Panasonic Lumix S1H review

The Panasonic Lumix S1H is not simply a Lumix S1 adapted for video-first shooting. It’s a distinctly different camera…

Panasonic Lumix S1H review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

With the Lumix S1H, Panasonic has used its considerable video experience to bring many of its high-end VariCam features to the Lumix S range. The controls, the interface and certainly the hardware have been built for video and cinematography, and the fact it’s also a very serviceable 24MP stills camera is a bonus. It’s a very interesting ‘bridge’ between conventional system cameras and higher end cine gear, especially for existing Panasonic videographers. But while it has the power for professional video productions, its size, weight and patchy video AF are bad news for vloggers.


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    6K video capture

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    Effective as a stills camera too

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    V-Log, LUTs and cinema features


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    No raw video capture

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    Big and heavy

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    Unreliable video AF

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The Panasonic Lumix S1H could easily look like a ‘video’ version of its 24-megapixel Lumix S1 mirrorless camera, and in the past it has been pretty difficult sometimes to unravel the different video credentials of Panasonic’s Lumix G cameras. This time, though, the difference is clear – the Lumix S1 is a stills camera that’s pretty good at video; the S1H is most definitely a video camera that also happens to be pretty useful for stills. 

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at