Panasonic develops LUMIX S1H full-frame mirrorless camera

Cinema-quality video and world’s first 6K/24p recording…

Panasonic is proud to announce the development of the LUMIX S1H, a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera equipped with a full-frame image sensor. It is the world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24pi (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4Kii.

The LUMIX S1H combines professional-level video quality with the high mobility of a mirrorless camera. A prototype will be exhibited at the “Cine Gear Expo 2019”, 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.

The camera will be available in Australia in Spring 2019. Local pricing will be announced closer to the release date.

Since the 1990s, when Panasonic first began developing video recording capabilities for digital cinema, the company has produced a host of innovative technologies for impressive cinematic imagery. These include 24p video recording, slow motion video using a variable frame rate, and the wide dynamic range and color space of V-Log/V-Gamut.

The design of the new LUMIX S1H takes advantage of this vast expertise. It packs all of these technologies, especially in the field of digital signal processing and heat dispersion, into a compact, lightweight body to achieve both high performance and nimble mobility. This new camera opens the door to creative film production in ways that conventional, bulky camera systems simply cannot do.

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

1.  High resolution up to 6K for multiple formats

By maximising 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, including 4:3 Anamorphic mode, to meet professional needs. Shooting in 6K enables higher-quality 4K output, and the ability to crop, pan or further stabilise in post- production while maintaining 4K resolution.

2.  Rich gradation and a wide color space rivalling those of cinema cameras

The LUMIX S1H features V-Log/V-Gamut with a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops, in line with the dynamic range of the Panasonic Cinema VariCam, to precisely capture everything from dark to bright areas. Subtle gradations such as skin tones are faithfully reproduced. Designed with consistent color management in mind, the S1H’s recorded footage is compatible with V- Log footage recorded by VariCam or V-Log L footage recorded by the LUMIX GH5/GH5S, enabling an easier post production workflow.

3.  High product reliability that allows unlimited video recordingiii

Panasonic has focused its expertise in heat management to deliver non-stop video in every recording mode. This makes the S1H beneficial for every type of long form video shooting, including documentaries, interviews and events.

Panasonic technology expertise

Panasonic has been working with film creators for over a quarter of a century to design and develop a number of cinema cameras, which has resulted in 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.iv The LUMIX GH4 was launched in 2014 as the world’s first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camerav capable of 4K video recording. And in 2017, the LUMIX GH5 was released with the world’s first 4K/60p, 4:2:2 10- bit 4K/30p recording capabilityvi. The LUMIX GH5 is highly acclaimed by film creators for its high performance, excellent mobility, and superb versatility in film production.

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 taking high-resolution pictures, the LUMIX S1 is an advanced hybrid camera for high- quality photos and videos, and the LUMIX S1H is designed and developed especially for film production. With this lineup, Panasonic is committed to meeting the demands of a broad gamut of imaging professionals.

Panasonic releases world’s first standard zoom lens with constant F1.7 aperture: LEICA H-X1025*

*As a digital interchangeable lens for a mirrorless camera, as of May 31 2019

Panasonic has released the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H- X1025). First previewed at Photokina, the new G Series interchangeable lens features a constant F1.7 aperture, covering the wide to standard zoom range.

The equivalent of five prime lenses in one, the H-X1025 delivers photographers the advantage of quickly moving from an ultra-wide to a medium focal length without changing lenses. The new lens will be available in Australia in August, priced at $2799 RRP.

Scott Mellish, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, said: “Professional G Series users will enjoy this highly versatile lens. It delivers excellent video and stills performance, and will be a welcome addition to their kit, providing exceptional results across a range of daily shooting requirements.

“It will have high appeal with professionals shooting in fast-changing assignments such as weddings. The H-X1025 offers the prime lens benefit of a fast aperture in low light, combined with the versatility of a zoom lens. Videographers don’t need to stop to change lenses, so they can quickly adapt to capture great footage in different lighting scenarios from cutting the wedding cake to the best man’s speech.”

The addition of a focus clutch mechanism enables instant AF/MF switching and accurate manual focusing. This is another boon for video shooting, with the benefit of consistent and repeatable focus moves.

The LEICA H-X1025 boasts a large F1.7 aperture throughout the entire 20-50mm (35mm camera equivalent) zoom range and delivers exceptionally high optical performance. A clickless aperture ring provides smooth, seamless aperture control. Adding to its capabilities, the lens has a rugged, splash-resistant designvii, a durable metal mount, and is freeze-proof down to -10° Celsius.

The lens system comprises 17 elements in 12 groups with three aspherical lenses and four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses that suppress axial and magnification chromatic aberration,

as well as spherical aberration and distortion. The use of aspherical lenses and the lens system design results in a compact, lightweight lens with outstanding optical performance. The filter diameter of the lens is 77mm, and it has a nine-blade circular aperture diaphragm.

The LEICA 10-25mm lens is compatible with the LUMIX G sensor drive at 240fps to take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision auto focusing. Silent operation is achieved by the inner focus drive system, and a stepless aperture ring and the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section allow the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning.

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

 Panasonic has introduced new 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for LUMIX S Series telephoto zoom lenses. The teleconverters can be attached to the LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. (S- R70200)viii, converting it to a super telephoto lens with an extended zoom range of maximum 400mm, and high-speed, high-precision AF.

The teleconverters are also sealed, maintaining the integrity of this rugged dust/splash- resistant lensix, which is freeze-proof down to -10° Celsius.

Both teleconverters are also compatible with the upcoming 70-200mm / F2.8 S Series lens, to be introduced later in 2019. The DMW-STC14 has seven lenses including 2 UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index Lens) lenses in 4 groups, while the DMW-STC20 has eight lenses including 2 UHR lenses in 4 groups.

The new teleconverters will be available in Australia in mid-July. The DMW-STC14 is priced at

$799RRP, and the DMW-STC20 is priced at $999RRP.

Panasonic to release software upgrade key for LUMIX S1 to expand video performance

 Panasonic has announced the release of a Software Upgrade Key (DMW-SFU2) for the LUMIX S full-frame mirrorless camera. This paid software program will further expand the video performance of the LUMIX S1 for advanced video recording, allowing the user to access 14+ stops of V-Log recording

Functions available with the software upgrade are as follows:

  • 14+ stops of V-Log recording
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K MOV 30p/25px internal video recordingxi
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50pxii HDMI outputxiii
  • V-Log and V-Gamut compatible with Cinema VariCam Look
  • In-camera LUT (Look Up Table) application enabling playback of V-Log while or after recording (LUT Display with Custom Function)
  • A WFM (Waveform Monitor) displays brightness level while recording
  • High-res 48-kHz/24-bit or 96-kHz/24-bit sound can be recorded in MOV using the XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1

The Software Upgrade Key DMW-SFU2 will be available in Australia in July 2019, priced at $299RRP.

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