Lumix Diaries How to Update Firmware on Panasonic Lumix Cameras & Lenses

Posted Mar. 31st, 2016 by Daniel J. Cox

Several months ago I wrote a very detailed post on how I’ve been updating firmware for my Lumix cameras and lenses. It’s been quite popular. I was going to take it down and replace it with this new updated information but I’ve decided to just add this to the top of the original post so comments can be retained. The new information below is based on support from Robert Kozlarek of Panasonic US. The US Panasonic web site seems to have a much simpler way and instructions for updating firmware. So here is the current information.

1) Preparation before attempting the update.

A. Make sure the camera’s battery is completely charged. If the battery is not completely charged
the firmware update will not begin. Format the SD memory card in the camera, then take a
couple of pictures.
B. Turn off the camera.

2) Copying the Firmware to your memory card.

A. Download the latest firmware update for your model by clicking on the “Download Ver. X.X ” link
to a location on your computer (we recommend the “Desktop”).
B. If your computer has a media reader, please insert your formatted SD Card from your camera.
C. Open the zipped firmware file that you downloaded to the desktop.
D. For “PC” users, locate your SD Card by clicking on, or opening the “My Computer” or
“Computer” on your desktop or your “Start” menu.
For “Mac” users, can use “Finder” if the drive does not mount to your desktop.
E. “Drag” to Copy and Paste” the .bin file from the opened folder to the drive with the SD Card
showing in your “My Computer” window for “PC” users and “Finder” or “Drive” in Macs. This will
copy the file to the card.
F. If you choose to leave the SD Card in your camera, connect the camera to the PC with the USB
cable. Turn the camera on and set it to “Playback” mode. Then select “PC” on the LCD screen.
Drag the .bin file from the opened folder to the device that either says Panasonic or mass storage
to complete the transfer.
G. “SDXC cards, 32GB or larger, require special card readers. Depending on your PC, and the age of its operating system, you may not be able to directly write to such large cards. If your PC asks
you to format the card, DO NOT, this is one indication that your system is not compatible with
the newer larger memory cards. In this case a smaller card, 16GB or smaller should be used

3) Updating the Camera’s firmware.

A. Turn the Camera off, insert the SD Card if you copied the firmware to the card while inserted into
the computer.
B. Turn the Camera power on and press the “Playback” button. The Camera’s LCD screen should
now be showing a screen asking if you desire to “Update” the firmware. Highlight “Yes” and
press the “Menu/Set” button.
C. When the Camera has completed the firmware update it will turn itself off and then back on.
D. This completes the update process.

4) Confirming the update.

A. Turn the Camera’s power back on.
B. Set to “Playback” Mode.
C. Choose the “Setup” menu.
D. Select Version Disp.

Original Post Below. You should first try the newest information above but if you run into problems the additional info below may be helpful. 

Update Firmware on Panasonic Lumix Cameras & Lenses

This Blog post was inspired by a recent email I received that I’m sharing below. Had this been the only email I’ve ever received on the pain Lumix users feel when firmware updates are released, I wouldn’t even be writing this post. But the email below is pretty typical of many folks I’ve heard from.

Hello, Dan

This past week I traded my Canon for a GH4, and I’m slowly becoming familiar with the m43 format. The body I received has Firmware 1.1; I know Panasonic has and continues to update this, but I am completely lost as to how to do this, and where to find that information in a clear and concise example (I need illustrations!). Their Web site wasn’t much help. Can you point me in the proper direction?

I should tell you, your work and explanations of the Panasonic cameras helped nudge me away from full frame (after 45 years); it was time for something new (video) while continuing to enjoy stills. I can already see the GH4 will meet my expectations, as it has yours. Thanks for sharing that part of your life.

Best, Bill

I want to remind all readers that Panasonic should be commended for offering updates to features they could easily save for future models but are offering as free updates. That’s a huge, huge bonus. But the pain in getting those new features installed needs to be cut to a minimum, or ideally eliminated completely.

Like Bill, who wrote the email I shared above, I also have spent many frustrating hours trying to understand how the Lumix update system works. The current update process is not easy, and I’ve explained this to the Panasonic folks more than once. I’m hoping by bringing this to our readers, and by getting more input we can hopefully convince them they desperately need to update the ease of use on their firmware website.

The following are step by step instructions on how the update process works with screenshots of what you will see during the process. So let’s get started. First do the following.

 

 

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Secondly, you need to get to the Main Support Page to start all camera and lens firmware updates. I’m going to use the newest firmware update for the GH4 as the example for this exercise. If you scroll down from the top you will see a heading tab What’s New. Screenshot below showing the page.

