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.
Ever since the Panasonic S1 and S1R mirrorless cameras were announced at Photokina last year, there has been a lot of talk about their video capabilities. After all, Panasonic made the somewhat legendary GH5. And while rumours of a new “Cine Lumix” are on the horizon, it seems the S1 still has a trick or two up its sleeve.
The S1 offers a 4K/6K burst shooting mode. Essentially, what it does is shoot a video sequence from which you can extract still images. But what nobody seems to have noticed until now, is that this mode actually produces a 5184×3456 h.265 video at 200Mbps.
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.
The Sigma/Leica/Panasonic alliance has been big news since it was officially announced at Photokina 2018. We’ve already seen two new full frame L mount cameras from Panasonic, and now Sigma’s Art series prime lenses are going L mount. Sigma brought some of the new L Mount prototype lenses to NAB 2019 so we had a quick look. Yyou’ll also be able to use your Canon EF & Sigma SA lenses with the new Panasonic S1 and S1R using the MC-21 mount adapter.
It’s been known for a while that Panasonic has been planning a paid upgrade for the Panasonic S1 mirrorless camera. And it wasn’t really unexpected, as they’ve done this before with the GH5. This upgrade adds some pretty significant video features to the S1, such as V-Log and 4:2:2: 10-bit video. It’s coming in July, but Panasonic hasn’t said how much it will cost yet.
There’s been a lot of buzz around the new Panasonic S1 full frame mirrorless camera. Some of it good, some of it not so good. People like to complain about the size and weight, and the fact that it doesn’t have a flippy out LCD like the GH5. But how about the good? Well, cinema5D has been having a play with the Panasonic S1, and when it comes to low light performance, they feel it could be the new king in town.
The Panasonic GH5S with its dual native ISO became an immediate favourite amongst many filmmakers. Already having the reputation of the Panasonic GH5 upon which to build, the GH5S offered some great advantages for filmmakers over its older sibling. Sure, it lost in-body image stabilisation, but one of the big features was the dual native ISO.
Griffin Hammond has had the chance to test the new Panasonic Lumix S1 to task against both the GH5S and the GH5 to see how they all stand up. And in this high ISO test, the full frame S1 shows a massive improvement over the two Micro Four Thirds bodies.
A couple of new cameras isn’t the only thing Panasonic announced today. Along with the official announcement for the Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R full frame mirrorless cameras, comes three new Panasonic L mount lenses. There’s the Panasonic S PRO 50mm f/1.4, the Panasonic S PRO 70-200mm f/4 OIS and the Panasonic S 24-105mm f/4 Macro OIS.
There’s been a lot of rumours and speculation over the past few months since Panasonic unveiled their alliance with Leica and Sigma at Photokina and briefly introduced us to their two new full-frame mirrorless cameras; the Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R. Now, they’re finally here. Well, at least to pre-order. But here’s all the info, specs and capabilities.