Panasonic has announced today the expansion of the HD range of lenses - those that are capable of tracking focus and operating with low noise levels during HD video capture - akin to the MSC designation of certain Olympus' PEN lenses. Seven lenses have been added retrospectively to the HD range, while four (the first four in the list below), we're assuming, require a firmware update to meet this standard (we're currently awaiting confirmation from Panasonic on this). In addition to the reduction in noise levels, Panasonic say the v 1.1 firmware update also improves OIS performance during video capture. It's also good to see Panasonic letting go of the nonsensical naming convention in favour of the tradtional method using focal length and maximum aperture.
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/