September 25, 2018

Dive into Panasonic's Announcement of Lumix Full Frame S1R & S1 Mirrorless Cameras

Panasonic enters the mirrorless market with S1R and S1 full frame cameras. 

During a live stream at Photokina, Panasonic rolled out a pair of full frame mirrorless cameras: a 47MP S1R and a 24MP S1 both featuring the Leica L-mount which Sigma, Panasonic, and Leica have partnered to develop future technology. It's Panasonic's first time developing mirrorless and full frame.

Let's look at the offerings. 

Lumix S1R & S1 Shared Specs

Both feature a 35 mm full frame image sensor and a new Venus image processing engine, 4K 60p/50p video recording, dual I.S. image stabilization, dual card slot (one QXD, one SD), 3-axis tilt LCD, Panasonic's Depth-from-Defocus system for autofocus, and the aforementioned L-mount.

Additionally, the S series will feature 100% sealing on all dials, buttons, and seams, and resistance to temperatures as low as -40° F/C. 

Lumix S1R & S1 Differences

At the moment, it's essentially effective pixels: 47MP for S1R and approximately 24MP for S1. 


Lenses

Panasonic will offer three Lumix S series compatible lenses including a 50 mm F1.4, a 24-105 mm zoom, and 70-200 mm telephoto zoom lens. By 2020, ten lenses are expected to be introduced. Thanks to the aforementioned L-mount alliance, Leica will offer eight lenses at launch and Sigma is expected to release compatible options as well. 

Pricing & Availability

Both the S1R and S1 will be launching in early 2019. Keep in mind that final specs may change. As more information comes in, we'll update this post. Finally, what also drew some interest was Panasonic's commit to 8K. It's something we will definitely be seeing from them in the future.      

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I learned these things from the announcement:
- Full frame sensor
- 4K 60p (not new)
- better autofocus? (great, if you use it)

No info about bitrate or bitdepth or anything like that. That's what I want to know. No mention of a headphone jack, full-size HDMI, codec, dual recording capabilities, 10-bit or RAW output.

I have a weird feeling that this S1 camera is meant to be more of a Canon R competitor rather than the next step in video capabilities for Panasonic. I wouldn't be surprised if the only thing it even compared to the GH5 on was a larger sensor and better autofocus. I think we're going to see low bitrate 8-bit codec, no headphone jack, no dual-card recording, and a mini-HDMI out.

September 25, 2018 at 11:11AM

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Joe O
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I think it will have 10bit video. They'll want to give A7S II users a reason to upgrade aside from better ergonomics.

September 25, 2018 at 7:16PM

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Jesse Yules
Director
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I just want to know if it's 10 bit 422. If it can handle all that processing from a full frame sensor, that would be pretty amazing. I'm not hopeful though.

September 25, 2018 at 11:24AM

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I wonder how this will compete with against the flagship canon and nikon mirrorless coming out in 2019?

September 25, 2018 at 1:22PM

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Walter Wallace
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From the hands-on pics posted at slashcam.de, it looks like there's definitely a headphone jack, a mic input, and full-sized HDMI out, at least on the S1R

https://www.slashcam.de/images/news/PanasonicS1R_slots-14634_PIC5.jpg

September 25, 2018 at 1:52PM, Edited September 25, 1:52PM

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Bryan Howell
Screenwriter, corporate videographer, and indie filmmaker
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I'd switch if it were raw output 12bit color. I cant go back to 10bit.
Also, no mention in the site about Fuji's GFX100 medium format with 4k video?

September 25, 2018 at 11:54PM

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Vincent Gortho
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Not only is it 4k but it's going to be 10 bit 420 which is pretty impressive

September 26, 2018 at 12:46PM

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Guys rejoice... from the rumours I learned the following

The camera will use current MFT lenses through an adapter
It will cost about $3,000
The camera will feature two slot cards
4K with no crop in FF and 10-bit 4:2:2
The camera’s weather-sealed
Olympus will not be joining the Panasonic FF system

Google the topic and you will get more info...

September 26, 2018 at 12:07AM, Edited September 26, 12:10AM

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Dibyendu Joardar
Director of Photography
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Sounds great, but focus system dont looks prommissing. Just Like Gh5 not that great.
Global shutter is expected and Electronic VAR. ND FILTER on the sensor
ISO 50 to 500.000??? Or even dual iso,
Raw codec 10 bits , 15 bit dynamic range???
Slow motion 240-1080p,
Standard V-log,
Adapter from Sigma to use Canon mount lenses.
Prijs range between 2500- 4500

September 26, 2018 at 10:09AM

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Battery charging via usb and ofcourse external power via usb

September 26, 2018 at 10:13AM

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No flip out screen?

September 26, 2018 at 2:53PM

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J Robbins
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"3-axis tiltable screen"

September 26, 2018 at 3:06PM

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Sathya Vijayendran
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