Optional Firmware Upgrade Will Unleash the Panasonic LUMIX S1's VariCam Video Potential

Panasonic has announced plans to release an optional $199 upgrade firmware key for its LUMIX S1 camera. The premium update will offer expanded video recording capabilities and is set to launch in July.

The Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2 for the LUMIX S1 will enable the camera to perform like a more compact and portable Panasonic VariCam cinema camera, supporting 14+ stops of full V-Log -- a feature which is also set to be included on the company's upcoming LUMIX S1H camera model in the fall. Here's a full list of features set to be included in the upgrade per Panasonic:
  • 14+ stops of V-Log recording
  • World's first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K MOV 30p/25p internal video recording
  • World's first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p*1 HDMI output
  • V-Log and V-Gamut compatible with Cinema VariCam Look
  • In-camera LUT (Look Up Table) application enabling playback of V-Log while or after recording (LUT Display with Custom Function)
  • A WFM (Waveform Monitor) displays brightness level while recording
  • High-res 48-kHz/24-bit or 96-kHz/24-bit sound can be recorded in MOV using the XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1
Pricing for the firmware upgrade has not been announced yet. The Panasonic LUMIX S1 is currently available for $2497.99. Here's a rundown of key specs for the camera per Panasonic and B&H Photo-Video:
  • 24.2MP Full-Frame MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • 5.76m-Dot 0.78x-Magnification OLED LVF
  • 3.2" 2.1m-Dot Triaxial Tilt Touchscreen
  • UHD 4K60 Video; HDR and 10-Bit Recording
  • ISO 100-51200, Up to 9 fps Shooting
  • Contrast-Detect 225-Area DFD AF System
  • Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • 96MP High-Res Mode, Dual XQD/SD Slots
Source: Panasonic