The first specifications that were rumored for the Panasonic Lumix S1HII just dropped and it looks like one of the brand's best 4K cameras could be upgraded to 8K video.
The Panasonic Lumix S1H is one of our favorite camcorders and one of the cheapest models approved by Netflix for use in productions. But it looks like the S1H II could be a breakthrough, if the rumors are to be believed.
Specifications noted by L-Rumors indicate that the next camera could capture 8K video at 24p. On top of that, the camera could capture 6K at a maximum of 60p, 4K at 180p, and FHD at 300p, an improvement over the Lumix S1H which could only achieve 6K/24p and 4K/60p.
There are some details that make us a bit suspicious about the leak as it currently stands. In particular, while the specs boast that the Panasonic Lumix S1H II will be capable of producing 8K / 24p video, it will apparently come with a 24MP full-frame sensor, the same as the original Panasonic Lumix S1H.
You need a 33MP sensor (at least) to make 8K recordings, which suggests that not all assumed specifications will be correct. That said, Panasonic has already declared an interest in creating 8K consumer cameras, so a step towards this resolution is certainly not out of place. We imagine this will also be the first of many Lumix S1H II leaks, with more specific details about the sensor expected to change over time.
The alleged 8K video recording capabilities of the Panasonic Lumix S1H II might be the most notable feature, but speculation gives us a pretty attractive picture of what videographers can expect;
For one thing, the Panasonic Lumix S1H II could come with an improved version of DFD AF (Defocus Depth Autofocus), Panasonic's own brand of contrast-detection AF technology, while retaining V-Log, a tool. that improves the cameramen. control the appearance of the image during the editing phase.
Perhaps more realistic, lRumors suggest that the Lumix S24H II's 1MP sensor (if that's what came with the camera) it will have at least 14 stops of dynamic range and an IBIS (in-body image stabilization) which is good at 6.5. compensation stops. These features will apparently add a bit more bulk to the S1H's body, though it's not clear yet.
Considering the contradiction between the sensor resolution and the alleged 8K video recording in these rumors, plus the fact that L-Rumors referred to them as "rumor from an unknown source," this speculation should certainly be taken with caution. . But it certainly opens up an interesting discussion about what Panasonic might fit into a sequel to the S1H, a video camera that arrived in August 2019.