Gatwick Professional photographer
- Really solid build and loads of useful features. Amazing images.
- Would love ND Filters and better auto-focus but I knew about these limitations before I bought the camera.
Published on: 06 March 2020
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The Panasonic S1H is the follow up to the LUMIX S1 and S1R. Bringing the S1 full-frame mirrorless digital camera range into the world of cine cameras.
The full frame image sensor of the S1H allows the camera to reach up to 6K/24p (3:2) and 5.9k/30p (16:9) recording capabilities. This is the first camera of its kind able to produce this in the world! In 4K mode, the LUMIX S1H is also the first ever interchangeable lens camera that features 10-bit 4K/C4K recording.
Functioning in a wide range of formats makes this camera highly adaptable for any professional cinematographer. This includes a 4:3 Anamorphic setting. The high res data can also be utilized when creating 4K videos with higher image quality and also cropping 4K Images.
With V-Log/V-Gamut of a broad dynamic range (over 14 stops), the S1H compares to the Panasonic Cinema VariCam. It accurately captures across a full range of dark and light scenes. Fine detailing in colour and texture on subjects like human skin are accurately replicated in video recording.
With consistent colour management at the heart of its design, the footage is compatible with V-Log footage captured by VariCam and V-Log L footage on the GH5 and GH5S cameras.
An advanced 24.2MP full-frame image sensor has a new update to Panasonic DUAL Native ISO on board. When combined with optimised signal processing via the Venus Engine processor, it will achieve high sensitivity while producing minuscule noise through the full range of ISO settings.
14+ Stops of dynamic range makes the S1H a strong contender against today’s cinema cameras. The dynamic range will give precision when reproducing fine details from dark to light areas. Full V-Log and V-Gamut has compatibility with ‘VariCam Look’ colourimetry.
Across every single video capture mode, the S1H can shoot non stop under its certified operating temperature range. Panasonic’s bespoke heat dispersion technology and design make this all possible. This means you can relax while out shooting and work to your heart’s content.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) in HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output, and Anamorphic 4:3 is also available. Combine this with plenty of useful tools and tricks such as waveform monitoring, V-Log View Assist and Tally Lighting to make a practical cine camera.
IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) gives a smooth reduction to any shake when shooting with the S1H, making it particularly great for any handheld work. Pair this up with the optical image stabilisation in the S Pro lenses and Dual IS will virtually eradicate any camera shake altogether down to 6.5 stop shutter speeds.
Giving a professional spec user experience, the S1H features a newly designed rear monitor. This is met by a Real VF and Status LCD. All of which offer a high res display with superb clarity and visibility.
Much like the rest of the range, the S1H has been built like a tank. With magnesium alloy full die-cast to the front and rear frames, they are robust and highly durable - perfect for heavy use. They also feature excellent levels of dust and splash proofing with sealing across all key elements.
Featuring the L Mount system, the S1H gives you a future proof, broad selection of lenses. The ever-expanding collection of 45+ lenses and mount adapters from Panasonic, SIGMA and Leica give you the opportunity to get exactly what you need from your camera.
The LUMIX S1H was conceived to be a high end, professional film making tool. The superb video-making quality shows a true achievement of Panasonic’s vision.
It boasts a 24.2MP 35mm Full-Frame CMOS sensor that will shoot 6K video as well as 6,024 x 4,014 px stills. An Optical Low Pass Filter will suppress moire and signal processing is optimised by the Venus Engine. This ensures a max IS of 51200 giving high sensitivity with minimal noise in low light shooting.
A one of a kind Dual Native ISO sensitivity has been brought in from the VariCam range. By utilising a special process which will allow the sensor to be read in a unique way, it extracts more info and reduced degradation to your resulting image. This technique offers the ability to hop from standard to high sensitivity without compromise. It keeps the level of noise and other artifacts levels consistent, without loss of quality.
To summarise, it gives cinematographers more creative freedom than ever, reducing the need to bring in extra lighting and is a huge timesaver.
The Dual Native ISOs are 640 and 4000. This allows you to work in nearly any challenging lighting setting. Where you’d normally be met with rising noise from increased sensitivity on a single ISO; the Dual Native feature minimises this issue. The camera will select the optimal circuit before gain processing. This is based on your choice of ISO setting.
This advanced design will give clear imaging even at the top ISO of 51200. It can be set manually between low ISO (640 to 5000) and high ISO (4000 to 51200). You can also let the camera do the work and set this to Auto.
The Full Frame sensor has been optimised to accomplish 6K/24p, 5.4K/30p (3:2 aspect ratio) or 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio) video. A world-first in 6K resolution on an interchangeable lens full frame camera.
It’s also the first of this kind to allow 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K HEVC movie recording while using an image area equivalent to Super 35mm.
4:2:2 10-bit 4K30p is possible when shooting in H.264 with footage captured from the full sensor area. High res data is recorded by the 6K sensor and can be used to create 4K video with a high-quality image. It can also be cropped for images with 4K output.
The highly acclaimed colourimetry from Panasonic VariCams gives the LUMIX S1H the ability to capture stunning colours and true to life skin tones. It will offer V-Log / V-Gamut capture. This gives a high dynamic range and extensive colours.
V-Log will render an incredibly flat image. This retains the highest levels of colour and brightness info. Which, in turn, gives you a lot of flexibility during post-production.
V-Gamut is a wide colour gamut. This is achieved by the CMOS sensor on the S1H. It gives a much broader colour space than you get with BT.2020. It also has Log Curve characteristics which, alike negative film will give a colour space even larger than on film itself.
The High Dynamic Range will reproduce light and dark areas of your image with lifelike detail. The S1H records movies with a designated gamma curve. This has compatibility with ITU-R BT.2100. You can select Hybrid Log-Gamma manually in the camera menus.
A variable frame rate will allow you to record over/under cranked video when shooting in C4K/4K (60fps, max 2.5x slow-mo in 24p) and in FHD (180fps, max 7.5x slow mo in 24p). The lowest frame rate for fast motion video is 2fps. Furthermore, High Frame Rate video with sound is achieved with active autofocus. A wide range of effects can be applied when you want to create slow-motion videos during post-production.