Along with some other reviewers, during our testing of the Panasonic G80 I noticed that the Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) performs oddly when panning in video mode. When you stop panning the camera there’s a bounce or recoil movement in the opposite direction to the pan, like the camera has bounced back a little. You can see the effect in this short video.

The narrow angle of view means it’s particularly noticeable with the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens mounted, but it can also been seen with the 12-60mm kit lens.

Both of these optics have Panasonic’s Power OIS built-in, but it can be turned off via a switch on the 100-400mm lens. Doing so makes the footage less stable, but corrects the recoil issue.

I contacted Panasonic UK’s PR team about the matter and was advised that a firmware update will be issued at on the company’s global website (www.panasonic.com) at 6am GMT tomorrow.

Once the firmware update is issued I will update our review sample and test it again.

Update: Panasonic G80 firmware update issued

The Panasonic G80 (aka Panasonic G85) firmware update has now been issued and can be downloaded via Panasonic.

Update 2: We’ve tested Panasonic’s firmware update

We’ve downloaded and tested the firmware update Panasonic released and found that it only partially solves the issue. Click here to see a short clip.

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Angela Nicholson
Reviews Editor - Cameras at Camera Jabber
Angela began reviewing cameras and photographic kit in early 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s extensive photography portfolio (Digital Camera, Professional Photography, NPhoto, PhotoPlus, Photography Week, Practical Photoshop, digitalcameraworld and Techradar).


Angela has tested everything from straps to backpacks, compact cameras to medium format cameras and software to hard drives.