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The Panasonic S1H is a full-frame mirrorless camera designed specifically with videographers in mind. It includes advanced video features such as 6K resolution, 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording, V-Log gamma, video scopes, anamorphic support and numerous small details a videographer would love. As a bonus, it's also a very competent 24MP stills camera.

Panasonic has long been at the vanguard of mirrorless cameras aimed at videographers, and its popular GH-series of Micro Four Thirds cameras has consistently led the way with class-leading video performance. It would be easy to assume that the S1H is simply an extension of the GH line into a full-frame body, and there's certainly a bit of truth to that, but, as you'll discover, the S1H is equally an extension of Panasonic's highly regarded VariCam line of cinema cameras.

Key features:

  • 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Dual native ISO
  • 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording
  • 4K/60p 10-bit recording
  • 6K video with full-frame capture
  • Full V-Log gamma profile (matches VariCam)
  • Unlimited video record time
  • H.264 and H.265 internal recording
  • Dual-SD card slots w/ V90 card support
  • Anamorphic capture with de-squeezed preview
  • Variable frame rate (VFR) and High frame rate (HFR) video
  • In-body image stabilization (with support for Panasonic Dual-IS 2)
  • Hinged and fully articulated rear screen

Pricing

The S1H is available at a retail price of $3999.

DPReview TV first look

Jordan Drake from DPReview TV takes a first look at the Panasonic S1H.


What's new and how it compares

The S1H may look a lot like Panasonic's other 'S' series cameras, but there are some big differences both inside and out.

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Body and handling

The S1H introduces a number of useful features such as a novel type of articulating display and a fan to keep the camera cool when shooting video.

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User interface

The S1H features several improvements aimed at video shooters, some from Panasonic's Varicam cinema cameras.

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Video specifications

The S1H introduces a number of useful features such as a novel type of articulating display and a fan to keep the camera cool while shooting video.

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Initial thoughts

What sets this camera apart, why it's so interesting to videographers, and how it fits into the market.

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Originally published Aug 2019

Anamorphic shooting NEW

The S1H can shoot using a large 4:3 region of its sensor. We look at how to use this with anamorphic lenses and what tools the S1H provides to make life easier.

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Published Feb 4 2020

S1H: an enthusiast videographer's perspective NEW

The S1H is aimed at high-end video users but priced at a level where enthusiasts might be tempted. Here's our experience of shooting with the S1H.

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Published Feb 4 2020

Jordan Drake's perspective on the S1H NEW

Published Feb 4th 2020
DPRTV's Jordan Drake is an experienced videographer who has used the GH cameras for many years. Here's what he thinks of the S1H

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Published Feb 4 2020

Resolution and rolling shutter NEW

We took a look at the resolution and rolling shutter for a variety of the S1H's shooting modes

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Published Feb 4 2020

Compared with the GH5S

The S1H is essentially a larger-sensor GH camera, but the color and gamma curves Panasonic provides mean it's not a simple case of providing 'better quality.'

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Published Feb 4 2020

S1H or S1 with Log upgrade: which is best for me? NEW

The S1H's sister model, the S1, is also a highly capable video camera. We look at the differences, to help you work out which is best for you.

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Published Feb 4 2020

Conclusion NEW

The S1H looks big and expensive by stills camera standards, but it's small and affordable compared to any other camera with the same video features. With a few caveats, we were impressed.

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Published Feb 4 2020