Panasonic Lumix S1H is the First Mirrorless Camera Approved by Netflix

The new Panasonic Lumix S1H is the first mirrorless camera that approved by Netflix. Production units are allowed to use it as a main camera shooting in either DCI 4K (4,096 x 2,160) or Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) resolutions. That gives Panasonic’s fledgling full-frame S1 lineup a boost of prestige, and filmmakers a relatively inexpensive way to create Netflix shows.

From Engadget:

According to Netflix’s production guide for the S1H, you have to shoot in at least 4K using the V-Log color space with 4:2:2 10-bit All-I (400 Mbps) encoding. Crucially, Netflix requires a pixel-for-pixel sensor readout with no line-skipping. The S1H can handle that either by cropping to a Super 35 portion of the sensor (approximately APS-C) or using the full width of the sensor. The latter makes the S1H the cheapest option, by far, for a full-frame camera.

The S1H is approved for anamorphic productions in academy 4:3 capture in 4K, or to pick up the odd B-camera shot using 6K large format for greater depth of field (3:2, 5,888 x 3,312). You can also shoot slow-mo at 60 FPS 4K using a cropped, Super 35 sensor size. Other settings on the camera like in-body stabilization and e-stabilization can be used with some limitations imposed (no panning with the boost I.S. mode). The S1H has a number of other features that likely helped greatly with approval, especially its time code jamming capability.

The S1H isn’t a cheap camera at $4,000 for the body, but it’s by far the cheapest full-frame Netflix approved camera. Mind you, the body price is just one part of that equation — the lens alone on the front of the camera above retails for $10,000.

Update 10/24/2019 2:22 PM EST: The post has been updated to point out that 6K anamorphic capture can only be used for B-camera, rather than main camera shooting, due to the lack of an I-frame codec in that format.