Alongside the announcement of development for the new video-centric 6K S1H full frame mirrorless, Panasonic has also announced the firmware update (Firmware Key DMW-SFU2) for the Panasonic S1. This firmware is a paid upgrade and goes on sale in July 2019, offering a whole lot of features that video shooters have been asking for. Although, if you already own an S1, you can actually get it for free.
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.
Here’s me, a mirrorless user for about three years now and exclusively mirrorless for the last 18 months. It stands to reason that it wasn’t going to be long before I got my hands on the Lumix S1 to put it through its paces. So, I hired one from Lenspimp and gave it a 10-day test drive.
It’s impossible to discuss this camera without making comparisons; after all, that’s what product development is all about. It’s evolution. Over ten days out and about with the Lumix S1, I built up a pretty clear picture of how this camera measures up to others in the marketplace. It intrigued me to see the path Lumix has taken with the S1.