 

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Click on this link. This takes you to the next page which is completely confusing since it has virtually every other camera and lens but the GH4. To get to the GH4, you have to first scroll all the way down to the bottom of this web page. There you will see the title License Agreement. Below that is the option to select either Accepted or Not Accepted. Choose Accepted. You now are taken to a page that actually does list and has the firmware updates for the GH4. Screenshot below.

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Next, click on the Download Link for the GH4 in the far right column which takes you to the next page. The top of that page shown in screenshot below.

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As I mention above, this is just a screenshot of the TOP of the page you need. This page is confusing since it shows not only the newest GH4 update but it also shows a list of all prior updates. Even though the update you are after is described at the top of this page, you actually have to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this same page to see the Download option you’re after. It’s listed as the GH4_V25.bin and has a Download Button for both Mac and Windows. Click on either Mac or Windows, depending on the computer you’re using and the download will begin. On the Mac, the Download is saved to your Downloads folder or wherever you have asked your Internet browser to save them. Mine is the Downloads folder. I believe you can do the same on Windows, but that’s something you will have to figure out yourself since I haven’t used Windows since switching to Mac in 2004.

Once you have downloaded this file you have to GO BACK to the page you chose the GH4 from. Screenshot below and link here.

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Scroll about half way down this same page to begin seeing directions for both Windows and Mac. These directions talk about downloading the file to the proper place and making sure it downloads correctly.

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The above screenshot shows the beginning of the instructions for the Windows update process. Keep in mind, the screenshot above is just a portion of the instructions since I can’t fit all of them in a screenshot sample. DO NOT just follow these screenshots—they don’t have all of the info you need. You need to go to the web pages I’ve provided links to for all the details.

Here’s a screenshot of the start of the Mac update process. It tells you to Download but we’re already past this part.

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So the above explains how you get the file to your computer and in a place you know where to find it, preferably the Downloads folder. Next we have to get this file onto an SD card to load to your camera. Putting this on an SD card is actually a superior procedure to a direct download to the camera from the Internet, which is the way Olympus does it. If you want horror stories about Olympus camera firmware updates which are caused by a direct download from a web page directly to camera, take a look at this thread on DPReview. The SD card is the way to go even though this whole process is painful.

To prepare the SD card for this file, I always Format the SD card in the camera prior to loading the new update to the card. So Format your card first. Next, make certain the .bin file on your computer, the one that showed up after unzipping the compressed/zip file, is the same size as it shows on the Downlaod page.Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 4.10.41 PM

Lumix stresses comparing the size of the files since it’s important to make sure the file was properly downloaded. If the file sizes are different, you don’t have a complete download and this could be a problem. Screenshot below of my computers finder showing the files are the same as the file above.

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Ok, now t’s time to get this file on to you SD card. To start with, place the SD card into your SD card reader attached to your computer. If yo didn’t do the first thing I mentioned at the very top of this post, now is a good time to do it. This was the first step however so you should have this done. If not, DO IT NOW!

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Next, navigate to the folder you put the file in, most likely the downloads folder and copy that file on to the SD card. Keep in mind, the file we are talking about could be either a .bin or a .lin or a .ebn file. I’m not sure why there are three different file designators, my guess is it depends on if you’re on a Mac, Windows machine, or possibly a Linux machine. But for Mac it has always been .bin when the .zip file is opened. When you download a Windows file it always comes through as a .exe file. Not sure if that file extension remains when you open the file, I can’t check since Mac won’t open .exe files, but look for .exe if you are on Windows. Once again Panasonic makes this very confusing by listing these two other files I’ve never heard of. Maybe there’s a good reason, but for me it’s always been confusing. Once either the .bin or .exe file is opened, you can copy and paste it on the SD card or just drag the file over to the SD card. Your file should now be on the card and ready to upload to your camera.Make sure this file is not placed in any of the FOLDERS on the card. Just drag the file to the open area on the card and drop it there.

Once the above is finished you will be at the end of this same page and you will see info on the next step that I’ve captured in the screenshot below. This could be much less confusing with better graphics such as photos of the specific cameras in each particular group. Same for the lenses, and almost nobody has any idea what the “Interface Unit” is. The box you want if updating a camera is “Procedure for camera body update (for camera body update with G series cameras).

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Click on that baby blue box which takes you to the next web page with very good, detailed instructions on how to actually load the file to your camera. Screenshot below. Notice the Charge the battery fully instruction. Make sure yo do this or you are dead in the water. You need a fully charged battery before anything else.

