After the success of Panasonic’s Micro 4 Thirds BGH1 digicam launched final 12 months, 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 digicam, to maintain arrange in a everlasting capturing location, or as a cinema digicam, 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 is predicated across the elements of the S1H. In reality, the “BS1H” title in all probability stands for “Boxy S1H”. It options largely the identical function set, however with a number of extras – like a wired LAN socket for streaming over ethernet.
As appears to typically be the case when Panasonic declares one thing new, Richard Wong’s had his fingers on one and already put collectively a fairly in-depth 38-minute lengthy have a look at a pre-production model of the brand new Panasonic BS1H digicam and what it could possibly 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 sort by means of both HDMI, SDI, ethernet or WiFi. Controlling the digicam is completed by utilizing the customisable buttons darted in regards to the digicam itself or from the smartphone app or your pc. Principally, you’ve obtained lots of completely different choices on how one can rig and management the digicam that you just don’t have with the common Panasonic S1H.
You get limitless document instances, and a built-in fan helps to maintain it cool so as to take action and you may document ProRes RAW or Blackmagic Uncooked (BRAW) over HDMI to both the Atomos Ninja V or Blackmagic Video Help 12G units. Internally, you additionally get 6K “open gate” 3:2 capturing 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 all the sensor and three.5K Tremendous 35mm anamorphic at as much as 50fps. And, after all, in 1080p you stand up to 180fps because of VFR (Variable Body Price) and even with audio utilizing HFR (Excessive Body Price) options.
One massive 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 digicam with stabilised lenses, if you want, however you’re not going to get any sort of IBIS with non-stabilised lenses. However for a studio digicam or perhaps a cinema digicam, a scarcity of IBIS isn’t actually a problem as you’ll typically be on a tripod. However even for those who’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 worth because the Panasonic S1H) and is scheduled to begin transport in November.