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Panasonic S1 Firmware Update to Add Advanced Video Features

Panasonic has announced an upcoming “Upgrade Firmware Key DMW-SFU2” for the LUMIX S1 full-frame mirrorless camera that will add a number of advanced video features that will make the S1 more suitable for pro-level filmmaking.

Here’s a list of new features and abilities that are incoming:

  • 14+ stops of V-Log recording
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K MOV 30p/25p*1 internal video recording
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p*1 HDMI output
  • V-Log and V-Gamut compatible with Cinema VariCam Look
  • In-camera LUT (Look Up Table) application enabling playback of V-Log while or after recording (LUT Display with Custom Function)
  • A WFM (Waveform Monitor) displays brightness level while recording
  • High-res 48-kHz/24-bit or 96-kHz/24-bit sound can be recorded in MOV using the XLR Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1

This firmware announcement comes alongside the unveiling of the S1H, the first 6K-capable mirrorless camera. The S1H also features 14+ stops of full V-Log, the same as the V-Log of high-end cinema cameras like the $16,500 Cinema VariCam.

The Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2 will go on sale in July 2019 while the S1H will be landing sometime in the fall, so S1 users will be able to use 14+ stops of V-Log dynamic range first before S1H buyers.

If you’ve registered your S1 or if you buy it before July 31st, you’ll be able to use the software key for free. Otherwise, you’ll need to fork over $199 for these enhanced video powers.


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