Camera Gear Showdown: Lumix S1H vs. Blackmagic Pocket 6K Review

Camera Gear Showdown - Lumix S1H vs. Blackmagic Pocket 6K Review

Camera Gear Showdown - Lumix S1H vs. Blackmagic Pocket 6K Review

Camera gear has always been a pretty big expense for content creators. But you know what? That’s all changing, and there’s never been a better time to jump into the creator space. Sure, there’s a tons of platforms to help get the message out. There’s tons of free resources to learn just about anything about everything. It’s a world rich with opportunity.

And perhaps the best part?

Gear has never, ever been cheaper. Did you know that the most excellent movie “The Creator” was shot on a $4k camera?

Enough said and truly inspirational.

So between the gear, the platforms, the resources, there is simply no excuse for not going out and making the good stuff. Whatever your vision is, now is the time.

And two cameras that can help make that happen are the Lumix S1H and the Blackmagic Pocket 6K. Read our review below. But first – watch this. Looks pretty pro, doesn’t it?

Camera Gear Showdown - Lumix S1H vs. Blackmagic Pocket 6K Review

Camera Gear Showdown: Lumix S1H vs. Blackmagic Pocket 6K Review

Both the Lumix S1H and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (BMPCC 6K) have made waves in the video production community. Each has its unique features, advantages, and shortcomings. Both, alas, are great – but here’s a comprehensive review comparing the two:

1. Body and Design:

Lumix S1H: The S1H features a robust, weather-sealed body that can withstand challenging shooting environments. It sports a full-frame sensor and has an ergonomic design with a variety of physical controls, a top LCD info panel, and a tilting touch screen, offering flexibility in lots of different shooting scenarios.

BMPCC 6K: The BMPCC 6K has a compact and unique design that leans more towards cinema camera ergonomics. However, it lacks the weather sealing present in the S1H. Its 5-inch touchscreen offers a crisp display for both controlling the camera and monitoring shots.

Advantage: We like the BMPCC 6K – but you should go hold both and see what feels better in your hand. It’s really about personal preference. 


2. Sensor and Image Quality:

– **Lumix S1H:** Features a 24.2MP full-frame sensor, known for its outstanding video capabilities, including 6K video recording. The larger sensor also helps in low light performance and shallower depth of field.

– **BMPCC 6K:** Boasts a Super 35mm 6K sensor that can capture impressive cinematic footage with 13 stops of dynamic range. The color science behind Blackmagic cameras is often praised for its filmic look. But it’s not full frame, which may be a deal killer for some. (But gorgeous? Absolutely.)

Advantage: If you want photo capabilities as well as vid, go with the Lumix s1H. But if cinema is your bag, BMPCC 6K all the way. 

3. Video Capabilities:

Lumix S1H:** Records 6K video at 24fps, 5.9K up to 30fps, and 4K up to 60fps. The S1H is also known for its impressive stabilization, V-Log/V-Gamut, and HDR recording capabilities.

BMPCC 6K: Offers 6K recording at up to 50fps and boasts 13 stops of dynamic range with BlackMagic’s color science and RAW recording options. It lacks in-body stabilization.

Advantage: BMPCC 6K

4. User Interface and Workflow:

Lumix S1H: The S1H offers a more hybrid approach, blending both photography and videography features in its UI.

BMPCC 6K: Has a cinema-focused UI, making it more straightforward for videographers. The touch interface is intuitive, and the inclusion of Blackmagic RAW offers flexibility in post-production. The interface really shines here.

Advantage: BMPCC 6K

5. Lenses and Mount:

Lumix S1H: Uses the L-mount, which offers a growing selection of lenses from Panasonic, Sigma, and Leica.

BMPCC 6K: Uses the EF mount, offering compatibility with a vast range of Canon lenses and third-party options. And don’t forget the built-in ND filters, which are a godsend.

Advantage: Draw. Slight nod to the BMPCC 6K with it’s built-in ND filters. 

6. Battery Life:

Lumix S1H: Generally has a better battery life when compared to the BMPCC 6K, suitable for longer shoots.

BMPCC 6K: Known for its relatively short battery life, which can be a limitation for extended shooting scenarios.

Advantage: Lumix S1H. But if you’re smart, you’ll have good alternative battery solutions that make this point irrelevant.

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7. Price:

The BMPCC 6K generally comes at a lower price point than the S1H. However, prices can fluctuate based on region and availability.

Advantage: BMPCC 6K – But do your homework. Check prices here and here.

The Wrap Up: Who Wins the Camera Gear Showdown?

Both cameras cater to different needs, and you HAVE to go hold each one before making the buy. But here’s some thoughts:

– If you’re a filmmaker looking for a pure cinema camera with incredible color science, dynamic range, and post-production flexibility, the BMPCC 6K is most likely the choice for you.

– If you’re looking for a hybrid camera that performs excellently in both photo and video, with a robust build, stabilization, and a full-frame sensor, the Lumix S1H stands out.

Your choice should be based on your specific needs, budget, and the environment in which you’ll be shooting in the most. bot to mention, how it feels in your hand.

Both cameras offer significant value in their respective domains. And you can’t go wrong with either.

Now – go out and make the good stuff. And if you have any questions, email us here.

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