Last year, Panasonic announced its S1R full-frame mirrorless and Panasonic Lumix S1 cameras but now the company is sharing full details of the new products. One of the Camera is a high-megapixel resolution device which focused on pro-level photographers it is 47.3MP S1R.
While the other is a more well-rounded camera for a wider audience of hybrid shooters. That’s the 24.2MP S1, the price for this model is $2,499 (body only) or $3,399 with a 24-105mm lens. The S1R body costs $3,699 or $4,599 with the same lens. Both the cameras use L-mount which is a system owned by Leica with Panasonic and Sigma as licensees and members of the L-Mount Alliance.
Panasonic is also releasing three lenses, First is the 50mm f/1.4 S Pro for $2,299. Panasonic claims that the lens delivers its highest quality of optical performance and is best in sharpness, bokeh, contrast, etc. The second one is 70-200mm f/4 S Pro for $1,699, and the third one is 24-105mm f/4 Macro for $1,299. This is the Kit lens which will be offered with both the S1 and S1R.
One thing to be mentioned here, it is not the part of S pro series, but it has the capability of taking macro shots from just under a foot away without having to toggle a focus switch. Also, by the end of 2019, Panasonic aims to launch three additional lenses and you will get the option to choose either from Leica and Sigma. On the other hand, Panasonic own lenses no longer contain Leica branding but the S Pro lenses are “certified by Leica” to signify quality.
Moving On, when you carry these lenses you will notice they are heavy. Both the Panasonic LUMIX S1 and S1R weigh 2.25 pounds with a battery and XQD card inside. The company says the in-body stabilization is the main thing in this which is built with high performance and longevity in mind. S series Cameras are heavier than the Nikon Z and Canon EOS R, and you can feel the difference by grabbing them in hand.
Panasonic said that both the cameras have a gorgeous 5.76 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder that can be switched between 60fps and 120fps refresh rate. The back side joystick has also been upgraded to support 8-way presses and there’s a status LCD at the top that Panasonic has brought over from the G9.
The rear button is illuminated plus there are two card storage slots, you also get both a UHS-II SD slot and an XQD slot. Too, at the top left on the back, Panasonic gave a dedicated switch to quickly lock the touchscreen, d-pad, joystick, dials, etc. without having any settings change if someone wants to try your camera.
The Panasonic LUMIX S1R is particularly for the photographers, it is good for taking landscapes and other photos where every bit of detail counts. Panasonic S series has an ISO range of 100 to 25,600 and for the video the S1R can record up to 4K at 60p. The S1 is for videographers as it records 4K with full-sensor readout and no crop to speak of, and there’s no recording time limit for 4K at 30 or 24p.
The S1 will support 4:2:2 10-bit 4K/30p internal recording and 4:2:2 10-bit 4K/60p external. Some people might get disappointed because there is no phase-detect AF as the camera will contain Contrast AF with DFD technology can outperform on-sensor phase detect systems. The company says it can improve accuracy through updates and teaching its “deep learning AI” new things. As is, Panasonic touts a .08-second lock-on for single AF.
Both the S1 and S1R would be able to differentiate Human bodies and animal for subject tracking. The AI assisted autofocus can lock in on human eyes but not of your pets. Other few similarities are Burst: 6FPS in continuous autofocus, 9FPS in single-focus, 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, Shutter rated for 400K actuations, USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 PD (can plug into external PD battery pack while shooting).