Cinema-Focused Panasonic LUMIX S1H Announced, Plus Teleconverters

Panasonic today introduced the third model in its LUMIX S full-frame mirrorless series. The Panasonic LUMIX S1H, which will be available this fall, is targeted at filmmakers, with an emphasis on video capture. Panasonic states that the LUMIX S1H is the “world’s first” camera capable of recording in 6K resolution at 24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K at 30p (16:9) and 10-bit 4K at 60p.

Image of the LUMIX S1H

In addition to multiple formats suitable for professional cinema, the camera also offers 14+ stops of dynamic range, comparable to the range of Panasonic’s Cinema VariCam. The LUMIX S1H output is compatible with V-Log footage from VariCam and the LUMIX GH5/GH5S Micro Four Thirds system cameras, giving filmmakers several camera options that can be used seamlessly together on a project with consistent color management.

The Panasonic LUMIX S1H joins the LUMIX S1 and LUMIX S1R in the LUMIX S lineup. Panasonic positions the LUMIX S1R as “ideal for high-resolution stills,” and the LUMIX S1 as a hybrid model with balanced still and video capabilities. Pricing info is not yet announced.

Along with the new camera, Panasonic is introducing two teleconverters for use with the LUMIX S system, the 1.4x Teleconverter DMW-STC14 and 2x Teleconverter DMW-STC20. These are compatible with the LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. zoom. Availability is expected in July; like the LUMIX S1H, pricing for these teleconverters has not yet been announced.

For additional details on both the LUMIX S1H and teleconverters, see the official press releases below.

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Panasonic Announces the New LUMIX S1H Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera With Cinema-Quality Video and the World’s First 6K/24p*Recording Capability

Newark, NJ (May 31, 2019) – Panasonic Corporation is proud to announce the newest addition to the LUMIX S series, the LUMIX S1H, a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera equipped with a full-frame image sensor. As the world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24p *1(3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K.*2 *3, it combines the video quality of a professional camera and the high mobility of a mirrorless camera. The LUMIX S1H will be released to world markets in fall 2019.

The main features of the new LUMIX S1H are as follows:

  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.*1It is also the world’s first full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera*1to enable 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K *2*3video 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.

  1. 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.

  1. High product reliability that allows unlimited video recording.*7

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

Since the 1990s, Panasonic has been a leader in the development of video recording technologies for digital cinema, and has produced a host of innovative technologies for impressive cinematic imagery, such as 24p video recording, slow motion video using a variable frame rate, and the wide dynamic range and color space of V-Log/V-Gamut. By working with film creators for more than 25 years, Panasonic has successfully designed a number of cinema cameras that exhibit stunningly high video performance. The LUMIX GH1 made its debut in 2009 as the world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera capable of full-HD AVCHD video recording. *4The LUMIX GH4 was launched in 2014 as the world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera*5capable of 4K video recording. Next, the LUMIX GH5 was released in 2017 with the world’s first 4K/60p, 4:2:2 10-bit 4K/30p recording capability.*6The LUMIX GH5 is highly acclaimed by film creators for its high performance, excellent mobility, and superb versatility in film production. And now, in 2019, the LUMIX S1H joins as Panasonic’s newest cinema camera.

Panasonic now offers three innovative models in the LUMIX S Series of full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras – the S1R, the S1, and the new S1H. The LUMIX S1R is ideal for capturing high-resolution images, while the LUMIX S1 is an advanced hybrid camera for high-quality photos and videos, and the LUMIX S1H is designed especially for film production. With this lineup, Panasonic is committed to meet the demands of every imaging professional by challenging the constant evolution of the photo/video culture in today’s new digital era.

The LUMIX S1H prototype will be exhibited at the 2019 Cine Gear Expo.*8

*1As a digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of May 31, 2019 (U.S.). Panasonic research.

*2As a full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of May 31 May, 2019 (U.S.). Panasonic research.       In Super 35mm-equivalent size.

*3Corresponding to 4K (4096×2160) as defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI).

*4As of March 25, 2009, as a digital interchangeable lens system camera. Panasonic research.

*5As of March 25, 2014, as a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. Panasonic research.

*6As of January 25, 2017, as a digital interchangeable lens system camera. Panasonic research.

*7Recording time varies depending on the battery capacity and memory card capacity. When the camera’s temperature rises above the specified operation temperature, the camera may automatically stop video recording to protect it from heat damage.

*8Cine Gear Expo 2019 is the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the technology, entertainment and media industry to be held at Paramount Studios in Los Angles, U.S., through May 30 to June 2.

・Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Panasonic Announces New Teleconverters for LUMIX S Series Telephoto Zoom Lenses 1.4x Teleconverter DMW-STC14 and 2x Teleconverter DMW-STC20

Newark, NJ (May 31, 2019) – Panasonic today announced new teleconverters for the LUMIX S Series telephoto zoom lenses – a 1.4x Teleconverter DMW-STC14 and a 2x Teleconverter DMW-STC20– available in July . The latest teleconverters can be attached to the LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. (S-R70200)*1, 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*2design 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.

Specifications:

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

*1 The firmware needs to be updated to its latest version.

*2 Dust and Splash Resistant does not guarantee that damage will not occur if this lens is subjected to direct contact with dust and water.

・Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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