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LUMIX GH6 SSD Recording over USB Support is here!

Photo Moment - September 20, 2022

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The Panasonic LUMIX GH6 firmware update adding support for recording to SSD over USB is here! Learn all about the update, including what it does, how to install it, and get ready to mount an SSD drive on your GH6!

Download the GH6 2.2 Update Here!

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Panasonic LUMIX GH6 running firmware v2.2 with Kondor Blue's Samsung T5 SSD holder and 8.5ʺ USB-C to USB-C cablePanasonic LUMIX GH6 running firmware v2.2 with Kondor Blue’s Samsung T5 SSD holder and 8.5ʺ USB-C to USB-C cable

Panasonic Press Release

Panasonic Releases Firmware Version 2.2 for GH6
To Support Direct SSD Recording over USB

Panasonic has announced that the company will release the firmware update program Ver.2.2 for the LUMIX GH6 to enhance performance and usability. The firmware program will be available at LUMIX Global Customer Support website https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/ at UTC 1:00 am on 27 September 2022.

GH6 Firmware Version 2.2

  • Support for direct recording to SSD over USB

The new firmware supports direct recording and playback of video/photo using an external SSD connected via USB. It is possible to record high-quality, low-compression Apple ProRes 422 HQ (Maximum 1.9Gbps) or high-bitrate, large-volume 4:2:2 10-bit All-Intra directly on the USB drive (SSD) with maximum 2TB capacity. Data files recorded on the SSD can be easily transferred to PC via USB, which minimizes backup work, making post-production process more efficient. 

  • High frame rate video exceeding 60.00p cannot be recorded to an external SSD.
  • It is not possible to record video and photo on the SD card or CFexpress card simultaneously while recording it on the external SSD.
  • Use an external SSD no more than 2 TB in size that is compatible with USB Type-C. We recommend using an external SSD whose operation has been confirmed by Panasonic. Note beforehand that this is not a guarantee of operation on all devices.
  • Latest information on the external SSDs will be available at the following support site at the same time as firmware release: https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/connect/index.html

Through the firmware updates, Panasonic proposes future-ready solutions for more flexible filmmaking workflow using mirrorless cameras.

  • Apple and ProRes are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.
  • The USB-IF Logos are trademarks of USB Implementers Forum, Inc.
  • Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
  • All functions may not be available depending on the situation.
  • Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Panasonic LUMIX GH6 running firmware v2.2 in a SmallRig cage, using Kondor Blue's D-Tap to GH6 Dummy Battery to power the cameraPanasonic LUMIX GH6 running firmware v2.2 in a SmallRig cage, using Kondor Blue’s D-Tap to GH6 Dummy Battery to power the camera

 

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Are you excited for this update? Links to all the gear and the update are in the description below. Let me know how YOU will use this!
Extremely!
Well...excited is a bit premature on my end. I accidentally (meh) went to B&H last time I visited NYC - and currently I'm more excited to eventually get the GH6...as "hardware upgrade" for my GH5 - worth it? (then I'll spend a day doing firmware upgrades) AND - will the SSD recording work with the newer Samsung T7 instead of T5?
Thanks Joseph. Succinct and to the point!
Wait...I have to reformat my entire SSD drive before starting???
I was super excited for his update, but I guess I'll have to buy another SSD for my GH6. The >60FPS limitation is a bit of a let down as well. One may as well just spend the money on CFExpress cards.
Like any camera card it needs to be reformatted in the camera for best performance and reliability. Don’t know why this surprises you.
@PhotoJoseph Well for starters, I don't reformat my SSD for each machine I plug it into...
Also I understood your point without the passive aggressive last sentence.
@Run N Gun my apologies. Computers need a specific format for optimum performance, like cameras. You wouldn’t format for windows and expect the best performance on a Mac, and the same goes for cameras. If the data write failed because it wasn’t formatted properly, that’d be very bad.
Great video! Could you write simultaneously in ssd and the card?
Thanks, and no.
If your drive crashes you are screwed. No internal recording while recording to ssd. Who would risk this?
SSD drives don’t “crash”. That’s a spinning drive problem. SSD is the same tech as SD.
Can u help how would the buffer be for shooting sports photography with this ? i currently have a gx8 camera

