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Video-centric Lumix S1H in October

Panasonic Australia has confirmed that the video-centric Panasonic Lumix S1H will be available in October with a body-only RRP of $5999, or at $7599 in kit format with the Lumix S 24-105mm f4 MACRO OIS lens.

The S1H camera set up on a rig for cinematography.

As we covered the new camera a couple of months ago, here in its full glory is the complete press release from Panasonic Australia: MEDIA RELEASE – Panasonic LUMIX S1H August

Here’s a quick run-through for those who don’t wish to wade through a six-page press release.

The 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor camera is capable of capturing 6K video in 3:2 and also 5.9K 16:9 in 10-bit depth internally – a ‘world’s first’ for full-frame mirrorless cameras.

The camera can shoot 2.5x slow (24p/60fps) in C4K/4K and 7.5x super-slow (24p/180fps) in Full HD. High frame rate recording includes audio and autofocus at 120fps, to create slow-mo video in post-production, while maintaining a high bit rate and 10-bit internal recording.

The sensor features Dual Native ISO technology, first introduced to Panasonic’s VariCam lineup, which allows the camera to apply a dual-base ISO setting. V-Log/V-Gamut with a dynamic range of 14+ stops, again a VariCam feature, provides precision capture in both dark and bright areas of a frame.

The S1H comes with IBIS (in-built image stabilisation) using Panasonic’s 5-Axis Dual I.S 2 which, with select lenses, can offer up to 6.5 stops of shake reduction.

‘A high-precision gyrosensor joins the Dual I.S. system of 5-axis in-body stabilisation and 2-axis optical stabilisation in selected lenses for highly accurate shake detection and compensation,’ Panasonic says in the press release. ‘This makes it possible to use up to 6.5 stops slower shutter speed in both photo and video.’

The S1H also features an in-built heat management system, incorporating a cooling fan to efficiently disperse heat. This allows it to shoot non-stop video in all recording modes without any issue. The fan has been designed to also operate quietly, and with low vibration. It can be activated in two modes, one which starts the fan immediately to facilitate longer shoots, and another to only use the it when necessary.

Other features include:
– 3.2-inch, 2330K-dot in 3:2 rear touchscreen monitor
– Live View Finder (.78x) with 5760K-dot resolution, 120fps display;
– Front and rear tally lights;
– Magnesium alloy full die-cast frame, weather sealing, dust and splash resistant;
– Two high-speed SD memory card slows;
– Bluetooth connectivity.

There are more features mentioned in the above press release.

This is the third full-frame mirrorless camera from Panasonic. The S1H announcement was backed up by the announcement of two new lenses.

These are a 24-70mm f.2.8 ‘everyday’ lens for the full-frame S series, with an RRP of $3599: MEDIA RELEASE – Panasonic S 24-70 lens

…And a new and fast DG 25mm f.14 prime lens for its M43 range, with an RRP of $999: MEDIA RELEASE – Panasonic DG 25mm f1.4 lens


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