Panasonic GF1 hack improvements (now with manual movie modes!)


The firmware patch is now bringing manual movie modes for the Panasonic GF1 (it works like on the Panasonic GH1). This includes all M, A, S modes.

Vitaly told us that “You need to go to menu and set appropriate mode. Also if you go to menu in picture shooting mode it’ll convert to corresponding movie mode, just turn wheel one click and return it back to go to back to normal picture mode. This can be even handy :-)
Tested and working. Including shutter control during recording, etc.
So, GF1 can be used as second camera now.

How-to and firmware download are available here:

Side note: Both cameras are sold in US stores with the cheapest price ever. Oh yes Photokina is getting closer…
Click on those store names to check the price and availability of the GF1: Amazon / Adorama / BH
and here for the GH1: Amazon / Adorama / BH

  • divide

    Gosh ! So now the GF1 has the same movie features as GH1, including Manual 1080p 25MB/s AVCHD ?
    Is there something left to GH1 that the GF1 doesn’t have ?

  • G

    Does anyone know if there are similar developments (ie. firmware hacks) for the Olympus PEN cameras? Or anticipated in the near future?

  • Bauer

    ^ 24p.

  • Carlos R B

    Admin, in Japan is alreday july 21, so at what time the LX5 will be announced?

    • admin

      Hi Carlos yes it’s 6-7 in the morning in Japan. Usually they announce the cameras at 6am London time!

  • mpgxsvcd

    The GF1 is not capable of recording a true 1080p video. Other than that yes it has almost all of the functionality of the GH1. The sensor in the GH1 has better low light sensitivity though.

    GF1 Sample movies

  • mma173

    @ divide, still doesn’t have 60 fps.

  • mpgxsvcd

    It can’t record 24 FPS either. I forgot about the additional frame rates in the GH1. I will be surprised if the upcoming GF2 and GH2 cameras are actually better than the GF13 and GH13.

  • sf

    And i’m praying this hack can come to G2… that would be a SWEET thing given the G2 is way cheaper than the GH/GF *AND* has all the ‘serious’ video tools of the GH1 (articulated screen) and pulling focus with touch screen has to be tried to be seen how cool it is! I thought i’d never use the touch on my G2 and haven’t stopped in vid and photo (when on tripod and in normally awkward positions). No reason the G2 can’t have the same hacks as GF1 except if panny have locked down the G2’s firmware (?) – so here’s hoping mr hacker gets his G2 donations and works on it soon.

  • fta

    @ divide

    Sure, GH1 has swivel lcd screen, stereo sound, microphone in plug, nice big colorful viewfinder, better sensor, true 1080P.

    But if you don’t need those, then a GF1 is just fine :)

  • reza

    @G: I second that! They’re having all the fun and we’re limited to 7 minutes of video. Aaarrrghh! :-D

  • Eran

    Can i use this hack to change the language from Japanese to English?
    is the translation accurate?

  • solsang

    my friend just made his japanese camera speak all languages, besides getting hd video without time limits, there are options for 24fps video and even better audio quality!

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