Panasonic Announces S1H

  By Kaitlyn Kerr


Earlier this year, Panasonic released a development announcement for the S1H, a heavily video-centric option in their full frame S-Series lineup. Today, they released the full specs and information for the camera, which has the capability to record unlimited 6K footage. 

The S1H can record 6K/24p footage (at 4:2:0 10-bit) for an unlimited time, due to a cooling fan and heat dispersion technology. The camera can also record 4K/60p and Cinema 4K/60p in Super-35, and can output 4K/60p 4:2:2 10-bit footage over HDMI. Internally, the camera records to dual SD (both UHS-II) card slots. Additionally, the camera can be powered by USB-C, or batteries can be hot-swapped by using the grip for easy power solutions. 

The camera also incorporates a number of other features that will be welcome for videographers, including timecode, a waveform (users can adjust its size and location on the screen), a fully articulating rear LCD, and tally lamps on both the rear and front of the camera. Like the GH5S, the S1H has dual native ISO for reduced noise, and V-log capabilities for scenes with a greater dynamic range. 

Panasonic has also added a second record button onto the front of the camera, allowing an assistant camera operator to start and stop recording. Like the GH5, it is compatible with the Panasonic XLR-1, which sits on top of the hotshoe and allows for dual XLR audio input. 

While the S1H certainly is targeted towards videographers, it is a fully capable stills camera as well, with a 24MP sensor and a High Resolution mode that shifts the sensor and combines multiple frames to create a 96MP image. It also features 5-axis in-body stabilization, and Panasonic’s DFD (Depth-from-Defocus) autofocus technology.

The camera is available for preorder now at a price of $5399.99 and is expected to begin shipping this fall. 

Evelyn, Dave, and Brendan got their hands on a pre-production version of this camera and decided to put it through its paces in collaboration with our friends at Inner City Brewing. Take a look:


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Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.