Panasonic S1H | Review

Panasonic first teased the S1H back at Cinegear, but now, we know the full spec and have had a chance to get our hands on the camera, so if you're looking to quench your thirst for footage, see the video above.Panasonic S1H

Panasonic S1H
Panasonic 24-70 f2.8 L Mount

So, starting from the top, the S1H is the video orientated full-frame mirrorless camera in Panasonics S1 lineup, capable of recording 6K up to 30fps in 10Bit 4:2:0 internally. Now compared to the S1 and S1R, the S1H has a chunkier body. The S1 and S1R were good-sized mirrorless cameras, but the S1H is that little bit chunkier to allow for more processing power and better cooling. To help achieve this better cooling, there are two vents on the camera, so you should note that the weather sealing of the other two cameras hasn't carried over to the S1H.Panasonic S1H

One addition that I'm happy to see is a stabilised sensor. Now, stabilised sensors aren't for every situation, but in a mirrorless camera like this its fantastic when being used for a fast-paced run and gun work. As you would expect, the stabilisation is great to us, it seems just as good as the stabilisation on the GH5.Panasonic S1H

There was a bit of a mixed reception to the tilting screen on the S1 and S1R, for video, a lot of people were disappointed in not having a flip-out screen, well with the S1H, you get the best of both worlds. Not only does the screen flip outwards, as it does on the GH5, but you can also pull the screen out (tilting it upwards) just like what we're used to seeing from Sony for example. The big advantage from being able to pull the screen outwards and still have it flip outwards is that it no longer clashes with the HDMI port. On the GH5 if you were using an external monitor, then you could not tilt the flip-out screen as the HDMI cable would get in the way. By being able to pull the screen outwards, there are no obstructions, so you can place the screen without having the HDMI cable getting in the way which is a small, but really well thought out addition.Panasonic S1H

Just like on the S1, there is an option to crop into the full-frame sensor to a Super 35mm crop. Now, this crop is a pixel by pixel crop into DCI 4K where you can get up to 60fps in 4:2:0 10bit, up to 30fps 4:2:2 10bit, or in 1080p you can get up to 120fps in 4:2:0 10bit. If you want to still use the full sensor but don't want to use the 5,9K, you can downsample to DCI 4K, UHD up to 30p in 4:2:2 10bit and 1080p up to 60fps at 4:2:2 10bit.Panasonic S1H

If you'd like to use an external recorder here you can, but only in 4K, as the HDMI port caps out at DCI 4K 60p, but does offer a 4:2:2 10bit signal. It's important to note here that using the HDMI output will

Panasonic S1HAnamorphic shooting is supported here too, even at 6K as well as having de-squeeze options in camera.

To keep adding to the list of features the S1H has a dual native ISO of 640 and 4000 when in V-Log. Paired with the full-frame sensor, the S1H is going to be a great low light performer.

Panasonic S1H
 Panasonic 24-70 f2.8 L Mount

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This video was filmed using:

Main Camera - Canon C300 MKII 
B-Roll Cameras - Kinefinity TERRA 4K & RED GEMINI
Lens - Sigma 18-35 f1.8
Audio Sennheiser AVX-ME2 Set

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