Much rumored, with a development announcement teaser at Photokina 2018, Panasonic have announced the full spec of its long-awaited first full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, the LUMIX S1R and S1. This is a massive announcement from the House of Panasonic, cameras boasting 35mm full-frame CMOS sensors, a new Venus Engine and .based on the L-Mount standard.
While technically a new system, there’s plenty of G-series DNA that should ensure anyone used to Panasonic’s previous models can get shooting right away with the Lumix S1R. Take the flagship Lumix S1R, and the camera integrates a 47.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (36mm x 24mm) without LPF (Low Pass Filter), which gives it the industry’s highest level of resolution in the full-frame mirrorless cameras. 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 second big announcement today, is of course the Lumix S1, which comes with a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (35.6mm x 23.8mm). The Lumix S1 can record smooth 4K 60p/50p video and enable full-pixel readout of signals in 4K 30p/25p. 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 (to be sold separately) following soon in 2019.
One of the most interesting new features is the unique 187MP High Resolution mode, which captures eight images in quick succession before blending the results into a single image. Moving many a step beyond face and eye recognition the S1R can also detect human bodies, birds and animals. Both body and face detection appear to work very well, quickly identifying individuals or subjects in a group and prioritizing one subject over another.
Come to the advanced Contrast AF system with DFD technology on the devices, and it achieves not only the industry’s fastest level of focusing speed but also a tracking performance made possible by the adoption of Advanced AI Technology that accurately recognizes moving target subjects. Both the S1R and S1 incorporate a Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer) to effectively compensate for the hand-shake movement. Combining the Body I.S.(5-axis) and the O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) in the LUMIX S Series lenses, the Dual I.S. 2 boasts even more powerful stabilization which compensates for any types of blur.
Initially, Panasonic have announced three launch lenses based on the L-mount:
the 50mm f/1.4 S Pro, the 70-200mm f/4 S Pro and the 24-105mm f/4 Macro.