Panasonic Releases S Series Teleconverters and S1 V-Log Upgrade


The day has come: V-Log is now available for the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 Mirrorless Camera! This optional upgrade unlocks the full video potential of the S1 by adding V-Log gamma as an option and a ton of other functions. As a surprise for early adopters, Panasonic is also launching this upgrade as part of a promotion that provides the upgrade free to individuals who already purchased the S1 as well as for anyone who buys an S1 or S1 kit, through July 31, 2019. Also, for all S Series shooters, Panasonic has just released Lumix S 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters for the S PRO 70-200mm f/4 lens and for video-minded shooters curious about this new mirrorless system, you may want to check out the S1H.

As you might have heard, Panasonic has already discussed what is coming in this update, but let’s take a moment to review the highlights. The addition of V-Log is huge. This is a full version of V-Log, which means it should blend even better with professional digital cinema cameras from Panasonic. Other enhancements include the ability to record UHD 4K footage in up to 10-bit 4:2:2 at 24 or 30 fps internally and save it directly to a memory card. You can also output UHD 4K in 10-bit 4:2:2 at up to 60 fps over HDMI.

Better make sure you register your S1 with Panasonic or jump on purchasing a new one before the offer expires at the end of July! If you are looking to pick one up, Panasonic has expanded its Trade-In/Trade-Up promotion to accept a working-condition digital interchangeable-lens camera or HD/UHD/4K video camera with XLR video. Don’t miss out! Get one today! And, as a note, individuals who have already purchased a camera from B&H should contact our Customer Service to find out how to receive a free V-Log Upgrade. Future purchases from B&H will provide V-Log along with the camera.

While the Filmmaker Upgrade Software Key for the S1 is exciting news, a set of teleconverters was also released today. Both a 1.4x and 2x are available and they are compatible with the existing 70-200mm f/4, where they will boost the effective focal length to 98-280mm and 140-400mm, respectively. They do come at a cost of 1 stop of light for the 1.4x and 2 stops for the 2x, though both are dust- and splash resistant to match the lens. And, they’ll hopefully be compatible with many upcoming S Series lenses.

Lumix S 1.4x Teleconverters
Lumix S 2x Teleconverter
Lumix S 1.4x and 2x Teleconverters

A lot of great news for early adopters of the S Series. Anything in particular you want from the system going forward? Are you going to upgrade? Sound off in the Comments section, below!