The AU Review: Lumix Launch Cinematic Flagship S1H Camera & Two New Lenses

http://launch.theaureview.com/technology/lumix-s1h-camera/

“Imagine a VariCam and a GH5 fell in love and had a brilliant baby – a small, powerful full-frame camera baby capable of shooting 6K V-Log video and 96 megapixel raw images and with image stabilisation so impressive it all but eliminates the need for gimbals. That’s the new flagship S series cinema camera from Panasonic, the Lumix S1H – and from what we know so far, it’s a filmmaker’s dream….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H with Panasonic Lumix S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens.

Commentary

It goes without saying that I would be the very last person who would ever be invited to launch events like this though I was always on the invitation list for similar events overseas and for the Australian branch of one particular camera company whose then PR person was a family friend.

Hence, having to cobble together information about new hardware and software releases of interest to my not inconsiderable daily readership from press releases, articles and videos created by others.

If I am lucky I get to hear about public launch events held at or by Sydney retailers and can obtain a brief hands-on there in less than ideal conditions, and if I am even luckier I may be loaned the item in question some months or years after its local release.

Small mercies!

Mustn’t grumble.

I am incredibly grateful for any kind assistance that is rendered by hardware and software makers and their public relations officers and consultants and am glad to be able to share with you anything that I can.

Meanwhile I am pleased to share this report on the Sydney launch of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H and am glad that at least one female was invited to the event though it would have been terrific if she was a cinematographer as well as a stills photographer and thus better able to assess the video-oriented S1H’s potential.

Event photographs shared by Panasonic Australia on its Facebook page

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  • Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro O.I.S. LensB&H
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  • Panasonic Lumix S PRO 50mm f/1.4 Lens – B&H
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PanasonicLumixVideo: LUMIX S | LUMIX S1H Sizzle Reel – videos

“This is the sizzle reel of a variety of films shot by four film creators with the new LUMIX S1H full-frame mirrorless camera.”

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1J rigged with Zacuto moviemaking accessories.

[NEW] LUMIX S | S1H Short Film “Kepler 138” shot by Jacob Schwarz

This film is shot by Jacob Schwarz (MYSTERY BOX) with LUMIX S1H. “ ‘Kepler 138’ is the emotional story of Charles, a blind father who connects with his daughter Claire, and how a space mission to explore new worlds guides them both to see. A short film that crafts a dramatic and emotionally stirring short film reminding viewers that love transcends time and space.”

[NEW] LUMIX S | S1H Short Film “In Hope of Nothing” shot by Peter Hamblin

This film is shot by Peter Hamblin with LUMIX S1H. “ ‘In Hope Of Nothing’ aimed to speak to film-makers about the trials and tribulations of film-making.”

[NEW] LUMIX S | S1H Short Film “Alive” shot by Carissa Dorson

This film is shot by Carissa Dorson with LUMIX S1H. “In ‘Alive’, a laundromat worker wishes there was more to her life, so she imagines herself dancing without inhibition throughout her day.”

[NEW] LUMIX S | Behind-the-scenes of filming with LUMIX S1H

This is behind-the-scenes of filming with the LUMIX S1H full-frame mirrorless camera.

[NEW] LUMIX S | LUMIX S PRO 24-70mm F2.8 (S-E2470) Lens Based on L-Mount System

This film is shot through LUMIX S PRO 24-70mm F2.8 (S-E2470) on LUMIX S1H. Panasonic is proud to introduce a new interchangeable standard zoom lens, the LUMIX S PRO 24-70mm F2.8 (S-E2470) based on the L-Mount system for the LUMIX S Series Full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera. Specially focusing on professional use, the LUMIX S Series pursues uncompromising photographic expression with its high-quality cameras and lenses. The LUMIX S PRO 24-70mm F2.8 (S-E2470) is a large-aperture standard zoom lens that boasts high descriptive performance across the entire zoom range. The optical performance of this LUMIX S PRO lens is remarkably high to clear stringent LEICA standards. Ensuring versatile use for landscapes, snaps and portraits with its 24-70mm focal length, the LUMIX S PRO 24-70mm F2.8 features stunningly high resolution and high contrast at each focal length point. The full-range F2.8 high-speed aperture provides smooth defocus gradation from the focus peak to the neighboring area of the image to achieve a beautiful bokeh effect as well as a rich perspective.

