Panasonic LUMIX S1 Paid Upgrade Coming in July – Unlocks 10bit and V-Log

March 28th, 2019
Panasonic LUMIX S1 Paid Upgrade Coming in July - Unlocks 10bit and V-Log

The Panasonic LUMIX S1 is the latest in Panasonic’s offerings. It is a full frame camera, aimed at advanced photographers, while also being able to capture high-quality 4K videos. Already during the announcement, Panasonic promised a new firmware update that will enhance the video capabilities of the new camera, though the company did not give an exact timeframe for its delivery. Now, it is scheduled for July this year. 

I have already reviewed the new Panasonic LUMIX S1 camera and was fairly impressed by its lowlight capabilities and general picture quality (take a look at our findings and footage here). But, as we all learned to want the little bit extra, now the promised upgrade is just around the corner, soon unlocking the following functions:

  • 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 24p/30p internal video recording
  • 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p HDMI output
  • Full V-Log recording. (Nice to see that Panasonic is providing V-Log and not V-Log L)

It will be interesting to test the camera again, after unlocking those. There is no word yet on how much the upgrade will cost.

What are your thoughts about paid upgrades? No one likes to pay extra, but in this case, will you consider purchasing it? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Stefan P.
Stefan P.
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June 1st, 2019

The price is as Panasonic said 199€
But there are some rumors going on that the update will be free for s1 owners that registered the camera online.
Deadline 31. Juli for us market
And 31. Dec. For the European market.
Would be interested if this is true or not.

Dean Kouvatsos
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March 30th, 2019

Alex Kouvatsos

Jak 234
Jak 234
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March 30th, 2019

can you please reach out to a panasonic rep and ask them to include focus/zoom assist during recording. Thank you so much!

Pat
Pat
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March 29th, 2019

What is this adobe creative cloud. If I’m dropping that much on a hybrid camera with the most expensive lenses on the market, the firmware updates should be free. Other companies should really be taking BMD approach. Their products just keep on giving to creators.

Panasonic is just fleecing people and they should be ashamed of it.

Ken Rodriguez
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March 29th, 2019

GH4/5 owners quietly upgrading to S1’s after years of denying to A7 owners that they needed Full Frame sensors.

Steve V4D
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March 29th, 2019
Reply to  Ken Rodriguez

Not me. And I’ve never felt fullframe didn’t have value, just that other formats can work nicely too and have their own advantages. For the record, I think APS-C is the best compromise between performance and sensor size. No doubt why Cinema cameras are mostly using it.

Wayne Anthony
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March 29th, 2019

Give people just enough to keep them coming back LOL

 Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith
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March 28th, 2019

Does the contrast based continuous autofocus suck on these cameras like the GH5/S?

Jason Bullock
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March 28th, 2019

*Laughs in GH5s 10bit V-Log*

Marko Hila
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March 28th, 2019

Can’t wait to “unlock” it. ?

Kerrin Sheldon
Kerrin Sheldon
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March 28th, 2019

I assume the HDMI output is 10-bit 422 throughout all of the available codecs (HD, UHD), correct?

And any idea if the internal 10-bit applies to the 100mbps ALL-I 10-bit 422 in HD (like the GH5)? That’s a great codec for many non-4K jobs.

Guy McLoughlin
Guy McLoughlin
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March 28th, 2019
Reply to  Kerrin Sheldon

Earlier rumors were that the S1 paid video upgrade would have all of the GH5 high bit-rate data-rates, expect for 400 Mpbs ALL-I. ( I guess we won’t find out all the details until July )

Kerrin Sheldon
Kerrin Sheldon
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March 28th, 2019
Reply to  Guy McLoughlin

Okay awesome – Would be great if they can include all of the All-I codecs in HD at least. I usually use the 150mbps 10-bit 422 in 4K anyway to keep file storage manageable.

400mbps really eats up storage quick.

Dice
Dice
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March 28th, 2019

What is the difference between V-Log and V-Log L?

Oscar M
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March 28th, 2019
Reply to  Dice

The “L” :)

Guy McLoughlin
Guy McLoughlin
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March 28th, 2019
Reply to  Dice

V-LOG L is restricted to 12 stops of dynamic-range, where the full Varicam LOG can handle up to 16 stops of DR. ( you’re not going to see 16 stops from the S1, but you might see something in the 13+ stops range )

It would be great if Panasonic made a paid V-LOG upgrade for the GH5s too, because V-LOG L is lopping off about 1.5 stops with the GH5s. ( the only way to get the full DR range with the GH5s, is to shoot with the HLG profile )

 GodDrink Visuals
GodDrink Visuals
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March 28th, 2019
Reply to  Dice

2 stops of Dynamic Range

Stefan P
Stefan P
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March 28th, 2019

Good to see full V-Log! But still hoping/waiting for them to announce the ProRes RAW capability via a future firmware upgrade.

 Lars Steenhoff
Member
March 28th, 2019

I would pay for compressed video raw internal or external.

Srg
Srg
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March 28th, 2019
Reply to  Lars Steenhoff

I’d buy that for a dollar!

Guy McLoughlin
Guy McLoughlin
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March 28th, 2019

I have no problem paying for firmware upgrades like this as long as they can deliver. ( I am hoping that there will be a lot more to this upgrade in terms of shooting formats and data-rates. A waveform display would be nice too. )

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