Panasonic has come through on its promise to improve video features and capabilities with the release of the highly-anticipated Lumix S1 software update. Although the cost of this update is still unknown, the release date is scheduled for this July.
Panasonic has announced that the company will release a software upgrade key for the full-frame mirrorless camera LUMIX S1 in July 2019. As scheduled, this paid firmware upgrade is to further expand the video performance of the LUMIX S1 for advanced video recording. The optional Software Update Key will be available for purchase from authorized Panasonic dealers. Functions available with the upgrade program are as follows.
- 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 24p/30p internal video recording
- 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p HDMI output
- Full V-Log recording
This update is Panasonic's way of meeting the demands of professional video shooters. With the new 10-bit, you can display up to 1.07 billion colors compared to 16.7 million with the previous 8-bit. Long story short, this upgrade will do wonders for your color-enhancement capabilities.
The Lumix S1 and S1R are Panasonic's first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras to have 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor. These cameras will come jam-packed with additional full-frame shooting features and with the upgrade, video features are greater than ever. If you're looking to purchase the Lumix S1 or S1R, both will be available at pictureline on April 4th.
For a full review of the S1R, check out our video on our YouTube.