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Panasonic Lumix BS1H Box Cinema Camera

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Panasonic Lumix BS1H Box Cinema Camera
Key Features
  • 24.2MP Full-Frame MOS Sensor
  • Up to 5.9K H.264/H.265/HEVC Recording
  • 14+ Stops of Dynamic Range, HLG Imaging
  • Dual-Native ISO, VariCam Look & V-Log L
Compact and suitable for cine drones, remote setups, and expandable for cine work as well as multi-camera broadcast work, the Panasonic Lumix BS1H Box Cinema Camera is a modular digital cinema camera with a small form-factor that bellies its full-frame sensor. It features a 24.2MP sensor, a Leica L lens mount, and a wide 14+-stop dynamic range to accommodate extreme lighting changes when recording in V-Log. It records video with resolutions up to 5.9K as well as C4K (4096 x 2160) and UHD4K, and it incorporates VariCam Look workflows.
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Panasonic DC-BS1H L-Mount Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sensor and Processing Engine
  • 3V-Log
  • 4Resolution
  • 5Recording and Output
  • 6Ethernet Compatible
  • 7Supports Genlock and Timecode
  • 8Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • 9Functions

Compact and suitable for cine drones, remote setups, and expandable for cine work as well as multi-camera broadcast work, the Panasonic Lumix BS1H Box Cinema Camera is a modular digital cinema camera with a small form-factor that bellies its full-frame sensor. It features a 24.2MP sensor, a Leica L lens mount, and a wide 14+-stop dynamic range to accommodate extreme lighting changes when recording in V-Log. It records video with resolutions up to 5.9K as well as C4K (4096 x 2160) and UHD4K, and it incorporates VariCam Look workflows.

The camera features dual-native ISO using its Venus Engine, anamorphic support, advanced AF (autofocus), numerous remote and power options, and supports HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) color for vivid imagery to aid professional color grading. There are many features packed into this tiny camera that make it the go-to production camera in any mobile and multi-camera production environment.

The BS1H provides multiple ways to record your footage to high data rate files in the ALL-Intra, LongGOP, MOV, and MP4 recording formats with H.264 and H.265/HEVC codecs. The camera supports unlimited recording time and allows you to record 10-bit 4:2:2 video using the camera's dual SD card slots. It can output up to 4K via the HDMI 2.0 output, or you can output up to 1080p resolution via SDI. The camera allows you to output via HDMI and SDI simultaneously, so you can use one signal for monitoring and the other for recording. It also supports recording at variable frame rates for high-quality, slow-motion video. Custom 3D LUTs can be uploaded into the camera, using the SD card slots.

The BS1H is also an ideal camera for multi-camera environments, not only because it's highly mobile, but it includes timecode and genlock BNC ports, so you can sync it with other cameras to make syncing in postproduction easy. Its RJ45 Gigabit LAN port allows you to sync with other networked BS1H cameras, manage the camera settings and functions, and even perform direct IP streaming with a future firmware update. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality are also integrated for monitoring, configuration, and control via a smartphone or tablet, using the LUMIX Sync app. Another function integrated into the BS1H is a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C input to control the camera with the LUMIX Tether app, which allows you to capture still images and control up to 12 BS1H cameras. Audio features include high-grade 48 kHz/24-bit LPCM format, an integrated stereo microphone, a 3.5mm mic/line-level input, and a 3.5mm headphone output. The optional DMW-XLR1 XLR adapter can be utilized, using the camera's integrated hot shoe, allowing you to record with professional microphones.

Its compact body measures less than 4" square and weighs only 1.3 lb, so it can be used on gimbals or drones for high-quality, stabilized footage. Its internal fan keeps the camera cool during long shoots, and its aluminum and magnesium housing provides protection and adds to the cooling factor. It also features 9 x accessory mounting threads for mounting onto a plate, cage, or tripod mount. There are four user-programmable function buttons around the housing as well as tally lights on the front and rear. You can power the BS1H using the included power adapter, with a separately available high-capacity VBR-type battery using its integrated mount, or by using PoE+ (Power-over-Ethernet) via the LAN port with compatible PoE equipment.

Sensor and Processing Engine
  • 24.2 MP sensor with low-pass filter
  • Dual native ISO 100-51200 and 50 to 204,800
  • 10-bit C4K/4K 59.94/50 video (35mm)
  • 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording
  • VFR C4K/4K, 2 to 60 fps, FHD 2-180 fps
  • V-Log
  • 14+ stops of dynamic range with V-Log and V-Gamut
  • Compatible with the "Cinema VariCam Look"
  • Supports LUT files
  • LUT-applied images viewable on SDI and HDMI outputs
  • Resolution
  • Supports 6K, 5.9K, 5.4K, C4K, and 4K in full-frame mode
  • Supports C4K, 4K, Anamorphic 4K (4:3 aspect ratio), and FHD in S35mm mode
  • Recording and Output
    • The camera records internally at 4:2:2 10-Bit/8-bit as well as 4:2:0 10-bit/8-bit to dual UHS II SD card slots that support cards with speed ratings up to V90
    • The camera outputs Blackmagic RAW or ProRes RAW via the HDMI port for external monitoring and/or recording
    • You can simultaneously output RAW over HDMI and video over SDI
    • You can record internally, while simultaneously output FHD over SDI and up to 4K over HDMI
    • Using the LUMIX Tether app version 1.1 or higher or LUMIX sync, you can record internally, output over both HDMI and SDI, and output via wired LAN or Wi-Fi
    Ethernet Compatible
    The camera features an Ethernet port that allows you to remotely control up to 12 x BS1H cameras. You can power the camera via PoE+ protocol over a network that supports PoE+, and you can also stream directly from the camera using the RTP/TRSP protocols. The camera supports streaming UHD 4K and FHD as well as 1280 x 720p.
    Supports Genlock and Timecode
    The BS1H supports Genlock as well as Timecode in/out, providing synchronization of cameras for live sports or later postproduction.
    Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
    The camera supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
    Functions
  • Frame Indicator (red outline surrounds frame indicating the camera is recording)
  • Frame Marker
  • Vertical Position Information
  • Streaming Blue Frame Indicator
  • Aspect Ratio masks
  • Face/Eye recognition for focus tracking
  • Low Light AF supports images with exposure levels down to -6EV
  • UPC: 885170387065

    Panasonic DC-BS1H L-Mount Specs

    Imaging
    Lens MountLeica L
    Lens CommunicationYes
    Sensor ResolutionEffective: 24.2 Megapixel
    Sensor Type35.6 x 23.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
    Image StabilizationNone
    Built-In ND FilterNone
    Capture TypeStills & Video
    Exposure Control
    Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
    Shutter Speed1/16000 to 1/2 Second
    ISO Sensitivity100 to 51,200 (Extended: 80 to 204,800)
    Advertised Dynamic Range14 Stops
    White Balance2500 to 10,000K
    Video Capture
    Internal Recording ModesH.265/H.265 Long GOP/MOV 4:2:2 10-Bit
    4096 x 2160 at 23.98/25/29.97 fps [100 to 400 Mb/s]
    3840 x 2160 at 23.98/25/29.97 fps [100 to 400 Mb/s]
    3328 x 2496 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps [150 to 400 Mb/s]
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps [100 to 200 Mb/s]
    1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [50 to 100 Mb/s]
    H.265/H.265 Long GOP/MOV 4:2:0 10-Bit
    5952 x 3968 at 23.98/24.00 fps [200 Mb/s]
    5376 x 3584 at 25/29.97 fps [200 Mb/s]
    5888 x 3312 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps [200 Mb/s]
    4096 x 2160 from 2 to 59.94 fps [200 Mb/s]
    1920 x 1080p from 2 to 179.82 fps [100 to 150 Mb/s]
    External Recording ModesRaw 12-Bit via HDMI
    5888 x 3312 at 23.98/25/29.97 fps
    4128 x 2176 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
    3536 x 2656 at 23.98/25/29.97/50 fps
    10-Bit via SDI/BNC
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps
    1920 x 1080PsF at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps
    1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps
    1280 x 720 at 50/59.94 fps
    Sensor Crop ModesSuper35 / APS-C
    Sensor Crop While Recording6K (5952 x 3968) in 3:2
    5K (5888 x 3312) in 16:9
    5K (5376 x 3584) in 3:2
    4K (4096 x 2160) in 17:9
    4K (3840 x 2160) in 16:9
    1080p (1920 x 1080) in 16:9
    Fast-/Slow-Motion SupportYes
    Gamma CurvePanasonic V-Gamut, Panasonic V-Log
    Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
    Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
    Audio RecordingMOV: 2/4-Channel 48 kHz LPCM Audio
    MOV: 2/4-Channel 96 kHz LPCM Audio
    MP4: 2/4-Channel 48 kHz LPCM Audio
    MP4: 2/4-Channel 96 kHz LPCM Audio
    IP StreamingRTP, RTSP
    1280 x 2160 to 3840 x 2160 at 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p (4.0 to 50.00 Mb/s)
    Still Image Capture
    Aspect Ratio3:2
    Interface
    Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) [V90 or Faster Recommended]
    Video I/O1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
    1 x HDMI 2.0 Output
    Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Mic/Line Input on Camera Body
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output on Camera Body
    Power I/O1 x Weipu SF610/S2 (12 VDC) Input
    Other I/O1 x USB-C (Camera Interface, USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Control/Data/Video Input
    1 x BNC (Timecode) Data Input/Output
    1 x BNC (Genlock) Data Input/Output
    1 x RJ45 (LAN) Control/Monitor/Video Input/Output
    1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control Input
    Wireless2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth Video Output, Control
    Viewfinder
    TypeOptional, Not Included
    Focus
    Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
    Focus ModeAutomatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus
    Autofocus Points225
    Autofocus Sensitivity0 to +51,200 EV
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature22 to 72°F / -10 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity10 to 80%
    General
    Battery TypePanasonic AG-VBR Series
    PoE SupportPoE+ 802.3at
    Tripod Mounting Thread2 x 3/8"-16 Female (Bottom)
    Accessory Mount9 x 3/8"-16 Female
    1 x Hot Shoe Mount
    Netflix ApprovedYes
    Material of ConstructionAluminum
    Dimensions (W x H x D)3.7 x 3.7 x 3.1" / 9.3 x 9.3 x 7.8 cm (Without Protrusions)
    Weight1.3 lb / 585 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight2.985 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.2 x 6.9 x 6.4"

