fix.

Thank you Lumix engineers for making this a priority. for instruction on updating your firmware go to this blog post titled How to Update Firmware on Panasonic Lumix Cameras & Lenses


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  1. Alan StankevitzEarlier today (23 hours ago)

    Even with the latest firmware update, the G9 has trouble focusing on foreground subjects and instead stays locked on the background. This makes it nearly impossible to photograph BIF’s with backgrounds other than smooth sky.

    (Coming from a Canon system with the 600mm system, I find this disheartening.)

    I really, really, really would like to move away from a bunch of heavy gear, but I have yet to be convinced of a mirrorless system that gets me there. Sony’s mirrorless full-frame system is probably the best option, but their lenses aren’t much smaller and lighter weight than the big boys.

    Panasonic has been evolving closer to what I consider an acceptable system for bird photography (I have had many of their bodies), but their autofocus for BIF is just not there yet. (Is it because of contrast detect autofocus?)

    The Olympus E-M1 II with their 300mm + 1.4x TC might be a better option, but I also use these cameras for video and really like the G9 for video, especially 60fps 4k.

    I have yet to find an ideal mirrorless camera system for bird photography/videography. (Although it’s getting closer.)

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      Daniel J. CoxEarlier today (22 hours ago)

      Alan, I’m seeing a huge difference in the G9’s ability to focus on a subject in the foreground. However, I’ve not tried it yet with birds in flight. It sounds like you have? Do you have any photos you can share here on the Blog to show me what you’re still experiencing. I would love to get samples to the engineers at Panasonic. Let me know.

  2. Louis BerkOn Jul. 12th, 2018 (5 days ago)

    A bit off-topic but one nice addition is the ability to step through and view each frame in burst mode which was not possible before.

  3. Chris WitzgallOn Jul. 11th, 2018 (6 days ago)


    I am a long time Lumix user, starting with the GH3, then GX8, and now G9. I thought I had read somewhere that on the GH5, Panasonic finally removed the limitation on using a multiple shot drive mode when shooting flash. It was this way (not possible) with my GH3 and GX8. Nothing has changed with the G9. I would think this would be of interest to the nature shooing community shooting flash. I use it when shooting weddings, and it is a reason I still shoot my Sony a99ii alongside the GX8, as it does this all day.

    If you have not seen the issue, just attach a flash, ensure you are using a mechanical shutter, and then switch to a drive mode other than single shot.

  4. Vivian TeagueOn Jul. 10th, 2018 (6 days ago)

    Thanks Dan, I’ve been having this problem. Hope I can figure out how to update my camera!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 10th, 2018 (6 days ago)

      Vivian, I forgot to add a link to a past blog post detailing how to do the Firmware update to Panasonic cameras and lenses. You can find that here Let know if you have issues. I’ll do what I can to help you out.

  5. Jason palmerOn Jul. 10th, 2018 (6 days ago)

    Me to but more in group af cluster but also single af 100-400 AND 12-60

  6. William BunnOn Jul. 10th, 2018 (7 days ago)

    Yes I updated to Ver 1.1

  7. William BunnOn Jul. 10th, 2018 (7 days ago)

    I agree my 100-400 is still having difficulty focusing on small birds in busy backgrounds. Even when I spot focus on the bid’s eye.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 10th, 2018 (7 days ago)

      William, have you updated to the newest firmware for the G9?

  8. douglas l smithOn Jul. 6th, 2018 (1 week ago)

    Dan if you get the time try it with the 100-400 and see if you have any focusing problems . I am still having it grab the background instead of the subject– but it may not be doing it as frequently as before.

    Thanks for your update!

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