Commentary

Congratulations are due to Panasonic for going some way towards evening up the gender balance with one of these videos being made by a woman and two by men, with a possible second female-made movie coming by Alicia Robbins.

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  • Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro O.I.S. LensB&H
  • Panasonic Lumix S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8 LensB&H
  • Panasonic Lumix S PRO 50mm f/1.4 LensB&H

Mystery Box: Kepler 138 | Shot on LUMIX S1H

“At its core Kepler 138 is the emotional story of Claire and her blind father Ted, and how a space mission to explore new worlds helped her give her father the ultimate gift — a glimpse into her new world. Staring: Carter Scott – Claire Nelson Shawn Stevens – Ted Nelson Directed by: Jacob Schwarz Ex. Produced by: Katie Schwarz & Mathew Frazer Producer: Andrew Peterson DP: Peter Mosiman”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1J rigged with Tilta moviemaking accessories.

Commentary

I look forward to a behind the scenes video for this production appearing soon!

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Lumix G | Experience: The Panasonic LUMIX S1H – what’s new?

https://www.lumixgexperience.panasonic.co.uk/news/the-panasonic-lumix-s1h-whats-new/

“With the introduction of the Lumix S1H there are now three camera bodies in the Lumix S system. Although they share a number of design characteristics they have quite distinct purposes and unique feature-sets to match. The Lumix S1H is designed primarily to shoot high-end video and has many new functions and handling innovations to suit the way videographers work and the features they value. It can of course shoot stills too, and does so with the same 24.2MP resolution that the Lumix S1 does – and even offers the same 96MP High Resolution mode – but in this model that sensor is put to work recording moving images as a priority….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro OIS standard zoom lens.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H

Commentary

Journalist and photographer Damien Demolder has done a great job noting and illustrating a number of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H’s key points and so far it looks like a combination Lumix GH5 and GH5S on steroids, with the customary Lumix fully-articulated monitor now morphed into a tilt plus fully-articulated wonder that is the new role model for all camera makers.

Panasonic has announced that 79 L-mount lenses made by Leica, Panasonic and Sigma will be available by 2020.

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Atomos: Atomos and Panasonic Announce 35mm Full Frame Raw Video over HDMI from the Lumix S1H to Ninja V

https://www.atomos.com/press-releases/atomos-panasonic-lumix

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FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION 28 August, 2019

Atomos and Panasonic announce 35mm full frame RAW video over HDMI from the Lumix S1H to Ninja V

Atomos is excited to announce co-development with Panasonic of RAW over HDMI from the brand new Lumix S1H to the Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR monitor-recorder. The RAW update will be available free on the Ninja V when released by Panasonic.

“We are very proud of continuing to develop new ground-breaking technology with a company of the calibre of Panasonic. We are both highly committed to the democratisation of filmmaking for creators, and the ability to transmit RAW over HDMI from the S1H to a Ninja V is a major leap forward in this endeavour.” Said Jeromy Young, Atomos CEO.

As the world’s first full-frame mirrorless camera capable of 6K internal video, the Lumix S1H combines the quality of professional cinema-grade video cameras with the size and photo capability of a mirrorless, making it the perfect companion with the Ninja V.

“The leading brand of external monitor-recorders is definitely Atomos. Both companies have a very good relationship and we have been providing 4:2:2 10bit HDMI output recording for the Lumix GH series for years. We are very proud to be developing RAW output via HDMI with Atomos for the S1H.” Said Panasonic at their launch event in LA.

Added Young: “Our advancements in screen technology now allows creators to accurately monitor RAW video in real-time as it would be viewed in the home or cinema for perfect preservation of creative intent. Our pristine custom Atomos HDR screens are second to none in colour accuracy and representation of brightness from RAW signals. When combined, these advantages create a dream workflow for filmmakers.”