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 3.46.20 PM Once again, make sure you actually go to this page. The screenshot above is only part of the directions. Follow the instructions which are the least confusing of any in this entire process. Take a deep breath and read them slowly, read them carefully. Take one step at a time and all will work as it should. Unless of course you’re like a buddy of mine’s wife who he calls the Human Computer Virus. If so, then all bets are off. Just a joke to lighten the conversation 🙂

This post took a long time to write and only because this whole process is so confusing. Please add your voice about your upgrade experience to the comments below. I would love to get a large collection of people adding their opinion either god or bad. Who knows, maybe I’m stupid, and this is all as simple as flipping a switch, but for me it’s always been close to a nightmare. Maybe we can get Panasonic to make upgrades as easy to do as using their fabulous cameras.

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  1. Gary UrbanOn Nov. 26th, 2017 (2 weeks ago)

    Can you tell me where to find the firmware file for the LUMIX ZS40/TZ60. Thanks, Gary

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 30th, 2017 (2 weeks ago)

      Gary, here is a link to the firmware updates you’re looking for. http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/TZ40_TZ41_ZS30/index.html Let me know if you have any issues.

  2. NickOn Nov. 25th, 2017 (3 weeks ago)

    Tell a nasty story. When you update lens Panasonic 12-35mm firmware 1.1 to 1.3 everything is frozen. Now at the start of the GH4 camera lens is not working but the camera displays the firmware to the latest 1.3. How can I reflash again the firmware? The answer is not found (

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 25th, 2017 (2 weeks ago)

      Not sure what to tell you Nick. It sounds like the camera and lens need to be looked at by Panasonic. Are you in the States. If so let me know and I will send you info for who and where to send your gear to.

    • NickOn Nov. 25th, 2017 (2 weeks ago)

      I’m from Russia. If I could get the firmware with a higher version such as m 1.3.1 or 1.4 then I’ll be able to update the firmware.
      tnx!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 30th, 2017 (2 weeks ago)

      Nick, unfortuantely I have no idea where you will find an older version of firmware downloads I cant be more help. ads. Sorry

  3. John McHOn Oct. 23rd, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Appreciate the instructions in the blog, Dan. Just updated my new-to-me 45-175mm lens to ver 1.3 for my G85. Worked like a charm! I was somewhat hesitant to begin the update because the extracted .lin file (458,816 bytes) never matched the size stated on the Panasonic site (177,778 bytes). But after downloading numerous times and getting the same sized extracted file, I was pretty confident that the entire file had been downloaded and extracted properly. Thanks again for the post

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 26th, 2017 (2 months ago)

      Glad it worked well John. Happy to help.

  4. Ben GreenbergOn Oct. 1st, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Thanks so much for providing this information. I followed your guide and successfully updated my G8 camera body firmware without a hitch. BUT updating my Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 has been a different story. The lens shipped with frimware version 1.0. I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to update to the latest version, 2.1.

    I’ve followed all of your steps (and also the harder to follow Panasonic directions for the update process, once the card with the firmware file is in the camera)—to no avail. I’ve tried using different SD cards. I’ve been sure to snap a few photos after reformatting the card. I’ve made sure to use a freshly charged battery. I’ve turned the camera off, popped the card out, pushed it back in, turned camera back on and pressed play—upwards of 10 times. And still playback does not start the upgrade process; it just displays the photos I’ve shot, as it normally would.

    Thanks in advance for any insight or further advice you can provide.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 2nd, 2017 (2 months ago)

      Ben, this is a mystery to me. I have no idea why so many people have such difficulty getting firmware updates to install. I’ve had the same problems you describe but eventually had it work, following the proper steps, which you seem to be doing. The only thing I can suggest is to send your camera in, with the same SD card you’ve tried the install procedure with, and let Panasonic give it a shot. Hopefully, they’ll run into the same issues as you and can then document what is going on. You’re not the first to complain of firmware upgrade problems. I’ve tried to explain this to my colleagues at Lumix but they say they haven’t seen these problems. I appreciate you writing in. I’m documenting all of this so we can try and figure it out. If you want to go the route of sending your camera in I can send you a direct contact. Let me know. Sorry for this painful process.

  5. Robert GonzalesOn Sep. 25th, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Dan,
    I scanned the comments to see a discussion of updating firmware for Panasonic lens used on a Olympus body and didn’t see any. I am using the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmer 100-400 lens on my Olympus OM-D E-1 Mark II. I tried to follow your steps (including having a couple of photos on the sd card etc) for updating the firmware for the lens and it will not start. The Panasonic website is totally worthless. I tried to direct connect the camera with lens attached to my pc to try the update from the Panasonic support site, but no go. It will not even start. However, updating Olympus lens with this direct connect method is very easy. Any suggestions. Thanks.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Sep. 26th, 2017 (3 months ago)

      Robert, sorry to hear of your problems with getting your firmware updated. I’ve also had some issue as you’ve described with getting the camera to see the firmware file on the card. I recently did two 100-400mm Leica zooms. Both I followed the directions I have on my Blog that you refer to. The first one took the firmware and updated the first try. The second lens I had to take the SD card out of the camera several times and on probably the third time when I pushed the Play button the camera finally found the file and imported it. Please try the procedures outlined on my Blog again, and keep trying the Play button, maybe as many as ten times to see if it finally connects. Believe me, this is not the way it should work and I’m trying to convince Panasonic it needs to be simplified. Hang in there, we’ll figure this out.

