Panasonic releases Firmware Version 2.1 for LUMIX S1H: Supporting RAW Video Data Output over HDMI

Panasonic has today released its LUMIX S1H firmware update Version 2.1, supporting RAW video data output over HDMI. Cinematographers and filmmakers are increasingly demanding RAW due to the powerful advantages it provides for editing and grading.

Working together with Atomos, a global company that creates video equipment for professional film creators, the new firmware enables the output of maximum 5.9K/29.9p and 59.94p 4K[i] RAW video data over HDMI to save it as Apple ProRes RAW on the Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR monitor-recorder. In addition, the update also offers Super 35mm Anamorphic 4:3 in 3.5K resolution which is a standard for filmmakers in production.

The free firmware is available now at the LUMIX Global Customer Support website:

James Choi, Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, explained: “ProRes RAW is an efficient and highly flexible compressed RAW video format that provides amazing image quality for the filmmaker without introducing additional stress to workflow. For the creative professional, this ensures that data requirements and costs are manageable. Coupled with the S1H, this offers powerful performance, with the camera providing unlimited shooting in environmental conditions up to 40 degrees Celsius.”

LUMIX S1H Firmware Version 2.1

RAW video data output over HDMI

・[5.9K] / [4K] / [Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K] 12-bit RAW video data can be output over HDMI.

Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on Atomos Ninja V.[ii]

AreaResolutionFrame RateAspectHDMI Output
Full Frame5.9K (5888x3312)29.97p/25p/23.98p16:912-bit
Super 35mm4K (4128x2176)59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p17:912-bit
Super 35mm Anamorphic3.5K (3536x2656)50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p4:312-bit

・V-Log or Rec.709 is selectable on Live View monitor during RAW output.

・Shooting assist functions including WFM (Wave Form Monitor), Vector Scope, Luminance Spot Meter, Zebra Pattern can be used during RAW output.

・A LUT (Lookup table) exclusively designed for RAW video recorded on NINJA V is available on the following customer support website to achieve the same color grading as V-Log/V-Gamut[i]. It is easy to match colors between footage recorded with Panasonic Varicam, EVA1 and LUMIX GH5 series cameras in order to combine them.

[i] Software that supports Apple ProRes RAW is required to edit RAW video recorded with NINJA V.

[i] 4128×2176(17:9), announced as “C4K” at IBC2019. Corresponding to C4K (4096×2160) as defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI).

[ii] Selectable recording mode depends on the version of ATOMOS NINJA V.

All functions may not be available depending on the situation.