The new Lumix S1H will be shown working with the Ninja V at the upcoming IBC show in Amsterdam from 13 September at the RAI Hall 11.D25, more information on the combination will be available during the show.

Media contact:

Eric Nielsen, Step 3 Eric@step-3.com +1.202.276.5357

About Atomos

Atomos Limited (ASX:AMS) is a global video technology company delivering award-winning, simple to use monitor-recorder content creation products. These products give content creators across the rapidly growing social, pro-video and entertainment markets a faster, higher quality and more affordable production system. The company’s range of products take images directly from the sensor of all major camera manufacturers, then enhance, record and distribute them in high-quality formats for content creation using the major video editing software programs. Since being founded in 2010, Atomos has established strategic relationships with key technology providers within the ecosystem including Apple, Adobe, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Nikon and JVC Kenwood. Atomos is based in Australia with offices in the USA, Japan, China, UK and Germany and has a worldwide distribution partner network. For more information, visit http://www.atomos.com. Learn more about Ninja V athttps://www.atomos.com/ninjav

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H with Atomos Ninja V.

Commentary

Atomos and Panasonic are to be congratulated for collaborating on allowing the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H to record ProRes RAW raw video onto the Atomos Ninja V 1000 nits 5-inch monitor/recorder.

In my humble opinion, ALL camera makers need to do the same so we have affordable options for professional-quality moviemaking in all genres when cinema cameras remain out of reach.

Raw video recording with an in-body image stabilized camera like the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H is an excellent solution for high-end available light documentary moviemaking especially in combination with HLG or full V-Log profiles, and even more so with 35mm sensors even if they are set to record as Super 35.

As a documentary photographer and videographer, I have long been hoping for a reasonably affordable Super 35 4K solution for producing great stills and video with the minimum of equipment.

It is pleasing to read Atomos CEO Jeromy Young’s statement in this press releases that “we are both highly committed to the democratisation of filmmaking for creators” and even more so that Panasonic has now seen fit to bestow its DSLR-style cameras with features from its high-end VariCam cinema camera line. 

VariCam image quality at hybrid camera prices… nice!

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Atomos Ninja V exploded.

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The Only Permanent Hair Removal Method, Improved and Perfected by Australian Practitioner and Technologist Noreen Roesler as the Permanence Method

Given current attitudes to research and development, the manufacturing industry and the presence of women in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), it is a wonder that Australian female tech entrepreneurs stick to it and sometimes even thrive.

Noreen Roesler of Permanence located in the Sydney CBD and the suburb of Drummoyne has persisted in the long, hard fight to revive, improve and educate about galvanic electrology aka electrolysis in the face of its almost complete disappearance from the 1970s onwards.

Ms Roesler has survived as a self-funded entrepreneur against all the odds and and has thrived given the evidence of her two outlets in Australia, but continues the battle to re-establish galvanic multi-probe electrolysis as the only permanent hair removal method under the name of the Permanence Method.

Galvanic electrolysis was developed by ophthalmologist Charles Michel in 1869 in St. Louis, Missouri, as a technique for treating ingrown eyelashes, and was reported in the medical literature in 1875 after which its use took off in medical practice and then beauty salons.

The Permanence website contains a detailed history of galvanic electrolysis and other methods of hair removal touted as permanent but which proved to be less so compared to Permanence’s galvanic multi-probe electrolysis technique.

Other hair removal methods include blend, depilatories, epilators, friction, intense pulsed light aka IPL, laser, shaving, sugaring, tweezing, thermolysis, threading, waxing and x-rays (sometimes fatal).

Better characterized as hair reduction rather than hair removal techniques, none of these are permanent with the US Food and Drug Administration aka FDA stating in 2007 that “only electrologists are allowed to claim permanent hair removal in their advertising” as “no other device for hair removal has the unique identification of ‘destroying the dermal papilla of a hair’”.

Having run the gauntlet for far too many years of nonpermanent hair removal methods that are falsely claimed to be permanent – read that word in finger quotes – I have just undergone my first galvanic multi-probe electrolysis session at Permanence.