  6. DejanOn Aug. 8th, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Hi Daniel,

    I just would like to inform you and yours readers what happened with my updating. As I explained in my previous posts I couldn’t find the way to update my GH4 firmware. I’ve actually despair to do it and I was waiting for your help. In meanwhile I was using my camera with SD card with new firmware on it and I did few new videos and new 59 photos on the SD card and after one week of use, I’ve turned my camera on again (same as many time in last week) and all of the sudden camera shows me an “update menu window”, I was very surprised, of course I’ve confirmed updating process and GH4 did the firmware update without any issue. So, finally I have the newest 2.6 body firmware on my GH4 camera. I hope it can help someone with the same update problems.

    Thanks anyway!

    All the best,
    Dejan

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Aug. 10th, 2017 (4 months ago)

      Dejan, Sorry for the late reply. I have heard of people having trouble updating if there is not at least one photo on the card. Sounds strange and I have no idea why this sometimes is necessary but I mentioned in my Firmware Update blog that it can be helpful to download the Firmware update and then shoot a photo on the same card as the update is on. I have no idea why this works and quite frankly I feel this is strange, to say the least. I’m planning to talk with Panasonic to figure out why this is sometimes necessary. However, it may explain why the Update window popped up for you after a week of shooting. Glad you are up and running. Once again please accept my apologies for not being able to help you sooner.

  7. DejanOn Jul. 24th, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Hi Daniel,

    do you haven any idea why I can’t update my GH4? I always got result: “No valid picture for play”. I believe I did exactly what I supposed to do for installing update.

    I have body firmware 2.2, the newest is 2.6.
    I have fully charged original battery.
    I had successfully downloaded the file “GH4_V26.bin” on my Mac computer (37,1MB) and copy it on first directory of freshly formatted SD card.
    After I put the card in GH4 and turn it on, I press the button “play” and immediately get written “No valid picture for play”. I have tried it for several times and always got same results. It’s seems to not recognize the file.

    I also wanted to try first to update with older version of firmware 2.5, but I can’t find it anymore. On official Panasonic websites I can find only ver. 2.6.

    I would very appreciate if you can help me.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 25th, 2017 (5 months ago)

      Dejan, I don’t recommend trying to install an older version of firmware so it’s actually good it’s no longer available. I checked with one of my colleagues at Panasonic and the following is what he suggests.

      Very simple – he is not following one of the first steps we mention.
      1). His camera is likely updated – have him check the version in the MENU screen.
      2). The instructions state to have 1-2 photos on the SD cards – he does not.
      3).After a successful update, the camera reboots and enters the PLAY mode. Since he has no photos on the cards, it’s telling him that there aren’t any photos to display.
      4).The message says nothing about not being able to update the camera, nor does it say it failed.
      5).The truth is, the photos are NOT required, but we got so many calls about this misunderstood message that I added it as a step many years ago.

    • DejanOn Jul. 29th, 2017 (5 months ago)

      Daniel thank you and your friend for reply,

      probably I was not clear enough, I will fulfill my experience with update.
      1. My camera is definitely not updated, that is exactly what I’m trying to do – upgrade it from Ver.2.2 to Ver.2.6.
      In my GH4 camera: Menu > Version Disp. > Body Firmware > Ver.2.2

      2. I did tried to do update also with one, two and more pictures on my SD card. But it didn’t work.
      After I formatted my SD card I did pic(s) with the camera and then I had continued with determined procedure: turned camera off, put SD card out of camera, put it inside SD card reader, via MacPro copy new firmware on first directory of SD card, put my SD card with new firmware “GH4_V26.bin” on it in the camera again and turned camera on and pushed play button. But only result was that camera showed me the pic(s) I did before, without any update process. So my update wasn’t successful! My camera still has Body Firmware Ver.2.2.

      3. Doesn’t matter how I tried to do the update It wasn’t successful. It looks like my camera can’t recognize “GH4_V26.bin” file with new firmware on the SD card.

      I believe I do exactly what I supposed to do for successful update according to determined procedure from Panasonic company. If it can help to solve this problem I can also do the pic of every step I do in the update process.
      By the way I have also the GH3 camera and two Panasonic lenses and few days ago I did successfully updated both lenses, I’m almost sure I did it via GH3, because it has already last firmware (Ver.1.2) and lenses instructions says first update camera and then lenses.

