Panasonic LUMIX S1H Announced – 6K, Full-Frame, 10Bit Video and More

May 31st, 2019
Panasonic LUMIX S1H Announced - 6K, Full-Frame, 10Bit Video and More

During Cine Gear 2019, Panasonic has just announced a new Full-Frame mirrorless camera: the Panasonic LUMIX S1H. Following the LUMIX S1 and S1R that were released earlier this year, this new LUMIX S1H is more of a video-centric version with impressive recording capabilities of up to 6K at 24 frames per second, 5.9K at 30p, and 4K/C4K 10bit at up to 60p. Let’s take a closer look at this new Full-Frame monster!

A Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera For Filmmakers

The Panasonic LUMIX S1 and S1R are already impressive Full-Frame mirrorless cameras. If you are not familiar with the Panasonic S line of cameras, don’t hesitate to watch our review of the Panasonic LUMIX S1 that is an incredible camera in low light situations and also works nicely during handheld filming by deploying a very capable IBIS system (In Body Image Stabilisation).

Panasonic LUMIX S1H

Screen grab from Panasonic’s press event @ Cine Gear 2019.

One of the significant drawbacks of the S1 is that you need to purchase a firmware update to unlock its full video recording capabilities (Like V-Log picture profile and some other recording formats). That firmware will be available for purchase this July for $199 but mind you that recording formats like 4K UHD 50/60p in 10bit 4:2:2 are limited to external recording via HDMI.

The LUMIX S1 and S1R are perfect for photographers and have decent video capabilities. However, if you are mainly shooting video, the newly announced S1H brings everything you need while keeping the same form factor. In the end, the LUMIX S1H is like the GH5S in comparison to the Panasonic S1 being the GH5, but with a Full-Frame sensor and a lot of other useful features.

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Panasonic LUMIX S1R on the left, Panasonic LUMIX S1H in the center, and Panasonic LUMIX S1 on the right

Panasonic LUMIX S1H Features

The Panasonic LUMIX S1H packs many features into the same compact form as the S1/S1R have.

Panasonic claims that the LUMIX S1H is the first camera in the world to achieve recordings in 6K at up to 24 frames per second in 3:2 aspect ratio, or 5.9K/30p in 16:9 aspect ratio. Also, no need for an external recorder to record 10bit 60p 4K/C4K footage. If you want to shoot with anamorphic lenses, there is a 4:3 anamorphic mode. The Panasonic LUMIX S1H uses the Full-Frame image sensor to record, meaning there is no crop-factor.

V-Log/V-Gamut is built-in, so you don’t need to pay any extra to get access to the full dynamic range of 14+ claimed stops. Indeed, it makes your life easier if you need to match a GH5 or VariCam with the footage coming from the S1H.

Finally, for every S1H recording mode, there is no recording limit – so you can record non-stop as long as you have enough power/memory cards.

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Summary

The Panasonic S line of cameras is now easier to understand: the S1R is for photographers that need high-resolution pictures, the S1 is aimed to be a hybrid camera that mixes high-quality photos and videos, and the S1H is developed especially for film productions.

The S1H prototype is currently shown at Cine Gear 2019. It should be available worldwide in fall 2019 for around $4000.

Above, Panasonic S1H sample footage screened at Cine Gear 2019

What do you think of this new Panasonic LUMIX S1H? Can your next production benefit from 6K recording mode? Do you already own a Panasonic S camera? If yes, are you happy with its video performance? Let us know in the comments below.

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 Aliam Sigsaly
Aliam Sigsaly
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October 27th, 2019

I really hope that Pany is going to soon (hope this spring) release GH6 w/ USB-C+ RAW, Dual ISO, 6K and eventually keep IBIS, cause temptation to for BM Pocket cinema camera 4/6k or Z CAM E2 are high. While and loyalty is one thing, being screwed other…
I ve already saw this dead-end evolution on A7sII, would be sad to see it on GH5.. While I understand that FF has some place for movie-making, it is GENERALLY not ideal for lower-budget project and documentary type work – this is really where MFT shines, hope that Pany keep this on mind.

Cause I will not be updating from GH5-6 to S1H if GH5-6 will lack behind, but will buy MFT from other company.

dony
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June 9th, 2019

it will be 18 / 12 mp ?

Juan Francisco Calero Heras
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June 7th, 2019

IBIS or not?

Carolina A. Ordonez
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June 1st, 2019

Nicolás Camilo Ordoñez que tal este lansamiento!!!

Dinniko Ko
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June 1st, 2019

$4000 with no RAW or ProRes ? their target is MP4 users for sure LoL

Elementary
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June 7th, 2019
Reply to  Dinniko Ko

The ProRes (hopefully soon to include raw) is via a Ninja.

Luke Francis
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June 1st, 2019

If they can give it prores Raw to an atomos Shogun at 6k then I’m in.

Steven Blackwood
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June 1st, 2019

Apparently, it has no IBIS?

Ken Rodriguez
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May 31st, 2019

$4000 oof.

Aldo G Moreno
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May 31st, 2019

?

Jeremy Woods
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May 31st, 2019

Wish the footage was actually S1H footage from the promo video. GH5 with that new lens looks amazing though

Rafael Molina
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May 31st, 2019

So, there’s no video crop at all on this one?

 John Uibel
John Uibel
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May 31st, 2019
Reply to  Rafael Molina

I don’t think they specified.

jack0429
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May 31st, 2019
Reply to  John Uibel

“and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K.*2 *3” “As a full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of May 31 May, 2019 (U.S.).
“*2 Panasonic research. In Super 35mm-equivalent size.”
What’s the point of a super 35mm crop 4k60p if it can’t even do 8 bit 4k60p fullframe?

Elementary
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June 7th, 2019
Reply to  jack0429

You just listed a spec showing that it CAN do 10-bit 4K 60P full-frame. What’s the point of your question?

 John Uibel
John Uibel
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May 31st, 2019

So where is the prores RAW? Also, I’ve been shooting 6K 30p, 10 bit 4:2:0 @ 200mbps in Cancun for the past 4 days on the S1. So basically you’re paying $4000 for a $200 S1 Vlog upgrade.

Bill Cox
Bill Cox
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June 1st, 2019
Reply to  John Uibel

You mean 5k at 3:2, only for ten minutes at a time (and potentially overheating your camera)? With S1H, you’re paying for true 6k with unlimited record time. You’re also paying for 4k60 10 bit (and unlimited record time), anamorphic recording, and better audio recording. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if the codecs are better, etc. (especially since we don’t know all the final details) And this is all on top of the features added by the $200 V log upgrade.

Elementary
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June 7th, 2019
Reply to  John Uibel

+1 on the ProRes Raw; hopefully that’ll be coming too.

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