Panasonic introduced Tuesday the latest offering in its S line of full-frame Lumix mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras — the Lumix S1H (available at the end of September at a $3999.99 suggested retail price for the body only.)

The camera’s full-frame sensor (35mm equivalent) on the Lumix S1H is said to combine professional-level video quality with the high mobility of a mirrorless camera. It is billed by Panasonic as “the world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio) and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K. The camera has an active resolution of 6,024 x 4,016. The use of an Optical Low Pass Filter suppresses moiré. In combination with optimum signal processing by the Venus Engine, enables maximum ISO 51200 high sensitivity recording with minimum noise.

The camera offers many of the high-performance video benefits of the company’s earlier Lumix GH Series cameras, which expanded the quality of video captured in a still camera. Integrating the benefits of a larger full-frame 24.2-megapixel image sensor, the Lumix S1H complies with the new Dual Native ISO.

Dual-native ISO sensitivity utilizes a process that reads the sensor in a fundamentally different way, extracting more information without degrading the image. This results in a camera that can switch from standard sensitivity to high sensitivity with almost no increase in noise or other artifacts, Panasonic said. Dual Native ISO offers greater variety of artistic choices as well as the ability to use less light on set, effectively saving time.

The Lumix S1H’s Dual Native ISOs are 640 and 4000, covering a wide range of lighting environments.Using a single native ISO image sensor normally increases noise sensitivity; however, the new image sensor with Dual Native ISO minimizes noise generation by choosing an optimal circuit to use according to the sensitivity before gain processing. The result is a maximum ISO 51200 high sensitivity recording. This Dual Native ISO technology can be switched manually between LOW (ISO 640-5000) and HIGH (ISO 4000-51200).

In addition, Panasonic explained the combination with Venus Engine processing system achieves high sensitivity while minimizing noise. The Lumix S1H provides more than 14 stops of dynamic range, comparable to those found in cinema cameras, and V-Log / V-Gamut compatible with popular colorimetry called “VariCam Look.”

The Lumix S1H allows unlimited recording time in all recording modes by using proprietary heat-dispersion technologies, the company said. The camera also captures High Dynamic Range (HDR) in Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output and Anamorphic 4:3 modes.

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The Lumix S1H features a Dual I.S. 2 system that incorporates 5-axis Body Image Stabilization (I.S.) with 2-axis Optical Image Stabilization in the S-series lenses to compensate for camera vibration, movement and hand-shake. Dual I.S. 2 is said to be able to compensate for virtually any type of motion blurring in images. This allows for the use of a 6.5-stop slower shutter speed.

For professional cinema quality video recording the Lumix S1H complies with 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p HDMI output. For the terminal, an HDMI Type A is provided. The S1H is also compatible with Time Code IN/OUT synchronization through the flash synchro terminal and bundled BNC converter cable with BNC cable. This makes non-linear editing of footage from multiple cameras easy, Panasonic said.

A variety of video-related accessories can be used with the camera including a Mic Adaptor (DMW-XLR1), Remote Shutter (DMW-RS2), Eyecup (DMW-EC6), Battery Grip (DMW-BGS1), Battery Charger (DMW-BTC14) and more.

The Microphone Adaptor is a plug-in adaptor for an XLR microphone to record high-quality stereo sound and is ideal for lip-sync recording. Dedicated switches allow direct, quick control between MIC, LINE and CONDENSER microphones.

The Battery charger also complies with USB PD and enables quick power charging in approximately two hours. The camera remains usable while charging via this adaptor. The conventional External Flash (DMW-FL580L / FL360L / FL200L) can also be mounted on the LUMIX S Series cameras.

The SH1 is compatable with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) to allow a constant connection with a smartphone or tablet with minimum power consumption. The settings of a LUMIX S1H camera can also be copied and transmitted wirelessly to other S1H cameras when on multiple camera shoots. Also included is Wi-Fi 5-GHz (IEEE802.11ac) and 2.4-GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n). This provides secure and stable connection with mobile devices and other devices on location for smooth remote control. The transmission speed of photo/video data is also increased by using the 5-GHz band2. The LUMIX Sync application for iOS2/Android*3 devices enables photo transmission to a smartphone or a tablet via easy wireless connection. It also allows remote control of the camera using these devices.
Application software LUMIX Tether enables tethered shooting. Users can control the camera by connecting it to a PC via USB, which lets them view the image on a large PC screen while shootingm

The camera also offers a large, high-resolution rear monitor, Real View Finder and Status LCD.

In addition, the camera is has a rugged body design for greater reliability and longevity.

The addition of the Lumix S1H, brings the number of S series full-frame cameras to three, including the popular S1R. The Lumix S1 is ideal for taking high-resolution pictures, the Lumix S1R is an advanced hybrid camera for high-quality photos and videos and the Lumix S1H is designed for film production.

The Lumix S Series full-frame mirrorless camera system adopts the Leica L-Mount system with access to more than 46 interchangeable lenses, including 11 or more Lumix S/S PRO lenses, as well as various Leica and Sigma lenses.

In tandem with the Lumix S1H, Panasonic introduced a new L-mount Lumix S PRO 24-70mm F2.8 (S-E2470) zoom lens that is compatible with the Lumix S Series Full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Cameras. The Lumix S PRO 24-70mm lens will be available in October for a $2,199.99 suggested retail price, and was developed as a high-performaning, large-aperture standard zoom lens that boasts high descriptive performance across the entire zoom range. Optical performance is said to be remarkably high, passing stringent Leica standards.

The lens offers a rugged dust- and splash-resistant design. The LUMIX S PRO 24-70mm F2.8 produces high resolution and high contrast images at each focal length point, with a filter diameter of 82 mm and an 11-blade circular aperture diaphragm. The full-range F2.8 high-speed aperture provides smooth defocus gradation from the focus peak to the neighboring area of the image to achieve a beautiful bokeh effect as well as a rich perspective. Comprised of 18 lenses in 16 groups, three aspherical lenses and four ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppresses both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification.

For owners of its Lumix Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable lens camera models, Panasonic also unveiled a Leica DG fixed focal length lens based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The Leica DG Summilux 25mm / F1.4 II ASPH (H-XA025) offers a large F1.4 aperture, is splash- and dust-resistant and compatible with a max. 240 fps sensor drive for high-speed AF.

The Leica DG Summilux 25mm / F1.4 II ASPH is said to produce very sharp resolution, while supporting versatile use with its 50mm (35mm camera equivalent) focal length.

In addition, the renewed lens provides smooth defocus for bokeh effects.The lens system, comprised of nine elements in seven groups, uses two aspherical lenses and one UHR (Ultra High Refractive) index lens. The UHR index lens and glass mold aspherical lenses achieve uniform description from the center to the corners of the image, while Panasonic Nano Surface Coating on the lens minimizes ghosts and flare.

The Leica DG Summilux 25mm lens will be available in October for a $699.99 suggested retail.

By Greg Tarr

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