Panasonic Beefs up the S1 with New Software Upgrade
Art and Experience: Current and new S1 users will get over 14 stops of dynamic range, 4:2:2 10-bit internal 4K recording, and much more.
Here are the highlights:
- Over 14 stops of dynamic range
- 4:2:2 10-bit 4K internal recording (yes!) up to 30p
- 4:2:2 10-bit 4K via HDMI up to 60p
- In-camera LUT support during and after recording (I used to own an FS7 and not even that had such a wonderful function)
- Waveform monitor during recording
- Up to 96 kHz/24-bit sound recorded internally via the DMW-XLR1 audio adapter.
I feel like the major jumps in image quality (given that we’re well established the 4K+ world and resolution is starting to level out) are coming into play via color science and luminance values. Panasonic seems to be on the same wavelength. The incorporation of 4:2:2 10-bit internal is a very welcome upgrade and it’s actually free for existing and currently expecting S1 owners (and will be until October).
Pricing and Availability
- Free for current S1 owners from July 8, 2019
- Free for new S1 owners from July 8, 2019 until September 30, 2019
- $199 for all starting October 1, 2019
So what about the S1H?
Panasonic’s new mirrorless full-frame “legend” of a camera, the S1H, still stands above the S1, even with the new software. The S1H has all of the functions and features of the updated S1 but has significant differences, including a 6K 3:2 24p, 5.9K up to 30p, and recording format, multi-aspect ratios (like anamorphic), and unlimited recording times. I have a feeling that the S1 will find its home with owner/operators and the S1H will more often than not be on-set as a b-cam for a lot of VariCam and EVA-1 film sets.