Available locally in the spring, the Lumix DC-S1H will be the world’s first full-35mm format mirrorless camera capable of recording both 6K/24p video recording in the 3:2 aspect ratio and 5.9K/30p video in the 16:9 aspect ratio. It will also record 10-bit 4K video in both the UHD and DCI resolutions at 60 fps or 50 fps.
The higher resolutions are achieved by using the full sensor width and the S1H delivers a number of other pro-level video features including a 4:3 anamorphic mode. Shooting in 6K enables provides the capacity to crop, pan or further stabilise 4K footage in post-production. V-Log/V-Gamut profiles deliver a claimed dynamic range of 14+ stops, and the S1H’s recorded footage is compatible with V-Log footage recorded by a VariCam series pro camcorder or V-Log L footage recorded using the GH5/GH5S M43 format cameras, enabling an integrated post-production workflow for existing users of these cameras. The S1H also joins the L mount mirrorless system which is currently supported by Panasonic, Leica and Sigma.
For Panasonic’s Lumix G mirrorless system, the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f1.7 ASPH wide-angle zoom shown in prototype form at last year’s Photokina is now in production. Equivalent to a 20-50mm zoom in the 35mm format, the lens will be available locally in August, priced at $2799. A key attraction for both photographers and video-makers will be the fast constant aperture.
The optical construction comprises 17 elements in 12 groups, including three aspherical types and four made from glass with extra-low dispersions (ED) characteristics. Collectively, these special elements correct for both axial and magnification chromatic aberration, as well as spherical aberration and distortion. The use of aspherical elements also results in a more compact and lightweight lens. Externally, the new 10-25mm has full weather sealing and is also insulated to enable use in sub-zero temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. The screwthread filter diameter of the lens is 77 millimetres, and it has a nine-blade diaphragm to give smoother out-of-focus effects. It has clickless aperture collar for smoother exposure adjustments when shooting video and a focus clutch mechanism provides a full-time manual focus override. When autofocusing, the lens’s AF drive is compatible with Panasonic’s DFD (Depth From Defocusing) contrast-detection system operating at 240 fps, enabling high-speed operation. Additionally, silent AF operation is achieved by the use of an internal focus drive module.
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