Panasonic introduced Friday its pro-level Lumix S1H Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera equipped with a full-frame image sensor and the ability to record video at up to 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio) resolution.

The Lumix S1H, which is making its debut at 2019 Cine Gear Expo, will also record video at 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K, and is said to combine the video quality of a professional camera and the high mobility of a mirrorless camera.

Panasonic said the Lumix S1H will be released to world markets in fall 2019.

Panasonic called the camera the world’s first full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera with the ability to capture 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K video resolution. It also provides a 4:3 Anamorphic mode, to meet professional needs. High-resolution data capture by the S1H can also be used to create 4K videos with higher image quality or to crop images in down in full 4K.

Another feature is the ability to capture images with rich gradation and a wide color space virtually equal to those of cinema cameras. The Lumix S1H features V-Log/V-Gamut with a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops.

That, Panasonic said, is “virtually the same as those of the Panasonic Cinema VariCam, allowing it to precisely capture everything from dark to bright areas.”

In fact, the S1H’s recorded footage is compatible with V-Log footage recorded by VariCam or the Lumix GH5/GH5S.

In every S1H recording mode, video can be recorded non-stop under the certified operating temperature, Panasonic said.

Panasonic now offers three Lumix S Series models with full-frame image sensors – the S1R, the S1, and the new S1H. The LUMIX S1R is positioned for capturing high-resolution images, while the LUMIX S1 is an advanced hybrid camera for high-quality photos and videos. The new Lumix S1H, alternatively, is designed for film production.

In related developments, Panasonic also introduced a new standard digital zoom lens, the Leica DG Vario-Simmilux 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH (model H-X1025). The lens, which is intended for G series Micro Four Thirds camera use, features an F1.7 aperture throughout the 20-50mm (35mm camera equivalent) zoom range with Leica standard optical performance.

The lens positioned for both still shooting and video recording, and is targeted at both professional photographers and videographers.

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The full-range F1.7 ASPH high-speed aperture is said to produce a high-quality bokeh effect with high descriptiveness. It functions as a multiple fixed focal-length lens with fixed-focal length performance quality. Panasonic said it is suitable for a variety of daily shooting situations, from dynamic landscapes to portraits–even in low-lit scenes– eliminating the need to change lenses between variations in environment.

The H-X1025 lens is comprised of 17 elements in 12 groups and features three aspherical lenses and four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses that suppress the axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification. Spherical aberration and distortion are also corrected by the aspherical lenses for high resolution.

It is compatibile with a maximum 240fps high-speed sensor drive realizes high-speed and high-precision auto focusing. Notably, the new lens excels in video recording performance. It features rugged dust/splash-resistant design withstands use under harsh conditions even at -10 degrees Centigrade.

Panasonic also announced a pair of new teleconverters for its Lumix S Series telephoto zoom lenses – a 1.4x teleconverter (model DMW-STC14) and a 2x teleconverter (DMW-STC20).

The teleconverters, which will be available in July, are intended as an extension for Lumix S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. (S-R70200), turning the lens into a super telephoto lens with an extended zoom range of up to 400mm max, with high-speed and high-precision AF.

The teleconverters feature a rugged, dust/splash-resistant mobile design that is said to enable use in harsh conditions, down to -10 degrees Centigrade. Both teleconverters — model DMW-STC14 and DMW-STC20 — will also be compatible with the new 70-200mm / F2.8 S Series lens, which is slated for introduction later this year.

Meanwhile, Panasonic also announced that it will release an Upgrade Firmware Key DMW-SFU2 for the full-frame Lumix S1 mirrorless camera in July 2019. The paid software program will expand the video performance of the LUMIX S1 for advanced video recording using 14+ stops of full V-Log, which is equivalent to the V-Log of high-end cinema cameras such as the Cinema VariCam and newly announced Lumix S1H.

Pricing on the new products was not available.

By Greg Tarr

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