Panasonic Canada has developed two models of its first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor, the Lumix S1R and the S1.
Both are equipped with a 4K 60p/50p video recording function and the Dual I.S. image stabilization system. As part of the LUMIX S series, Panasonic Canada aims to release these models in early 2019.
"As digital mediums, such as social media, continues to dominate the way Canadians share and consume photos and videos, we must continually evolve our product offering to meet the demands of our customers," says Trisha Gillings, Product Manager for Panasonic Canada.
The cameras feature a newly-developed 35mm full-frame image sensor and image processing engine with 47 million effective pixels for the S1R and 24 million for the S1. They also include a double slot for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards, the first for Panasonic; and a rugged triaxial tilt LCD. Leica Camera's L-Mount allows for using interchangeable lenses that meet the L-Mount specifications of the partners Leica Camera and Sigma.
Panasonic will also expand its line of Lumix S series compatible lenses, developing more than 10 by 2020, including a 50 mm/F1.4 fixed-focus lens, 24-105 mm standard zoom lens, and 70-200 mm telephoto zoom lens.
For the Lumix G series of Micro Four Thirds Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, Panasonic has started developing a Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25 mm F1.7 lens that will achieve zoom with maximum aperture of F1.7 for the entire range. It marks the first interchangeable lens to be introduced in Canada featuring a full-range F1.7 high-speed aperture covering the wide to standard zoom range. It is also designed and developed to support video recording in addition to regular photo shooting. It integrates a clickless aperture ring that Panasonic says provides smooth, seamless aperture control.
On top of this, the support services for professional photographers, which started in Japan in April last year, will be available in Canada this year.
Prototypes of the new cameras and lenses introduced above will be exhibited at Photokina 2018, which takes place September 26-29 at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany.