The Panasonic S1 and S1R full frame mirrorless cameras are here along with three new lenses

Feb 1, 2019

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The Panasonic S1 and S1R full frame mirrorless cameras are here along with three new lenses

Feb 1, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

Matt Higgs at London Camera Exchange had the chance to take one out for a spin in Hallstatt, Austria. In this video, he goes over the specs, and tell us what he thinks about using the camera in a real world shoot environment.

YouTube video

As you can see, overall it looks pretty good, although not all features will ship with the camera. Some features, such as P-log, aren’t supplied by default and are only available as paid upgrades. This always felt a bit weird to me, to intentionally cripple a camera and then charge users to unlock features the camera’s already capable of. But, that seems to be the way things are going. Canon also does this with C-log on the 5D Mark IV and Panasonic’s done it in the past, too with V-Log for the GH4 and GH5.

So, it is what it is.

Panasonic S1 – $2,497.99

  • Sensor: 24.2MP
  • Video: Full frame 4K 59.97fps
  • ISO: 100-51,200
  • Extended ISO: 50-204,800
  • Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 – 60 sec
  • Flash sync: 1/320
  • Continuous shooting: 9fps (single AF) / 6fps (continuous AF)
  • Buffer: ~90 shots
  • High Res Mode: 96-megapixels
  • Autofocus: -6EV contrast 225-area DFD AF
  • Stabilisation: Dual IS Sensor-Shift image stabilisation
  • LCD: 3.2″ 2.1m-dot triaxial tilt touchscreen
  • Card slots: 1 XQD & 1 SD
  • Dimensions: 148.9 x 110 x 96.7mm (5.9 x 4.3 x 3.8″)
  • Weight: 1021g (2.25lb (with battery & memory card)

Panasonic S1R – $3,697.99

Photographer and YouTuber Darryl Carey has had a chance to play with the Panasonic S1R in Taipei, Taiwan and has posted a video on his thoughts about that one. The two cameras seem largely the same, though, aside from the resolution of the sensor.

YouTube video
  • Sensor: 47.3MP
  • Video: Full frame 4K 59.97fps
  • ISO: 100-51,200
  • Extended ISO: 50-204,800
  • Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 – 60 sec
  • Flash sync: 1/320
  • Continuous shooting: 9fps (single AF) / 6fps (continuous AF)
  • Buffer: ~90 shots
  • High Res Mode: 96-megapixels
  • Autofocus: -6EV contrast 225-area DFD AF
  • Stabilisation: Dual IS Sensor-Shift image stabilisation
  • LCD: 3.2″ 2.1m-dot triaxial tilt touchscreen
  • Card slots: 1 XQD & 1 SD
  • Dimensions: 148.9 x 110 x 96.7mm (5.9 x 4.3 x 3.8″)
  • Weight: 1020g (2.24lb (with battery & memory card)

Panasonic has also announced three new L mount lenses to come along with the two cameras.

Both cameras and all three lenses are available to pre-order now, and shipping is expected to begin on April 4th.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “The Panasonic S1 and S1R full frame mirrorless cameras are here along with three new lenses”

  1. Matt Freeman Avatar
    Matt Freeman

    Lol the price !!! Only for richman

  2. swek Avatar
    swek

    overkill for anything under 16×20 print

    for images to be viewed online – a total waste

  3. Peter Avatar
    Peter

    So much for mirrorless cameras being smaller and lighter than DSLRs. Other than height, the S1 is physically larger than my D500, which is a crop sensor DSLR. My D610, which is full frame, is slightly smaller than my D500. The Nikon Z6 and Z7 are much smaller than all of these cameras, as are the Sony A7 series cameras and the Canon EOS R.

  4. Fabdex Avatar
    Fabdex

    “Naught point naught naught five”.

    Lol !