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Panasonic Announce the Development of the LUMIX S1H and More


Today Panasonic announced it is working on a new camera from the S1 series. This upcoming model called the S1H will join the already available S1 and S1R and bring a host of new advanced video features. Panasonic also announced an important firmware update for the existing S1 cameras and officially announced new LUMIX S Teleconverters and 10-25mm F/1.7 micro 4/3 lens (first shown in Photokina 2018).

Panasonic just dropped a large number of new products and announcements in one go – some of them have been in the works for months, some are quite surprising. We will start with the S1H which although leaked earlier this week is a completely new upcoming camera that we knew little to nothing about until very recently.

What is clear is that Panasonic is setting the stage to face Sony head to head with a lineup similar if not better in every niche. The S1 like the A7III is an all around hybrid stills-video camera, the S1R like the A7RIII is a high resolution stills oriented model and the new S1H is set to be the video-oriented model that will take on the A7S series (and possibly the upcoming A7SIII coming late this year). You can see our original S1/S1R article here for more info on those cameras.

The info that we currently have about the upcoming S1H is far from complete (we only have a development announcement at this point). But here are some of the points:

  • The S1H will shoot 6K/24p video from the 3:2 region of its sensor and 5.9K from the 16:9 area.
  • The S1H will be able to record internally up to 4K 60p 10 bit (the S1 for comparison needs an external recorder for that).
  • The camera will have V-Log/V-Gamut with a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops (and match the high-end video the VariCam in terms of both dynamic range (14+ stops) and color reproduction.

No Film School S1H coverage

If you are worried about lenses for the S series cameras Panasonic promised 10 lenses in their line until the end of 2020 (they already promising f/2.8 versions of the 24-70mm and 70-200mm as well as 16-35mm f/4 soon), not to mention all the upcoming Sigma lenses (and if you have deep pockets – Leica).

At Cine Gear 2019 Panasonic had a prototype of the upcoming SH1 and according to the company, it should be available in fall 2019 for around $4000.

Aside from the S1H Panasonic also announced a very important firmware update for the S1 which will include the following:

  • V-Log with up to 14+ stops of Dynamic Range.
  • 4:2:2 10-bit 4K MOV up to 30p (internal)
  • 4:2:2 10-bit 4K up to 60p (external).
  • In-camera LUT application (for display after shooting).
  • Waveform display.
  • Recording high-resolution audio files 48-kHz/24-bit or 96-kHz/24-bit in MOV using the Panasonic DMW-XLR1 XLR adaptor.

This DMW-SFU2 firmware upgrade will be available in July 2019 and cost $200.

Finally, the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm F/1.7 ASPH that was shown under glass at Photokina last year is finally here. With all the L-mount hoopla it is nice to see that Panasonic is still committed to the MFT line. 

DP on the 10-25mm and some of the other products

The new lens is large and pretty heavy with dust/splash-resistant seal, it includes 17 elements in 12 groups, with 3 aspherical elements and no less than 4 extra-low dispersion elements. It will cost a whopping $.1700 when it arrives around mid-July this year.

The prototype of the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm F/1.7 ASPH we saw in Photokina

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