The Panasonic S1 and S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras have been discussed at great length online since their initial announcement last September at Photokina. After they launched in March, the discussion hotted up even more. People wanted to know what the photos were like, what the video was like, lens compatibility and so on.
As they’ve started to get into the hands of more people, we’ve seen a few reviews. But the one review many have been waiting for is Kai Wong’s, in the distinctive Top Gear-esque style (old Top Gear, not new Top Gear) that he’s made his own. Now, he’s finally released one for the Panasonic S1, and it looks like it doesn’t suck.
With 4K 30p video with full sensor readout, 4K 60p on a crop, 4:2:0 8-Bit colour (4:2:2 10-bit is on the way), unlimited recording times and in-body image stabilisation on par with that which we’ve seen from Panasonic before in the GH5, it looks like it’ll be a fantastic piece of kit for video shooters – especially if paired up with the Atomos Ninja V for HDR video.
Not everything is as perfect as Kai would like, particularly when it comes to focusing on backlit subjects. And there will be features missing or lacking that will put some photographers off making the switch. But isn’t that true of all manufacturers? And this is only the beginning of Panasonic’s full frame mirrorless line. We don’t know what else they might be getting ready to announce in the coming months.
With Sigma’s recent L mount Art series primes announcement, overall it looks like the Panasonic/Leica/Sigma alliance is going to be a full frame mirrorless force to be reckoned with.