Panasonic’s new BS1H is principally a Panasonic S1H in a box-shaped physique (however with out IBIS)


After the success of Panasonic’s Micro 4 Thirds BGH1 digital camera launched final yr, the corporate has adopted it up with a brand new full-frame model, the Panasonic BS1H. Like its MFT counterpart, the BS1H is designed extra as each a studio digital camera, to maintain arrange in a everlasting taking pictures location, or as a cinema digital camera, that may be caged, rigged and carted round at will.
It’s basically a Panasonic S1H within the boxy type issue, boasting the identical sensor and relies across the parts of the S1H. The truth is, the “BS1H” identify in all probability stands for “Boxy S1H”. It options largely the identical function set, however with a couple of extras – like a wired LAN socket for streaming over ethernet.

As appears to usually be the case when Panasonic proclaims one thing new, Richard Wong’s had his fingers on one and already put collectively a reasonably in-depth 38-minute lengthy have a look at a pre-production model of the brand new Panasonic BS1H digital camera and what it may do.

As with its Micro 4 Thirds sibling, the BGH1, the BS1H options no LCD or EVF. You’re reliant on utilizing an exterior show of some variety by both HDMI, SDI, ethernet or WiFi. Controlling the digital camera is completed by utilizing the customisable buttons darted in regards to the digital camera itself or from the smartphone app or your laptop. Principally, you’ve bought quite a lot of completely different choices on how one can rig and management the digital camera that you simply don’t have with the common Panasonic S1H.

You get limitless report occasions, and a built-in fan helps to maintain it cool so as to take action and you’ll report ProRes RAW or Blackmagic Uncooked (BRAW) over HDMI to both the Atomos Ninja V or Blackmagic Video Help 12G gadgets. Internally, you additionally get 6K “open gate” 3:2 taking pictures at 24p in 10-bit, 5.9K 16:9 30p (10 or 12-bit), 4K UHD or 4K DCI from a Tremendous 35mm crop at as much as 60p in addition to 4K UHD or 4K DCI as much as 30p utilizing your entire sensor and three.5K Tremendous 35mm anamorphic at as much as 50fps. And, after all, in 1080p you stand up to 180fps due to VFR (Variable Body Charge) and even with audio utilizing HFR (Excessive Body Charge) options.

One huge function lacking from the BS1H that’s current within the Panasonic S1H is stabilisation. The BS1H has none, in any respect. You may, after all, use the digital camera with stabilised lenses, if you want, however you’re not going to get any form of IBIS with non-stabilised lenses. However for a studio digital camera or perhaps a cinema digital camera, an absence of IBIS isn’t actually a difficulty as you’ll usually be on a tripod. However even should you’re going handheld, you’d in all probability be higher off with a gimbal anyway on this type issue.
The Panasonic BS1H is offered to pre-order now for $3,497.99 (just about the identical value because the Panasonic S1H) and is scheduled to begin transport in November.