The Panasonic Lumix S1R is a full-frame mirrorless camera with 47 Megapixels, built-in stabilisation and 4k 60p video. Announced in September 2018, it’s one of two bodies launched by Panasonic as part of its new L-mount alliance with Leica and Sigma. The L-mount alliance is a partnership between Leica, Panasonic and Sigma to develop cameras and lenses based on Leica’s existing L-mount. Panasonic stated it would continue to develop Lumix G Micro Four Thirds products alongside the new full-frame Lumix S system.
Like Sony and Nikon, Panasonic has decided to launch two full-frame mirrorless cameras differentiated mostly by resolution: the S1 with 24 Megapixels and the S1R with 47 Megapixels, the latter just edging ahead of rivals on total pixel count. Like its Lumix G cameras, Panasonic is implementing a Dual IS system with body-based stabilisation working alongside optical stabilisation in the lenses, and Lumix S continues to buck the trend of embedded phase-detect AF by employing a 100% contrast-based DFD autofocus system.
As with Lumix G, video is a key feature for Lumix S with both bodies supporting 4k 60p, making them the first full-frame cameras in their class to offer the capability. Completing the specifications, the Lumix S1R offers 100% weather-sealing, a screen that can flip up and down and out sideways like the Fujifilm XT3 (although sadly not facing forward), an electronic viewfinder which Panasonic describes as having the industry’s highest precision, dual memory card slots (XQD and SD), and the highest flash sync speed. Panasonic will have three native lenses at launch in early 2019: a 50mm f1.4, 24-105mm, and 70-200mm, all collaborations with Leica. Panasonic promised a further seven by the end of 2020, and with a Leica L-mount, the S1R and S1 will also be compatible with all of Leica’s existing and future SL lenses. I had a brief look at the camera and have put together an early first-looks video for you below…
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