So far I can report that this first electrolysis session appeared successful in killing the hair follicles and bulges to which it was applied and that the sometimes reported pain was more of a briefly intense sensation that soon abated followed by the rewarding feeling of the hairs sliding out when the needles were removed.

One thing is certain, and that is that the sensations I experienced during the session were nothing compared to the 24/7/365 pain, itchiness and unsightliness of hairs being where they should not.

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Cinematographer/Director/Producer/Screenwriter Emily Skye of shewolffilms Releases ‘The Erectors’ on Amazon Prime, Fun Fictionalization of How She Broke Into Hollywood

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Cinematographer/director/producer/writer Emily Skye of shewolffilms.

Emily Skye of shewolffilms recently released her dramady series ‘The Erectors’ via Amazon Prime and she has a full slate of in-development and about-to-be released productions, an inspirational success story for this British-born former model. 

Those upcoming projects include a documentary series, other television series, feature films and no doubt more of the music videos with which she established her reputation.

According to her IMDB biography, “Emily Skye is an American screenwriter, director and producer. She began her career at an early age after being scouted by Wilhelmina Models. While working on multiple film and television shows, Emily discovered her passion for directing was greater than modeling. With multiple music video directing awards, Emily ventured into narrative supernatural, sci-fi fantasy feature films and TV series dramas.”

‘The Erectors’ is, according to Amazon Prime, about “two single mom’s trying to make it in Hollywood as filmmakers” while the next production soon to be out of the shewolffilms gate will be ‘Binders Stash’, where Ms Skye helps us “explore the world with Host Bill Binder, as he searches for the best whisk(e)y!  Meet legends that share new releases, unheard stories  and go off the beaten path to discover distilleries that are making incredible  juice!”.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Super 16/Micro Four Thirds mirrorless stills/video 4K hybrid camera, Emily Skye’s favourite small mirrorless camera for video production.

The Erectors trailer

Binders Stash trailer

The Devil She Knows trailer

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SHAPE Panasonic GH5 Cage Kit with Matte Box & Follow Focus, used by Emily Skye.

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Real Techniques Releases Artist Essentials Set of Synthetic Fibre Brushes for Cosmetics Application, Designed by Nicola and Samantha Chapman

Real Techniques has released its Artists Essential Set of synthetic bristle brushes for application of cosmetics products and the set impresses with the ongoing brush design innovation displayed by the brand and its owner Paris Presents Incorporated and most especially by the Chapman sisters, Nicola and Samantha. 

The brand’s most recent brushes appear to no longer suffer from the problems of its first generation where the black rubber coating on the lower part of the brushes would suddenly deplasticize, making them difficult to impossible to use due to the coating turning sticky and even flowing onto other items stored with them. 

Brushes with this problem can be rendered usable by soaking and rubbing the black part of their handles with methylated spirits or rubbing alcohol until it is completely removed. 

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Real Techniques Artist Essentials Set.

Commentary

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Real Techniques Everyday Essentials: “FOR FOUNDATION + CONCEALER + BLUSH + HIGHLIGHTER + SHADOW. Your one and done set to master pro-styled looks! Cover. Color. Blend.” A good starter set for basic looks that can be supplemented with the Real Techniques Artist Essentials for more sophisticated effects.

I am still a newcomer to the realm of quality makeup brushes but am impressed by the Real Techniques brushes I currently have in my collection and am intrigued by the shapes and synthetic bristles of the brushes comprising this new set, the 420 Spotlight Fan Brush in particular.

  • 217 Expert Edge Large Brush
  • 421 Soft Accent Brush
  • 420 Spotlight Fan Brush
  • 317 Smudge Liner Brush
  • 425 Lip Smudge Brush

I had a so-called natural bristle fan brush in my collection when at art school years ago, but never found a use for it and, sadly unused for so long, it eventually disappeared.

During recent online research I would come across fan brushes in other brands of cosmetics brushes but their design was essentially the same as that long-lost brush as well as more contemporary versions for painters such as those made by Escoda.

The Chapman sisters’ 420 Spotlight Fan Brush for Real Techniques takes a different approach to the humble and so often forgotten fan brush, one that makes it far more useful to the art of makeup as well as the art of painting.

