Panasonic has just announced its new mirrorless 6K full format system camera S1H on the occasion of the Cinergear in LA. With the integrated 6K recording, the Panasonic S1H is the first full-frame system camera worldwide to offer video recordings in 6K (4:3 readout at 24 fps) and 5.9K (16:9 readout at 30 fps). This explicitly supports anamorphic formats in 4:3.
Panasonic S1H with 6K video recording
In contrast to the S1, whose video recording is limited to max. 29min 59s, the Panasonic S1H has unlimited video recording time. The higher heat development that occurs with the 6K video resolutions seems to have been solved by Panasonic with a slightly larger housing in the Panasonic S1H. If you look closely, you can see the slightly higher case of the S1H compared to the S1R and S1:
Panasonic S1R, S1H and S1
Panasonic has also added a new On/Off switch to the S1H. This switch is now located at the shutter release - as is also known from other DSLRs. A meaningful adjustment as we find.
New On/Off button on Panasonic S1H shutter release
In addition, the S1H, in contrast to the S1, already contains 10 Bit V-Log pre-installed ex works and the Colorscience should also differ from the S1. Panasonic mentions the colour matching of its VariCams as a reference.
If the Colorscience of the VariCams is actually found in the S1H 1:1, this would indeed be a highlight in combination with the 10-bit V-Log. We remember the high colour constancy especially with skin tones under different lighting conditions of the VariCams. Here we are already very excited about the first tests ...
The dynamic range of the new Cine full format mirrorless Panasonic S1H is specified by Panasonic with 14 + f-stops.
Based on the 6K video function and the specification of the same high dynamic range of 14+ f-stops, we assume that the Panasonic S1H is also a 24 MP sensor like the Panasonic S1. Whether it is the same sensor as the S1 is still unconfirmed. 4K 60P are also on board the Panasonic S1H - internally a maximum of 4:2:2 10-bit 4K MOV 30p/25p and externally 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p is output via HDMI output.
Another new feature might be the new red button on the front of the Panasonic S1H. Maybe a second shutter release?
The Panasonic S1H should be available in October 2019 for 4.000,- dollars.