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Camera firmware updates are software upgrades and fixes for the microprocessor in your camera body. It’s the brain of our beloved machine, so keeping it up to date is quite smart.

My camera is working fine … Should I update?
In short, yes, most of the time. Updates provide bug fixes, improved settings, battery drainage issues, sometimes even completely new features and more. Sure, don’t fix what’s working is solid advice, so check the update changes first and decide for yourself. But besides some compatibility issues with 3rd party lenses, the benefits outweigh the possible downsides.

Not sure which version is your camera firmware?
Check the current version of your camera body:
Find Version Disp. or Firmware Version in your camera menu under the Setup (wrench) icon.

Visit the Panasonic website for up to date info. Or check the table below to see if a new release is out. If some of the versions are out of date, please let me know in the comments.

SeriesModelVersionDateDownload /
Description
GH DC-GH5SVer.1.52020/02/17Link
DC-GH5Ver.2.62019/11/19Link
DMC-GH4Ver.2.72017/09/27Link
DMC-GH3Ver.1.22013/07/09Link
DMC-GH2Ver.1.22018/07/25Link
DMC-GH1Ver.1.32010/05/10Link
G DC-G9Ver.2.12020/02/17Link
DC-G90/G91/G95Ver.1.12019/07/09Link
DMC-G80/G81/G85Ver.1.42019/07/09Link
DMC-G7/G70Ver.2.22016/07/20Link
DMC-G6Ver.1.22014/02/04Link
DMC-G5Ver.1.12013/07/09Link
DMC-G3Ver.1.22011/10/12Link
DMC-G2Ver.1.12010/11/18Link
DMC-G1Ver.1.52010/05/10Link
GX DC-GX9Ver.1.42019/07/09Link
DMC-GX80/GX85Ver.1.32019/11/19Link
DMC-GX8Ver.2.22016/07/20Link
DMC-GX7Ver.1.32014/05/22Link
DMC-GX1Ver.1.12012/01/25Link
GFDC-GF10/GX880Ver.1.22019/11/19Link
DC-GF9/GX800/GX850Ver.1.22019/11/19Link
DMC-GF6Ver.1.22014/02/04Link
DMC-GF3Ver.1.22011/10/12Link
DMC-GF2Ver.1.12011/10/05Link
DMC-GF1Ver.1.22010/05/10Link
GM DMC-GM5Ver.1.12015/02/09Link
DMC-GM1Ver.1.12014/04/24Link



What do you need?

  1. Camera body
  2. Full camera battery
  3. Empty SD card
  4. Computer with an internet connection

Now to the point:

  1. Format the SD card in body, by navigating to:
    Menu > Settings > Format
    Important! Make sure you have backed up all your files on the memory card.
  2. Charge your battery to 100% and insert it into the camera
  3. Insert SD Card to your computer
  4. Download the correct version of the firmware
  5. Copy .bin file to your SD Card and safely eject it
  6. Insert your card to the camera and turn it on
  7. Press Preview/Media button and agree
  8. Wait. Enjoy. That’s it