Just as artists’ brush design has evolved hand over fist in recent years as demonstrated by Escoda’s ÚLTIMO brushes made from Tendo synthetic fibres, reportedly imitating the qualities of squirrel hair to a remarkable degree, so has the design of cosmetics brushes.

It is inspiring to see Nicola and Samantha Chapman at the forefront of this revolution, and I look forward to seeing their Artists Essentials set for Real Techniques appear in the stores where I live.

We need to see more success stories like theirs, where women prove their creativity and ability to innovate over and over again in fields too often dominated by men but where women offer unique insights and advantages.

Real Techniques Artist Essentials Set

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News Shooter: Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Review (lite)

https://www.newsshooter.com/2019/08/22/blackmagic-design-pocket-cinema-camera-6k-review-lite/

“This is a ‘lite’ review of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) 6K. I say lite because there is no way anyone can do a proper, in-depth review of a camera in a few days or even a few weeks. To properly review a camera you need to spend a lot more time with the camera than I have so far….”

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Heavily-rigged Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (EF).

Commentary

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Paul Leeming of Leeming LUT Pro’s Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K rig ready for shooing a feature movie. Paul says that “
The new Blackmagic Pocket 6K is a game changer. This truly is the realisation of 6K for $6K 😮 Lens aside, this setup cost less than $6K, and for that you have a full Super35, RAW 6K shooting package with batteries, rigging, timecode sync, follow focus, monitor/recorder and more. Just nuts!”

Australian cinematographer Matthew Allard ACS of video industry bible News Shooter has just published a lengthy, in-depth though “lite” hands-on practical review of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and it makes for useful reading especially for those who own a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and are considering replacing it with its Super 35 sibling.

Blackmagic Design has pulled one out of the hat with both cameras, making them the currently most affordable cinema cameras, but not without a number of compromises.

Mr Allard has the longterm experience as an on-location news and documentary cinematographer working around the globe to write well-qualified reviews like this one and I look forward to the non-lite version of this review for even more invaluable insights.

Meanwhile Australian cinematographer/director Paul Leeming has obtained his own BMPCC 6K and as a seasoned BMPCC 4K owner is even better qualified to opine on both cameras.

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Australian cinematographer/director Paul Leeming of Leeming LUT Pro in footage from his Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. NOTE: this is an uncompressed still frame from the BMPCC 6K and so will take a little while to download on some Internet connections.

These are some of Paul’s initial thoughts on the BMPCC 6K:

Let me say right off the bat, this camera is going to be my A cam simply for the fact that there’s no Speed Booster glass to degrade your lens!!! No matter how good the Speed Boosters are from Metabones (and the new BMPCC4K one is quite good), it just can’t hold a candle to the quality of the lens on a native mount. Not to mention that the 6K is smooth and sharp across the entire frame, and downscaling that to 4K is going to give incredibly clean images. Look into the very corners of this frame and you can clearly see the benefits.

This still only has my Blackmagic V4 1.5 LUT applied, plus a small amount (25%) chroma noise reduction done in Resolve to get rid of some of the tiny BRAW fringe issues that that format seems to have. Hopefully, being their own format, they will eventually figure out how to do that better without NR being required. The clip was shot 6K at Q5 quality.

Some out of the box things I like – the screen is more neutral (second gen I’m guessing, same as the later 4K’s) and I like the locking body cap which I haven’t seen anyone mention before anywhere.

Paul shared some notes on the rig illustrated above:

  • [Blackmagic] Pocket [Cinema Camera] 6K
  • 8Sinn Pocket 4K cage, rod riser and handle
  • Shoot35 Cine Follow Focus
  • Ultrasync One timecode generator/receiver
  • Atomos Ninja V 4K monitor/recorder
  • Smallrig arm for Ninja V
  • Hawk-Woods Mini V-Lok 98Whr battery and plate
  • Sigma FF Cine 50mm T1.5 prime lens (EF mount)
  • Samsung T5 SSD 1TB

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  • News ShooterBlackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Review (lite)

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