Meet the just announced Panasonic Lumix BS1H Full-Frame Box-Style Live & Cinema Camera! In a nutshell, it’s a modular digital cinema camera with a small form factor that fits perfectly its full-frame sensor. The newcomer features a 24.2MP sensor, a Leica L lens mount, and a wide 14+-stop dynamic range when recording in V-Log.
It records video with resolutions up to 5.9K as well as C4K (4096 x 2160) and UHD4K, and it incorporates VariCam Look workflows. The Lumix BS1H also features dual-native ISO using its Venus Engine, anamorphic support, advanced AF (autofocus), numerous remote and power options, and supports HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) color.
The camera provides multiple ways to record your footage to high data rate files in the ALL-Intra LongGOP, MOV, and MP4 recording formats with H.264 and H.265/HEVC codecs. It also supports unlimited recording time and allows you to record 10-bit 4:2:2 video using the camera’s dual SD card slots. It can output up to 4K via the HDMI 2.0 output, or you can output up to 1080p resolution via SDI.
Users can output video feed by using both HDMI and SDI simultaneously, thus getting one signal for monitoring and the other for recording. The unit also supports recording at variable frame rates for high-quality, slow-motion video. Custom 3D LUTs can be uploaded into the camera, using the SD card slots.
The BS1H seems to be an ideal camera for multi-camera environments, not only because it’s highly mobile, but it includes timecode and genlock BNC ports, so you can sync it with other cameras to make syncing in postproduction easy. Its RJ45 Gigabit LAN port allows you to sync with other networked BS1H cameras, manage the camera settings and functions, and even perform direct IP streaming with a future firmware update.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality are also integrated for monitoring, configuration, and control via a smartphone or tablet, using the LUMIX Sync app. Another function that you’ll get with the BS1H is a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C input to control the camera with the LUMIX Tether app, which allows you to capture still images and control up to 12 BS1H cameras.
Audio features include high-grade 48 kHz/24-bit LPCM format, an integrated stereo microphone, a 3.5mm mic/line-level input, and a 3.5mm headphone output. The optional DMW-XLR1 XLR adapter can be utilized, using the camera’s integrated hot shoe, allowing you to record with professional microphones.
The Lumix BS1H compact body measures less than 4″ square and weighs only 1.3 lb, so it can be used on gimbals or drones for high-quality, stabilized footage. Its internal fan keeps the camera cool during long shoots, and its aluminum and magnesium housing provides protection and adds to the cooling factor.
It also features 9 x accessory mounting threads for mounting onto a plate, cage, or tripod mount. There are four user-programmable function buttons around the housing as well as tally lights on the front and rear.
Panasonic Lumix BS1H Highlights
- 24.2MP Full-Frame MOS Sensor
- Up to 5.9K H.264/H.265/HEVC Recording
- 14+ Stops of Dynamic Range, HLG Imaging
- Dual-Native ISO, VariCam Look & V-Log L
- VFR up to 60 in 4K, up to 180 fps in FHD
- Ethernet with PoE+, VBR Battery Mount
- Anamorphic Video & 3D LUT Support
- Durable Magnesium & Aluminum Body
- 12 VDC Power Adapter Included
- Price: $3,497.99
Last but not least, the BS1H can be powered by using the included power adapter, with a separately available high-capacity VBR-type battery using its integrated mount, or by using PoE+ (Power-over-Ethernet) via the LAN port with compatible PoE equipment.
The Panasonic Lumix BS1H is currently available to order retailing for $3,497.99.
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