The Full-Frame Camera Unlocking Creative Possibilities for Cinematographers
The Lumix S1H is a full-frame mirrorless camera for film production, scaled to a hand-held design without compromising professional-level standards. It offers extensive recording modes and cinematic image quality to meet the high demands of today’s creators. With superior functionality that slots effortlessly into the professional workflow, the S1H id also designed for active filming in the field when attached to a gimbal or drone.
The Lumix S1H combines cinema industry performance, refined by Panasonic, with the high mobility and functionality of Lumix mirrorless cameras.
Best Combination of 24.2MP CMOS Sensor and Venus Engine
The Lumix S1H gives you breath-taking image quality without compromise. By delivering ample light condensation per pixel, the 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor offers a wide dynamic range and sharp, natural expression even at high sensitivity settings. Together with the low-pass filter, the sensor offers high resolution with minimal moire. Leveraging the power of the Venus Engine, the camera offers an impressive maximum sensitivity of ISO51200.
Newly developed Dual Native ISO
The S1H is equipped with Dual Native ISO sensitivity, a revolutionary technology that first featured on Panasonic’s professional video cameras, notably the flagship VariCam. Through a process that reads the sensor more efficiently, Dual Native ISO offers the advantages of very high sensitivity for low light shoots while suppressing noise levels. As such, the camera can switch from a standard sensitivity to this higher sensitivity with almost no discernible noise degradation. With 640 and 4000 base ISOs in V-Log, the S1H allows today’s cinematographers phenomenal flexibility on set when they wish to capture more extreme lighting scenarios.
Multiple Formats and Aspect Ratios with Full Range of Video Recording Modes
Notably, these include full-area 3:2 6K24p, C4K [4,096 x 2,160] and anamorphic modes. The 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor built into the S1H offers 6,024 x 4,016 effective pixels at stunning 6K resolution across its entire area. This is therefore a digital camera that, for the first time in the world, achieves video recording at 6K/24p and 5.9K/30p (3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratios respectively)*. Even when down-sampling images to C4K (or less) the S1H delivers superior quality resolution. The various formats above can be encoded with superior HEVC compression or the rich tones of 4:2:2 10-bit. High quality data up to 4:2:2 10-bit can also be output via HDMI onto an external video recorder when set to 10-bit recording mode. The HDMI output is enabled simultaneously with the internal recording. The S1H covers every recording mode and option to fully satisfy professional requirements. As the filtering menu has been streamlined, it is now much easier and faster to find and select the precise mode you want. For quick recall, use the ‘My List’ feature to register those you use most frequently.
*For a digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of August 27th 2019 (U.S.), Panasonic research
V-Log / V-Gamut
The S1H features V-Log / V-Gamut with a wider 14+ stops of dynamic range, which are compatible with the Cinema VariCam Look, to precisely capture everything from shadows to highlights. The colour and even the texture of human skin are faithfully reproduced. Designed for colour management consistency, S1H-recorded footage is compatible with V-Log footage recorded on VariCam or S Series cameras as well as V-Log L footage shot on the Lumix GH5/GH5S.
The V-Log View Assist enables you to view a simulation of the final look (hue, saturation and brightness) of your video image in camera using the Look Up Table (LUT) while you are shooting. With Look Up Table (LUT) installed on the camera, the video you record with V-Log can be modified to match the characteristics of your monitor display. The large colour space of the VariCam IDT for ACES can also be applied to footage shot on the S1H.
HDR Video & HLG View Assist
HDR (High Dynamic Range) video recording is available, processing both the brighter and darker parts of an image together, just as the human eye naturally perceives them. The camera also records video with a designated gamma curve compatible with ITU-R BT.2100, as well as offering the option of Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in Like2100.
The HLG View Assist output mode allows you to visually confirm the gradation and exposure of video shot in HLG mod, depending on the monitor or viewfinder installed in the camera. It can also be used for stills shot in the HLG (HLG Photo mode).
Robust Video Expression Feature (VFR, HFR)
From basic functionality to advanced technology, the S1H is designed to offer outstanding, multifaceted video performance. VFR (Variable Frame Rates) functionality supports both overcranking and undercranking. Users have access to 2.5x slow (24p/60 fps) in C4K/4K and 7.5x super-slow (24p/180fps) in FHD.* HFR (High Frame Rate) videography now includes autofocus and audio recording, allowing users to create slow-motion video in post-production thanks to 48p/47.95p recording in Cinema4K/4K and 120p/100p in FHD.
*The degree of effect varies depending on the recording format and frequency, and the angle of view narrows if a frame rate over 150fps is selected.
The S1H features powerful camera-shake suppression in the body thanks to an algorithm developed by Panasonic that precisely calculates the shake information from not only the camera’s gyrosensor but also from the image sensor and acceleration sensor. The 5-axis Body I.S. enables an accurate level of correction, even making it possible to use a 6.0-stop slower shutter speed.* Shake suppression is also highly effective even when a cine lens, anamorphic lens, or older lens is attached. Furthermore, 6.5-stop slower shutter speed** can be used thanks to 5-axis Dual I.S.2 stabilization when the Body I.S. is combined with the lens O.I.S. of the Lumix S series lenses. This compensates for even larger movements that were conventionally uncontrollable.
*Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50mm, when S-X50 is used]
**Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch focusing distance f=105mm S-R24105 is used or focusing distance f=200mm when S-R70200 is used].
Firmware must be updated to the latest versions.
Anamorphic Desqueeze Display
If you are shooting with an anamorphic lens that compresses the image width to an almost unrecognizable extreme, the S1H camera allows you to view a simulation of the final ‘desqueezed’ CinemaScope format (2.39:1 or 2.35:1), in one of five magnification options, 1.3x, 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.8x or 2.0x, stretched out on the camera monitor. This lets you decide the composition you want and better visualise the impact of the final project.
Time Lapse Video with 4K 60p/50p
The S1H supports interval capture to create time lapse video in the camera body itself and is also capable of 4K 60p/50p, with smooth exposure transitions across the whole video sequence that eliminates abrupt brightness changes.
Still photos can also be shot with LIKE709 to avoid later colour corrections, and also shot with V-Log for greater workflow flexibility.
Waveform Monitor Display / Vector Scope
The built-in Waveform Monitor (WFM) quantifies and displays the signals being recorded as visual wave data. You can check the brightness, luminance, hue and saturation (colour component and chrominance) while you are shooting. This is especially useful for determining correct exposure in situations where relying on the eye alone is not possible or when needing to comply with a precise broadcast specification.
Vector Scope allows you to view and measure waveforms as vectors and check the colour phase and saturation on the recording screen. You can instantly judge if you have the right colours or not and adjust the white balance accordingly. The Vector Scope function is also useful when you want to match the saturation of multiple pieces of footage.
SS/ISO, Angle/ISO, SS/dB Display
The shooting information to be displayed can be changed from shutter speed to shutter angle instead, or from ISO to Gain. Panel contents and layout have been designed by carefully considering how professional videographers and cinematographers instinctively work from years of experience.
Luminance Level Adjustment
Select the luminance range from 3 settings to match video editing and playback and control both super whites and super blacks. When recording in 8-bit, set the range to 16-235 (video levels 0 to 100% on IRE scale) or preserve the super whites with 16-255 (video levels 0 to 109% on IRE scale). The third option, 0-255, covers both, also known as Data Levels. These selections make it easy to match luminance levels in projects that combine both photos and video. For 10-bit recording you can select between 0-1023, 64-940 or 64-1023.
- When the recording format is set to AVCHD, the options are 16-235 and 16-255.
- When the recording format is set to MOV or MP4, options are 0-255, 16-235 and 16-255.
- When Photo Style is set to ‘Hybrid Log Gamma’, the setting is fixed at 64-940.
- When Photo Style is set to ‘V-Log’, the setting is fixed at 0-255 in 8-bit or 0-1023 in 10-bit.
Dust / Splash / Freeze Resistant
The magnesium alloy full die-cast frame is highly durable, while sealing helps protect every seam, dial and button. The overall system is dust and splash resistant,* designed furthermore to operate at temperatures as low as -10°C.
*Dust and Splash resistance does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this camera is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.
Double Memory Card Slot
The double memory card slot is compatible with SD Memory Cards (UHS-II / V90). Allocation Record mode allows you to specify the card slot to be used for recording different image formats. The extra card slot is also convenient for recording long videos or as a backup. Relay Recording mode relays recording to the other card slot after the first card runs out of free space during recording. Backup Recording mode* records the same data to the two cards.
Cannot be used with AVCHD format
USB Power Supply / Power Charging
This feature allows you to supply power to the camera while charging the battery.* The S1H has been designed with safety considerations and with regard to battery life, charging time and method. The 7.4-V 3,050 mAh high capacity battery can be quickly charged via USB PD (USB Power Delivery) using the bundled USB3.1 Type-C** cable. A fully charged battery lasts for about 2 hours, depending on the demands of the shoot. A USB 3.1 Type-C** adapter is included that is compatible with the USB PD standard. It also realizes high-speed data transfer.
*Battery must be installed in camera and retain some charge for this feature to work.
**USB Type-C (TM) and USB-C(TM) are trademarks of USB Implementers Forum.
New Tilting 3.2-inch Free Angle Rear Monitor
This rear mounted monitor is a touch sensitive LCD with a superbly bright 2.33 million dot high resolution that is still clearly visible in sunny outdoor conditions. The combination of a tilting and swivel mechanism makes unusual compositions and creative angle shots easy to frame. This also avoids the monitor becoming entangled in any connected HDMI and USB cables.
5.76 million dot Resolution Real View Finder
Boasting 5.76 million dot resolution, the highest level among DSLMs, this Real View Finder is the largest level of size in its class. Clarity and sharpness is so vivid that you may feel you are directly viewing the subject with you own eye. This greatly aids concentration. With a lens designed for minimum distortion from center to the corners and high magnification of 0.78x, the Real View Finder supports both perfect framing and high precision focusing. The high speed, high precision OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) for the LVF achieves a smooth display at 60 fps/120 fps (switchable). A high speed response with minimum time lag of approximately 0.005 sec, as well as 10,000:1 high contrast, allow exceptional visibility. In addition, the 0.78x magnification ratio can be switched to 0.7x or 0.74x according to the shooting situation.