Panasonic is proud to announce the release of the brand’s first box-style LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera DC-BGH1. Based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the new LUMIX BGH1 takes advantage of high mobility an extensive interchangeable lens lineup, and even crystalized all technologies Panasonic has ever acquired though the development of professional cinema cameras, camcorders and the LUMIX GH series. Against a background of increasing streaming opportunities in addition to traditional broadcasting, Panasonic proposes the LUMIX BGH1, an easy-to-install camera with high expandability allowing multi-camera control. It provides a versatile way of use – shooting on drones IP remote control, live streaming and more.
The new LUMIX BGH1 integrates a 10.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor with Dual Native ISO technology and the Venus Engine. Dual Native ISO is a technology that seamlessly bridges two circuits of separate native ISO, which is used in Panasonic Varicam models for professionals. Normally, noise increases as sensitivity rises with a single native ISO image sensor, however, the image sensor with Dual Native ISO minimizes noise generation by choosing an optimal circuit to use according to the sensitivity before gain processing. As a result, it allows a maximum ISO 51200 high sensitivity recording.
The LUMIX BGH1 enables 4:2:0 10-bit C4K/4K 60p / 50p internal video recording. The camera records video with a designated gamma curve compatible with ITU-R BT.2100, and you can now choose Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in Photo Style. A low-bit-rate recording mode C4K/4K HEVC/H.265 for HLG is also available.
The V-Log L featuring log characteristics with 13 stops of wide dynamic range is pre-installed. It is also capable of C4K/4K 4:2:2 10-bit output via HDMI.
The VFR (Variable Frame Rate) lets users record overcranked / undercranked video in C4K/4K (60 fps, maximum 2.5x slower in 24p) and FHD (240 fps, maximum 10x slower in 24p)*. The minimum frame rate for quick motion video is 2 fps.
The LUMIX BGH1 also incorporates an advanced deep learning technology that detects specific subjects – humans and fast-moving animals, including canidae, felidae and birds. Notably for humans, in addition to the eye, face, body the head is also separately recognized by real-time detection technology to provide even more precise focusing. The camera keeps tracking the subject person even if he/she moves quickly, turns his/her back to the camera, tilts his/her head or moves far away from the camera.
* The angle of view is reduced when the frame rate is set to 201 fps.
The LUMIX BGH1 adopted new heat dispersion structure to achieve unlimited video recording. The body frame is composed of aluminum and magnesium alloy to realize both durability and light weight.
The LUMIX BGH1 is a compact, light-weight box-style camera complying with Power over Ethernet+ (PoE+), which is easy to install both physically and electrically. Control over maximum 12 sets of LUMIX BGH1 cameras*1 is available using Panasonic PC software LUMIX Tether for Multicam*². With future firmware update, it will support wired IP streaming (RTP/RTSP).
In addition to a USB 3.1 Type-C, a 3G-SDI and an HDMI Type-A terminal are equipped, which can be used for simultaneous output, Moreover. Genlock IN and Timecode IN/OUT functions which enable multi-angle synchronized video recording are available to build a scalable system with external monitors, rigs and gimbals supplied from other manufacturers.
The LUMIX BGH1 is equipped with a double SD Card slot for backup recording or relay recording.
・Supporting anamorphic lens (4:3)
・Tally lamps (front 1 and rear 1), a network connection lamp
・Φ3.5 Audio (in/out) jack compatible with XLR microphone DMW-XLR1
・Generic remote control unit φ2.5mm
・2.4GHz Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth 4.2 (BLE)
・Bundled accessories including a Cable lock band, AC adapter and AC cable
・Remote camera control using application software (LUMIX Tether for
Multicam*² and LUMIX Sync)
・Tethered photo shooting with LUMIX Tether for Multicam*² software
・A SDK*3 (Software Development Kit) for camera control via USB will be
provided for free.
*1 Operation may be unstable depending on the connection environment and performance of the connected PC.
*2 LUMIX Tether for Multicam will be released when the BGH1 goes on sale.
*3 The SDK will be released for the owners of compatible LUMIX cameras (BGH1, S1, S1R, S1H, S5, GH5S, GH5, G9) at following site https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/soft/tool/sdk.html on 14 October, 2020.
The LUMIX S5 is a qualifying product for the LUMIX PRO programme. The LUMIX PRO programme is designed to support LUMIX users when they need it the most, with a range of benefits available to members not only in their own countries but also in countries (check out www.lumix-pro.com for details and Terms & Conditions, on eligible levels, countries and products) that they visit for work.