      I would be very happy if you or your friend from Panasonic can help me to solve the update problem. Thanks.

  8. MikeOn Jul. 6th, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Dan –

    I would have never thought I would need to reach out to anyone to update firmware (not to sound too arrogant about it), but here I am, pleading for some assistance. Following Panasonic’s directions has got me nowhere, as has following every tip and bit of advice on this page. I want to do a lens firmware upgrade, and have everything in order, yet the camera (with lens attached) doesn’t recognize the bin file on the card (properly formatted in camera, with the bin at root level). It goes straight to photo playback.

    I realize that Japan really calls the shots on instructions and manuals, so I wouldn’t expect Panasonic USA to be able to furnish any other directions to those printed online.

    Any further suggestions in this saga? Many thanks, Mike

    • MikeOn Jul. 6th, 2017 (5 months ago)

      My bad, after reading this footnote I finally realized it why it wouldn’t update:

      “The firmware for M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 L differs from the one for M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6.
      The latest version for M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 L is version 1.0. Firmware update is not required.”

      Sorry to have bothered you.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 6th, 2017 (5 months ago)

      Not a problem Mike. It’s easy to get confused on Firmware updates. I wish there was a better system and I’m guessing it will happen at some point. Until then I’m happy to help whenever I can.

  9. Miguel Tejada-FloresOn May. 3rd, 2017 (7 months ago)

    This was truly helpful, Daniel. Just used it to update the firmware on my new (used, really, but new to me) Lumix GX8 – with my Mac Desktop – and the whole thing worked like a charm. Many, many, many and real thanks!
    -Miguel

  10. DeeOn Mar. 23rd, 2017 (9 months ago)

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I followed the directions on the Panasonic website multiple times and kept getting a “NO VALID PICTURE TO DISPLAY” message even though the firmware was two versions behind…Your additional guidance about taking a few pictures on the formatted SD card before transferring the .bin file saved me what was sure to be hours of frustration. My GX7 is now happily updated to the lasted firmware version. Thanks again!

  11. gilles saint martinOn Feb. 10th, 2017 (10 months ago)

    thanks for solving my update problems
    I had, when in p mode, to click on the play button, as if I wanted to view my photos, and only then, on my gx8, did the firmware update menu appear !
    But t did work!

  12. James SegwellOn Dec. 3rd, 2016

    Am hoping you are the person that can solve a wee problem for me. I have the GH3 with the last v1.2 firmware but I want to re-install the firmware as I have some minor problems such as one of the function buttons don’t work and as I bought the camera in France it goes back to French language once it’s been reset. Problem is as the camera is recognizing the same firmware number it refuses to re-install it again. I even tried a minor ‘hack’ by re-naming the firmware number inside the .bin file but no luck. Is there a way to trick the camera into re-installing the firmware. Much appreciated.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 7th, 2016

      James, I hate to give you bad news but I have no idea how to solve your problem. The reason is I’m a firm believer in purchasing all my gear in the country I live in. Why is that important? It’s because all camera manufacturers are basically franchises and part of the money we spend on the cameras in our home country is used to support the Lumix service center in that country. Again, I apologize I can’t be more help.

  13. Alan PearceOn Nov. 14th, 2016

    I am trying to update my 14-140 lens without success. I am using a MAC. Every time I download the file it is smaller than shown. File size should be 174262 actually 458816 but it does say its the ES101912.lin file. Can you help?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 15th, 2016

      Alan, have you tried loading the file that did download. I think you’re overthinking this. All I know is it worked fine for e and it was the same size download you say is a problem. Have you tried updating the .lin file that did download yet? Let me know how it goes.

  14. Daniel LazarOn Nov. 9th, 2016

    Hi Daniel, Daniel here, I have a Japanese GX7 Mark II, or GX85 for the rest of the world, and I’m also trying to update the firmware from Sep 28, 2016. I’ve tried both .bin files given, for the GX80 and GX85 but I get the same message “no valid picture to display.” Camera firmware displays as V 1.0 and the update is V 1.1.
    I’ve formatted the SD card in the camera then copied the files over. I’ve tried having the lens on or off, same issue (lens is H-X015).
    Any ideas will be most appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Daniel.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 15th, 2016

      Daniel, let me check with my contacts at Panasonic. Will update this in a day or two.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Nov. 15th, 2016

      Daniel,

      Here are the steps you need to take.

