After the development announcement at Photokina 2018, Panasonic is now proud to introduce the full specifications of its long-awaited first full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, the LUMIX S1R and S1, with a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor.
The new cameras are based on the L-Mount standard, which boasts a well-balanced, large inner diameter and compact dimensions for a flange focus to realize optimum size and performance as a mirrorless camera system.
The LUMIX S Series aims for unprecedented image quality with high resolution, rich gradation and superior color reproduction. A high-speed, high-precision AF system based on advanced control technology over the lens, the sensor, and the new Venus Engine enable the user to capture the target in sharp focus without fail.
The LUMIX S Series also boasts industry-leading video recording performance, intuitive control, a rugged design for heavy field use, durability, and expandability.
The LUMIX S1R integrates a 47.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor without Low Pass Filter, which gives it the industry’s highest level of resolution in the full-frame mirrorless cameras, to pursue the ultimate power of expression.
In addition to the precise reproduction capability in detail, this sensor achieves a high S/N ratio by taking advantage of its high light-condensing efficiency despite the large number of pixels. The LUMIX S1R features a High-Resolution mode for the first time as a mirrorless full-frame camera to enable 187-megapixel ultra-high precision photo shooting.
The LUMIX S1 comes with a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that provides a wide dynamic range and excellent performance at high sensitivity in addition to a natural yet sharp image description thanks to sufficient light condensation per pixel.
This camera supports professional use in videography by taking advantage of the stunning expression performance that a full-frame camera can offer. It records smooth 4K 60p/50p video and enables full-pixel readout of signals in 4K 30p/25p to save truly beautiful footage.
Furthermore, the LUMIX S1 will comply with 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 30p/25p internal video recording and 4K 60p/50p HDMI output as well as V-Log, with a software upgrade key following soon in 2019.
“As a pioneer of the Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, Panasonic has pursued innovations in technology under the vision of ‘Changing Photography’. This further strengthens our position at the forefront of the industry. Crystallizing all these digital and optical technologies, Panasonic is committed to introducing an unparalleled full-frame camera system without compromise for professional photographers and videographers. This will help them thrive further, and more importantly, inspire, engage and empower more people through innovative imagery,” commented Hitesh Ojha, Deputy General Manager – Audio Video Department, PMMAF.
Panasonic’s advanced Contrast AF system with DFD technology has evolved through the development of numerous mirrorless cameras to make the AF system of the LUMIX S1R/S1 even more practical.
It achieves not only the industry’s fastest level of focusing speed but also a tracking performance that is made possible by the adoption of Advanced AI Technology that accurately recognizes moving target subjects.
The LUMIX S1R/S1 incorporates a Body Image Stabilizer to effectively compensate for the hand-shake movement. Combining the Body Image Stabilizer and the Optical Image Stabilizer, in the LUMIX S Series lenses, the Dual Image Stabilizer boasts even more powerful stabilization which compensates for any types of blur.
Equipped with a high-resolution Real View Finder, triaxial tilt rear monitor and high-performance shutter unit with high durability, the rugged design LUMIX S1R/S1 provides the professional photographers with high reliability.
As a camera from Panasonic that has been overstepping the limit of video performance in digital cameras, a host of functions are available on the LUMIX S1R/S1. The High-Speed Video lets users record slow motion video in 4K and FHD.
For the terminal, an HDMI Type A is provided. Plus, a cable lock holder for the HDMI cable is included in the LUMIX S1R/S1 to prevent unplugging trouble on location. LINE input is also supported by a 3.5-mm microphone jack.
This makes it possible to input sounds from an external audio device, for more efficient video production. A 3.5-mm headphone jack is also available. In addition, it complies with the Microphone Adaptor DMW-XLR1 which is a plug-in type adaptor for an XLR microphone to record high-quality stereo sound. It is ideal for lip-sync recording. Dedicated switches allow direct, quick control. MIC, LINE and CONDENSER MICROPHONES are switchable.
In addition, the LUMIX S1R and S1 boast other essential features, including: Photo Style setting featuring a new Flat mode, Variable Aspect Ratios of 65:24 and 2:1 Image Stabilizer Status Scope, Flicker Decrease, Highlight Weighted Light Metering Mode, a new AWB Auto White Balance mode, and Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 5GHz capabilities, among others.