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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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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An update on L-mount lens compatibility (Leica SL and Panasonic S1)

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Just like my forum users, I read a few days ago at DPReview that Sigma won’t be making the MC-21 Canon EF adapter compatible with any Leica mirrorless cameras including the Leica SL.

There is now quite some confusion over whether the adapter is going to work with a firmware update, or never? I am waiting for Leica, Panasonic and Sigma to clarify this. In my view the L-mount alliance shouldn’t be plagued by compatibility issues between cameras and lenses with the same mount, nor should there be political reasons for disabling certain products¬†(or a ‘specification change’ as Sigma put it)!

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