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Panasonic’s S1 gains 6K video capability with a new firmware update

Panasonic is about to make a number of of its present cameras higher through firmware updates, notably the S1, S1H and BGH1. The largest winner is the full-frame, $2,500 Lumix S1, which is about to realize 6K 24p 10-bit inner recording, or 5.9K 10-bit at as much as 30 fps. You’ll additionally have the ability to document Cinema 4K internally at as much as 60 fps (4:2:0 10-bit, 200 Mbps) and 4K Ultra HD 10-bit (4:2:0) at as much as 60 fps. Finally, the S1 will assist anamorphic 4K (3,328 x 2,496) recorded internally, and as much as 5.9K 16:9 (5,888 x 3,312) 12-bit video externally to an Atomos Ninja V recorder. 

Currently, the S1 can solely document 4K internally at as much as 30 fps and externally at 60 fps, so these are some huge updates. There are some heating limitations to the new recording modes, nevertheless, on account of the truth that the S1 (not like the S1H) would not have an inner fan. You’ll solely have the ability to document 6K, 5.9K and 5.4K video for quarter-hour at a time earlier than recording stops, although you will not have to attend so long as you do for different cameras (i.e., the Canon R5) earlier than beginning once more. Internal Cinema 4K, Ultra HD and 4K anamorphic are have most steady recording instances of half-hour, however there aren’t any limitations to exterior 5.9K RAW recording. 

On high of the decision adjustments, Panasonic added a Dual Native ISO setting to the S1, which ought to make it higher for low-light capturing. Suffice to say, all these updates make the S1 a way more helpful digital camera, notably for videographers. If you do not have it already, you will want to purchase the S1’s improve software key DMW-SFU2 ($200) to get the decision updates, although distributors typically throw it in totally free with the digital camera. 


Panasonic can also be updating the $3,700 S1H with as much as 5.9K 12-bit RAW recording to Blackmagic’s Video Assist 12G HDR recorder within the Blackmagic RAW (BRAW) format, giving shooters another choice on high of Apple RAW for the Atomos Ninja V. Note that you will have to have Blackmagic’s Davinci Resolve enhancing software to make use of the footage, or else the BRAW plugin for Premiere Pro or Avid. 

Last up, Panasonic has launched new firmware for its box-style, Micro Four Thirds BGH1 digital camera ($2,000). That product has been a gross sales success for Panasonic, notably for multicamera setups, drone use and livestreaming. For the latter operate, Panasonic has launched IP streaming over wired LAN utilizing the RTP/RTSP protocol, permitting players, companies and others to do high-quality, distant streaming to social platforms. It can do this at 4K 60p usig both the H.264 or extra environment friendly H.265 codes, each at as much as 50 Mbps. 

The BGH1 will even achieve Apple ProRes RAW recording to Atomos Ninja V recorders (on high of inner SD recording) at as much as 12-bit Cinema 4K 60 fps. That ought to make it extra helpful for filmmakers doing multi-camera or different shoots. 

These updates will roll out at totally different instances, with the S1H firmware model 2.0 arriving on March thirty first, the S1 firmware model 2.0 approaching April sixth and the BHG1 update (model 2.0) on March twenty fourth. Panasonic additionally launched minor updates for the S1R and S5 (arriving April sixth), permitting customers so as to add vertical digital camera orientation info (or not) and interact energy saving with an AC adapter plugged in. 

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