It is with video, particularly in picture high quality, the place this digicam crushes different mirrorless pretenders. Only for a begin, you’ll be able to shoot 4K at 30 fps utilizing all the sensor width with no oversampling or line-skipping. Should you want greater body charges, it may well deal with 60 fps 4K with a 1.5 occasions APS-C crop and shoot 1080p at as much as 120 fps.
What’s extra, that is the one digicam aside from Blackmagic’s Pocket 6K digicam that permits you to shoot 5.9K (5,888 x three,312) at as much as 30 fps. It might probably even deal with anamorphic three:2 6K (5952 x 3968) at 24 fps, max. Certain, 6K may look like overkill, however it may be very useful should you really feel you may have to crop a shot later whereas enhancing 4K or extract high-resolution nonetheless photographs.
All of this video is on the market with 10-bit coloration for optimum enhancing flexibility, both at four:2:2 coloration subsampling or four:2:zero for the 6K and slo-mo modes. If you would like production-quality HDR 4K footage that may cross Netflix’s stringent picture high quality requirements, although, you will have to shoot in V-log mode utilizing the utmost All-I 400 Mbps information fee. That is solely obtainable for 4K and DCI 4K video at as much as 30p, and never 5.9K, 6K or 60 fps 4K. You possibly can, nevertheless, use these resolutions to seize the occasional shot, based on Netflix’s guidelines.
The video high quality, as you’d anticipate, borders on flawless. On the highest-quality settings with full oversampling, 4K and 6K video is extraordinarily sharp, whereas pores and skin tones and colours are pure and correct. V-log mode delivers 14 stops of dynamic vary and 10-bit coloration, which gave me loads of artistic choices in publish whereas taking pictures avenue scenes, landscapes and folks in Paris. You can too use these settings to create HDR movies with excessive dynamic vary and richer colours.
The twin ISO system provides the S1H unimaginable low-light functionality. Nearly as good as I discovered twin ISO on the GH5s, the full-frame S1H has larger pixels that may take up extra gentle. Amazingly, video and pictures are usable with acceptable noise ranges at as much as ISO 25,600 and even past. That may enable for extra inexpensive productions with minimal lighting for night time shoots.
For example, taking pictures video at night time in Paris, I might crank up the publicity rather more than I anticipated by utilizing ISO charges as excessive as 12,800 and 25,600. In consequence, I might see element in night time skies and unlit areas. On the similar time, noise ranges had been greater than acceptable, even as much as ISO 51,200. For run-and-gun documentary and movie taking pictures, that is a cinematographer’s dream.
What’s much more fascinating for filmmakers, nevertheless, is the massive sensor. I used to be ready to make use of it to create intense bokeh results, particularly with Panasonic’s quick 50mm f/1.four lens. The truth is, this digicam has shallower depth of area than most different fashions accredited by Netflix, even many rather more costly digicam fashions. I might see producers selecting the S1H for its inventive prospects, not simply because it is low-cost and comparatively small in comparison with a Canon C300 Mark II, as an example. Sarcastically, this might hit professional digicam gross sales for Sony, Canon and even Panasonic itself.
As with pictures, the video autofocus is sweet, however not nice. Nonetheless, for normal taking pictures, vlogging, standups and different chores, it may well actually do the job. You simply want to concentrate on its limitations and arrange the autofocus parameters in order that they work greatest for what you are taking pictures.
As with the S1, the S1H does have some rolling shutter, which exhibits up as rubbery trying video. Nonetheless, it is properly managed and far much less extreme than on Sony’s mirrorless cameras. You will not actually see it until you pan the digicam rapidly or shoot fast-paced objects, like trains or airplane propellers.
How a lot does this matter? Run-and-gun crews typically use Canon’s newest C200 ($6,500) and C300 Mark II ($9,000) fashions as a result of the AF is so dependable. The S1H would not measure as much as these fashions in that approach, but it surely’s not unhealthy and it is so much cheaper. However, it makes no distinction for skilled crewed productions as they typically use cinema lenses with none AF capabilities and pull focus manually.
One other slight downside for taking pictures on the go is that should you attempt to transfer the digicam an excessive amount of when filming, the five-axis in-body stabilization makes the picture bounce when it hits its limits. However, it is not meant to be an alternative to a gimbal, and it does work nice for normal handheld taking pictures.