IBC 2019: Panasonic LUMIX confirm RAW output for the S1H

Panasonic LUMIX confirm 5.9K RAW over HDMI is coming to the S1H for early 2020


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Shortly after the announcement of highly anticipated LUMIX S1H the online rumour mill was already in full swing with talks about the potential of outputting RAW through the HDMI output to an Atomos recorder. Well, today is the first day of IBC 2019 and we’ve now just had a press release from Panasonic confirming the development details further – see the full press release below:

Panasonic Corporation has announced the development of a firmware program for the LUMIX S1H full-frame mirrorless camera which enables the output of maximum 5.9K/29.97p RAW video data to the Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR monitor-recorder over HDMI. The program is scheduled to be launched in early 2020.

The LUMIX S1H is the world’s first camera to combine the professional-level video quality and high mobility of the mirrorless camera. It is capable of video recording at 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/29.97p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 59.94p 4K/C4K.The LUMIX S1H will be introduced to the global market from late September, 2019.

Panasonic has established a good partnership with Atomos, a global company that creates video equipment for professional film creators, through the development of digital cameras such as the achievement of 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video output over HDMI in the LUMIX GH Series of cameras.

Working together with Atomos, a new firmware program that enables maximum 5.9K/29.97p as well as C4K/59.94p RAW video data over HDMI has been developed. With this firmware program, the Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on Atomos Ninja V, which is one of Panasonic’s commitments to provide innovative solutions for professional film creation.

The LUMIX S1H prototype installing this firmware program will be exhibited along with the Atomos Ninja V in the Panasonic booth (Booth No. C45, Hall 11) at the IBC2019 (International Broadcasting Convention) to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, through 13-17 September, 2019.”

So it seems those who have already invested in the S1H will have to wait until early 2020 to get their hands on this firmware upgrade, but it is very promising that LUMIX has committed to a rough date already (unlike what Nikon did with their Z6/7 cameras). Being able to record 5.9K ProRes RAW on what is a hybrid mirrorless camera is ground-breaking, and really sets the bar for the capabilities achievable for cameras of this class. We look forward to testing this out once the firmware update has been released.


About the Author

Kristian Hampton is Wex Photo Video’s Technical Editor for Pro Video. A video specialist who has worked in corporate studios for companies such as Vodafone Group and PwC, as well as working as a freelance grip on various TV productions and features. He also runs Krade Media, providing enterprises with production services. Follow Kristian on twitter @KrissHampton