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Panasonic LUMIX S1H | Real World Cinematography in 4K | Hands on Review | Teaser

My full length, real world review of the Lumix S1H, with behind the scenes content should land next week. For now though, here’s a little sneak peak to give you a taster!

For those who watched my last video on the subject, you will know that I recently decided that I wouldn’t be switching to the Panasonic Lumix S1H, from my GH5 and GH5s. Not just yet anyway. I was then contacted off the back of the video and offered a trial of the camera. Obviously, I jumped at the chance to give it a try and see for myself what it can do. Looking at a spec sheet is all well and good, but what’s it like to actually use in the real world? Would I benefit from upgrading after all? Perhaps I would change my mind?

I’ve had the camera for a few days now, and at the weekend we decided to take a trip out to the Brecon Beacons in Wales, UK, to really put it through its paces. The Brecons ended up being extremely bleak. The weather couldn’t really have been much worse for testing a new camera, with white out conditions at times and dull, low light all day long. At first this was disappointing, but it actually ended up making for some seriously dark and moody cinematography. I do love a bit of moodiness I must say! Perhaps this wasn’t such a bad thing after all, as shooting video in less than favourable conditions, with poor light, is the true test of any professional camera. Many cameras shoot high quality, filmic video in good conditions. But poor conditions can make or break it. This really gave us the opportunity to test the S1H low light capabilities. The shots at the end of this video were captured after dark with awful visibility, so how do you think it performed?

My full length hands on review of the camera will be ready next week. Be sure to subscribe and hit the notification icon to be notified as soon as it lands. We’ve gone to a bit of an effort with this one, wanting to show you not just the beautiful footage that this camera can produce, but also allow you to watch us capturing it. There are so many in depth reviews of the S1 and S1H, diving deep into all of the features and specs, so instead I wanted to make a video about what it’s like to use in the real world. What’s it like for run and gun shooters like us? I intend to touch on the main pros and cons from my own perspective, what I like about it and what I don’t like. I’ll then conclude by referring back to my previous video, to see if my opinions have changed at all, and ultimately if I have changed my mind about purchasing one. My initial thoughts are very positive, there’s no doubt about that. This camera produces some genuinely beautiful cinematic imagery that’s an absolute dream to work with in post production. But will it be enough to convince me to buy one? Stay tuned to find out!

Info on the production of these cinematic test shots:

Shot entirely on the Lumix S1H
Lenses: Panasonic 12-105mm f/4, Panasonic 50mm f/1.4
Tiffen Variable ND Filter
Shots are a mixture of Ronin S gimbal mounted and handheld
Focused manually

All footage shot internally without an external recorder.
C4K, 24p, 10 bit, 400mbs ALL-I
C4K, 60p, 10 bit

Note: The driving footage at the end of the video was shot at 6400ISO in VLog, with no Noise Reduction in camera or in post. Impressed? I sure am.

Log to Rec709 Conversion: PANA_V709 VariCam Conversion LUT
Graded with FilmConvert and the Explorer Teal Finishing LUT by Lens Distortions available here:

You can watch my first video on the Lumix S1H here:

Music licensed via Musicbed


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13 thoughts on “Panasonic LUMIX S1H | Real World Cinematography in 4K | Hands on Review | Teaser

  1. My full real world review and behind the scenes vlog will land next week. Are there any specific points about the camera you would like me to cover? Let me know in the comments!

  2. Let us know about audio. Are the preamps any good? How many microphones can you record into the camera given it's form factor? Would you consider using a separate audio recording set up if doing narrative work? How to keep the camera set up small and compact for handheld work whilst recording audio simultaneously from one or two people speaking?

  3. Love what you did here! I have the S1 and I’m on the fence about the S1H. Keep these videos coming!

  4. I keep on watching it because it’s so so so beautiful, soft, emotional and some how I feel it is connected with Inside of me… Every Body need to see this, I’m sharing..!!!

  5. Excellent work with the smoothness. I loved how many clips had just a bit of the H2Ofall still in them, but different angles.

    Loved it!!!


  6. Very nice indeed! I love the mood. I recently got my S1H and I just began filming with it. I will wait for your review. I am exploring gimbal options. How does it hold on the smaller Ronin S? I saw in another review that the S1H barely fits, especially on the right side. Could you show it in your review?

  7. I love it, I love it, I love it! Been using the S1H for almost two months now and honestly it’s the best camera to travel with since the GH5. Well done!

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