    Panasonic DC-BS1H L-Mount Reviews

    Positives outrank the negatives

    By William
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-06-07

    I bought the BGH1 and then less than two months later Panasonic announced the BS1H. It made sense to go ahead and get its bigger brother. It's the same size, but bigger in abilities. Two months from now they will probably announce a bigger body that will have a built-in menu screen. Is this camera perfect, no. But if you rank it based on value I would give it six stars. You have to buy this camera knowing that it is relatively useless until you rig it out. Panasonic realized that the industry is rigging out DSLR and mirrorless still cameras for production so why not give them an actual video body to rig out that wait for it, actually takes a full size video battery and continuously records. The Atomos monitors have become almost standard production gear. You just need to know that you need to permanently pair the Atomos with this camera. You also need to include the XLR adapter in your set-up/rig. You should note that the Atomos mount adapter will not work well when the XLR adapter is installed, if you want the monitor to mount in front of the XLR adapter (not included) then you should get the small rig atomos mount that has a lower profile and will fit just underneath the XLR adapter. Also, you do need to get quite familiar with some of the quirks of this camera before relying on it in the field. I recommend using it as a back-up until you become fully acquainted with the function buttons and flipping back and forth from on screen monitor to clean feed on the Atomos. You will mostly want to use the Atomos as a monitor rather than a recorder to have the heads up display in a run and gun situation.

    So close to being great

    By Yoram
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-02-03

    I've only had the camera for a couple weeks, used on one project so far, and starting to form an educated opinion. Love the size, weight and shape of this box camera. SDI out AND full size HDMI port are God sent on such a tiny body! Picture quality is fantastic and should cut nicely with its bigger sister the EVA1. Also, if you already own an EVA1 you can use the same batteries which is super convenient. It seems like a no brainer as a great camera for gimbal, car rigs or any other hard to reach places. Should also be great for interviews and other applications. But, there are a couple drawbacks. First, the rolling shutter. It is very pronounced with fast pans, so if you rig the camera for action packed hand held work it will be very noticeable. You can minimize it by using the cropped sensor mode. Second, the menu and buttons. A little confusing and doesn't seem terribly intuitive (even though I'm familiar with it from the S5). The bluetooth connection works well and you can connect the camera and control it on your phone, BUT... if you change some settings via your phone you must also undo those changes on the phone. I've chosen a specific record quality on my phone (reduced to 8bit recording for slow motion work) and suddenly the camera was missing all the ALL-Intra options in the menu, and it took me FOREVER to figure out what happened. It doesn't make sense that the camera stays under the spell of bluetooth remote control even after bluetooth is turned off, but it does... so be aware. Speaking of slow motion, I do wish a higher quality (422 10bit) slow motion was available at this point. Also, I understand it's impossible to squeeze internal NDs into such a tiny body, but the lack of Image Stabilization is almost criminal. Still, with the fabulous Panasonic color science and 6K capabilities, I'm hoping to get some good use out of it for the next few years.

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