also will you get flashgun with this camera GH6 which can rapid flash as u cannot do this with gx8 at all only does single shooting with flash unfortunately
You would have significantly less buffering with this camera, assuming that you buy a fast memory card. The fastest ones this camera supports are massively faster than what the GX8 could support. As far as strobes go, look at Godox. They have lots of fantastic strobes for all cameras.
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I have no idea what this means
Wich kind of resoluction can T5 support over GH6 ? Thank you.
full 5.7K
Hi Joseph, what if we are using the DJI RS3 Pro, then the USB-C connector on the GH6 is now used for the SSD. Is it possible to use an USB-C HUB? :)
No, but if you’re on a gimbal, attaching an SSD seems like a bad idea. Shoot internal!
La configurazione finale è il top 👍
❤🇧🇷🇺🇸 Oh my God, how I wanted Sony to do this with A7siii. Congratulations Panasonic
Time to upgrade 😉
thank you for this excellent demonstration, the only information that is missing to achieve the same setup is the reference of the battery holder
Link is in the description, my friend.
@PhotoJoseph sorry Joseph i see not the reference of smallrig mount plaque adapteur for battery in v mount in your description links …😉
@Michel BRAULT oh THAT, sorry. That's on the GH6 SmallRig buildout video. Here's a direct link https://photojoseph.com/moment/gh6-smallrig-rigging-lumix-gh6-all-toys/20511
@PhotoJoseph thank you very much !! 😉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
You reckon samsung t7 is compatible?
No. The T7 is an inferior drive. Only use what’s been certified if you don’t want to risk losing data.
LOVE IT!!!
Me too!
So if you use the 4k 120fps option will it automatically record to sd card. And then if u switch back to 60p it will use the ssd
Unfortunately, no, you have to toggle SSD off to switch to SD recording, to record to 120p.
Always quality videos, Joseph!
Thank you, Bjørn!
I can’t turn the damn focus boxes and level gauge off on the hdmi clean feed on my BGH1. The fn1 button turns the other info off but not those
hm, that doesn't seem right. When I press Fn1, it cycles between HDMI info out, SDI info out, and info out OFF on all outputs. If you press and hold Fn1 (or any Fn button), it'll bring up the menu where you can choose what it does. The default position for Fn1 is "Info Display (HDMI/SDI)", which is what you want. You can also individually change what's on/off on each HDMI and SDI outputs in another menu.
Any idea if there will be a similar software update for earlier Gh5 cameras? I mean, what is that USB-C port used for? It can't be used to power the camera, it would be great if it could do external recording.
I'm surprised that this hasn't been a standard feature option of ALL cameras with a USB-C port released in the past 3 years. I'd love to have this option on my S1H (wishful thinking).
I don't think it's possible to come to S1H. This requires the processor that was introduced with the GH6, which should also address your first query ;-)
Thanks for making this video. 2 questions about your findings: 1) How did the GH6 format the SSD and does it just put video files into the same file structure as when recording to one of the internal cards? 2) To use the dummy battery, do you just have to leave the battery door open since it won't pass through the round cutout? Any risk of the battery accidentally just falling out mid-shoot since the door would be open?
1. Yes, same structure as SD
2. Correct. No risk of it popping out; that's a very secure holder there. You might be able to remove the door so it's not in the way, but in this rig, it's not in the way.
so useless in the real world... The only case scenario I could see this useful could be 1/ to save the time of copy if dual recording would be possible to both SSD and internal, but it's not, OR 2/ if there was an accessory (usb c hub? usb c splitter?) that could bring usb power and usb drive at the same time, for super long recording time in the highest resolution/ prores... like you're recording for 12 hours in case something happens.
Panasonic please, bring some usefull stuff : like full sensor 4:3 at 50P (no crop) for youtube+instagram video shooting, or speed improvements ( my gh6 takes over 1 second to start record... ), autofocus improvements ;-)
Just because it’s not useful to you doesn’t make it useless. It is considerably cheaper than CFexpress cards, which is the attraction to most folks. Speed of offloading or editing directly from the drive is popular. Please don’t 💩 on a feature people have been waiting for and are excited about just because it’s not right for you. As to your 1-second start time, that’s not normal. Sounds like either you’re using really slow media or there’s a problem with your camera.
Anyone else having issues with the download page only listing the older 2.0 firmware?
It’s not available until Sept 27…
Hi. The S5 it's going to have this feature?
No. Older hardware; it’s not capable.
It's a shame, that the Kondor Blue dummy doesn't have a connector in the cable, so that the battery lid of the camera can be closed.
Yeah, it’s a bummer. As you pointed out on our Discord (thanks for being a member!), it was likely designed for the GH5 II where this wasn’t an issue due to the slotted door design.
I am so glad I have not dropped too much cash on CF Express cards to date. CF Express cards are now for special vfx shots over 60fps!
Can it dual record to an SSD and SD card or cf Express card?
No, it can not
@PhotoJoseph That's a massive shame and I hope Panasonic changes this in future. It was definitely an expected feature with SSD recording in my book when initially announced and makes this feature far less usable.
@TheTechnoPilot I wouldn’t count on it changing. All of this stuff comes down to processing power and bandwidth. If it were possible it’d be there already (most likely).
Awesome! Can’t wait!! 👍
As a gh5 ninja v user, whats the advantage to recording to ssd directly over recording to the ssd in the ninja v?
Great question. The Ninja V is for capturing ProRes or ProRes RAW. It is capturing the full 10-bit 422 signal from HDMI, or even the RAW data signal, and capturing that to ProRes. Using SSD is the same as capturing to internal SD, as far as the formats go -- the only ProRes you can capture is what the camera is creating natively. The advantage of SSD over SD and CFExpress is cost and capacity, and in some cases speed of offloading. But mainly it's about cost and capacity.
Number 1 benefit over external recorder is size and weight. An SSD is much smaller and lighter.

