February 1, 2019

Panasonic Releases LUMIX S1 and S1R Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Panasonic LUMIX S1 and S1R
Let’s meet the new LUMIX S1 and S1R mirrorless cameras as well as three new L-mount lenses.

First announced in September at Photokina, Panasonic has finally officially released their two new full frame mirrorless cameras - the LUMIX S1 and the LUMIX S1R.

Both feature 35mm full frame image sensors with new a Venus image processing engine and 4K video recording at 60p along with some other unique capabilities for each.

Let’s take a look at these new cameras, their specs and price points, as well as the three new LUMIX L-mount lenses to go along with them.

Panasonic Lumix S1
LUMIX S1

  • 24.2MP Full-Frame MOS Sensor

  • Venus Engine Image Processor

  • 5.76m-Dot 0.78x-Magnification OLED LVF

  • 3.2" 2.1m-Dot Triaxial Tilt Touchscreen

  • UHD 4K60 Video; HDR and 10-Bit Recording

  • ISO 100-51200

  • Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization

  • 96MP High-Res Mode, Dual XQD/SD Slots

Body Price: $2,499

With 4-105mm f/4 Lens: $3,397

Panasonic LUMIX S1R
LUMIX S1R

  • 47.3MP Full-Frame MOS Sensor

  • Venus Engine Image Processor

  • 5.76m-Dot 0.78x-Magnification OLED LVF

  • 3.2" 2.1m-Dot Triaxial Tilt Touchscreen

  • UHD 4K60 Video Recording

  • ISO 100-25600

  • Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization

  • 187MP High-Res Mode, XQD & SD Slots

Body Price: $3,699

With 4-105mm f/4 Lens: $4,597

You can check out some of the first footage recorded with the Lumix S1 in 4K60p shot by Griffin Hammond here below.

LUMIX L-Mount Lenses
LUMIX Lenses

Along with Panasonic’s first mirrorless L-mount cameras from the “L-mount alliance” between Leica, Sigma and Panasonic, three new L-mount LUMIX lenses have also been released to go along with the LUMIX S1 and S1R.

  • LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 ($2,297)

  • LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm F4 O.I.S. ($1,697)

  • LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. ($1,297)

In addition to the new cameras and lenses, Panasonic has also unveiled a new battery - the DMW-BLJ31 - for the LUMIX S1 and S1R, which you can upgrade with a DMW-BGS1 battery grip for additional $350. We'll keep you updated as early reviews come in to see how these new offerings from Panasonic might fit into the already crowded full frame 4K mirrorless marketplace.     

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Glad they released them as primarily stills cameras to not trump the GH series. Just got a GH5.

Only true advantage the S1 will have over the GH5 and GH5s is the owner can buy true VLOG and not VLOG-L.

Which is messed up because the GH’s should be capable of VLOG or is the m4/3 sensor too small?

February 2, 2019 at 7:32AM, Edited February 2, 7:33AM

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Freddy Long
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The sensor size has nothing to do with whether or not a log recording format is suitable. The sensor performance (dynamic range capability) and most importantly data throughput (8-bit, 10-bit, more) is what decides how aggressive/flat the Log can be (you don't want to suck out saturation and contrast that you can't recover in post). You don't want the "real" VLOG just because it's on the higher end cameras, you want the log format thad is tailored to your cameras capabilities.

And clearly the "only true advantage" of the S1 over the GH5 is massive difference in sensor size and the aesthetic that comes with that, and presumably the inherently better noise/low-light ability that comes with a full-frame sensor. Some of that advantage is subjective, of course.

February 2, 2019 at 9:04AM

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Personally, I’m not big on low-light being a deciding factor. I rather the shot be controlled and lit to specificity.

The S1 doesn’t inherently shoot 10-bit, btw. The owner would have to pay to add that attribute to his/her camera.

February 2, 2019 at 11:00AM

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