Taking the cinematography creativity to newer heights, Panasonic India has announced the launch of its latest digital single-lens full-frame mirrorless camera with Lumix S1H for the India market today. Aiming to deliver cinema-quality video output, the LUMIX S1H is the world’s first camera that captures 6K resolution and is capable of video recording at 6K/24p *1 (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K.*1 *2 Offering ultra-high image quality, flexibility and expressiveness for today’s demanding shoots, Lumix S1H is equipped with a full-frame image sensor that combines the professional-level video quality, with the high mobility of the mirrorless camera.
The Lumix S1H has a newly designed 24.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor featuring the Dual Native ISO technology at ISO 640 and ISO 4000 equipping cinematographers to get extremely clean footage even in low light situations that too without any noise. Other key highlights of the Lumix S1H include Full V-Log/ V-Gamut with 14+ stops of dynamic range, 4:2:2 10bit internal recording, Cinema 4K recording at up to 60p and unlimited recording time.
Commenting on the launch, Sandeep Sehgal, Business Chief, Panasonic India, said, “Panasonic has a long history of developing cinematic cameras with its innovative and progressive technology. Lumix S1 H is the latest addition to our range of compact mirrorless system cameras through which we aim to provide value to our users in the full-frame camera market in India. 6K is going to be an important feature that will dominate the market, as it not only allows cinematographers to shoot on higher resolution but also edit the content safety. By integrating the potential of the full-frame sensor, we want to position LUMIX S1H as the ultimate digital mirrorless camera capable of excelling in any situation. We are committed to meet the demands of imaging professionals by challenging the status quo of the photo/video culture in today’s dynamic digital era.”
Cinema quality video and image performance
Outstanding video recording capability is the hallmark feature of the LUMIX S1H, making it an ideal professional tool for filmmaking. The S1H includes a 24.2-megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor (35.6 mm x 23.8mm) that captures 6K resolution. It features Dual Native ISO that allows users to get the sharpest image with the most accurate details possible. If shot in a dimly lit environment, higher ISO will provide more detail in the highlights. In combination with the optimum signal processing by Venus Engine, the camera achieves high sensitivity and minimum noise. Panasonic is known for its Cinema cameras Varicam and their its superb picture quality has come to be known as ‘Varicam Look’, the V-Log in S1H emulates the same look giving more creative freedom to Filmmakers and bringing the Cinematic look to Wedding and travel Cinematography. It also packs a host of features for professional cinematographers shooting on a mirrorless system such as HDR (High Dynamic Range) in HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) , Anamorphic 4:3 modes, a waveform monitor and a V-Log View Assist function.
High reliability and operability to support professional work
To avoid shaky shots caused during handheld video recording, the Lumix S1H combines 5-axis Body IS (Image Stabiliser) and 2-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation) that is found in the Lumix S series lenses. This helps in shooting stabilized footage for as low as 6.5-stop slower shutter speed. Moreover, the complete range of the Lumix S-series cameras employs the L-mount system, which gives the users a diverse and future-proof range of products. There is no video recording limit in the camera, permitting users to shoot for as long as their memory card or battery allows (subject to camera staying under the certified operating temperature). The high mobility of the camera is supported by its dual card slots that significantly increases the camera’s storage size limit, read/write speed and also make it very reliable when it comes to corruptibility and failure. The rugged design provides professional photographers with high reliability.
Expandability for creative freedom
Featuring incredibly wide colour gamut, the S1H can record C4K 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 10 bit up to 30p internally, 4:2:2 10-bit option has approximately 128 times the information of 4:2:0 8-bit and is capable of expressing over 1 billion colours. This massive volume of colour information is highly valuable for post-production, making it possible to artistically adjust colour to match the creative vision of the director. S1H is also compatible with Microphone Adaptor (DMW-XLR1), supporting High Quality Audio Input and XLR Line and Mic input. To fulfill ever increasing demand of good quality slow motion, S1H supports VFR (Variable Frame Rate) and helps users record over-cranked / under-cranked videos in C4K/4K, 60 fps, FHD 180 fps, with maximum 7.5x slower speed in 24p. In addition, HFR (High Frame Rate) video of upto Full HD 100p/120p with sound is also recordable even when using auto focus. Varieties of effects are available for producing a slow motion video through the post-production process as well.
Panasonic has also announced the development of a firmware program for the LUMIX S1H full-frame mirrorless camera, which enables the output of maximum 5.9K/29.97p RAW video data to the Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR monitor-recorder over HDMI. The program is scheduled to be launched in early 2020. With this firmware program, the Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on Atomos Ninja V, which is one of Panasonic’s commitments to provide innovative solutions for professional film creation.
Priced at INR 3,19,990, Lumix S1H will be available starting today across Panasonic’s leading retail outlets.
*1 As a full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of August 27, 2019 (U.S.). Panasonic research. In Super 35mm-equivalent size.
*2 Corresponding to 4K (4096×2160) as defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI).