- Plethora of shooting resolutions
- Anamorphic shooting
- Dual Native ISO
Panasonic’s Lumix GH5, GH5S and G9 are among our favourite DSLR video cameras, but Lumix S1H takes it up more than a single notch to offer stupendous performance. 6K video with 10-bit color offers picture quality that is sharp as a tack, with superb low-light performance as well. It’s also the small things that count, from a cooling vent that lets you shoot for hours without worrying about overheating, to an impressive EVF and a flip-out rear display – Panasonic has put a lot of thought into the S1H.
Sony’s video-centric Alpha A7S III might still be in limbo, but Panasonic beat the competition to the finish line when it announced the Lumix S1H at the 2019 Cine Gear Expo in Hollywood. It took a while longer for the camera to begin shipping, though, and as soon as it did, it became a popular choice with filmmakers and videographers thanks to its near-perfect performance.
The £3,599 Lumix S1H is pretty much the love-child of Panasonic’s VariCam and Lumix GH5, and is a full-featured video camera that has been approved by Netflix for use in original productions. It’s the smallest and cheapest camera to make the list, giving up-and-coming filmmakers and videographers a chance to work on their own projects. The S1H has also been designed to work in pretty much any condition – rain, shine, low light or brightly back-lit, the camera can handle it all – with a staggering number of resolutions and frame rates to choose from. And it’s not just for cine work either – its flippable rear display is perfect for vlogging as well although, admittedly, there are cheaper options available if vlogging is the main use case.
The S1H is, also, a stills camera but you’d be doing it an injustice by using it primarily for photography. Instead, we’d recommend the Lumix S1, which is also a hybrid but designed mainly for stills with some superb video capabilities. So we’ve decided to highlight the S1H’s video features in our review – if you want to know exactly how it performs as a stills camera, head to our Lumix S1 review as both siblings are almost identical in that respect.
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