      · Format an SD card
      · Take at least ONE photo. He indicated he got the message “No Valid Picture to Display” – that’s why – no image on card.
      · COPY and PASTE (NOT drag and drop) the bin file to the ROOT of the SD card. The ZIP or EXE file can’t be used. The bin file is extracted from the downloaded file.
      · Use a FULLY CHARGED battery
      · Insert the card, place camera in “P” mode and turn camera on.
      · If the firmware update does not start on its own, make sure camera is in PLAYBACK mode.
      · It is possible, though unlikely that he corrupted the file, so if all else fails, download a fresh copy.

    • AgustinOn Dec. 27th, 2016 (12 months ago)

      Hi, nice to meet you.
      I found this blog because I´m having the same problem. I bought a GX7 MK2 in Tokyo with a X015 Lens and I can´t do the update.
      I tried everything exactly as you said. Also tried modifying the file name to GX7MK2_11 and it didn´t work.
      Did you find a solution?

      Thanks a lot for your time!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 27th, 2016 (12 months ago)

      Agustin, are you in the US?

    • agustinOn Dec. 28th, 2016 (12 months ago)

      No. I´m in Argentina. I bought it 4 months ago in Japan.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 29th, 2016 (12 months ago)

      Well I’m not sure what the next step is. If in the US I could have suggested a contact for you. Let me check with Panasonic here in the US to see if they have someone you can contact in Argentina.

    • AgustínOn Dec. 29th, 2016 (12 months ago)

      Thank you Daniel.
      I don’t think there is something wrong with the camera. Maybe it’s just the combination of this “different names” issue and the X015 lens, which makes impossible for the camera to found the .bin file.
      If it’s necessary, you can give my email to your contact in the US, It’s not a problem.

      thanks again

    • AgustinOn Dec. 29th, 2016 (12 months ago)

      Solved!
      I could find the japanese web, which refers to the camera as GX7 MK2, and when I download the .bin file from there the name ALSO changed.
      From the global site the file name is GX85_V11.bin or GX80_V11 and from the japanese is GX7MK2V11.bin
      It seems that my camera was expecting that name. Thanks for your time. Hope this helps others too.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 30th, 2016 (12 months ago)

      Agustin, That for letting me know you got it figured out. That’s great news.

    • DanielOn Jan. 12th, 2017 (11 months ago)

      Hi Daniel, thanks for your help. As Agustin mentioned it must come from the Japanese website, which is here: http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/dsc/download/fts/index2.html
      The file is named GX7M2V11.bin.
      I uploaded this to my SD card and the camera did the update when it was set to playback mode.

      Cheers.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jan. 19th, 2017 (11 months ago)

      Glad to hear this all worked out Daniel.

    • EmilioOn Sep. 24th, 2017 (3 months ago)

      Hi, i bought a GX85 but i can`t go into PAL mode. Do you think if I install the GX80 firmware into the GX85 update will work in PAL mode? Thanks.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Sep. 25th, 2017 (3 months ago)

      Emilio,

      The firmware you want to download should work just fine with your camera. The GX85 and GX80 are identical. Not totally sure about your questions regarding PAL. IF your camera does not have PAL option now, the firmware will not give you that option,

  15. Lean S.On Oct. 3rd, 2016

    Thank you for your very helpful instructions! I face the same troubleshooting. After following the steps as described above, I managed to update the Camera Firmware (Lumix GX80 V.1 to V1.1) but not the lens ( Lumix 12-35mm V1.1 to 1.3). I keep on following every step, but no indication comes up when I press the play button.

  16. Michael ShapiroOn Sep. 29th, 2016

    Hi Dan! Not sure if you’re still actively checking this. About to update the firmware in my GX-8, which still has version 1.0 running. Do I need to update in chronological order, or does the latest update include all of the previous updates? Not sure if this works like an OS update, where everything is included in the latest iteration…

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 2nd, 2016

      Michael, To be honest, I’m not sure. I would be very surprised if it was necessary to do all updates to get the latest update. I’ll check in to this and post the answer here. Should be by tomorrow at the latest. Good question.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 3rd, 2016

      Michael, I received word from my Panasonic contacts that NO it’s not necessary to add prior updates to get to the latest update. In other words, you are safe to use the most current update to get whatever you missed in the past. The latest update contains all updates you will need.

  17. Val StrawOn Sep. 2nd, 2016

    Just spent an hour and a half updating firmware on my Panasonic GX8 – wish I’d read this first and so does my husband who finally figured it out. Why is it so complicated and badly described – come on Panasonic, give us some clear, simple instructions please!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Sep. 2nd, 2016

      Could not agree more Val. I’m hoping these comments help them understand the difficulty of their update process. Thanks for adding your voice.

