Panasonic BGH1 approved for Netflix Originals productions

Panasonic BGH1 approved for Netflix Originals productions
(Image credit: Netflix / Panasonic)

The Panasonic BGH1 has been approved by Netflix for use as a primary 'A' camera for filming Netflix Originals productions in 4K on the streaming platform. 

It is quite a coup for the manufacturer, as the Panasonic BGH1 (opens in new tab) joins the Panasonic S1H (opens in new tab) (which was certified by Netflix last October) as the only two mirrorless cameras, and the only two prosumer cameras, on a list that includes such cinema powerhouses as the Arri Alexa 65, Red One and Sony Venice. 

• Read more: Best 4K camera for video (opens in new tab)

Significantly, it is also the only Micro Four Thirds camera (opens in new tab) to be approved by Netflix – which certainly provides a shot in the arm to the format, after Olympus selling its imaging division left a big question mark on its future. 

Also worth noting is that while the recent Canon EOS C70 (opens in new tab) has been certified by the production company, Sony's would-be cinema-grade camera the Sony A7S III (opens in new tab) has yet to receive approval.

Back to the BGH1, though. Like the S1H before it, Netflix' best practices and recommendations include that the camera shoots in 4:2:2 10-bit All-i 400Mb/s codec, capturing in V-Log L, in 4096 x 2160 or 3840 x 2160 .mov format. 

Again as with the S1H, the Panasonic BGH1 is certified for anamorphic shooting in Academy Ratio 4:3 (but not for Large Format 3:2, presumably due to the smaller image sensor), which will no doubt further encourage the burgeoning market for anamorphic lenses using the Micro Four Thirds mount. 

Unlike the S1H, there is no restriction on the use in-body image stabilization (which received a "Not for panning" designation on the full-frame camera, arguably to counter the 'jelly'-like warping effects sometimes produced by IBIS when panning).

With both of its flagship prosumer video cameras joining such elite company, and Panasonic such a firm member of the Netflix Post Technology Alliance, it certainly feels as though the manufacturer's firmest footing is in the video sector. It will be interesting to see how this informs its future product decisions – especially as more companies pursue 8K imaging – going forward.

Read more: 

Panasonic BGH1 review (opens in new tab)
Panasonic S1H review (opens in new tab)
Canon EOS C70 review (opens in new tab)
Sony A7S III review (opens in new tab)

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.