Panasonic’s latest mirrorless camera said to be able to film Netflix-quality video

  • Panasonic
  • Thursday, 05 Dec 2019

Panasonic’s Lumix S1H has received Netflix’s stamp of approval, reportedly making it the smallest camera on the market that can film for the streaming service. — Panasonic

The Lumix S1H is a full-frame mirrorless camera which Panasonic says is the first to be able to record in 6K resolution in 24p (frames per second with progressive scanning), though the resolution will be lower at higher frame rates.

Though such cameras are typically used for still photography, the company says its low-noise and heat dispersion features also make it suitable for videography.

The S1H features a 24.2-megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor (35.6 mm x 23.8mm) that can capture 6K resolution, an OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter) that suppresses moire, and is additionally capable of a maximum ISO 51200 high sensitivity recording with minimum noise.

The camera also has a 5-axis Body Image Stabiliser (IS) and 2-axis Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) to reduce shake.

Equipped with an L-Mount system, the Lumix S1H has access to more than 46 interchangeable lenses from the brand itself, plus Leica and Sigma third party lenses.

The camera company’s claim that the device can capture video in cinema-quality is backed by the S1H’s certification as a “Netflix primary camera”, per Digital Photography Review, following the camera's inclusion in the Netflix Post Technology Alliance.

According to Netflix’s camera production guide, specific settings need to be used to ensure footage shot using the S1H is up to the video streaming platform’s standards.

For example, the video needs to be shot in at least 4K resolution, in V-Log encoding, 4:2:2 10-bit All-I (400Mbps) encoding and have pixel-for-pixel readout in either full-frame or Super 35 modes.

The camera site DP Review quotes a statement from Panasonic that there are no current Netflix Original productions using the Lumix S1H, “to the best of Panasonic’s knowledge”.

DP Review adds that this model is significantly more affordable than the next closest options like the Canon C700, RED Weapon Dragon 8K And Sony F55 camera systems which cost from RM50,000 to more than RM200,000.

The Lumix S1H camera body is available locally for RM17,999.

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