  18. DanielOn Aug. 30th, 2016

    I’ve run into quite the problem while updating my GH4. While the firmware update was happening, via SD card, the camera turned off. I immediately tried turning it back on. The green light went on, but the camera is making a clicking noise and the LED screen keeps going in and out. I cannot access ANYTHING through the menu. I’ve looked all over the internet for some answers but cannon find any. Hopefully you can help me out and point me in the right direction of getting my GH4 working again.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Aug. 30th, 2016

      Will be contacting you directly with info on how to get this fixed.

  19. TRENT ANDERSONOn Jul. 21st, 2016

    Thanks again Dan. I read about the new GX8 update and tried to complete it without training wheels. Didn’t work. So, back to your blog, found the post and voilà, a done deal. I think I should bookmark it this time for the next time I forget how to do it.

  20. Dave ThomasOn Jun. 30th, 2016

    Hi…I sincerely appreciate all of your efforts, but I’m still stuck. I have watched dozens of videos, read ever thread and can’t get a human at Panny…I am stuck at 1.0 for both body and lens! I have used the oldest, slowest card I have, I have taken 1, 2, 3 and even 4 pictures after formatting the card, I have charged the battery for days, then put it right on and tried this.. I have the .bin, the .ebn (no .exe ever showed up) and still nothing…I just so distraught! Help me please!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 9th, 2016

      Dave, I just sent you an email with questions.

  21. yvonne butlerOn Jun. 20th, 2016

    I did the firmware update just this morning and it went well. The only thing I want to add is that on a Mac (with El Capitan OS ) when you copy the downloaded firmware file to the SD card, the file goes into the DCIM folder on the SD card. The instructions here are not to put it in a folder but we were unable to move it from that folder. It didn’t seem to make any difference. So success!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 20th, 2016

      Yvonne, thanks for the updated info. It’s possible that things have changed slightly since I wrote the original post. Will take a look for a further update.

  22. Bill StormontOn Apr. 21st, 2016

    Hello, Dan,

    I finally updated the GH4 firmware this evening; following your instructions, it worked fine. No errors anywhere.

    Another big THANK YOU for providing the map…

    In this interim I’ve also traded two Canon lenses for the Olympus 40-150 2.8, and bought the 1.4x; I might be able to live with only this zoom from now on, it’s that enjoyable. The close-focusing is a welcome advantage; shooting stationary leaf “portraits,” as I like to do, is easy, and the results as “sharp” as anything I’ve put on my monitor. Yes, the files are smaller, but…Wow.

    Bill

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 21st, 2016

      Glad the directions worked for you Bill. Thanks for stopping by to let us know how it went.

  23. Trent AndersonOn Apr. 20th, 2016

    Thank you Dan, as always, for walking us through the update maze. I had no problems updating the camera bodies but have hit a brick wall trying to update to ver. 1.3 of the 12-35mm and 35-100mm Lumix lenses. The download time, when I click on the download page, is a mili-second and the resulting file extracted from the zip is a ES101513.lin. After copying it to my card and putting it into the camera with a fully charged battery I get the “No valid picture to display” message. I’ve tried at least four times on two different computers with the same negative results. I even had a friend, in Florida, download the file on her computer and mail me the zip file and had the same results. What’s up Doc?

    All the best,
    Trent

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 20th, 2016

      Trent, hold tight I’m going to forward your message on to a contact at Panasonic.

    • Trent AndersonOn Apr. 20th, 2016

      Hold the presses! I was taking a shower, a most enlightening time for me, and I wondered if not having the actual lens on the camera would make a difference. Almost dripping, I put the 12-35 on the camera and the corresponding firmware and…”We have ignition.” Problem solved.

      Phew,
      Trent

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 20th, 2016

      Glad to have helped Trent:) Good news is your shower was short so that helps you guys in California since you can use all the water you can get. And better yet your lens has the most current firmware update. Thanks for reaching out. I did send Panasonic a note and Robert Kozlarek sent the response below. Maybe this will help others that run in to a similar issue.

      Trent making pictures with his Lumix GH4 and Oly 40-150mm zoom at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

      Natural Exposures Explorer Trent Anderson making pictures with his Lumix GH4 and Oly 40-150mm zoom at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

      Robert Kozlarek responds:

      There is no problem at all ..
      He did the update (verify by checking the menu), but he failed to have at least one photo on the SD card. After rebooting, the camera goes into play, and he has no images on the card, SO … “No valid picture to display”.

      Check the camera enu with the lens attached and he will see the updated version.

  24. David SalahiOn Apr. 11th, 2016

    Dan, thanks so much for these instructions. Panasonic’s upgrade documentation is the worst I’ve ever seen. But thanks to this guide I got through it painlessly!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 11th, 2016

      Thank you so much for the kind words David. Happy to help. I’ve spoken to the one person who is in charge of this department at Panasonic US and so far he doesn’t feel it’s an issue so I appreciate hearing from those who have been helped by more clear information. Hopefully, comments like yours will help them realize they need to do better.

