May 31, 2019
CineGear 2019

Meet the S1H, Panasonic's New 6K "Legend"

Panasonic offers up to 6K 10bit 24fps recording in V-log and V-Gamut with the new S1H full frame, mirrorless camera.

Panasonic was highly dominant in the beginnings of the digital video revolution with cameras like the original VariCam and the DVX-100. While they lost some ground to Canon with the 5D Mark II, they've been working double-time for the last few years to get that market share back with the GH5, the EVA1 and the high-end VariCam line, which has just had a price drop to actual affordability.

Panasonic is back again at CineGear Expo, where they launched the EVA1 two years ago, with the new Pansonic S1H, a full frame, mirrorless camera in the Lumix line (which includes the GH cameras).

Here’s some test footage to get things started:

The big marquee feature here is that it is capable of shooting 6K at 24fps, 5.9K up to 30fps, and then up to 60fps in 4K mode, and that will indeed be a major benefit to a lot of filmmakers. 

The more important specification is that it includes v-log and v-gamma in the S1 platform of cameras. This is not only going to help with color reproduction and latitude, but it's also going to help make the S1H intercut more seamlessly with the other cameras from Panasonic, including the EVA1 and the Varicam. 

This is going to make S1H extremely popular as an owner/operator, or C-camera, body for a DP to own, even if they end up renting a larger camera for most of their shoots since the post-production integration will be more seamless. Test footage shown was impressive, including some great low light results.

Panasonic also announced improvements in their L-line lenses targeted just at filmmakers. The L mount alliance brings together Panasonic, Sigma and Leica in an open format, unlike the proprietary format of Canon, Nikon, and Sony full frame cameras. The motion focused lenses from Panasonic will be designed with a focus clutch for a smooth feeling while pulling focus, and for repeated and accurate focus pulls.

Tech Specs

  • vLog and vGamut 
  • 14 stops of dynamic range
  • full frame 3:2 aspect ratio, 6K at 24fps 
  • 5.9K at 30fps
  • 4:3 anamorphic support
  • 4k up to 60p
  • LUT display and custom functions
  • 96kHz 24bit audio recording

This the first full-frame camera specifically aimed at "filmmakers" from Panasonic and will hopefully mean we can see a full frame Varicam or EVA model in the near future. 

The S1H will be available for purchase this fall for under $4000. Amazingly, they know that this might frustrate some S1 owners, so they have rolled out an upgrade kit for them to get a large number of the features offered by the S1H for only $199.


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4 Comments

"The L mount alliance brings together Panasonic, Sigma and Leica in an open format, unlike the proprietary format of Canon, Nikon, and Sony full frame cameras."

Thats just wrong. SONYs E-Mount is not proprietary, it is a open Mount. L-Mount in fact is a proprietary Mount.

June 1, 2019 at 11:45AM

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They only released it to Lens and accessories manufacturers in 2011. As far as I know there are no none Sony E-mount cameras being manufactured.

June 6, 2019 at 6:03PM, Edited June 6, 6:03PM

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I couldn't help but notice Griffin Hammond is in the last picture. Not a surprise though. I've been following his work long before the sriracha documentary, and he had always used Panasonic cameras.

June 1, 2019 at 9:27PM

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Jack Lanting
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Wow what an awesome time in the video revolution. Panasonic and Sony are crushing it . I’m a Nikon guy but moving forward I need something truly designed for high quality video work. It will be towards on of these lines. The Sony af is rocking it and so useful. Digging the new Sony FX 9 but out of my price range . So I’m looking to move into this S1h as my next progression . And if only Panasonic had that phase detection af on sensor they’d really rule the market . 4K and that af would crunch the sales . Even 4500 hun they wouldn’t be able to make them fast enough.
I myself manual focus at the moment but realize the potential with ff Cameras shallow dof controlof eye af and smooth focus pulls with a good touch screen. That’s what the Sony fx9 lacks . But that could be an add on accessory for them .
So for now this S1h is still a phenomenal camera as it stands .

September 16, 2019 at 5:20PM

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