A New Wave Of Cinema: Panasonic Lumix BGH1!

  By Ryley Smith

 

Cinematographers now have a new camera that will expand creative the creative possibilities of cinema! Panasonic’s first box-style Lumix Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera, the DC-BGH1! Based on the Micro Four Thirds System, the BGH1 takes advantage of Panasonic’s expert technology and extensive interchangeable lens lineup to bring users a high mobility professional camera. Designed for versatility, the BGH1 is bringing in a new wave of cinema!

With an increasing demand in streaming and broadcasting, Panasonic designed the BGH1 to be an easy-to-install camera with vast potential for expandability, allowing multi-camera control. To appeal to all kinds of cinematographic ideas, the BGH1 is exceptionally versatile, from shooting on drones to IP remote control, live streaming and more! 

Taking a closer look at the technology behind this new camera, the BGH1 has a 10.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor with Dual Native ISO technology and the Venus Engine. Dual Native ISO is a technology that seamlessly bridges two circuits of separate native ISO, which minimizes noise generation by choosing an optimal circuit to use according to the sensitivity before gain processing. As a result, it allows a maximum ISO 51200 high sensitivity recording. The BGH1 enables 4:2:0 10-bit C4K 60p/50p internal video recording and records video with a designated gamma curve compatible with ITU-R BT.2100, and you can now choose Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in Photo Style. A low-bit-rate recording mode 4K HEVC/for HLG is also available along V-Log L featuring log characteristics with 13 stops of wide dynamic range pre-installed and C4K 4:2:2 10-bit output over HDMI capabilities. 

The BGH1 has a VFR (Variable Frame Rate) that lets users record overcranked / undercranked video in C4K/4K (60 fps, maximum 2.5x slower in 24p) and FHD (240 fps, maximum 10x slower in 24p) and has a minimum frame rate for quick motion video of 2 fps. The BGH1 also incorporates advanced deep learning technology that detects specific subjects. Those specific subjects include humans and fast-moving animals such as dogs, cats and birds. Notably for humans, in addition to the eye, face and body, the head is also separately recognized by real-time detection technology to provide even more precise focusing. The BGH1 also continues to track the person despite quick movements, tilting and turning of both the head and back, or if they move far away from the camera. 

The BGH1 has adopted a new heat dispersion structure to achieve unlimited video recording while the body frame is composed of aluminum and magnesium alloy to realize both durability and lightweight. To keep it easy to install both physically and electrically, the BGH1 is a compact and light-weight box-style camera complying with Power over Ethernet (PoE+). Control over a maximum of 12 sets of BGH1 cameras is possible using Panasonic PC software Lumix Tether for Multicam via ethernet cable connection. In addition to a USB 3.0, the BGH1 is equipped with a 3G-SDI and an HDMI Type A terminal, which can be used for simultaneous output. Furthermore, GenLock IN and Time Code IN/OUT functions which, enable multi-angle synchronized video recording, are available to build a scalable system with external monitors, rigs and gimbals supplied from other manufacturers. The BGH1 is also equipped with a double UHS-II SD Card slot for backup recording or relay recording. 

Additional features of the Lumix BGH1 include:

・Supporting anamorphic lens (4:3) 

・Tally lamps (front 1 and rear 1), a network connection lamp

・3.5mm Audio (in/out) jack compatible with XLR microphone DMW-XLR1 

・Generic remote control input (2.5mm)

・2.4GHz Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth 4.2 (BLE)

・Bundled accessories including a Cable lock band, AC adapter and AC cable.

・Remote camera control using application software LUMIX Tether for Multicam and LUMIX Sync app

・Photo shooting with PTP command

For more information and to pre-order your own Lumix BGH1, click here!!

 

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Panasonic LUMIX DC-BGH1 Body

Ryley Smith

Ryley Smith

Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.