Tilta released new cages for Panasonic LUMIX S5 and BGH1 cameras that protect the camera body and expand the mounting possibilities. Offering multiple 1/4″ and 3/8″ thread, cold shoes, NATO rails, and ARRI rosette mounts, both cages are also compatible with a variety of accessories from Tilta’s portfolio. Available from $99 for the S5 and $129 for the BGH1.
The Chinese camera accessories company Tilta offers quite a wide portfolio of rigging components and they keep announcing new cages to complement the line. The company recently announced two new Tiltaing-branded cages for Panasonic cameras – one for the LUMIX S5 full-frame camera and one for the Panasonic BGH1 “box-style” camera. Let’s take a short look at them.
Tiltaing Panasonic S5 Cage
Announced in September 2020, the LUMIX S5 is currently Panasonic’s most compact full-frame mirrorless camera. To know more about it, make sure to check Johnnie’s S5 Review and Gunther’s S5 Lab Test if you haven’t already.
This full camera cage from Tilta protects the camera body and provides several 1/4”-20 and 3/8”-16 mounting points as well as three cold shoe mounting points and a rosette connection on the left side to allow for the attachment of a side handle. The base of the cage also provides several mounting holes when attaching the camera to gimbals to better fine-tune the balance of the setup. The dimensions of the Tilta S5 Full Cage are 115.4 x 154.5 x 67.6mm and its weight is 200g. There is also a portable flathead screwdriver that can be attached to the bottom of the camera cage via its magnet.
Tiltaing Panasonic BGH1 Cage
The BGH1 was announced in November 2020 and it builds on the success of the LUMIX GH5S by employing the same Dual-ISO image sensor, putting it in a more compact box-shaped body, and adding some useful connectors like SDI. If you want to know more about the most affordable Netflix-approved camera, make sure to check Johnnie’s BGH1 Review and Gunther’s BGH1 Lab Test. As the camera already offers a hot shoe and quite a few 1/4″ threads on its body (three on each side), you might not need a cage for most uses. In case you really need some extra mounting points and protection for the BGH1, Tilta now offers a new cage.
The Tiltaing aluminum full cage for the Panasonic BGH1 “box-shaped” camera weighs 230g and its dimensions are 111 x 120.9 x 63.8mm. Apart from multiple 1/4”-20 and 3/8”-16 threaded holes, there is also a cold shoe mount on top. The sides of this cage are perhaps even more interesting as there is an ARRI rosette, 3/8″ thread with locating pins, NATO rail, and an additional 1/4″ thread on each side. The bottom plate can be swapped out. It is compatible with the Tilta standard plate, ARCA quick release plate, and Manfrotto quick release plate.
Compatibility with Tilta rigging ecosystem
A variety of different baseplates can be attached to the bottom of the cages, allowing for various rod mounting and optional power supply configurations. There is also a threaded mounting hole for cable clamp attachments for both HDMI and USB cables. Finally, Tilta did not forget to add a built-in port for Lens Adapter Support that is compatible with various lens adapters’ heights. Both cages are, of course, compatible with a variety of Tilta handles – rotating handle, quick release top handle, and others.
Price and availability
The Panasonic S5 full camera cage from Tilta is available for $99. The BGH1 full cage retails for $129 without any accessories. The overall price, of course, depends on how many additional components you include in the order. Tilta offers several pre-defined kits ranging from $149 to $539 or you can purchase the components separately.
Do you use any of the above-mentioned LUMIX cameras? What do you think about the new cages from Tilta? Let us know in the comments section underneath the article.