The Panasonic S1H is a monster camera when it comes to video, so much so that it has taken its place next to far more expensive cameras by being certified by Netflix for use as a primary camera on productions.
Netflix's production guide specifies that at least 90% of the runtime of a program should be filmed on cameras on their approved list. The list of approved cameras is a who's who of expensive, dedicated video cameras, with models like the Canon C700, RED Ranger Helium 8K, and more populating its entries. Each of these cameras is oriented exclusively toward video, and most run well into five figures in price. On the other hand, at $4,000, the Panasonic S1H, while not cheap, is remarkably affordable as compared to the rest of the cameras on the approved list, making it a highly attractive option for budget productions still looking to get their content on the platform. Filmmakers using the camera for Netflix content will have to shoot in at least 4K in V-Log with 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-I (400 Mbps), along with some other requirements. It is definitely exciting news for independent filmmakers and low-budget productions. You can read the full list of approved cameras and shooting requirements here.