Panasonic releases Firmware – LUMIX GH6 to support direct SSD recording over USB

Panasonic has announced Firmware Update Ver.2.2 for its LUMIX GH6 mirrorless camera, which will enhance performance and usability for hybrid video professionals. The update will be available at the LUMIX Global Customer Support website https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/ at 11am AEST on 27 September 2022.

GH6 Firmware Version 2.2

Support for direct recording to SSD (solid-state drive) over USB

The new firmware supports direct recording and playback of video/photo using an external SSD connected via USB. It is possible to record high-quality, low-compression Apple ProRes 422 HQ (maximum 1.9Gbps) or high-bitrate, large-volume 4:2:2 10-bit All-Intra directly to a USB drive (SSD) with maximum 2TB capacity. Data files recorded on the SSD can be easily transferred to PC via USB, which minimises backup work, making the post-production process more efficient.

Aaron Waters, Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, said: “We’re excited to see this release, which was a highly anticipated update flagged at the initial launch of the GH6, and will further streamline workflow for creators. Through its strategy of offering regular firmware updates, Panasonic supports G Series users now and in the future, providing innovative and flexible solutions for creative filmmaking.”

Please note:

  • High frame rate video exceeding 60.00p cannot be recorded to an external SSD.
  • It is not possible to record video and images on the SD card or CFexpress card simultaneously while also recording it to  the external SSD.
  • Use an external SSD no more than 2 TB in size that is compatible with USB Type-C. We recommend using an external SSD whose operation has been confirmed by Panasonic. Note that this is not a guarantee of operation on all devices.
  • Latest information on the external SSDs will be available at the following support site at the same time as the firmware release: https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/connect/index.html
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