As many of you know the GH1 is a nice camera that was handicapped by a number of key things, lack of native 24p/25p recording and terrible low bit rate. The hacker formally known as Tester 13, Vitaliy_Kiselev took the GH1 firmware and turned it into a formidable beast, giving us longer record times, higher bit rates and native recording. Those cameras are often referred to as GH13.
Well many of us, including myself have been waiting for Vitaliy to crack the firmware of the GH2 and he has now done it. It’s very early days so I would certainly recommend holding off for the time being (and to be totally safe never install it!) but if you want to you will now be able to record longer than 29 minutes 59 seconds. You can record in MJPEG. The PAL/ NTSC switch works.
Stuff like higher bit rates and native 25p recording are there buy glitchy so give it a chance.
I adore my GH2, I recently shot a piece with it and I was reminded just how stunning the image out it is. When this patch gets to full steam we will have a beast of a camera for not a lot of money.
I will install this in my GH2 in about 2 or 3 version times if that gives you any help as to whether you should!