Software updates include a redesigned algorithm which will give the camera faster autofocus speeds. The High ISO Noise Reduction Mode is a new feature, offering deliberate noise reduction for images shot at high ISO (1600/3200) sensitivity. There will also be a significant improvement to the performance of auto white balance adjustment in low light situations.
For functional upgrades, the LX5 Active Mode will be integrated into the effective handshake correction system Power O.I.S., helping users shoot more stable video even while walking. Expanding on the My Color Mode settings, the Miniature Effect Mode will allow the user to focus on an object and blur surroundings – a technique that can be applied to both photo and video. Also, the conventional 60-second maximum shutter speed limit is extended to 250 seconds – assisting in shooting illuminated night sky and darkened scenery.
Additional enhancements include improved shutter operation, incorporating continuous focusing with both half-shutter and full-shutter shooting. Autofocus and manual focus will be made even easier to use in situations where precision is desired. For instance, once a focus area has been set it can easily be retrieved, making this a convenient function for tripod shooting.
The brightness, contrast/saturation and red/blue tint of the LCD monitor and external viewfinder are adjusted to reproduce colour settings which are more true to the subject.
The new firmware will be available in mid-September in the Support section at http://www.panasonic.ca.