Even though there is a talk of 8K movie recording for digital cameras on the horizon, with 4K being the regular standards these days in the world of cinema – Panasonic is offering something really exciting! The new 6K Video Capable Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras are specially designed for movie makers who want more.
Panasonic has always been in the form of some of the world’s first’s, when it comes to mirrorless cameras and now the upcoming Lumix S1H which is currently at the prototype stage in its development. It’s capable of 6K movies recording at a cinematic 24 frames per second in 3:2 aspect, though movie makers looking for a faster frame rate and a 16:9 aspect will need to sacrifice a few pixels and opt for 5.9K resolution at 30 fps. Panasonic says that the new model will be the first ” full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera” to enable 10-bit 4K/C4K at 60 fps recording too.
The S1H will also support multi-aspect recording, including anamorphic 4:3, and offers non-stop recording (until the battery needs a top-up or the media card fills up at least). The V-Log/V-Gamut color space allows for 14 or more stops of dynamic range, which Panasonic says will almost match the capabilities of its pro-level Cinema VariCams.
This new addition to Panasonic movie camera only adds up to the possibilities of a great cinematic experience overall. Panasonic claims that the Lumix S1H has a wide colour gamut, comparable to its Cinema VariCam cinema cameras. You’ll be able to shoot V-Log/V-Gamut with its a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops. The camera is also said to be able to record non-stop video (under regular operating temperatures) till the battery dies or your card fills up.
This is pretty much all the information we have till now. Details about the sensor size, number of card slots, ISO range, etc, will probably be shared closer to launch. The company is exhibiting a prototype of the Lumix S1H at the Cine Gear Expo, which is being held at Paramount Studios, Los Angeles from May 30 to June 2.
As we mentioned earlier, the Lumix S1H joins the company’s Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R professional-grade, full-frame mirrorless cameras. Both the Panasonic Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R are based on the L-mount standard, which is an alliance between Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma. Currently, three new lenses are on offer: Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4, Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/4.0 OIS, and Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 Macro OIS. Additionally, the company has said that there will be 42 more lenses available for the L-mount series over the next two years.
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