The Panasonic Lumix S1H is a full-frame mirrorless camera aimed at professional videographers and cinematographers and boasting 6K video at 24p. Announced in May 2019, it’s the third full-frame body in the Lumix S series, and like those models, is based around a full-frame sensor and the L-mount. The L-mount alliance is a partnership between Leica, Panasonic and Sigma to develop cameras and lenses based on Leica’s existing L-mount.
Like the Lumix GH5S before it, the Lumix S1H is unashamedly aimed at pro video. It becomes the first full-frame camera capable of recording 6K in 24p (using the full 3:2 aspect ratio of the sensor), 5.9K up to 30p (in the more traditional 16:9 shape), as well as 4K or the slightly wider DCI Cinema 4k in 10 bit up to 60p (crop to be confirmed). A 4:3 Anamorphic mode is also available for use with anamorphic lenses, and the flat V-Log profile is included as standard, allowing over 14 stops of dynamic range. All formats can be recorded internally for unlimited times and Panasonic has beefed-up the body a little to better manage heat.
Other details were scarce at the time of announcement, and it’s not yet known whether the S1H will retain the built-in stabilisation of the S1 and S1R bodies. The actual sensor resolution has not been announced either, although 24 Megapixels would be sufficient for 6K video. Expect the Lumix S1H in Autumn for around $4000 USD. Meanwhile the existing Lumix S1 gains its promised improvements to video with its firmware update, available from July and offering V-Log, 4:2:2 10 bit recording (internal up to 30p or external over HDMI for 50 / 60p), 24 bit HD audio, in-camera LUT and a waveform monitor display. The firmware update will be free of charge for Lumix S1 owners until the end of September 2019, then 179 GBP thereafter. See my Lumix S1 review for more details.
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