Panasonic S1H is the First Netflix Approved Mirrorless Camera

The S1H is a 6K full-frame mirrorless camera aimed at serious videographers, and thanks to its amazing video features it became the first mirrorless camera that can be used as a primary camera for Netflix movies and TV shows. It joins a list of high-end cinema cameras that are often many times more expensive than the $4,000 S1H, which is pretty impressive.

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In order to join the list of Netflix’s certified cameras, these are some of the main requirements that a camera needs to meet:

  • Camera must have a true 4K UHD sensor (equal to or greater than 3840 photosites wide).
  • Capture Format: RAW (Sony RAW, REDCODE, Arriraw etc.), COMPRESSED (XAVC, AVC-Intra, ProRes, or other I-Frame capable formats)
  • Minimum of 16-bit Linear or 10-bit Log processing
  • Minimum data-rate of Bitrate of 240 Mbps at 23.98 fps
  • Capture Transfer Function: S-Log3, Log-C, V-Log, Log3G10, etc.
  • Capture Color Space: S-Gamut3.cine, RED Wide Gamut RGB, Alexa Wide Gamut, etc.
  • Files must maintain all metadata (i.e. Tape Name, Timecode, Frame Rate, ISO, WB, etc.).
  • Black Balancing: If applicable, black balancing of camera sensors should be done daily, when the camera is at normal operating temperature. See specific black balancing instructions in the camera operating manual.
  • Aspect ratios greater than 2.00:1 must be evaluated and discussed with Netflix for approval.

Check out the link here for the full list of requirements, as well as the full list of Netflix approved cameras.

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