Panasonic has now officially announced the new full-frame L mount mirrorless S1H camera. With 6K 3:2 24p video capabilities, 14+ stops of dynamic range, the camera is still technically in the development stages, but it is now definitely on the way. They’re hoping to release it in Autumn 2019, though, and is expected to have a price tag of around $4,000.
Panasonic is expected to announce a new full frame Lumix camera tomorrow. The name “S1S” had been thrown around, but it seems that it’ll actually be called the S1H, according to an early leak of the announcement and photos from French website Magazine Video.
Not too much has been released about its specs yet, except that it’ll shoot 6K 30fps and 4K DCI 60fps 10-bit video, feature V-Log/V-Gamut with a dynamic range of 14 stops, and that it will have no shooting time limit.
Sony has become rather popular for its video features over the last few years. But with the latest round of mirrorless cameras from Fuji, Nikon and Canon, we’re starting to see them lag a little behind. The new cameras from all three of those brands shoot 10Bit video (through HDMI, even if not all internally), while the Sony still only puts out 8Bit.
Can Sony still keep up? Well, yes, kind of. It’s not quite the same as shooting actual video, but the burst modes, according to Josh Yeo are so quick that it might as well be video. He uses the burst mode to create full raw file image sequences to use in his videos.
Japanese site Nikkan is reporting that the Fuji GH5 is to come with 6K video. If true, this is very exciting and completely ridiculous. We’re only just getting used to 4K, and even most of that is being downsampled to 1080p. So, why might one need a 6K camera? Well, as more and more 4K TVs get into the homes of the general public, we’re eventually going to need to deliver 4K content.
Shooting 6K footage for 4K delivery will increase quality. Just as shooting 4K today and scaling down to 1080p provides a better result than simply shooting 1080p. It also provides extra options in post for panning & zooming, or stabilising footage. But, is it too good to be true?