Panasonic isn’t holding any punches with this new camera. Just how much have they crammed in?
A few weeks ago, I complained that the Panasonic S1 was too lackluster to attract real video professionals like the GH5 might have. It looks like they answered my prayers with the newly announce S1H. Thanks, Panny! Here’s how the specs look so far:
- 6K at 24 fps (3:2)
- 5.9K at 30p
- 10-bit 4K at 60 fps
- No recording limit
- 14+ stops of dynamic range with V-Log
- Same autofocus and IBIS as the S1
- Can power via USB-C
- Larger than the S1/S1R
- SD/XQD card slots
- Expected to retail for about $4,000
The Best on the Market
The GH5’s ability to record 4K footage at 60 fps was a gamechanger for many, including me. This was usually reserved for higher end cameras, the cheapest/smallest possibly being Sony’s FS7. Now, the S1H is set to raise the bar yet again.
Panasonic’s S1 was the first full frame mirrorless camera that was able to record 4K at 60 fps; however, it was only with a cropped sensor. While Panasonic isn't confirming it yet, News Shooter is suggesting that the S1H may have the same issue. The tech is still beyond what anybody else is offering, but I’m sure Sony’s taking note of what they need to deliver in the a7S III. On another note, while the GH5’s IBIS is amazing, it’s not as hot on the S1, I feel. That could be somewhere for the opposition to compete.
The S1H appears to be close to what we wanted from a full frame GH5. It’s worth noting that the GH5 was able to record 10-bit 6K video in its 4:3 anamorphic mode.
For the annoying price of $199/€199, you can upgrade the firmware of your S1 to compete with the feature set of the S1H. You’ll get:
- Internal 10-bit 4K
- External 10-bit 4K at 60 fps
- Custom LUT functions
- Higher resolution audio recording (48 kHZ/24-bit, 96 kHZ/24-bit)
I’ve complained about this before too, and Panasonic has been one of the prime examples of charging money for upgrades that probably should have come out of the box. Nonetheless, it’s a worthy upgrade to S1 users who are probably a little gutted seeing the S1H being announced so soon after their purchase.
The S1H will be available this fall, although I’m sure it’ll be tough to get one at first. B&H hasn’t started preorders yet, so I wouldn’t hold my breath. I’m excited to see the buzz around this camera, the L mount system, and the possibility of seeing CFexpress cards used.