My Panasonic GH2 has gotten a firmware update because Panasonic has released a firmware update for the GH2 camera with some improvements, one of the features being an option for higher video bitrate (quality) and frames per second. This new frame rate is 30p @ 24mps on NTSC cameras and 25p @ 24mps on PAL cameras. This is a big deal for us NTSC people. We now can shoot 30p just like the Canon guys. 30p looks better on the web. 30p looks better on a TV.
The new official GH2 firmware is out now, you can download it at Panasonic here.
These are all the new features and improvements:
Added a video mode [HIGH BIT RATE] which is suitable for editing video recorded at high bit rate(24Mbps). (30p NTSC, 25p PAL)
Added a function [POWER ZOOM LENS] when using power zoom lens.
([DISP FOCAL LENGTH], [STEP ZOOM], [ZOOM RESUME], [ZOOM SPEED], [ZOOM RING]*)
Full area enlargement of AF area setting.
Improved in the speed of consecutive shooting when shot with auto bracket.
Increased number of recordable images in consecutive shooting.
[EX.TELE CONV. (Extra Tele Conversion)] can be set ON/OFF separately in photo or video recording.
More accurate light adjustment of built-in flash.
Improved in the AF performance in video recording.
Synchronization of alarm volume for low battery with [BEEP VOLUME].
Added a function [HALF PRESS RELEASE].
Improved NR (Noise Reduction) in high sensitivity shooting.
Added a function [TOUCH SCREEN] which is ON/OFF control of touch-screen.