Right after the RED Komodo and Canon EOS C70 got their Netflix approval just a few days ago, today Panasonic BGH1 was included in the list as well. The small Micro 4/3 camera shoots internal 4:2:0 10-bit 4K DCI and UHD video up to 60fps alongside 4K DCI and UHD 4:2:2 10-bit up to 29.97p.
That way, the unit joins the other already approved and way more expensive siblings such as the VariCam 35, VariCam LT, VariCam Pure, EVA 1, and of course, the Panasonic S1H which was the very first full-frame mirrorless camera that was certified by Netflix.
Best practices for capture with the DC-BGH1 on Netflix 4K Originals include filming in 4096×2160 or 3840×2016 resolutions while choosing 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-I 400Mbps recording, .MOV container, and V-Log L. Anamorphic 4:3 Capture is also accepted where you can opt for 4K-A/60p/4:2:0, 4K-A/30p/422 or 4K-A/24p/422.
These settings seem to be good enough for the over-the-top content platform and production company when it comes to submitting viable content that could be considered and approved for streaming. It’s also worth noting that the BGH1 offers Dual Native ISO while being capable of a maximum ISO 51200. It can also output raw sensor format up to 4K via the HDMI 2.0 port as well as 1080p resolution via 3G-SDI.
Other noteworthy features of the BGH1 include a double SD Card slot for backup recording, anamorphic support, advanced AF (autofocus), numerous remote and power options, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and more. On the audio side, the small box-style mirrorless camera offers high-grade 48 kHz/24-bit LPCM format, an integrated stereo microphone, a 3.5mm mic input, and a 3.5mm headphone output.
You can find the full list of Netflix approved primary cameras here.
[source: Netflix Post Technolgy Alliance]
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