Panasonic Intros Lumix S1H Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with Cinema-Quality 6K Video Shooting Skills

Panasonic just announced the newest addition to its Lumix S camera series, the Lumix S1H, a full frame mirrorless camera aimed at photographers who are serious about shooting video. According to Panasonic, the SH1 is the "world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K."

The Panasonic Lumix SH1 combines the video quality of a professional cinema camera with the high mobility of a mirrorless camera, Panasonic said in a press announcement today. The Panasonic Lumix S1H will go on sale in fall 2019 and is expected to have a US price tag of around $4000, a company spokesperson told Shutterbug in a pre-release camera briefing this week.

The Panasonic Lumix S1H will join Panasonic's new stable of full frame mirrorless cameras, which also includes the S1 and the S1R. The 47.3MP Lumix S1R is designed for capturing high-resolution images, while the 24.2MP Lumix S1 is an advanced hybrid camera for shooting high-quality photos and videos. The forthcoming Lumix S1H is designed especially for film production.

Here are the main features of the cinema-friendly new Lumix S1H, according to a press announcement from Panasonic:

1. High resolution up to 6K for multiple formats.                                                              

Maximizing the use of the pixels in the full-frame image sensor, the LUMIX S1H, as a digital camera, has achieved 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio) or 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio) video recording for the first time in the world. It is also the world’s first full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera to enable 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K video recording. It accommodates a variety of recording formats like 4:3 Anamorphic mode, to meet professional needs. Its high-resolution data can also be used to create 4K videos with higher image quality or to crop images in 4K.

2. Rich gradation and a wide color space virtually equal to those of cinema cameras.

The LUMIX S1H features V-Log/V-Gamut with a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops, which are virtually the same as those of the Panasonic Cinema VariCam, allowing it to precisely capture everything from dark to bright areas. So much so, that the color and even the texture of human skin are faithfully reproduced. Designed under consistent color management, the S1H's recorded footage is compatible with V-Log footage recorded by VariCam or the LUMIX GH5/GH5S.

3. High product reliability that allows unlimited video recording.

In every S1H recording mode, video can be recorded non-stop under the certified operating temperature so the user can concentrate on shooting.

New Teleconverters
Panasonic also announced two new teleconverters for its Lumix S Series telephoto zoom lenses – a 1.4x Teleconverter DMW-STC14 and a 2x Teleconverter DMW-STC20. Both will be available in July 2019.

The latest teleconverters can be attached to the Lumix S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. (S-R70200), turning the lens into a super telephoto lens with extended zoom range of maximum 400mm with high-speed and high-precision AF. The rugged and dust/splash-resistant design withstands use under harsh conditions, even in -10 degrees Centigrade for high mobility.

Both teleconverters DMW-STC14 and DMW-STC20 will also be compatible with the new 70-200mm / F2.8 S Series lens, to be introduced later in 2019.


DMW-STC14: Lens Composition 7 lenses including 2 UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index Lens) lenses in 4 groups

DMW-STC20: Lens Composition 8 lenses including 2 UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index Lens) lenses in 4 groups