Panasonic Details New LUMIX S1H Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera with 6K/24p Video Support


Panasonic has unveiled the latest addition to its LUMIX S series of cameras. The new LUMIX S1H will launch worldwide this fall, joining the company's previously released LUMIX S1R and LUMIX S1.

Though full specs have not been revealed, the full-frame LUMIX S1H will be one of the most advanced mirrorless video cameras on the planet, outperforming Sony, Canon, and Nikon by a wide margin. Borrowing capabilities from Panasonic's pro VariCam cinema cameras, the S1H will be able to record 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K (4096×2160) videos -- making it the first camera of its type to offer such capabilities. Likewise, the unit also includes support for a 4:3 Anamorphic mode.

In addition, the camera uses V-Log/V-Gamut with a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops and compatibility with V-Log footage recorded by Panasonic's VariCam or LUMIX GH5/GH5S. Finally, the device also offers non-stop video recording, allowing the camera to continuously capture video with no built-in recording time restrictions (outside of memory card and battery limitations) under the certified operating temperature.

Pricing has not been revealed yet, but Panasonic is hoping to price the camera around $4,000 when it launches later this year. If you want to see the prototype in person, check out the 2019 Cine Gear Expo in LA from May 30 to June 2.

We didn't get to see the S1H prototype in person, but we did sit down with Panasonic yesterday to talk about the new camera's incredible specs and features. In terms of dynamic range and internal video recording, there isn't a full-frame camera on the market that will be able to do video as well as the S1H. It's the type of camera that would be an incredible A-camera at a wedding or the perfect B camera for tight locations on a professional film set.

We also got to see a short demo created with the S1H prototype by cinematographer Alicia Robbins. Showcasing day and night scenes shot around (what looked like) the Salton Sea, the film showcased vibrant colors, even skin tones, noise-free night scenes, good shadow details, and tons of highlight details. For reference, the GH5 and GH5S are only capable of 12 stops of dynamic range and, with 14+ stops, the S1H can manage over a thousand nits in-camera, exceeding the requirements for HDR video grading. In short, this camera produces imagery that rivals Panasonic's pro cinema camera for a fraction of the price.

If you don't want to wait for the S1H to arrive and you already own a Pansonic LUMIX S1, you'll soon be able to buy a $199 firmware update that will give the S1 many of the same features as the S1H (basically, the S1 won't be able to record 4:2:2 10-bit 4K/60 internally or 6K video like the S1H).

Meanwhile, the LUMIX S1R is currently available for $3697.99 and the LUMIX S1 is currently available for $2497.99.

Source: Panasonic