On the 16th February, I visited the local Jessops store in Sheffield to attend an event where customers would get to see and try the newest and first Full-frame Panasonic Lumix S1.
Fortunately, I was the only person to attend the event which gave me plenty of time to speak to the representative of Panasonic and ask him various questions about where the company sees the S1 going forward from its release date.
The S1 and it's bigger S1R is the first full-frame mirrorless system announced by Panasonic. The camera features a new mount to accommodate the larger sensor, called the L-Mount and number of exciting features such as 4K 60p and Dual I.S.
The Panasonic S1 has a large body similar to DSLR and weighs twice the amount of a Sonic A7III or GH5. If you are looking for a portable and light camera than this camera may not be for you. However, the features Panasonic provide both internally and externally are fantastic.
First, the viewfinder is incredible! It's bright, rich in colours and sharp throughout, the touch screen works perfectly and the camera has many buttons which can be reassigned by the user's experience.
The S1 is not to replace the GH5 or GH5s, this camera is targeted at Photographers however, the camera does include many video features!
The S1 does include a video time limit: 30 minutes at 4K 60p, however, there no time restrictions on any other video settings! When the camera is released all video settings will provide 8bit 4:2:0 recording, later in the year Panasonic will be releasing a paid firmware upgrade which will unlock 10bit 4:2:2@ 4K 30p.
Although you could plug in an external monitor such as the Ninja V which automatically give you 4K 10bit 4:2:2 in both 30 and 60p!
V-Log will be coming to the S1, which is massive improvement over the V-Log L used in the GH series and is currently only used in Panasonic's cinema cameras. V-Log will not included when the camera is released but will be part of paid firmware upgrade later in the year.
When the cameras are released there will only be three lenses available:
LUMIX S PRO Certified by LEICA 50mm F1.4
LUMIX S PRO Certified by LEICA 70-200mm F4 O.I.S.
LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 Macro O.I.S.
All priced very high but provide sharp picture quality throughout the lens. Panasonic informed me that they plan to release more lenses this year with Sigma and Lecia also contributing to release a range of lenses for the L-Mount.
I really enjoyed my time with Panasonic S1 and I believe this camera will be very successful next to the GH5 series.
The camera is scheduled for release in March.
PANASONIC S1 SPECIFICATIONS
FULL FRAME SENSOR – 24.2-megapixel full-frame (35.6mm x 23.8mm) MOS sensor that provides a wide dynamic range and excellent performance at high sensitivity. (ISO 51200 Max sensitivity)
4K HDR VIDEO - 4K 60p/50p, 4K 24/30P unlimited recording, 4K60P 29:59 min limited recording. HDR Mode and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). V-Log with Internal 4:2:2 10-bit 4k30/24p (4K60p output only) available via optional software upgrade key.
96MP HIGH-RESOLUTION MODE – A sensor shift technology suitable for taking very high-resolution landscapes and fine art photos via tripod with toggle-able motion correction capabilities.
LVF and MONITOR – 3.2” 2,100K-dot RGBW LCD monitor (3:2 aspect ratio) with triaxial tilt moving element, plus large 5,760k-dot high-resolution OLED eye viewfinder
RUGGED MIRRORLESS CAMERA DESIGN – Dust/splash*/freeze-resistant design withstands heavy field use under harsh conditions for high mobility.
If you would like to find out more about the camera, check out these hands-on videos below: