Panasonic S1H Review by LA Love Creative

LA Love Creative tested the S1H:

Panasonic S1H Review. I had a chance to test out the Full Frame 6K beast that is the S1H. My company is in preproduction for a show, and I’m in the market for a cinema camera. So I figured I would have fun capturing footage to showcase what this camera is capable of doing.
In this video I will break down the specs, my thoughts on the image quality and if I think you should purchase the Panasonic S1H.

L-mount news roundup…

Is the Panasonic S1H autofocus terrible? | S PRO 50mm 1.4 vs. Sigma 50mm 1.4

Plenty of L-rumors readers images on our L-mount Facebook Group.
SmallRig cage configuration for the S1H (PhotoJoseph).
8K vs 4K TVs: Double-blind study by Warner Bros. et al reveals most consumers can’t tell the difference (TechHive).
24-70mm zoom super comparison at Mobile01.

Links:
Panasonic S1R at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic S1 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic S1H at Amazon, BHphoto. Adorama. FocusCamera. Park UK.
Panasonic 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens at Amazon, BHphoto. Adorama. FocusCamera. Park UK.
Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 24-105mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 70-200mm f/4.0 S at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.

 

Luminar 4.2 released with new “AI Augmented Sky” feature

Skylum launched the new free Luminar 4.2 update ($10 discount with our code “SAR”). There are three BIG improvements you can “live test” on their interactive press release page. Here they are:

1) New AI Augmented Sky

Inside the Creative tab of Luminar 4.2, you’ll find a new tool called AI Augmented Sky. This tool lets artists choose objects from the curated Luminar collection or upload their own, and blend them seamlessly with the photograph’s sky.

Here’s how it works. AI Augmented Sky detects your photo’s sky automatically and then places the chosen element directly into the sky area. Using content-aware technologies, foreground objects are recognized and taken into account, making the object blend naturally with your existing scene. You can drag the new element around the sky for ultimate control, yet retain those realistic qualities.

2) New Portrait tools:

When Luminar 4 launched, we announced some new, groundbreaking tools to help you optimize your portraits. And so far, photographers have loved the enhanced controls and adjustments they can make to their portraits!

With today’s update, we’re introducing a new Face Features Detection Network, which enables us to give you even more accurate and realistic automation when it comes to enhancing portraits. This technology is trained to detect different faces no matter what position, angle or tilt they might be in. It even recognizes those badly lit or partially hidden faces, as well as those with heavy makeup. No matter what the skin color or age of the person, Luminar 4.2 will recognize faces — even if it’s a group photograph. Check out the example below to see the power of the new Face Features Detection Network:

In the AI Skin Enhancement tool, you’ll find a new Shine Removal Technology. It lets you reduce shine on a person’s forehead or cheeks, making for a more evenly-lit portrait. In the example below, you’ll see that this technology restores the skin on the patches of the face where it was hit by excessive light, and automatically generates realistic-looking skin that blends in perfectly.

AI Portrait Enhancer has also received improved slimming capabilities through its Slim Face 2.0 Technology. Prior to today’s update, Slim Face only worked with the lower portion of a person’s face, sometimes making for unrealistic results. As you can see below, with Slim Face 2.0, the tool now recognizes the entire face and makes changes proportionally.

 

3) Improved Relight Scene in AI Sky Replacement

In addition to AI Augmented Sky and the enhancements to our portrait tools, you’ll also see a few other updates in Luminar 4.2.

We’re constantly improving one of our Luminar artists’ most-loved features — AI Sky Replacement. Relight Scene technology improvement lets you retain colors as you originally captured them in-camera. In previous versions, you might have seen a yellow and unrealistic glow on white objects. Improvement of the Relight Scene technology lets you avoid this problem.

You save $10 on the new Luminar 4.2 using our coupon code “SAR” at checkout!

TopazLabs announced the new Sharpen AI plugin with 25% discount

Topaz has just released a major update to their Sharpen AI software. This update will include highly-requested batch processing capabilities. Sharpen AI will also include the ability to selectively apply or remove the sharpening treatment to certain areas in your image.

To promote the latest update, Topaz is launching a special sale. Sharpen AI will be on sale for $59.99 (save 25%) from today until April 3.

On this website you can use their interactive tools to see how the plugin performs. Below there is a video showing the new features:

Sigma issues new firmware update for the FP camera and two L-mount lenses

Sigma FP
Benefits:
・ It has corrected a phenomenon affecting a very small number of individuals whereby DNG files could not be processed during interval timer shooting.
・ It has corrected a phenomenon whereby video footage appeared distorted when recorded in MOV format and UHD resolution.
・ It has corrected a phenomenon whereby video footage appeared distorted when Distortion Correction and Vignetting Correction operated incorrectly near infinity focus.
・ It has corrected a phenomenon whereby a card error occurred when using certain SD cards.
・ It has corrected the phenomenon whereby, depending on the Exposure Bracket setting, the camera would shoot bracketed exposures even when the function was set to off.
・ It has corrected a phenomenon whereby the brightness of the monitor changed depending on the subject even when the monitor exposure in M mode was set to “on”.
・ It has corrected a phenomenon whereby the monitor exposure display in M mode was not displayed correctly when using a mount adapter without an electronic contact.
・ It has corrected a phenomenon affecting a very small number of individuals whereby the power consumption was greater than usual when the power was turned off.

Download:  https://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/cameras/firmware/#fp

Sigma 14-24mm and 35mm L-mount lenses:
Benefits: The firmware update improves the performance of the Vignetting Correction.
Download: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/lenses/firmware

Very wild rumors about a new Panasonic S1V (?) L-mount cinema camera

A chinese film maker Yu Yue reports about a possible new cinema L-mount cinema camera that might be named Pansonic S1V. He also spilled out those specs:

New enhanced version S1H(S1V?)
4K 120P Netflix approved codec,
11.8M pixels CMOS
Great low light performance,
Enhanced all pixels DFD,
4K 120P HDR 12 Bit Raw external recording,
Coming this year.

I really haven’t heard anything about such a camera yet. Drop me a message if you know more about this!