Panasonic Canada has revealed full specifications for its first full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, the Lumix S1R and S1, which it first announced in September and previewed in prototype form at Photokina in Germany.
Both new cameras come equipped with a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K 60p/50p video recording capability, intuitive control, a rugged design for heavy field use, durability, and expandability.
The Lumix S1R contains a 47.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor (36mm x 24mm), which gives it the industry's highest level of resolution in the full-frame mirrorless cameras category, says Panasonic. 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. A High-Resolution mode enables 187MP ultra-high precision photo shooting.
The S1, meanwhile, comes with a 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor (35.6mm x 23.8mm) 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, Panasonic describes. It supports professional use in videography, recording smooth 4K 60p video and enabling full-pixel readout of signals in 4K 30p/25p.
Furthermore, the S1 will comply with 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 30p/25p internal video recording and 4K 60p HDMI output as well as V-Log, with a software upgrade key (to be sold separately) following soon in 2019.
An AR coating applied on the sensor of both cameras minimizes ghost and flare even in backlighting. In combination with the high-quality S Series lenses based on the L-Mount, this further enhances the potential of the camera, Panasonic notes.
The Lumix S1R/S1 integrates the Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer) for handshake correction, enabling more accurate shake detection and compensation.
A high-speed, high-precision AF system based on advanced control technology over the lens, the sensor, and the new Venus Engine, enables the user to capture the target in sharp focus without fail.
Combining the Contrast AF with DFD technology, the S1R/S1 realizes an ultra-high-speed, high-precision AF of approximately 0.08 sec, and boasts high speed burst shooting at 9 fps (AFS) or 6 fps (AFC).
They both offer -6EV*4 luminance detection performance with Low Light AF due to higher sensitivity and optimized tuning of the sensor. Eye AF, detects the pupil of the eye and precisely focuses on it for portrait shooting; while AI technology detects specific subjects - humans and fast-moving animals, including dogs, cats and birds to track these subjects even when they turn their back to the camera.
For continuous burst shooting, 6K PHOTO*makes it possible to capture moments at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of a 6K burst file to save as an approximate 18MP equivalent high-resolution photo. The 4K PHOTO enables 60fps high-speed captures in approximate 8MP equivalent resolution.
The S1R/S1 have the largest level of Real View Finder which boasts the world's highest 5,760k-dot resolution and boasts Live View Finder (LVF) for ultra-high-speed response. They provide a firm grip, making it easy to hold for long periods. The control buttons and dials are located based on an ergonomic study to enable the user to concentrate on shooting.
The main structure of each camera is composed of a magnesium alloy full die-cast front/rear frame and is splash resistant, dust resistant, and also freeze resistant down to -10 degrees Centigrade.
LINE input is supported by a 3.5-mm microphone jack to input sounds from an external audio device, for more efficient video production.
Additional features of both cameras include Photo style featuring a new Flat Mode; Variable Aspect Ratios with new 65:24 and 2:1; I.S. Status Scope; Flicker Decrease; Highlight Weighted Light Metering Mode; New AWBw Auto White Balance Mode; Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 5GHz (IEEE802.11ac) / 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n); Lumix Tether; and Lumix Sync.
The Panasonic Lumix S1R and S1 will be available at select Canadian retailers and at the Panasonic Canada e-store in March 2019 with an MSRP of $5,000 (body only), and $3,500 (body only), respectively.