The Panasonic LUMIX S Series has officially gone next level, with Panasonic announcing one of the most exciting video cameras to hit the market: the LUMIX S1H.
Like the recently released (and much acclaimed) LUMIX S1 and S1R, the in-development S1H is a mirrorless camera with L-mount and full frame sensor. However, while the first two cameras cater more for high-res stills specialists and hybrid shooters, the cinema-centric Panasonic S1H is designed to meet the demands of professional filmmakers.
The SH1 will be the world’s first camera able to record 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:19 aspect ratio), and 10bit 60p 4K/C4K – bringing pro-level cine camera capabilities to a far more manageable package. The addition of 6K will provide plenty of latitude for editing and downsampling, which will enable maximum quality 4K output.
Like Panasonic VariCam cinema cameras, the S1H will benefit from the 14+ stop dynamic range and wide colour space of full V-Log/V-Gamut, promising lifelike rendition of every detail, from shadows to highlights, with smooth tonal gradations.
Most significant for many shooters is the S1H’s new heat managed design, which allows no recording time limits in any mode – a huge advantage for any kind of longform video, from concert recordings to documentaries.
In the same announcement Panasonic revealed another world first: the first ever standard-zoom interchangeable lens with a constant f/1.7 aperture – namely the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 for micro four-thirds.
Available in August, this exceptional zoom lens will effectively provide the brightness and sharpness of five prime lenses (10mm, 12mm, 15mm, 20mm, 25mm) in one.
In great news for video shooters, the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 will feature a clutch focus mechanism (for easy switching between AF and MF, and for use with follow focus systems) as well as a de-clickable aperture ring for smooth handling.
Available from mid-July will be the LUMIX S Series’ first teleconverters: the STC14 & STC20. These will be compatible with the existing Panasonic LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm f/4 OIS lens as well as the S Pro 70-200mm f/2.8 launching later this year, expanding the S Series’ available lens range to 24mm-400mm.
With a near-future vlog upgrade, LUMIX S1 owners will soon be able to benefit from a host of excellent new video features. These will include 14+ stops of dynamic range, the world’s first 4K 30p 10bit 422 internal and 4K 60p 10bit 422 external recording, full V-Log/V-Gamut, in-camera LUT, Wave Form Monitor scope and additional high-res audio recording.
The S1 vlog upgrade code is due for release in July.