Panasonic S1H 6K Full Frame Camera: Everything you want for video shooting! Hands-on Review


– Yes, this is a Panasonic
S1H hands-on review. Not this one. This is a Panasonic S1 which
is just six months ago. They just released their
first ever full frame camera six months ago. And then the S1R, S1R, R for resolution. S1R is a high resolution
high pixel count camera and then this is a 20 something
megapixel, I can’t remember. I didn’t expect they only spent six months from this to… S1H this is the prototype S1H. Thank you Panasonic New Zealand, sent this by air to me. Probably the only S1H in Hong Kong. Now this is a prototype it even have a firmware 0.4B. This is probably the closest
to a professional video camcorder for a full-frame
camera, closest to. A professional video camcorder and it probably have everything you want for full-frame, mirrorless camera for video shooting. I’ve said it. Now before I show you what it can do, I have to thank you Squarespace
for sponsoring this video. Squarespace is a website
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been using it as well. What a great day for video. It just keep raining, I was out here have been raining for the whole day. I just have no choice, I
have to stay in the cover. Sorry about this guys,
but this is really rush. I only have a couple of days before I have to release this video. I have been really busy
before this as well. I’ve been to Malaysia, so. I’ve mentioned this is the
closest full frame camera to a professional video camera. Now, what is the first
thing, the first thing is, this can take 6K. 6K, finally 6K had arrived! Now, why do we need 6K when we just, I think 4K, it’s just starting to
get common, but now 6K, who needs 6K, how, where
can you find a 6K TV? Now, it’s not about getting
a 6K video out there. I mean, I have been shooting
4K with my Sony a7SII, but you see, most of
my video is just 1440p. So when you see a lot of my video, I’m talking, blah blah blah, talking, and then it cuts into
a little bit zoomed in. That is what I’ve done in when I’m doing editing. I’m really excited about this, because when I can shoot
6K, that means I can deliver 4K content with
the ability to zoom in. Now, as you can see,
obviously this is the big S1H. This is so much bigger! Especially the bit at the back. It just remind me the
difference between XT3 and XH1. This one’s also called H
as well for some reason. Now, this camera, even
compared to the last one, the S1, this has quite
a lot of improvement over the S1 as well. The power button, I love
this power switch a lot. This is basically exactly
the same as Nikon. You power up like that,
and then you can turn on the lamp… backlight
here, exactly like a Nikon. Next to that, just like
many other Panasonic camera, you have the White Balance,
ISO, exposure compensation button here, and it’s
exactly the same position. Sometimes when you have every
dedicated button at the back, you have to look for them,
you have to spend a lot of time to get used to them, but if you have a few button spreading around the camera, it’s
easier to remember, and on top you have a
big record button now, remember this can still take still photos. This is a shutter button, and this is just for record button, video record button, and you have another one in front here. This looks like a lot of
professional video cameras, as well. This could be convenient, when you put this on a big rig, so you have one on the left
side, one on the right side, this is easier for example your camera assistant, operator as well. Now some of you guys might
see those leak photos on the web, but not they really leak, they, they they show it
in a whatever camera show that you’ve got a hinge there, yes, this one finally you can
flip it to the front, you have a selfie screen. Not like the S1, the S1 only tilts up. Now finally have a flip
screen, so this really great for if you’re shooting by yourself, but also one more thing, it can tilt up, this is so great, since the
XT100, the Fujifilm XT100. I really hoped a camera would have this. What is so great of this,
because when you flip up, this is so much faster
than a lot of most other cameras that have a flip screen like that, you have to flip it up and turn, this is really quite annoying to just keep doing that,
rather than just this. Now it only tilts up
to forty five degrees, but I give it to that
you have dual purpose. However, one thing is
that it’s got a lock here, you have to flick this
lock before you tilt it, so you can’t just like, you don’t, you can’t just like any other
camera with a flip screens that just, just flip it that. You have to unlock it to flip it. I don’t know why they have a lock, I’m, my name is Lok, as you know I don’t really
like lock on the camera, especially annoying if
you put this on a tripod, it might block the lock down there. Now on this side, oh oh, this is crazy, this, this is air exhaust,
it have a fan inside, this a full frame camera,
the first full frame camera with a fan, a cooling fan inside. Now it take in… this side is air intake, and the hot air come out from this side. The fans have different
mode you can choose from, you can have the normal auto mode, it will run up the fan when it gets hot, another mode is that it will
try to keep the fan off, as much as it can, so it, the camera probably gets hotter. Also you can manually turn the fan on high or low continuously. Good that the fan is so quiet, you have to put your ear right next to it, to hear any noise at
all, inside a quiet room. Big one at the back, look at that, it’s like the whole thing is just for the cooling system, wow. Of course on top you have
this really obvious big LCD screen, and you can
change, display mode. You can have white text on
black background as well, but I just prefer, I
prefer black on white, I think it’s just easier to look at, so to change it back, yeah. White on black looks cool, but this is easier I think, that is. At the back most buttons are
the same as the S1 and S1R. I love this switch for AF mode on here, can change AF mode from
here, you have the AF on, this is still a still
camera as you may forgot. There’s a joystick, and
then this time it’s still got dual card slots and
this time, it’s a dual. This time it’s a dual SD card, so no more XQD card, probably because this is a video oriented for even for 6K video
SD card is fast enough. So you can have dual SD card
when you shoot for long time continuously, you can have both card, filled up it go to the
SD, the second SD card, and you can hot-swap
whilst recording as well. Of course, also you can
record to both cards at the same time, so you
always have a back up. On the side you’ve got
the usual remote port, you got the mic and
headphone jack of course, HDMI and USB-C just like the S1, the USB-C support power
delivered, power deliver thing, so you can keep recording and charge your battery at the same time. One more thing, the flip screen, if you have cable even the
big HDMI full size HDMI cable, and you can use the flip
screen without blocking, no cable will block the screen rotation. Now the Fujifilm use the
AF light as tally light, this S1H of course have to have not one, but two tally lights. You can also choose which one to use or turn this feature off. Now even the interface,
it is really designed for video, videographer, as you can see the big audio level
display, is just like 80s, it’s just like, I mean, not 80s, I mean it’s just like Hi-Fi, in the 80s, but it’s really useful
green, yellow and red. What’s more it’s got
this new display mode, this is great for when you’re
using external monitor, and you have this huge screen
for all the information. Can you tap? yes you can tap. Oh this is great, you
just tap white balance, to change the white balance, right there. Audio level, yes. Wow, this is, this is, this is so great. Just realised that as well. What’s interesting is the flash sync act as time code in and out port, with the included adapter cable. Now 6K as you can see is use full frame, but it is 3, the 3, 3:2. As you can see when you should 5.9, 5.9K, it is 16:9, but if you choose 6K, full frame, this is actual full frame, this is actual full frame camera, thing, actual full
frame, three point, 3:2, but you can also turn
on a frame, video frame, so it’s easier to get your framing, now you can see there’s a, whoops. There’s a, there’s a grey
box around this is a 16:9, it’s easier for you to
frame, and you can pick the different colour for this
frame or you can mask out the outside of the 16:9
area on the screen, but still get 3:2 aspect ratio video. Now even though 6K is in
a funny 3:2 aspect ratio, it is still larger than
5.9K in 16:9, in each size. Obviously you can fit 6K
into your 4K 16:9 video, 3:2 aspect ratio also
means you have a bit more on top and bottom to reframe. Both 6K and 5.9K give you
flexibility to crop in, in post production. Now let’s look at video format it can do. Firstly you have 6K as I mentioned, 3:2 aspect ratio, but you can only shoot in 23.98 frame per second. 5.9K you can shoot in 24, 25, or 30p. 16:9 4:2:0 10-bit internal. Anamorphic support is new in s35mm crop, the rest of 4K mode would
be similar to S1 and S1R. 4K 24, 25, 30p is 4:2:2 10-bit internal, just like the S1 or S1R with
the paid software and lock. Now you can shoot 4K 50 or 60p, but still crop in s35mm sadly GH5 user rejoice? 4:2:0 10-bit internal
but 4:2:2 HDMI output. You can shoot 1080 up to 120p
with sound and auto focus, or you can use this VFR mode, which is variable frame rate, from 2fps to 180fps, but
this mode is without sound. As you can see it’s a
long list of video format, to simplify things you can filter down to the only format that you need or even add those you actually
use into a custom list. The S1R has no low pass
filter, the S1 does, but when I compare both of them in 4K, I don’t think I see any
difference in sharpness. Even with this prototype machine, looking at different colour profile this is the normal profile, and then we have the
new Cinelike D2 and V2 Obviously you can shoot in
HLG, which I love a a lot. And V-log is included,
unlike the S1, the S1R, you have to pay to unlock it. Oh, now it is great that
this camera still have in-body stabilisation up to six stops, of stabilisation compared
with, err not compare when it in-body stabilisation working with the lens stabilisation, but as I mentioned when I reviewed the S1, this is really heavy, for holding, I’m holding it like both hands now, but still it’s heavy,
especially this is a little bit heavier than the S1, it’s
just a little bit heavier, just around 100g heavier. I mean just like when I was in London, I have shot a whole video for Kai. I shot the whole video
with this, and not this, with the S1 in-body stabilisation with the lens stabilisation,
the Dual-I.S. is so good, and, but yeah, I can’t do this, my, my, my hand, oh. I can’t use this camera in my channel, if I’m behind the camera,
that’s totally fine. Oh, not this. I mean it’s quite amazing
with the air cooling, with the air vent it’s
still weather sealed, that’s quite impressive. no, my hand, my arm. Just like the GH5s, this
has dual native ISO, for example shooting HLG the higher native ISO is 2500. Now take a closer look, this
is ISO 2000 and then ISO 2500. S1 actually still use the
same AI deep learning focusing as the S1 and S1R. Impressive to see it
recognise the back of a human, but I have seen S1 struggle
in back light situation. Also there is this focus hunting, it can be quite annoying
even if the subject, me, is not moving in and out,
is not moving at all. Somehow even my 3 years
old a7SII has less hunting. The last thing is the
weight, this is the S1, as I mentioned in my S1 review, I actually make a little
bit of factual error, and I have already mentioned
in the comments section below, that I compared this if
I used a 24-105 lens, compare this to a 5D with a 24-105 lens, last time I said that this is
actually a little bit lighter than 5D, but in fact this is
actually a little bit heavier than the 5D by not much. How about this, this
have a lot more things, this is much thicker,
this has a flip screen, this have a whole
ventilation, cooling fan, cooling fan system in the, I thought this would be really heavy, but in fact it’s not much heavier, this is just a hundred and something
gramme more than the S1. In fact when I got this camera, before I actually weighed them, I think they not, there’s
nothing different, I thought they weighed the same, I can’t tell the difference. After I weighed them, then I think oh yeah this
is a little bit heavier, but I don’t know why, it is. So the S1H it’s surprisingly good, surprising they can release
this just six months later. So this is it, Panasonic S1H. Now of course before I
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98 Replies to “Panasonic S1H 6K Full Frame Camera: Everything you want for video shooting! Hands-on Review”

