Panasonic Lumix S1 and Panasonic Lumix S1R are the first full-frame mirrorless cameras from this manufacturer. High-definition mode, 4K movies, 60 fps, two memory card slots – these are just some of the advantages of both models.
Panasonic officially presented the Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R – the first mirrorless cameras with a full frame die in its history. Earlier Nikon and Canon did it, and Sony has been reigning in this market for many years. The previous two premieres did not threaten the position of the latter. Will Panasonika become different in the case of new products? The producer immediately presented two models, just like Nikon. The difference between them is relatively small, but noticeable. One is addressed strictly to filmmakers, the other offers high resolution.
The most important features
- Full-frame matrix CMOS 24 Mpix (S1), 47 Mpix (S1R)
- Autofocus with DFD function
- Serial mode 6 fps
- Movie mode 4K 60p
- Record write 10 bit 4: 2: 2 and V-Log in the S1 model
- Two card inputs (SD and XQD)
Panasonic Lumix S1 – the perfect camera for filming
It has been known for a long time that the greatest power of Panasonic's cameras are film possibilities. That's why Lumix S1 has been designed to meet the demands of filmmakers. The full frame camera sensor offers 24 megapixels of resolution and ISO sensitivity of 100-51200 . In high resolution mode (based on taking several pictures with the matrix shift), the camera can take pictures from the resolution of 96 Mpix.Thanks to depriving the matrix of the low-pass filter, the detail and quality of the photos is to be at the highest level. The DFD system based on contrast detection will be responsible for automatic sharpening. AF is to set the focus in 0.08 seconds and ensure accuracy even under lighting conditions at -6 EV. Autofocus works on the basis of artificial intelligence, which in the tracking mode will automatically recognize some objects, such as people or animals, and predict their movement. There is also no detection of faces, eyes and pupils. So the AF system promises to be solid and hopefully it will not let you down. After all, the autofocus in Panasonic GH5 leaves much to be desired, especially in tracking mode. In movie mode, we will be able to record 4K movies at 60 frames per second. The image is saved to SD and XQD cards – the camera has two inputs. We can save on the card an 8-bit image with 4: 2: 0 sampling. In the case of an external recorder, 10-bit recording with 4: 2: 2 sampling will be possible. However, in the autumn, the manufacturer will provide a key that will allow recording with this sampling directly on the card in the case of films at 30 frames / s. This update will also bring the V-Log logarithmic profile . In addition, the camera will find a Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) mode, allowing the creation of materials with expanded dynamics and profiles Like709 or Cinelike D / V. We will be able to save the materials in the new HEVC standard (H.265), and there are also headphones and microphone inputs on board.
Panasonic Lumix S1R will provide high resolution
The Lumix S1R offers a 47.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100 – 25600. In high-resolution mode, we'll take pictures up to 187 megapixels. The producer ensures very high dynamics and detail of the photos, which is influenced, among other things, by depriving the matrix of the low-pass filter. We also get the ability to create our own profiles in JPEG files, white balance function with white priority and HLG function available in RAWs. The matrix stabilization offers sensitivity of 5.5 EV and works with the stabilization offered by the manufacturer's lenses. The serial mode is slightly disappointing, the speed of which is only 6 fps. However, there were 4K Photo and 6K Photo functions , thanks to which we will take photos at a speed of 60 or 30 frames per second in resolutions of 8 or 18 Mpix.Apart from the movie mode, the camera has the same specification as Lumix S1. So we have equally fast autofocus based on DFD technology, two memory card slots and all other options. The difference is in the movie mode, in which we do not get the possibility of filming in 10-bit mode. Both cameras offer the same magnesium bodies that have been sealed in case of moisture and dust. The cameras have a hinged 3.2-inch screen with touch support and an OLED viewfinder with 5.76 million dots – the highest on the market. The buttons on the body are illuminated, and on the upper part there is a small black and white auxiliary screen. There are also WiFi and Bluetooth modules that allow, among others, to instantly send photos to your smartphone in real time.
Panasonic Lumix S1 and S1R – price and availability
Both models will go to stores in parallel in April this year. We will pay EUR 2499 for the Panasonic Lumix S1 , and EUR 3399 for the Lumix S1R . Both models will also be available with a 24-105 mm f / 4 lens, and soon the manufacturer will present new lenses for the new, full frame system.