New Panasonic Lumix BS1H

Panasonic excitedly announced the release of the new full-frame box-style Lumix Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera, the Lumix BS1H! The BS1H is the perfect combination of a versatile box-style camera and Lumix’s cinema-quality video performance of the S1H, thusly its name, BS1H! With a stunning 24-megapixel full-frame sensor with Dual Native ISO technology, the BS1H further enhances its potential including 6K full-area high-resolution recording, impressive bokeh, low-light performance, a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops V-Log and more! The BS1H is ready to boost your creativity and help you think inside the box!

Looking inside the BS1H, there is a 24.2-megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor (35.6 mm x 23.8mm) that captures 6K resolution. Additionally, with an active resolution of 6,024 x 4,016, the BS1H delivers approximately 24.2 million photosites. The adoption of an OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter) suppresses moire and false colour while the image sensor with Dual Native ISO minimizes noise generation. In combination with optimum signal processing by the Venus Engine, it assures maximum ISO 51200 high sensitivity recording with minimum noise.

Putting the pixels in the full-frame image sensor to full use, the BS1H is capable of 6K/24p, 5.4K/30p (3:2 aspect ratio) or 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio) high-resolution, smooth video recording. It also provides 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K HEVC video recording when using the image area equivalent to Super 35mm. The 4:2:2 10-bit 4K30p is recordable in H.264 at its full area. Its high-resolution data can also be used for creating 4K videos with higher image quality or for cropping images in 4K.

When it comes to dynamic range, the BS1H delivers 14+ stops of Dynamic Range utilizing V-Log, which is a similar result to that of the Panasonic Broadcast Camera line, to precisely reproduce everything from dark to bright areas. Another bonus for filmmakers is the BS1H’s ability to capture accurate colours and rich skin tones. The BS1H imports the renowned colorimetry of the VariCam lineup of cinema cameras and contains V-Log/V-Gamut capture to deliver a high dynamic range and broad colour spectrum. The BS1H also provides real-time subject detection with an advanced deep learning technology to set precise focus on the target subject such as humans and animals even if they are moving fast.

When it comes to recording, the BS1H has a wide variety of recording formats, frame rates and resolutions. It is capable of 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p HDMI output and with a new heat dispersion structure, it achieves unlimited video recording in a variety of recording formats, including 4:3 Anamorphic mode, to meet professional needs. The VFR (Variable Frame Rate) lets users record slow/quick video in C4K/4K (60 fps, maximum 2.5x slower in 24p) and FHD (180 fps, maximum 7.5x slower in 24p). The minimum frame rate for quick motion video is 2 fps. In addition, HFR (High Frame Rate) video with sound is also recordable even when using autofocus. A variety of effects are available for producing a slow-motion video through the post-production process.

To support a growing need of live streaming, the BS1H provides an IP streaming function that enables distant, high-quality image transmission to the social streaming platform online with PC connection over wired LAN. The BS1H can stream 4K 60p (50p) video in H.265, which uses half the bitrate while keeping the image quality the same as H.264. This means it can provide 2x higher image quality at the same bitrate as H.264. Streaming in ultra-high definition 4K at low bitrate is possible even in the cases where the bandwidth is not broad enough.

The possibilities are endless thanks to the BS1H’s compact and lightweight yet durable box-style, with a variety of practical ports. The body frame is composed of aluminum and magnesium alloy and it includes a USB 3.1 Type-C, a 3G-SDI (BNC) and an HDMI Type-A terminal, which can be used for simultaneous output. Further, Genlock IN (BNC) and Timecode IN/OUT (BNC) functions are available which enable multi-angle synchronized video recording to build a scalable system with external monitors, rigs and gimbals supplied from other manufacturers. When connected to LAN, Power over Ethernet+ (PoE+) makes it is easy to install both physically and electrically. Control over a maximum of 12 BS1H cameras is available using Panasonic PC software Lumix Tether for Multicam. The BS1H is also equipped with a double SD Card slot for backup recording or relay recording.

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