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Panasonic brings digital cameras in roll film design

The box design of the Lumix BS1H from Panasonic is reminiscent of a roll film camera. Inside, however, is a 24-megapixel chip. With the Lumix BS1H, Panasonic has presented a new mirrorless full-frame camera with an L-mount. It differs from classic cameras with interchangeable lenses in terms of its housing. It looks like a camera from the 50s or 60s.

The Lumix BS1H box camera, however, is equipped with a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor and can take photos with 6,000 x 4,000 pixels, but actually, it is primarily intended for filming.

The BS1H records 6K videos with a maximum of 24 frames per second. The sensor reaches a maximum sensitivity of ISO 51,200. Alternatively, film resolutions of 5.4K / 30p or 5.9K / 30p as well as 4K30p are possible. The Lumix delivers a dynamic range of 14 f-stops.

The camera has autofocus and enables HDMI output in 4: 2: 2 10-bit 4K 60p / 50p and records in unlimited length. It can forward the image signal via HDMI to the Atomos Ninja V recorder, which saves it in Apple ProRes RAW or, alternatively, sends it to Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR, which saves it in Blackmagic RAW format.

The camera also offers an IP streaming function that can be used for live streaming via a LAN cable on the computer. The BS1H Videos can stream in 4K 60p (50p) with H.265 codec to save bandwidth.

In addition to USB 3.1 Type-C, there are interfaces for 3G-SDI (BNC) and HDMI Type-A that can be used in parallel. The camera saves the video data internally on a double slot for SD cards. The Japanese company has published the full technical data on its website.

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