Panasonic’s new S1 firmware adds a whole slew of advanced video features

Jun 3, 2019

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Panasonic’s new S1 firmware adds a whole slew of advanced video features

Jun 3, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Alongside the announcement of development for the new video-centric 6K S1H full frame mirrorless, Panasonic has also announced the firmware update (Firmware Key DMW-SFU2) for the Panasonic S1. This firmware is a paid upgrade and goes on sale in July 2019, offering a whole lot of features that video shooters have been asking for. Although, if you already own an S1, you can actually get it for free.

  • 14+ Stops of V-Log recording
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K MOV 30p/25p¹ Internal video recording²
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p¹ HDMI output²
  • V-Log and V-Gamut compatible with Cinema VariCam Look
  • In-camera LUT (Look Up Table) application enabling playback of V-Log while or after recording (LUT Display with Custom Function)
  • A WFM (Waveform Monitor) displays brightness level while recording
  • High-res 48-kHz/24-bit or 96-kHz/24-bit sound can be recorded in MOV using the XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1

¹ – PAL area only
² – For a full-frame digital still camera as of May 31, 2019.

The S1H will also 14+ stops of V-Log, the same as that found in high-end cinema cameras like the $15K Cinema VariCam LT. Soon that will be available for S1 shooters, too. It’s going on sale in July 2019.

The new Firmware Key DMW-SFU2 is available for free to all Panasonic S1 users who purchase and register their S1 before July 31st, 2019. After that, you’ll have to fork over $199 for the upgrade.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “Panasonic’s new S1 firmware adds a whole slew of advanced video features”

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    Marcus

    “PAL area only”??? How on earth does the camera know what area it’s in??? Or if that means where it’s been bought, then seriously W-T-F, can’t I take my camera with me when I move from a PAL area to an NTSC area or vice versa??? WTF, Panasonic???