It's a big day for Panasonic! They are entering the Full Frame mirrorless system with the introduction of the brand new S1 and S1R.
Panasonic claims the two new mirrorless systems will be designed for photographers and videographers in mind. The S1 provides a 24 megapixels sensor while the S1R provides a mega 47 megapixels.
The camera was announced at this years Photokina event, and the rumours regarding Panasonic's involvement in the Full Frame mirrorless has caught the attention over the last few weeks.
Since 2007, has been firmly focused on improving there MFT systems with the hugely success GH series, however, while each iteration has provided groundbreaking features, the overall MFT system has proven to be a struggle in many areas for videographers such as auto-focusing issues and poor lowlight capabilities. However, a full frame sensor should provide many benefits and address these issues.
The S1 and R will provide filmmakers with the "worlds first" 4K 50p/60p recording, Dual IS image stabilisation, two card-slots (SD and XQD card slot), Triaxial tilt LCD, and weather sealed body.
Remember, these are the only specs we have been provided at this time as the version we saw at Photokina was a "development announcement", I'm sure we will hear more over the next few months.
In addition to the new system also comes a brand new mount which Panasonic has adopted the L-mount system that is currently used by Leica.
Panasonic has partnered with Leica and Sigma to provide a range of new lenses while offering three native lenses which will be released next year to increase options for interchangeable lenses.
* 50mm f1.4
* 24 - 105 mm
* 70 - 200 mm
Lenses currently available by Leica (prices may vary with the region)
* 16 - 35mm f3.5 - f4.5 (£4,700)
* 90 - 280mm f2.8 -f4 (£5,100)
* 50mm f1.4 (£3,875)
* 75mm f2 (£3,500)
* 90mm f2 (£3,700)
* 24 - 70mm f2.8 - f4 (£3,700)
Let's not forget these lenses are high-quality lenses which is one of the reasons why they are so overpriced, but this is expected for a new system.
With the growing market of FF systems from Sony and recently Canon and Nikon (which I found both systems to have benefits but more disadvantaged), this is a fantastic time to enter the FF market.
I am currently using the Sony A7III, and while there are some disadvantages to the camera as with any camera, there is no FF camera (released as of September 25th) which can compete with it with its price tag, however, starting from October we will finally experience the growing competition competing with each other in a race to be the dominant FF mirrorless system.
Panasonic intends to release for the new S1 and S1R in early 2019 with more new over the coming months.
In other news, Panasonic also announced they are still committed to there MFT systems and releasing a new "worlds first" 10-25mm f1.7 (consistent aperture) lens.
You can watch the full conference below: