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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
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 Overview

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

    Key Specs
    Lens Mount
    Leica L
    Sensor Resolution
    Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
    Image Sensor
    35.6 x 23.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
    ISO Sensitivity Range
    100 to 51,200 (Extended: 80 to 204,800)
    Internal Recording Modes
    H.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 at 23.98/24.00/29.97/48.00/50/59.94 fps [200 Mb/s]
    1920 x 1080p at 47.95/48.00/100/120 fps [100 to 150 Mb/s]
    External Recording Modes
    Raw 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
    Media/Memory Card Slot
    Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) [V90 or Faster Recommended]
    Video I/O
    1x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
    1x HDMI 2.0 Output
    Mobile App Compatible
    Yes: Android & iOS
    App Name: Lumix Sync
    Battery Type
    Panasonic AG-VBR Series
    Imaging
    Lens Mount
    Leica L
    Lens Communication
    Yes
    Sensor Resolution
    Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
    Image Sensor
    35.6 x 23.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
    Image Stabilization
    No
    Built-In ND Filter
    No
    Capture Type
    Stills & Video
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Type
    Electronic Rolling Shutter
    Shutter Type
    Electronic Rolling Shutter 
    Shutter Speed
    1/16000 to 1/2 Second
    ISO Sensitivity Range
    100 to 51,200 (Extended: 80 to 204,800)
    Advertised Dynamic Range
    14 Stops
    White Balance
    2500 to 10,000K
    Video Capture
    Internal Recording Modes
    H.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 at 23.98/24.00/29.97/48.00/50/59.94 fps [200 Mb/s]
    1920 x 1080p at 47.95/48.00/100/120 fps [100 to 150 Mb/s]
    External Recording Modes
    Raw 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 Modes
    Super35 / APS-C
    Sensor Crop While Recording
    6K (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 Support
    Yes
    Gamma Curve
    Panasonic V-Gamut, Panasonic V-Log
    Broadcast Output
    NTSC/PAL
    Built-In Microphone
    Stereo
    Audio Recording
    MOV: 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 Streaming
    RTP, 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 Ratio
    3:2
    Interface
    Media/Memory Card Slot
    Dual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) [V90 or Faster Recommended]
    Video I/O
    1x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
    1x HDMI 2.0 Output
    Audio I/O
    1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Mic/Line Input on Camera Body
    1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output on Camera Body
    Power I/O
    1x Weipu SF610/S2 (12VDC) Input
    Other I/O
    1x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Control/Data/Video Input
    1x BNC (Timecode) Data Input/Output
    1x BNC (Genlock) Data Input/Output
    1x RJ45 (LAN) Control/Monitor/Video Input/Output
    1x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control Input
    Wireless
    2.4 GHz Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), Bluetooth Video Output, Control
    Mobile App Compatible
    Yes: Android & iOS
    App Name: Lumix Sync
    Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
    GPS
    Viewfinder
    Type
    Optional, Not Included
    Focus
    Focus Type
    Auto and Manual Focus
    Focus Mode
    Automatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Manual Focus
    Autofocus Points
    225
    Autofocus Sensitivity
    0 to +51,200 EV
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature
    22 to 72°F / -10 to 40°C
    Operating Humidity
    10 to 80%
    General
    Battery Type
    Panasonic AG-VBR Series
    PoE Support
    PoE+ 802.3at
    Shoe Mount
    1x Hot Shoe
    Tripod Mounting Thread
    2x 3/8"-16 Female (Bottom)
    Accessory Mounting Thread
    9x 3/8"-16
    Netflix Approved
    Yes
    Material of Construction
    Aluminum
    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)
    Weight
    1.3 lb / 585 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight
    2.985 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
    8.2 x 6.9 x 6.4"

    Panasonic DC-BS1H Reviews

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    Can I use an infrared filter on this to shoot ...

    Can I use an infrared filter on this to shoot infrared nature videos?
    Asked by: Warren
    No, The Panasonic Lumix BS1H Box Cinema Camera does not have an IR mode.
    Answered by: Chris H
    Date published: 2022-02-16

    Can I record via the USB C on to an SSD external?

    Can I record via the USB C on to an SSD external?
    Asked by: joli
    Hi! Directly to an external SSD, it will not be possible. -A
    Answered by: Panasonic Team
    Date published: 2022-07-07

    Is the autofocus improved over previous LUMIX ...

    Is the autofocus improved over previous LUMIX cameras?
    Asked by: Tyler
    The current modern generation of Panasonics (S1H/S5/G9/GH5mk2/etc with the very latest firmware) has greatly improved autofocus by a huge margin over their older generation of cameras from Panasonic. (leave behind your preconceived notions of what Panasonic AF is! If they'd released this level of performance a few years earlier, everyone would be praising Panasonic for having amazing autofocus)
    Answered by: David
    Date published: 2021-11-20

    Does this camera support on rig remote control of ...

    Does this camera support on rig remote control of focus, aperture, zoom, or start/stop via Panasonic or LANC control?
    Asked by: Mira
    The Panasonic Lumix BS1H Box Cinema Camera and the available remote port on the side of the camera can offer part control. That is, starting and stopping the recording, aperture adjustment, and manual focus operation. Alternative methods of control are smartphone and computer connection, either over USB-C or ethernet. Another method is control of the camera over USB-C using a display like the PORTKEYS LH5P II 5.5" Touchscreen Monitor with Camera Control for Panasonic GH5/G5S/S1/BGH1. See the link below: https://bhpho.to/3qE73ET
    Answered by: Richard
    Date published: 2023-08-21

    We can read in the spscs; "Image Stabilization ...

    We can read in the spscs; "Image Stabilization ---Sensor-Shift". Why then do you say it is a no IBIS camera?
    Asked by: ROBERTO
    It has no IBIS. This specification is wrong on the website. #C
    Answered by: Panasonic Team
    Date published: 2022-03-31

    What Anton Bauer adapter is being used to power ...

    What Anton Bauer adapter is being used to power the camera in the demo video? Is there a gold mount version?
    Asked by: Andrew
    Hi, Andrew! Please check directly with the vendor.
    Answered by: Panasonic Team
    Date published: 2023-03-21

    Can the BS1H record ProRes internally? (not ...

    Can the BS1H record ProRes internally? (not ProResRaw, but XQ, 4:4:4:4, or HQ).
    Asked by: s
    The Panasonic Lumix BS1H cannot record ProRes internally.
    Answered by: Richard
    Date published: 2022-07-07

    4k external recording is only HDMI?? THE WHOLE ...

    4k external recording is only HDMI?? THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF ADDING AN SDI PORT WAS TO GET A SOLID CONNECTION, WITHOUT CHANCE HDMI CABLE LOSING CONNECTION!! This has to be a typo.
    Asked by: s
    The unit offers two outputs 1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output 1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0) Output
    Answered by: hectorm
    Date published: 2021-11-20
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