Number 2 tue GH6 can power the SSD so no need to power the SSD like you’ll need in the Ninja.
12 bit RAW on ninja v plus is what I’m gonna stick with. My battery needs constant recharge….but nice option still to have.
@Mathew Frazer great points, thanks
@psysword yeah they eat batteries. Consider a V-mount battery?
Al fin, estuve esperando justo esto, consulta ya no hay los Samsung T5 fueron reemplazados por los T7 que pasa con esto?
The T7 drives are not as good as the T5. I don't recall exactly why, but that's well known in the industry that the T7 is no replacement for the T5.
1:03 The upmost importance, do not skip this step!
SUPER important!! 😂😂😇
Hi what excating software are you using for the mac
Do you mean "extracting", as in to decompress? Just the Finder has it built-in. Double click any .zip and it'll un-archive.
@PhotoJoseph thank you. I will try it tomorrow. For the new update. Also if I haven't download the previous update. Will the new one contain all of them
I presume the info display dual output (HDMI and LCD monitor) isn't added in this firmware?
I covered everything added in this release.
Can you dual record to a SD card and the SSD? On my GH5 & GH5S I dual record every shoot for backup
No, you can record internally or to USB but not both.
Oooh, a birthday gift for me ;)
Is it released on your birthday? Or is today your birthday? Either way, happy birthday, Maik!
@PhotoJoseph It's released on my birthday ;)
Nice to finally have the option..

But I think I'll stick with the cards and keep the USB c port free....

Other than a slightly enhanced wokflow speed (ie editing directly from the drive vs copying footage from cards to a drive...)

Is there any other benefit to recording to ssd (I supposed it's a tertiary / secondary back up also... Anything else?)
Cost and capacity. The T5 drive in 1TB is $170 vs 512GB CFexpress for $480. As an example.
@PhotoJoseph ah... So cost / capacity is the main driving factor...

I've been using angelbird cf express cards, 512gb is about £175 ($200)
One question! Is the cable you showed the Kondor Blue DMW-DCC17? Does it fully support all recording modes and resolutions? Every dummy battery I have tested so far does not! The blue aesthetics will ruin the clean look of my black and red rig but if it works, I can get over it!😂
It’s this one https://geni.us/RQmZ4jC and yes it supports all functions. That’s what I pointed out at the end of the video; you see how it has two sets of contacts? That’s what separates it from GH5 dummy batteries.
@PhotoJoseph 👍🏾🙏🏾
Awesome video, thanks! One question though, are any of the 5.7K recording modes supported with SSD recording?
They all are! All 5.7K and 5.8K modes, in ProRes and MOV, are supported as none of them are over 60p.
Sweet! Thanks
What are my options if I don't want a massive rig but still want to power via usbc and save to ssd?
I know there are usbc dummy batteries but I haven't see any from established brands so I haven't used them yet.
Any ideas?
Well you can’t power via USB and record to SSD, as there’s only one USB port. To keep it small, use the first “rig” and just carry extra batteries. If you do need external power, then that Kondor Blue dummy battery is also available with a DC plug instead of D-Tap, so then you just need any battery with the right size DC port.
@PhotoJoseph Does the Kondor Blue dummy battery cable allow the battery door to close?
@mark wollschlager The dc one probably will. I don't think the dtap cable will go through the hole.
@mark wollschlager it does not, but you could remove the door (I think) or in the setup I have, it’s not in the way so I just left it there.
My rig has been ready for this firmware update since this GH6 was released but the only worry I had was how to power the camera from my FX Lion after the update! You have now solved that for me! 😎Thank you! 👏🏾👍🏾🙏🏾
awesome! Yeah when I realized this concern, I immediately called the Kondor Blue folks! Awesome team over there.
Any chance this update coming to the S5?
I think it’s safe to say no. This would have been announced when the camera was, like with the GH6.
@PhotoJoseph Thanks! Great stuff btw. Keep up!
Finally! I've held out buying more CF-Express cards waiting on this. Glad I held out. I'll just leave a CF card in on shoots to have the 4K/120 option, I'm fine with that.
Awesome 😎
Absolutely! Was so close to buying another card. I always use my C1 preset for 4k 120. So I’m cool with it just going to my cf express.
@SC Films perfect!
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