  25. BarryOn Apr. 6th, 2016

    Thanks Dan for this, which helped ease my GX8 firmware update. I found that extracting the .bin file to the top directory on a newly formatted SD card with a fully charged GX8 battery inserted did the trick.

    The instructions from Panasonic could indeed be clearer.

    Thanks
    Barry

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 6th, 2016

      Happy to help Barry. Glad your up and running with the new firmware.

  26. Bill BurkholderOn Apr. 2nd, 2016

    In software development, “Easy is hard,” as Steve Jobs used to say. It takes a lot of time and effort and support structures to make computer interfaces simple for users.

    Camera companies are among THE WORST on the planet when it comes to simple updates such as this one. We should all demand better.

    The good news is that the camera that came out two years ago is a better camera now than it was then!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 2nd, 2016

      Great input Bill. Thanks for adding your voice.

  27. jim HeywoodOn Apr. 1st, 2016

    In my attempt to update the lens and camera firmware, I was consistently told to add two images to the newly formatted card before proceeding to download the new firmware. Thanks Dan for your excellent instructions, albeit two weeks too late to save me from the difficulties I had getting thru the Pana “process” I use a mac and there is an important difference for moving the downloaded file to the card. If I remember correctly, Copy does not work but dragging file does…Dan you may want to check that out.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Apr. 1st, 2016

      Jim, I’ve added the .bin file to the SD card with both methods. First I “drug” the .bin too the card and started the update process, canceled it, then reformatted the card and then “copied” the .bin folder to the card. Both times the upload began to proceed. So if one way worked for you and one did not, there is something else going on. But who knows what, that’s what makes this process so frustrating. One minute it works and the next is doesn’t.

  28. Bill StormontOn Mar. 31st, 2016

    Dan, thank you for answering my email in this way; I’ll block off a couple of hours and brew some strong coffee, then get to it!

    And thanks for caring about your fellow photographers,

    Bill

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 31st, 2016

      Glad to help Bill. Let me know if you have any issues.

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    Charlie HokeOn Mar. 31st, 2016

    Dan, I did an update before reading your very thorough instructions, and it was a nightmare!
    Panasonic needs to fix this, just an awful experience. Thanks for taking the time to lay all this out so clearly!

    P.S. I get my 100-400 tomorrow, very anxious!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 31st, 2016

      Thanks Charlie. I appreciate your input.

  30. Julie MartensOn Mar. 31st, 2016

    Thanks much, Dan. Your instructions made this much easier! Mission accomplished! julie

  31. Kent JakuszOn Mar. 31st, 2016

    Daniel;
    Just spent almost an hour with Panasonic Tech support. Still not resolved. They referred my case to the next level. They will call me back. Charged me $9.95 for tech help for their problem.
    I will keep you posted.
    Kent

  32. Kent JakuszOn Mar. 31st, 2016

    Daniel;
    It was AH4_V25. I went to the site and downloaded the file again. This time it is GH4_V25 however, after placing the file on my SD card……..and hitting the play button I get “No Valid Picture To Play”. The instructions say “If newer version or same version of firmware has already been installed, the initial setup screen(Fig. 3) will not be displayed. And the camera body will display that “NO VALID PICTURE TO PLAY”. Please turn off your camera and use the camera as is.”
    My current version is 2.1. Might be that I need to upload the previous versions in oder? I have found tech support number and will call when they open. 800 211 7262
    Thanks for the help.
    Kent

  33. Kent JakuszOn Mar. 30th, 2016

    Dan thank you for all of your efforts.

    But, I got the .bin file 37.1 MB and the .bin file 4.2 MB downloaded onto my MAC. The files were in a folder titled “AH4_V25. I am unable to open the files or copy them to my SD card????

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
    Kent

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 30th, 2016

      Kent, “AH4_V25” is this correct or is the A supposed to be a G in your comment above?

    • Kent JakuszOn Mar. 31st, 2016

      It was A should have been G. I got the A file from the portion of the website with the YAGH attachment. The tech also said that I should have been taking two pictures after formatting the card. Still don’t see that in the steps.
      Seems to me that they keep adding to the website and not updating or removing outdated postings. Nearly an impossible task.
      Patience. I gotta practice patience.

      All the Best
      Kent

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 31st, 2016

      Kent, I’ve never been told you need to add photos to the card for a firmware update. Just another example of this being very confusing. I appreciate your understanding for patience but your experience is driving the point home this procedure needs fixing.

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