The Panasonic S1 codec upgrade is out now – update to firmware 1.2 and redeem code

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Today the Panasonic S1 gets the new V1.2 firmware update which brings the capability to unlock the catchily dubbed DMW-SFU2 upgrade capabilities. Full V-LOG (not “L”), Cinema VariCam colour science (V-Gamut) and 10bit codec upgrade to 4K 4:2:2 150Mbit are the main features.

As well as that there’s LUT support in camera, high res 24bit audio and other exciting improvements.

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Panasonic S1 Filmmaker Update – $199 in July – has substantial 14-stop 10bit codec upgrade, LUT viewing and waveform!

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Panasonic have unveiled the S1 Filmmaker Update pack at the launch of the big brother camera, the S1H. The good news for S1 users is that it’s better than anybody expected. An extremely generous array of upgrades as well as V-LOG, for just $199.

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The strong ARM of the law – Leica and DJI may be swept up in Trump’s blacklisting war, as Huawei suppliers melt away under pressure

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UK based, Japanese owned chip-designer ARM this week announced it is severing business ties with Huawei and others are following suite. Panasonic too, have announced a complete cut in the supply of unspecified components to the Chinese company. According to Nikkei Asian Review, even German chipmaker Infineon confirmed on Monday it needed to “halt American-origin shipments to Huawei to comply with U.S. law”. What hope for Huawei supplier Leica?

Huawei said in a statement to reporters that it valued the close relationships with partners, but recognised the intense pressure they are under as a result of ‘politically motivated decisions’.

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Cine Gear Expo reveals new Cinema Lumix camera announcement on May 31

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Cine Gear Expo have announced an announcement. Published on their Facebook page, it reveals Panasonic are set to bring a Lumix branded cinema camera to the show on May 31st. It’s speculated that this will be a full frame L mount camera. What isn’t known is what form factor it will take – will it be S1 style, EVA or Varicam – or a mix of all three?

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EOSHD’s best and worst cameras of 2018

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Here’s my top 5 cameras of 2018.

Of course we all know “there’s no such thing as a ‘bad’ camera” any more but there is such a thing as a dull, boring rip off. Then there’s the stuff that has a shelf life of a few months, that you just know is a stepping stone before the real deal arrives. In many ways 2018 was a good year to keep hold of what you have and wait for the dust to settle. An eventful one for technology, especially in the second half where we saw some glimpses of the future. In 2018 we had six truly great cameras for filmmakers and a few that didn’t make my top list like the M50 or RX100 VI but which are nevertheless still useful in one way or another.

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