B&H gathered together four filmmakers to discuss their varying experiences shooting with the Panasonic LUMIX S1H camera.
While travel filmmaker Kraig Adams used the camera on a very “difficult and wet hike,” B&H’s Doug Guerra used it as the main camera in a full-fledged production for a spec commercial. “You can be minimalist in terms of the set-up,” says Guerra. “But these days, the shots you can get are phenomenal.” Guerra, whose usual camera is the Panasonic GH5, compares the two favorably. “Visually, the quality to me is like a full-frame GH5, which is really cool.”
Meanwhile, filmmaker Nick Dabas also used the SH1 in a more minimalist fashion, but shooting a high-action scene in extreme heat that included putting the camera on the back of a car. Dabas is most impressed with the camera’s battery life and the fact that the new L-mount system allows for the use of any lens.
Director and cinematographer Sean Davis’s goal with the camera was to build it out to be a full production camera and incorporate it into a larger workflow. He saw its main advantages as being able to shoot anamorphic on a full-height sensor, as well as having full V-Log capabilities which made it easy to integrate into a workflow with the VariCam.
Introduced in August, the Panasonic LUMIX SH1 is a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera equipped with a full-frame image sensor that’s capable of shooting 6K video.