What We Know So Far About Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R

What we know so far about the two new Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Following an announcement at Photokina 2018, Panasonic currently in development of two full frame mirrorless cameras: the 47MP S1R and the 24MP S1. Both will be built on Leica L mount. The company says the ‘S’ represents cameras that are ‘Specialized’ for professionals.

At CES 2019 Panasonic has announced that the S1R and the S1 full-frame mirrorless cameras will start shipping by the end of March. The company also unveiled some new features that will be offered on both cameras. Check out everything we know so far about Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R.

This is what we know so far about the  Panasonic S1 and Panasonic S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras.

  • The S1R and the S1 cameras are the world’s first to support 4K 60p/50p video recording
  • Dual I.S. image stabilization – both cameras will have in body image stabilization (as well as some lenses that will also come stabilized).
  • Newly-developed 35 mm full-frame image sensor and image processing engine
  • Effective pixels: approximately 47M for the S1R and 24M for the S1 (newly developed sensors)
  • Double memory card slots: XQD memory cards and SD memory cards
  • Rugged triaxial tilt LCD
  • Both cameras are based on the L mount which is the same FF mount used by Leica SL cameras.
  • Both will have a top screen and a monitor which flips but also can rotate to the side (but is not fully articulated – sadly).
  • The cameras are significantly larger than the GH5
  • There will be 3 initial lenses (at launch) from Panasonic – 24-105mm, 70-200mm (probably with a constant f/4.0 aperture) and a 50mm f/1.4 (Panasonic also promises to have 10 native lenses by 2020 plus quite a few lenses by Leica and possibly some by Sigma).
  • Image quality, build quality, operability, and performance without compromise
  • New processing engine
  • Fast and very accurate autofocus (combination of high-speed contrast detection autofocus and DFD technology)
  • The AF also includes deep learning Ai
  • High-precision, high-speed shutter
  • RAW output video rumored (big question mark here)
  • Very high-resolution viewfinder – the highest-precision finder in the industry
  • Specially designed grip
  • Shipping is expected to start in March, 2019
  • High-resolution and high-dynamic range modes
  • Global release in early 2019
  • Rumored price: around $4,500

High Dynamic Range Still Photo – HLG Photo Mode

HLG Photo allows images to be shot with a wider dynamic range. By reproducing both glaring lights and dark shadows that are likely to be overexposed or underexposed, the Lumix S achieves rich, precise color expression as close as possible to visual memory.

HLG Photos are produced as an HSP file. The user can play back these vibrant images on the latest Panasonic HLG-compliant 4KTV via HDMI cable connection or other HLG-compliant devices. It is also ideal for photographers’ photo presentations.

High Resolution Mode

Taking advantage of the Body Image Stabilizer. (I.S.) mechanism, eight consecutive images are automatically shot while shifting the sensor. These eight images are synthesized into a single image by the new Venus Engine, which boasts high-speed signal processing. Precise details are faithfully reproduced to be saved as a beautiful, highly realistic image. This mode is ideal for shooting natural landscapes or fine art objects with delicate details.

Considering situations where moving subjects are included in the scene, sub options are available to suppress motion blur, so photographers can use this mode the same as shooting in a normal photo shooting mode.

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