Panasonic's LUMIX S1H shoots 6K 24p and 5.9K 30P video with 14+ stops of wide dynamic range.
Panasonic's LUMIX S1H shoots 6K 24p and 5.9K 30P video with 14+ stops of wide dynamic range. Image courtesy Panasonic.

Panasonic has announced its newest full-frame mirrorless LUMIX S camera: the LUMIX S1H. It’s the world’s first camera able to record video at 6K 24p.

With the LUMIX S1H, Panasonic is looking to increase the quality and resolution of their LUMIX S line, though it does come at a higher price. The $4,000 Lumix S1H builds on the capabilities of the Lumix S1. When we reviewed the S1, it was clear that this camera was at the top of its class. However, it was the most expensive of its class as well, priced at $2,498. It does seem the S1H is keeping that tradition with an impressive image at a high price.

So now let’s take a look at what the LUMIX S1H has to offer spec-wise:

Resolution up to 6K for multiple formats

As said before, the LUMIX S1H uses its full-frame sensor to capture the crazy 6K 24p resolution. However, it’s also capable of shooting 5.9K 30p (16:9 aspect ratio) video as well. That’s a notable feature in its own right too. No other camera can do that. Also, the S1H is capable of shooting 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K.

To top all that off, the camera supports a number of different video formats like 4:3 Anamorphic mode. Also, this is important for video shooters: there’s no recording time limit. The only restraint you’ll have is the space on your memory card.

Panasonic’s Lumix S1H looks like an upgraded S
Panasonic’s Lumix S1H looks like an upgraded S1. Image courtesy Panasonic.

“Rich gradation and a wide color space”

LUMIX S1H features V-Log/V-Gamut with 14+ stops of wide dynamic range. That is about the same as Panasonic’s VariCam cameras. The S1 faired really well in dark shooting conditions, so we expect the S1H to follow its predecessor. But it’s 14+ stops of dynamic range that allows for more precise color and texture capture.

“The color and even the texture of human skin are faithfully reproduced,” says Panasonic. “S1H’s recorded footage is compatible with V-Log footage recorded by VariCam or the LUMIX GH5/GH5S.”

Reliability

As we reported above, Panasonic says video can be recorded “non-stop” in every S1H recording mode. There’s no time restraint so you can keep shooting during long takes or event capture. Also, it’s also notable that it hasn’t be revealed whether or not in-body stabilization will be included. However, since the S1 included it, we think the S1H will also.

Pricing and availability

Panasonic Lumix S1H is priced at $4,000. While this means the camera is geared towards professionals, it looks like a decent price for a camera with these features. The camera will be out this fall. To learn more, see Panasonic’s press release on the caemra.

For more reading, Panasonic also revealed the world’s first standard zoom lens achieving full-range F1.7. Check it out here.

Image courtesy Panasonic

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