Netflix has announced the Panasonic BGH1 is now approved as a primary camera for filming Netflix Originals, making it the first Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera to receive the honor.
By Netflix’s standard, any Netflix Originals shows must be shot at least 90% on one of its ‘Approved Cameras.’1 This list includes expensive, production-level cameras, such as the ARRI Alexa LF, Canon C700, RED Komodo 6K and Sony FX9 cameras, so to have Panasonic get not one, but two prosumer-grade cameras into the mix is quite a feat.
First it was the S1H full-frame mirrorless camera back in October 2019 and now its the BGH1 MFT camera, which is by far the most affordable camera in Netflix’s ‘Approved Camera’ lineup, coming in at just $1,999 — half that of the previous record holder, the Panasonic S1H, which retails for $3,999.
|The capture settings Netflix is suggesting when shooting with the BGH1, according to the camera production guide.|
Netflix has an entire guide to shooting Netflix Originals with the BGH1, but suggests capturing full 4K 4:2:2 10-bit All-I video (.MOV in either 4096 x 2160 or 3840×2160) in V-Log L at 400Mbps.
1 Netflix has stated it will make exceptions for non-fiction shows and will sign off on exceptions if approved by the production team ahead of time.