New Panasonic LUMIX firmware adds BRAW WB controls to GH5 and BGH1

Panasonic has just released firmware version 2.5 for the LUMIX GH5 and version 2.4 for the LUMIX BGH1, adding BRAW white balance controls and more. Let’s take a closer look.

In the RAW Wars, many reviewers have complained that Blackmagic RAW or BRAW is not true RAW, pointing out a lack of white balance control with some cameras compared to ProRes RAW. For a more in-depth look at BRAW recording from GH5s to Blackmagic Video Assist, check out our previous article here.

If you’re like me, you ditched BRAW white balance controls for the GH5s a long time ago, like a third Stone Roses album or a Back to the Future reboot. But the Netflix-approved BGH1 obviously took the aging GH5s into the future, with a more professional post-production workflow in DaVinci Resolve.

My hopes were raised last month when Blackmagic Design released the Video Assist 3.7 update and Blackmagic RAW version 2.6, promising BRAW white balance controls for the GH5 and BGH1. But despite applying the aforementioned Blackmagic updates and upgrading to DaVinci Resolve 18, white balance controls were still not available in the Camera Raw controls on Resolve’s Color page.

BRAW WB controls in Davinci Resolve Camera Raw settings
BRAW WB controls in DaVinci Resolve. Credit: CineD

Back to the future

That all changed yesterday when Panasonic released firmware version 2.5 for the GH5s and version 2.4 for the BGH1. After testing the new firmware, I can confirm that Panasonic has exceeded expectations.

Several presets are now available in the White Balance drop-down menu, including: Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, and Flash. Additionally, Color Temp and Tint controls are now unlocked in the Resolve Color Page Camera Raw tab, paving the way for a more professional post-production workflow.

Price and availability

The new firmware version 2.5 for Panasonic LUMIX GH5s and 2.4 for BGH1 are now available for free download from the manufacturer’s website.

If you’ve been slow to adopt Panasonic’s LUMIX GH5s – and I mean very slow – or want to pick up another one as your B-camera, you’re in luck! The GH5s are currently on sale for $400 or £460 for a limited time respectively on B&H and CVP.

It’s almost unfathomable that Panasonic continues to add much sought-after features to the GH5s more than four years after the camera’s initial release.

Featured image credit: photo by Raül Santín on Unsplash / Editing by CineD

Are you a Lumix GH5s or BGH1 shooter? Have you tried the new firmware? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

James V. Hayes