Panasonic has just unveiled the Lumix S1H, which is a 6K 24p recording variant of its Lumix S full-frame mirrorless camera.
Panasonic chose the influential Hollywood Cine Gear Expo to launch the Lumix S1H. This events packs a punch across the industry and is the largest of its kind in the US.
Perhaps the most unexpected news is the price. The Lumix S1H will sell for around $4,000 body only. Coming in at about $1,000 less than many were expecting, this makes the Lumix S1H a compelling option for professional videographers and filmmakers.
This cinema-centric Lumix S1H is Panasonic third camera in their full-frame DSLM (digital single lens mirrorless) lineup. This camera is geared specifically towards the needs of filmmakers and is the first prosumer-level camera to offer such resolution. It includes many of the specs we were hoping for but didn't receive with the S1. Although the details are still quite limited, here is what we do know:
6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio)
5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio) video recording
4K DCI & UHD 4:2:2 10-bit 60p
Claimed dynamic range of over 14 stops
4:3 Anamorphic mode
No recording time limits
Release time Autumn 2019
For Professional Filmmakers
During Panasonic’s live feed product announcement, professional filmmaker, Alicia Robbins, pushed the dynamic range capabilities of the S1H in a video demo.
Panasonic says the S1H will produce footage comparable to what you’d achieve with the $16,500 Panasonic Cinema VariCam and the highly-regarded LUMIX GH5/GH5S.
The S1H is far from ready for consumers. Unlike the S1 and S1R, the LUMIX S1H was designed and developed especially for film production. Panasonic only showed a prototype of the camera at Cinegear, which is more of a tease than anything else.
What’s Your Move, Sony?
The LUMIX S1H announcement is a clear indication that Panasonic is aggressively going after Sony to be the king of full-frame mirrorless cameras for video shooters.
Sony had a massive leap forward in its competitive edge with cameras like the a7RIII and a7SIII. Is Sony genuinely worried about this release? It’s hard to know.
When the S1H hits store shelves in the fall of 2019, the camera will have a price tag of around $4,000. This is considerably more expensive than all of the other full-frame mirrorless cameras you would choose for video.
Panasonic has reported that will launch an 8K camera by 2020 that allows photographers to extract 33-megapixel still photos.
What do you think about this latest announcement from Panasonic? Would you pay $4,000 USD for the S1H? Are you still holding out for the Sony a7SIII? Let us know in the comments section below.