Monday, February 4, 2019

Panasonic Announces Lumix S1 and S1R

https://i1.adis.ws/i/pcec/DC-S1MK_ALT01?$PDP-Hero-Image-Desktop$
Last week Panasonic announced its two new full-frame mirrorless cameras, the 24mp S1 (shown here with the 24-105 kit lens) and the 47mp S1R. Both cameras boast some impressive specs that make it clear Panasonic intends to take on both Sony and Nikon in luring professional photographers to its new line.  The key features (taken from Panasonic's press release) are as follows:
  • Newly-developed 35 mm full-frame image sensor (approx. 47M for the S1R and 24M for the S1)
  • World's first support for 4K 60p/50p video recording in a full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera
  • World's first full-frame camera equipped with Dual I.S. (Image Stabilization)
  • Double slot for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards
  • Rugged triaxial tilt LCD
  • L-Mount compatibility with lenses from Leica Camera and Sigma
One feature that hasn't gotten the attention it deserves is that both models are advertised as fully weather sealed.  The lack of such sealing has been a major problem for Lumix owners in the past and one that had to be overcome if Panasonic wanted to be considered seriously as a professional alternative.

One question with any new camera is the number of lenses that will be available for it.  The L-mount capability should mean that a large number of Leica and Sigma lenses that are already in production will be compatible with these cameras in addition to any Panasonic itself will manufacture specifically for them.

Suggested prices are $2,499.99 (body only) for the S1 and $3,399.99 (body only) for the S1R.  A fuller description of the cameras and their features can be found in an article on Dpreview.

I currently use a GH4 and am a big fan of the Lumix cameras.  I don't think I'll be getting the S1 or S1R, though, since I already have a Nikon Df (along with a good selection of Nikon lenses) that's full frame and satisfies, at least at present, all my needs.

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