  1. The irony, Lok doesn't like lock :-)))
    -Please, hopefully this one will make the cut??? 🙏Let's find out…
    -Update: Not going to make the cut (autofocus fail) :-((((

  2. Quite amazing to see 6K arrive already but I guess more is always appreciated.

    We already saw what was possible with the GH5 cant wait to see what crazy stuff people will do with this. And then also with the L mount alliance.
    Now we just have to wait for Sony A7s3 and see what happens 😉

  3. I am getting wet over here! This is what I waited for! Wait, the AF still bad? AAHHhHHHRRRGGHG

  4. Love the review man. The HDMI port on my GH5 just failed after using it every day since it launched, so this might have to be my new rig!

  5. The Japanese guy at Panasonic's press conference today very briefly mentioned that they were working with Atomos on RAW output. And I mean very briefly. I suspect they're trying to avoid hyping it because they don't know if it will actually work out.

  6. Ventilation vent: More chance to get dust inside?
    Fans: Another part that needs servicing and repair apart from your shutter

  7. Lol, while Panasonic is flooding the market with great VIDEO cameras, Sony is releasing garbage stills cameras and dying in obscurity in the video market. If i was in the market for 6K, I would wait for the ZCAM E2-F6, their full frame 6K.

  8. [+] for flippy touchy screen and kitty! 🥰

    [-]…quite bulky/heavy for a mirrorless.. $4k?? O.o!! And a ventilation fan??? What happens when ur filming and it goes off?? And the AF 🤔… that's a no…no…

    Much loves from the States! Still keeping HK in my prayers!!

  9. It actually looks like a pretty good camera. Especially since they packed real 6K into a full frame sensor, and a body that size! Anyway, it's good to see that Panasonic NZ is taking care of you 🙂

  10. this camera suitable for studio purpose use, or available light, still can beaten Sony in daily use. Just my Opinion.

  11. I actually hate seeing people wield something in one hand that is beyond expensive, without some type of strap of some kind

  12. In the mean time, Canon now removes 24P capture on their lower end cameras, and Hope consumers will buy their higher end Cinema cameras with the specs of their competitors mirrorless lines at less then half the price

  13. Hi Lok.. You are one of the best in youtubers, not a spec sheet reader, but reviewer of the user interface of the camera in detail, and that's very useful for viewers who do not have chance to use the camera.. Thank you..

  14. DPreview had a clip of the internal mic recording the fan noise while filming at 6K! Loud! Definitely use external mic with it.

  15. But the video AF is still too poor to use, plus in quiet areas (according to dpreview) the fan makes the internal mics useless, and so much rolling shutter in full frame…
    Also "Em Em" is "Millimetres"…
    Plus they should have hired an Italian design expert to make the body look good and have good ergonomics, as Nikon did… rather than a Lego expert (blockiness, anyone…).
    Oh and finally…. 1160g – Nikon Z6 (same sensor) is 675g…

  16. What are you sipping on there Lok? Bourbon? Is it bourbon? Scotch? It’s not scotch is it? Please tell me it’s not scotch!!!

  17. Top of the range build quality.
    Panasonic means business but the auto-focus though 13:28.
    It struggles to pick Lok's face.

  18. Forget about 6K, we only want to see real image quality (color science, deep of field, low light capabilities). In a few years my phone will be able to shot on 6K, and that will not turn it into a "Cinema camera".

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