Nope, that’s not a gimmick nor is it another notorious hack where you need to install some buggy third-party software to get this up and running. In fact, it’s a genuinely legit way to enable 6K video recording on your Panasonic S1.
Surprisingly, the function is already available as a built-in option on the DC-S1, but it’s simply buried in the menu system of the camera where you can set it up with just a few quick tweaks. The video below, released by Panasonic themselves will walk us through the process step-by-step showcasing how to get the most out of this functionality, so without further ado, let’s dive right in.
It turns out that just like its sibling S1H, the Panasonic S1 can indeed record 6K (5952×3968) video at 3:2 aspect ratio using H.265 compression at 200Mbps.
You simply need to enable the 6K burst photo mode on the camera by accessing the menu, going to the bottom option on tab 1 and selecting 6K/4K Photo. You can choose between 6K30p or 4K60p sequences, each consisting of 18MP or 8MP images respectively.
Interestingly enough, you can also set the burst to start and stop by pressing the shutter, exactly like a normal video record button. You can do so by going to 6K/4K Photo>Rec Method and then selecting 4K Burst (S/S).
That way, after pressing the shutter button once, you’ll start recording while the captured frames are all encoded in a sequence as a 6K 200Mbps H.265 video that you can playback right off the bat in the camera itself and extract a certain frame as a high-res still image if you want to. Best of all, sound is also recorded along with the visuals, so you get the best of both worlds. Congrats! You have just enabled 6K video recording on your Panasonic S1!
Keep in mind, though, that there are two limitations referring to this particular workflow. The first one is that you won’t be able to record for longer than 10 minutes at a time (which is still reasonable IMHO), and the other is that you can only opt for 30fps. Nevertheless, if you already own the camera and want to capture a 6K30p video, that’s definitely a viable option and another useful trick to have up your sleeve.