Anyone looking to create beautiful video within a mortal’s budget, Panasonic’s Lumix mirrorless cameras are widely regarded as the best choice. With the announcement of $4,000 the Lumix S1H, today the company is pushing that reputation up into a higher price, quality, and resolution bracket. It is a full-frame shooter capable of recording 6K video at 24 fps. It is a fresh new version of the Lumix S1, which made its debut at Photokina last year.
Panasonic says its new S1H model offers a wide color space and rich gradation that is ‘virtually equal to’ what users get from cinema cameras
The upcoming Lumix S1H, scheduled to launch in the fall. It comes with the claim of being the world’s first full-frame camera to do 6K/24p at a 3:2 aspect ratio or 5.9K/30p at 16:9. For the people shooting 4K too, this bump in resolution capability should be a big help, aside from being cool in its own right. Because of this, they can easily crop in or apply video stabilization without losing image quality as they otherwise would. Down-sampling to 4K will also be an option, which sounds absurd to even think.
The camera is targeted at professionals who have access to multiple key recording formats, among them being 4:3 Anamorphic mode. A wide dynamic range of 14+ stops in the Lumix S1H is also offered by Panasonic, which will help Lumix S1H to capture detail even in extremely dark or bright sections of a scene. Like the S1 and the high-resolution S1R, if the S1H will have in-body image stabilization, we are not sure about it, as company has not specified it yet. But we can probably considered it, as a likely inclusion for a camera designed specifically for video capture.It is also not clear whether it will like the S1 and S1R, pack a depth-from-defocus contrast-detect AF system , or use a hybrid phase-detect system. However, There is still a lot we don’t know about the S1H.
The S1H has no recording time limits, so it means only memory card’s capacity and the camera’s battery will constrain you from non stop video recordings. So, it is also very important for video shooters. The S1H camera videos are compatible with VariCam and Lumix GH5/GH5S V-Log footage.
The price of the camera is still a positive surprise for many who might have expected the cost of this kind of a camera to be closer to $6,000, which would have been a neat match for the 6K resolution. However, the original $4,000 price makes the Panasonic Lumix S1H strictly professional equipment.
More details about the paid software upgrade coming for the Lumix S1 are also revealed by the Panasonic. The “Upgrade Firmware Key DMW-SFU2” for the camera will arrive in July. And we can say that it will transform it into a much more impressive video camera.
The S1 will support both internal and external 4:2:2 10-bit recording once installed, with the latter at up to 60 fps. To make on-set monitoring more accurate, you will also get in-camera LUT application. And also, 96Hz audio with an optional XLR accessory, and a waveform brightness level display.
1.4x DMW-STC14 and 2x DMW-STC20 teleconverters, are unveiled by Panasonic, as given the limited selection of L-Mount lenses. By almost doubling the focal length, transforming them into super telephoto lenses, at the cost of some speed, they will make the current Lumix S Pro 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. and upcoming 70-200mm f/2.8 models a bit more useful. In fall 2019, may be they will arrive with the prices still to be determined.
An impressive new lens , the Leica DG VARIO-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH, for its GH5 and other Micro Four Thirds cameras, has also unveiled by Panasonic. It has some features specifically designed for video shooters, on top of the fast aperture, which will allow for shallow depth of field. Just like a real cinema lens, it won’t zoom in and out when you adjust focus as it includes a silent zoom mechanism, stepless aperture and a “mechanism that suppresses focus breathing. The price is still unknown.