Panasonic 6K Lumix BS1H Mirrorless Full-Frame Box-Style Cinema Camera

The compact cinema camera market has become even more competitive with the announcement of Panasonic’s new Lumix BS1H box-style camera that sports a long list of professional features in a tiny form factor. This mirrorless camera joins the S1H and BGH1 compact camera line, featuring a full-frame 24.2MP CMOS sensor that captures cinema-quality video up to 10-bit 6K24 resolution, 14+ stops of advertised dynamic range using V-Log/V-Gamut, and dual-native ISO. Its miniature size still finds room for multiple output and recording options via SD card, HDMI, SDI, USB tether, and IP streaming output.

Panasonic’s Lumix BS1H

The tiny BS1H camera weighs only 1.3 lb and measures just 3.7" square, so it can be used in any environment such as sporting events, live broadcast, Internet streaming, presentations, or any production situation that calls for a small form factor and cinema resolution. The camera can be placed just about everywhere using its Ethernet and PoE compatible design, features an L-mount for cinema-style lenses, and it supports IS boost when using Lumix S Series OIS lenses. Its Contrast AF technology supports face and eye recognition, precise object tracking, and high-precision focus in low-light situations.

The camera allows you to output RAW video such as ProRes RAW and Blackmagic RAW via the HDMI output for use with recording monitors such as the Atomos Ninja V or the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G, so you can record up to 5.9K video externally. It also features an SDI output and an RJ45 LAN port so you can livestream video to the Internet using RTP/RTSP streaming protocols. The USB port can be used for camera control, as well as tethering, allowing you to use the Lumix Tether software for remote control and JPEG still capture. The camera records in MOV and MP4 formats in H.264/AVC or H.265/HEVC to the integrated SD/SDHC/SDXC slot using up to V90 or UHS-II class 90 cards at up to 400 Mb/s.

The BS1H's extensive feature list also includes anti-reflective coating on the sensor, manual or autofocus modes, and exposure compensation to boost performance in low light. It has customizable color temperature, white balance, shutter speed, RGB, timecode, genlock, and luma settings, as well as front and rear tally lights. Additionally, it supports 4-perf anamorphic squeeze, VariCam and .Cube LUT formats, high-frame-rate (HFR) recording, hybrid log gamma (HLG), and many more professional image tools and control options. The camera also features a 3.5mm mic/line audio input, and it is compatible with the Panasonic DMW-XLR1 XLR input extension to make professional audio recording easy. The BS1H comes with a power adapter and can utilize a separately available Li-ion AG-VBR battery to power the camera on the go. It can even be powered using PoE+ when you have a third-party PoE+ switch, saving you a battery and extra cabling.

Is the Lumix BS1H right for you? Which features do you find most compelling? Join us in conversation in the Comments section.

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Does this thing really not shoot true 24 (or 48) FPS? Looking at the menu, it appears to only offer non-integer frame rates. That's... not good.

The camera can shoot true 24p and 48p, but you need to switch the System Frequency setting in the menu to 24 Hz rather than 59.94 Hz. This setting controls the base frequency, so when set to 59.94 Hz, you will only see the fractional frame rates (this is the way it works on many of Panasonic's cameras).

Note that shooting 4K @ 48 fps (or really 4K at anything higher than 30 fps) is only possible in Super35 crop mode due to sensor readout speed limitations.

Hi Gavin -

Yes it can.
 

Internal Recording:

Recording Modes
H.265/H.265 Long GOP/MOV 4:2:2 10-Bit:
4096 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (100 to 400 Mb/s) 
3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (100 to 400 Mb/s) 
3328 x 2496p at 23.98/24/25/29.97 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 3968p at 23.98/24/25 fps (200 Mb/s) 
5376 x 3584p at 25/29.97 fps (200 Mb/s) 
5888 x 3312p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (200 Mb/s) 
4096 x 2160p at 23.98/24/29.97/48/50/59.94 fps (200 Mb/s) 
H.265/H.265 Long GOP/MOV 4:2:0 10-Bit:
1920 x 1080p at 100/119.88 fps (150 Mb/s) 
1920 x 1080p at 47.95/48 fps (100 Mb/s) 

Variable Frame Rates
DCI 4K: 2 to 60 fps
1080p: 2 to 180 fps

Am I missing something? It looks like if you want to record 4:2:2, it only shoots true 24p at 3328 x 2496 (1.33). Seems very odd.

Can this be powered over USBC?

 Hi Lawrence -
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.

I'd be excited, if it could do 4K 120... or even 2K 120

Yeah, I don't understand why the S1H can't do 2K 120p after a firmware upgrade :(

Shopping for a box camera to use on a FPV cinema drone.

 I was steadfast on purchasing the Zcam F6, but will wait to see the final specs on this.

These box cameras are easy to mount and small size are perfect for FPV flying. 

What are you using for your FPV transmitter and receiver?

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