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Panasonic has announced a new firmware update for a number of their lenses that enhances HD video recording. The update improves optical image stabilisation and reduces the noise of auto focus. The update applies to a number of lenses including the 14mm kit lens that comes with the Panasonic Lumix GF2, and GF3, and the 14-45mm kit lens that comes with the Panasonic Lumix G3. The firmware update is available at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/
From Panasonic: Panasonic Announces the Expansion of HD Lens* Line-up and the Firmware Update Program for the Interchangeable Lenses of LUMIX G Micro System
Panasonic has set a new standard for the camera’s performance of auto focus and its silence performance for users to fully enjoy HD video recording. The following seven lenses clear this standard to be introduced as the HD Lenses.
*HD Lens is a high performance interchangeable lens that realises high quality video recording. The lens excels in the performance of tracking focus in video recording while offering silent auto focus and exposure control.
HD Lenses of LUMIX G Micro System:
(1)LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH. (H-H014)
(2)LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042)
(3)LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm / F3.5 (H-F008)
(4)LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300)
(5)LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm / F4.0 ASPH. (H-F007014)
(6)LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014045)
(7)LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS045200)
The lens (1)-(4) offers more comfortable HD video recording by improving the video recording performance with the firmware update.
Firmware Update Program Version 1.1
-Enhanced stability of O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabiliser) in video recording.
-Reduced sound of auto focusing in video recording
The firmware programs is available at http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/