Panasonic S1H – First Netflix Approved Mirrorless Camera

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The Panasonic S1H has been named as a Netflix 4K original content approved camera becoming the first mirrorless camera approved to do so.

Why it matters…

With it’s inclusion on the list, the Panasonic S1H has become the most affordable and accessible approved camera with which filmmakers can use to create content for the streaming giant.

Netflix Requirements

Netflix has some pretty stringent minimum requirements that have to be met before a camera is approved as you can see below.

Resolution Requirements

  • Camera must have a true 4K UHD sensor (equal to or greater than 3840 photosites wide).

Capture Requirements

  • Capture Format
    • RAW (Sony RAW, REDCODE, Arriraw etc.)
    • COMPRESSED (XAVC, AVC-Intra, ProRes, or other I-Frame capable formats)
    • Minimum of 16-bit Linear or 10-bit Log processing
      Minimum data-rate of Bitrate of 240 Mbps at 23.98 fps
  • Capture Transfer Function
    • S-Log3, Log-C, V-Log, Log3G10, etc.
    • Capture Color Space
    • S-Gamut3.cine, RED Wide Gamut RGB, Alexa Wide Gamut, etc.
  • Capture Color Space
    • S-Gamut3.cine, RED Wide Gamut RGB, Alexa Wide Gamut, etc.
  • No looks or color corrections should be baked into the original camera files.
  • Files must maintain all metadata (i.e. Tape Name, Timecode, Frame Rate, ISO, WB, etc.).

The S1H meets or exceeds all of the requirements as laid out above and can in fact do a lot of it in camera without the need for any additional external gear.

Read more about the capabilities of the Panasonic S1H in our previous blog post.

For the full list of Netflix approved cameras and other image capture devices click here.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H Mirrorless Camera – Vistek Canada Product Detail

Digital Single Lens Mirrorless system camera equipped with a full-frame image sensor. The LUMIX S1H is the world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K.

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