Anyone worried that Panasonic might desert its Micro Four Thirds heritage should stop worrying now. The Lumix BGH1 is designed for filmmaking rather that stills photography, but demonstrates Panasonic’s faith in the Micro Four Thirds system.
Panasonic says the BGH1 brings together technologies from its professional cine cameras and Lumix mirrorless models into an expandable camera that can be used in multi-camera setups, on drones, for IP remote control and for streaming.
It's reminiscent of box-shaped Sigma fp, though the Sigma is a more 'complete' camera that simply requires a lens, where the BGH1 is much more 'modular' and requires accessories to make it usable. It is also closely resembles the Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera from 2015 - which also uses the Micro Four Thirds lenses.
Lumix BGH1 features and specifications
The Lumix BGH1 is designed around a 10.2MP Live MOS sensor with Dual Native ISO technology and a maximum sensitivity of ISO 51,200, which sounds a lot like the sensor in the more conventionally-shaped Lumix GH5S, a video-centric variant of the ever-popular Lumix GH5.
The BGH1 can capture C4K/4K 60p video at 4:2:0 10-bit internally with Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) option and V-Log L to offer 13 stops of dynamic range. If you connect an external recorder via HDMI, you can use 4:2:2 color too.
Heat build up and recording times have been a contentious topic recently, but Panasonic says the Lumix BGH1 has a new heat dispersion structure that allows unlimited recording. The box-shaped body is made of aluminium and magnesium alloy.
The Lumix BGH1 is designed for use both as a standalone camera and in multi-camera or remote control set-ups. It complies with ‘Power over Ethernet+ (PoE+)’ protocols, and Panasonic’s LUMIX Tether for Multicam PC software can control up to 12 of these cameras at a time. Live IP streaming will be possible via a future firmware update.
Connectors include USB 3.1 Type-C, 3G-SDI and HDMI Type A. Internal storage is via two SD card slots.
Panasonic Lumix BGH1 price and availability
The Lumix BGH1 will be available from November 2020 at a price of $1,997.99/£1,899.99/AU$3,099.