A new firmware version will be released for the LUMIX premium compact digital camera DMC-LX5. The firmware, version 2.0, improves the camera’s performance and upgrades various functions while enhancing the usability.
A redesigned algorithm makes it possible to speed up the AF time by reducing it by approx. 23% at the wide-end, which is the fastest level of speed in class. A High ISO NR (Noise Reduction) mode is newly added to offer noise reduction specifically to the images shot at high ISO 1600/3200 sensitivity. The performance of auto white balance adjustment is improved in low light situations.
For functional upgrades, Active mode is added in video recording for more effective countermeasure against blur. The Active Mode effectively suppresses blur in video recording especially at wide angle while walking. The Popular Miniature Effect mode is added to the My Colour mode, which can be applied to both photo and video. The conventional 60 second shutter speed limit is now extended to max.250 seconds for shooting fireworks, night scenery or astrophotography.
Shutter operation is improved so that the continuous focusing with half-shutter and shooting with full shutter is realised – as with a system camera. The combination of AF/MF is now easier to use, even in situations where severe focusing accuracy is demanded. The size and the location of the focusing area once set can be saved and later resumed which is convenient for shooting using a tripod. Now the brightness, contrast/saturation and red/blue tint of the LCD monitor and the External Live Viewfinder (optional) is adjusted manually, to reproduce the colour setting becoming more true to the user’s intention on the monitor.
Panasonic invites all users of DMC-LX5 to apply the updated firmware. The new firmware will be available worldwide at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/, at GMT 5:00 on 13th of September, 2011.