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Shooting tethered with GF2?

Pete S. , May 30, 2012; 07:18 p.m.

I was wondering if there is there a way to shoot tethered with a Panny GF2?

Perhaps something similar to Nikon's Camera Control Pro software where you can change settings, view the image live and trigger the shutter through usb.


Juraj Dolanjski , May 30, 2012; 11:09 p.m.

There is no way to do that with Panasonic cameras. I have G1, G3 and GH2.

Michael Meissner , May 30, 2012; 11:25 p.m.

As far as I know, none of the micro 4/3rds bodies support tethering. Given Panasonic has released a firmware update for the wifi enabled point and shoot DMC-FX90 to view the image on smart phones, zoom, and trigger the shutter, perhaps someday they will release a similar update for the micro 4/3rds cameras (presumably with a wired tether, since none support wifi). A russian programmer has cracked the firmware for several of the Panasonic micro 4/3rds cameras, including the G-F2, but from what I can see, he is mostly concentrating on video improvements.

Note, the G-F2 does not support any type of shutter release. The only way currently to trigger the shutter remotely is something mechanical pressing down on the shutter button. For my E-P2, I have rigged up a mechanical shutter release when I couldn't fit the wired shutter release due to the size of the box the camera was mounted in, and you can presumably do video out to give you some ability of viewing the screen and firing at a distance. There is a somewhat expensive unit that sits on the shutter and plunges it based on radio waves (remoteall).

In terms of remote viewing and firing the shutter, this is possible for all Olympus cameras except for the E-PL1 (which does not support a wired shutter release). It is not full tethering, because you can't change any settings, but it would allow you for instance to put the camera on a pole, see the images remotely, and fire the shutter. I have a Yongnuo wired unit. The Yongnuo supports the Olympus cameras that support the RM-UC1 wired shutter release, as well as Canon, Nikon, and Sony. It does not Panasonic however:

Apature has both wired and wireless versions, which also do not seem to support Panasonic:

Phottix also has wired and wireless versions that also seems to have missed Panasonic:

Pete S. , May 31, 2012; 06:17 a.m.

That's too bad I think. No wonder I couldn't find any information about this.

Thanks for taking the time to reply guys!

dan Mar , Jul 07, 2012; 05:46 a.m.

People have been wanting to Shoot tethered since the first µ4/3 camera (G1) came out. I seen this question asked many times in forums since then. I am amazed that nether Oly or Panasonic has made this feature available. I figured it would at-least be added in the OMD, and enthusiast camera with pro specs, but nope. As far as I know Sony did not even add it to the Nex7 camera, which they call their camera made for enthusiasts, and tethered is a feature that so many enthusiasts have asked for time and again. I think Panasonic should at the very least add that feature to the GH2 or the GH3 when it comes out, and Olympus should add it to the next OMD that comes out , if they cant add it to the present one.

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