Lumix GH6 & Fujifilm X-H2S RAW Video Recording
We’ve all seen what difference and editing capabilities lie within a RAW image compared to a JPG. For a long time RAW video was not on the minds of most shooters, let alone be a readily available option. However in recent years that has changed, with thanks to codec like BM RAW (Blackmagic Design’s RAW codec) and ProRes RAW.
Now two of the most anticipated, and affordable, camera releases of 2022 offer RAW recording. The Fujifilm X-H2S and the Panasonic LUMIX GH6. Both are hybrid cameras, being able to shoot stills as well as video and also being easy to switch between the two modes. As video content sweeps the marketing realm as king (we’ve all heard it before, “Video Is King”) the demand for hybrid shooters is growing. So camera manufacturers need to fulfil the demand with high quality video AND photo cameras. Gone are the days of a dedicated video camera and a separate photo camera.
The Fujifilm X-H2S is a flagship camera for the brand. With the release of a new X-Trans 5 stacked BSI sensor and X-Processor 5. This allows the camera to push the boundaries of what is capable of a hybrid camera. The stacked sensor and new processor allows the camera to shoot up to 40fps photos in Electronic Shutter mode. But what does this mean for video? Well the X-H2S now offers ProRes 422 HQ internal recording AND ProRes RAW external recording via HDMI. It also offers BM RAW external recording via HDMI.
A supported external recorder is needed for these. If you want to record ProRes RAW you will need to use the Ninja V+ by ATOMOS. This allows for Prores RAW recording and can support up to 8k video recording. Not that the X-H2S can record 8k, but for any other cameras that can you can still use this recorder.
If you want to record BM RAW you will need to use the Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12G, which is available in a 5″ or 7″ size.
The GH6, like the X-H2S, offers internal ProRes 422 HQ recording. All thanks to its new processing power of the Venus Engine. In a new firmware update [Version 2.0] the GH6 can now offer external RAW recording, using ProRes RAW. To achieve this you will need a ATOMOS Ninja V+ or the Ninja V. Below is a table showing what recording modes are available for each external recorder. Basically if you want to recorder higher frames rates such as 60p and above you will need the Ninja V+.