New Panasonic GH2 firmware for hackers? (+ new review)

“Someone” just sent me a link to what appears to be a new Panasonic GH2 firmware. I didn’t try it on my camera because I don’t want to break it.
UPDATE: An anonymous soruce sent me a Panasonic GH2 firmware with the following text: “It is original Panasonic firmware for hackers. Without it you cannot modify anything in GH2 cameras. It’s latest 1.0D version.
Sounds like we have the firmware that italy the hacker was looking for! You can download the firmware at: I repeat DO NOT INSTALL the firmware unlike you are a hacker!

Meanwhile ePhotozine (Click here) posted a new Panasonic GH2 review: “Someone looking for a more compact Digital SLR should look very seriously at the Panasonic Lumix GH2, as the size is great. The camera makes photography a lot of fun, and the system is arguably one of the best mirrorless cameras available with excellent usability. On top of this, image quality is very good, and the camera has the best HD video quality of any current camera. What more could you want? Highly Recommended!

Sadly the Panasonic GH2 is again out of Stock in US stores: Amazon, Adorama, B&H and J&R.

Maybe should took a look on the GH1 deals instead:
1) Panasonic GH1 with 14mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $364. and if you would buy it separately with the GH1 it would cost you a total of $764. With that deal you save $64!
2) Panasonic GH1 with 20mm lens for $699 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $399. You save $99!
3) Panasonic GH1 with 45-200mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $349. You save $100!
4) Panasonic GH1 with 14-45mm lens for $649 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $359. You save $90!
5) Panasonic GH1 with 14-42mm lens for $499 at Amazon (Click here). The lens alone costs $199. You save $100!
6) Panasonic GH1 body only costs $399 at Amazon (Click here).

  • JM

    Oh oh, I want one for GF1…my camera is still talking to me in Japanese only :(

  • Chris

    whos going to be the brave man and use on it their camera. Could be a virus??? strange the guy didn’t give him his details but guess he dont want Panasonic to chase him.

  • io

    The file is compressed.

    Try to compress it whit zip, rar or 7z, you’ll see you can’t make it smaller.

    I bet it’s a fake.

    • admin

      Hi! It looks like it’s real. Hackers are already testing it. Will let you know more soon!

      • io

        I hope I’m wrong, but it means a x4 bigger firmware than GH1.

        But, hey! I’m not a hacker! :D

        I’ve only saw a GH2 string at the beginning of the file, and nothing more.

  • io
  • a Very Good Brand.

  • Chris K.

    Do the hacked roms (for any of the Pana bodies) improve in-camera JPEG processing? I keep mulling over the GF1 to add to my E-PL1 and E-P2 stable but I shoot mostly JPEG and the poor performance keeps me away.

    On the flip side, I would be happy to throw in to a bounty to hack the Oly m43 camera roms…Particularly I would love to be able to set one of my dials on my E-P2 to be a manual focus assist (aka lv-info zoom)…Only way with a manual focus lens (like the Voigt 25mm) is to cycle the live view information (lv-info) with lv-info zoom option turned on.

  • Sam

    @Chris k
    If you already have two oly cams why do you need a third similar camera in the gf1? I have a gf1 and the jpegs are not as bad as made out, the metering in camera tends to be rather conservative – a stop or two under depending on the subject, in the older dslr mantra of shoot two stops under and sort in post. I think this is what results in the pov of lacklustre jpegs, I quite like the look of the dynamic film mode jpegs as long as I pay attention to critical metering, I’d wait and see what the next generation brings if I were you and spend your cash on glass. But this is just my two pence.

  • tttulio

    Go Vitaly go.

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