August 27, 2019

The Panasonic Lumix S1H is Officially Here (and with Full Specs)

Panasonic has unveiled its new full-frame mirrorless 6K shooter, the Lumix S1H.

We had boots on the ground at today's Panasonic Lumix event, at which the company officially unveiled the latest shooter in its Lumix line, the highly anticipated full-frame mirrorless S1H camera, that not only boasts 6K recording but also many of the powerful pro cinema features filmmakers are looking for.

Panasonic gave us a peak at the S1H back in May during CineGear, but until now we've only had a handful of specs and clues as to when this bad boy was going to ship. So, let's take a look at what's being reported from the event.

Credit: James DeRuvo

Tech Specs

  • 24.2-megapixel full-frame mirrorless MOS sensor
  • 6K/24p 3:2, 5.9K/30p, 4K 4:3 video recording
  • 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K.14
  • 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output and Anamorphic 4:3 modes
  • Dual Native ISO
  • V-Log / V-Gamut
  • 14 stops of dynamic range
  • HDR in HLG
  • Variable Frame Rate, High Frame Rate, Night, and Timelapse recording modes
  • Waveform Monitor, Vectorscope, and Zebra
  • 5-Axis Optical Stabilization
  • 1.8" LCD monitor
  • 5.76-million dot Real View Finder
  • Dust, splash, freeze-resistant
  • L-Mount compatible
  • Battery Life: 2 hours of constant shooting, 6 hours total
  • Dual SD Card Slots

Credit: James DeRuvo
Credit: James DeRuvo
We won't really know until we get our hands on a pre-production model of the S1H later on today, but it looks like it's built with videographers and indie filmmakers in mind. It's lightweight, has a smaller form factor, and has many of the features you might expect from a camera that's going for versatility, including tally lights, a variety of scopes, and LCD monitor for on-camera monitoring.

However, it offers plenty to get excited about if you're looking for a higher-end cine shooter, including 6K resolution at 24fps, 14 stops of dynamic range (similar to those found in cine cameras), and V-Log/V-Gamut, which is compatible with the popular colorimetry called the "VariCam Look." In fact, one filmmaker who screened a film they shot with the S1H at the event called it the "VariCam Micro" because "it’s a small camera that delivers everything a Varicam does."

Panasonic will also be working with Atomos for RAW support.

Panasonic, Leica, and Sigma, are also planning on rolling out a bevy of new L-mount lenses, 100 to be exact, by the end of the fiscal year, which include an assortment of zooms and primes. They unveiled the 24-70m f/2.8 LUMIX S Pro lens today, which retails at $2198 and is now available for pre-order.

You can take a look at the "L-Mount Lens Round Map" below to see which lenses are on the horizon.

Credit: James DeRuvo

The Panasonic Lumix S1H retails for $3999 and will begin shipping at the end of September 2019.

We'll be following up with more in-depth coverage of Panasonic's Lumix event, so stay tuned!     

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If only it had a good AF system. I guess you can't have everything.

August 27, 2019 at 8:39PM

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Paolo Mugnaini
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And if only Canon, Nikon, Sony FF cameras could record 4K or 6K 10-bit 4:2:2 internal footage, or had an IBIS system that could stabilize handheld camera movement, or had no internal recording limit, or could shoot ALL formats ALL day without overheating. I guess you can't have everything.

August 28, 2019 at 7:36PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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would prefer internal raw. It's doable.

August 28, 2019 at 12:10AM

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Vincent Gortho
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I prefer a camera that can record 6K 10-bit continuously for 4 hours using 2 camera batteries (one in the battery grip) and 2 memory cards, and allows me to shoot everything handheld because of it's excellent IBIS system.

August 28, 2019 at 7:42PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Love how they upload an age-restricted video as the only "SDR" 4k/6k content and the other videos are HDR ONLY content, ya know, for the 12 people that own HDR computer monitors. Sure, you can still watch the HDR videos on an SDR monitor, but the colors will be washed out. The camera seems a tad crippled as to not compete with their pro products. Even one of the directors in the behind the scenes videos remarked she couldn't tell the difference between the S1H and the Varicam in terms of quality.

August 28, 2019 at 4:09AM

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Film Voltage
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Another great Panasonic video camera packaged in a DSLR body.
When is Panasonic going to understand that no matter how great their video cams are, we are not taken seriously when we show up to a job with a camera that doesn't look like a cinema/video camera.
It shouldn't matter... but it does.

August 28, 2019 at 5:18AM

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Jerry Roe
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I expect Panasonic will have a FF EVA cine camera out within a year or so, but it's going to cost double what the S1H does. As long as you are willing to pay you can get rid of the DSLR style body.

August 28, 2019 at 7:45PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Alright boys and girls. Black Magic 6K or this bad boi? I’ve read everything about the pocket BM. I’ve read nothing about this this. Spec wise (and Eva-1 B cam) what y’all think?

August 28, 2019 at 6:50AM

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JJ
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This will for sure be a great camera, but I think the biggest limitation is 6K codec, and 6K is the biggest feature of this camera versus the S1. 6K is 200 Mbit, Long GOP, which isn't terrible, but still a far cry from BRAW in the Blackmagic Pocket 6K. The S1H will probably have a bit more dynamic range, but the Pocket 6K image will be far more robust. An as for external RAW, I would bet it's limited to a 4K output over HDMI.

The S1H, would probably be easier to match to an EVA-1, though, as a B-cam.

August 28, 2019 at 7:24AM

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I think it will totally depend on your shooting style and preference. I have buddies who get great stuff with the pocket and pre ordered the 6k. Takes more to rig it out and suits proper shoots a little more than run and gun type, but has a great image, and a little more work in post I'd say. But if you want an all in one solution, with IBIS for any lens, this is pretty awesome. I don't really understand the constant digs everyone has against Panasonic about autofocus, I'd personally want to use peaking and pull myself anyway whenever possible.

August 28, 2019 at 10:50AM

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Ricky Norris
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Bmpcc 4k is a third of the price and looks like it creates a comparable image. If you need full frame, sony is better than this. The idea of having to switch to all new glass seems awfully expensive for the little improvement you might be able to get.

August 28, 2019 at 11:53AM, Edited August 28, 11:54AM

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Jake
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BMPCC 4k does look awesome. I haven't had a chance to try it yet but Sigma's MC-21 adaptor will let you use EF glass on L-mount. I'm excited to use Nikon AIS and Pentax Takumar old Japanese glass with it. EF is a pretty solid variety I'd say.

August 28, 2019 at 12:13PM

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Ricky Norris
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$3999 .... and these specs or lack thereof .... i just don't see it.

August 28, 2019 at 11:41AM

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4000$ for a photocamera to use it to shoot video?
how many $ i need to add to be ready for a run and gun video work?
enought 1500$ of a good and bright lens, a shogun to record a raw, instead of a h264 (for 4000$ basis), a cage, a rig to use at shoulder, a quite good microfone 300$ with good amplifier to have audio quality...
ehm, i just over spent against a good camcorder right to use for run and gun work...
For someone think i'm fan boy of other brand:
i'm panasonic fan from 1991, i ever had panasonic branded tools for work, right know i had gh5, monitor panasonic and more
if i'm a pro photoshographer i haven't dubs, i'm sure to buy that camera, but... for video, no thanks... full frame are only problems
For someone think that i cannot spent enought for video, i just have many cinema camera, for over 25k $, well spent on bmd, sony brand.
We are in the 2019 (near to 2049 of blade runner) must be an equal distribution between value and quality of tools, i hate to waste my money.

August 28, 2019 at 1:02PM

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Carlo Macchiavello
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