Panasonic S1H: Is it so difficult to record continuously for a long time?
Although is past the beginning of autumn, the occasional overheating reminder of some cameras still reminds us of the “fear” dominated by intense heat. Every time a camera strikes, I believe everyone has this question: Is it really that difficult to record continuously for a long time?
To answer this question, we need to understand what factors limit the continuous recording time of the camera, and see how the top student “Panasonic S1H” solves it.
heat dissipation design
high resolution, super sampling, high frame rate, 10bit, LOG…… We are enjoying these With the new features, the camera structure designers are also under unprecedented pressure. CMOS displacement stabilization and miniaturization of the body have caused a lot of trouble for heat dissipation, and the heat emitted by the processor in response to new features is like adding fuel to the fire.
Therefore, Panasonic made necessary trade-offs when developing the S1 series. The relatively large all-metal body is not only a solid foundation for reliability and durability, but also provides sufficient space for heat dissipation for major components such as CMOS and processors. With an effective heat conduction design, the S1 based on passive heat dissipation can also provide unlimited recording time in 4K 24p/25p/30p and Full HD specifications.
▲The large heat sink in the Panasonic S1H
But in the face of higher-specification recording formats, In more complex and harsh shooting scenes, S1 can’t do it calmly. Because of this, S1H introduced the active heat dissipation on the professional movie machine, that is, a cooling fan is installed inside the camera. This is a very challenging task: it must not affect the environmental tightness, but also control the size and weight as much as possible. It is the addition of this “small fan” that S1H will not interrupt shooting due to heat problems in any format and any environment.
▲The active cooling system of Panasonic S1H ensures unlimited shooting in various formats
With the continuous improvement of video recording specifications, storage media is also playing an increasingly important role. Although some memory cards have a fast nominal speed, they may slow down significantly during continuous operation, causing recording interruptions. Although some memory cards can provide stable speeds, their small capacity and high price also impose a lot of restrictions on continuous work-after all, frequent memory card replacement is a hassle, and there are more cards, and management is also a problem .
According to the current situation, SD cards are still the balance of capacity, speed, and price, and they are highly versatile. The V90 specification UHS-II SD card can meet the recording requirements of most current video specifications. On this basis, S1H’s dual card slots can make our original material more secure, or further extend the single recording time.
▲SD card is still a balanced choice at this stage, which can give a good balance of speed and capacity.
For RAW format video, internal recording can indeed reduce equipment costs and carry burden. However, memory cards that meet the requirements of RAW format recording are very expensive, and they generate considerable heat during continuous operation. Considering storage cost and work efficiency, RAW recording with external equipment should be the most ideal solution at present.
▲With an external recorder to achieve ProResRAW recording, it can control storage costs and improve the efficiency of the entire workflow.
* In the past period of time, due to EU tariff policies, most cameras limited the recording time of a single session to less than 30 minutes. At the same time, before the appearance of large-capacity memory cards in EXFAT format, there will also be a limitation of a single file that cannot exceed 4GB in memory cards. But now, the above two are no longer problems that plague the camera’s continuous work.
Battery and battery life
High performance usually means high energy consumption. The large body of the Panasonic S1 series is not only conducive to heat dissipation and dual card slots, but also can accommodate a larger capacity lithium battery. If this is not enough, then we can place a second battery by purchasing a vertical handle, or use a continuous power supply solution commonly known as “fake batteries”. However, now we have a simpler and more accessible method: use a power bank.
▲The power bank is fixed by the rabbit cage and bracket, which is more flexible than using “fake batteries” and AC adapter in mobile shooting.
Panasonic S1 series supports USB PD input up to 27W. In addition to helping the battery to “regenerate blood” in a shorter time, the high power input can also fully meet various working conditions including 6K video recording, and there is still room to charge the battery in the machine-yes, that’s right. It is the true meaning of “charging while using”, so there is no need to worry about battery life.
▲USB power supply + dual card storage, so that you will not be distracted by the memory card and power supply during long-term continuous work.
In summary, it is true that a camera wants to achieve long-term continuous recording to overcome many difficulties. But for our users, it is still very simple to achieve long-term continuous recording-Panasonic S1, S1H, just buy it!
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