Panasonic has announced that it is developing a new full-frame mirrorless camera called the Lumix S1H. It’s aimed at filmmakers and videographers. With that in mind, it’s set to be the first camera of its type to offer 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K (4096×2160) video recording.
The new Panasonic Lumix S1H draws on the manufacturer’s expertise in cinema camera development, especially for digital signal processing and heat dissipation. While the 24Mp Panasonic Lumix S1 is currently seen as the most video-centric of Panasonic’s two full-frame mirrorless camera, that mantle is about to be handed to the S1H.
Scrutinising the images suggests that it has a few design changes in comparison with the Lumix S1 and S1R. The power switch appears to be around the shutter release button, for example, which I think is good news. And the switch on the bottom right of the front of the S1/S1R seems to have been replaced by a red button. Could this be the record button?
- 6K video at 24p (3:2 aspect ratio)
- 5.9K video at 30p (16:9 aspect ratio)
- 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K (4096×2160) for 4K slow-motion playback
The Lumix S1H is capable of shooting in a range of formats, including 4:3 Anamorphic mode. And while it can record 6K footage, it can also be used to create high-quality 4K video. In addition, the 6K footage can be cropped to 4K to improve composition.
Its high-resolution data can also be used for creating 4K videos with higher image quality or for cropping images in 4K. It also adds more scope for post-capture stabilisation.
Whatever the recording mode selected, the Lumix S1H is capable of recording video that is only limited by the capacity of the memory card and battery life.
When V-Log/V-Gamut is selected, the Panasonic Lumix S1H is claimed to capture footage with a 14-stop dynamic range. This puts it on par with Panasonic’s Cinema VariCam.
According to Panasonic, the S1H is capable of accurately rendering the colour and texture of human skin. Furthermore, its output is compatible with the V-Log footage recorded by the VariCam and the V-Log L footage recorded by the Panasonic Lumix GH5/GH5S. This means that videographers can use a combination of these cameras in a multi-cam set-up and deliver consistent results.
Release Date and Price
The Lumix S1H will join Panasonic’s full-frame mirrorless camera line-up in the autumn. At the Cine Gear Expo briefing, Panasonic said the target price of Lumix S1H will be $4,000 which is equivalent to around £3,165.