Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 Overview

Announced Feb 1, 2019 •
24 megapixels | 3.2 screen | Full frame sensor
Product description
Announced Feb 1, 2019

The DC-S1 is one of two of Panasonic's new line of full-frame mirrorless cameras. It uses the L-mount originally developed by Leica and supports lenses from the German manufacturer along with Panasonic and Sigma. The S1 features a 24MP sensor, in-body shake reduction that works in conjunction with stabilized lenses, and Panasonic's Depth from Defocus contrast-detect AF system. Other features include an ultra-high-res EVF, double-hinged LCD, top panel LCD and dual memory card slots (SD and XQD). The S1 is capable of capturing 4K/60p video. The magnesium alloy body is weather-resistant and has a shutter rated to 400k cycles.

Product timeline
Roundup, Mar 2, 2020
Review, Jun 25, 2019
Quick specs
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800)
Lens mount Leica L
Focal length mult. 1×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 2,100,000
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Storage types XQD + SD card slots; UHS-II supported
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 899 g (1.98 lb / 31.71 oz)
Dimensions 149 x 110 x 97 mm (5.87 x 4.33 x 3.82)
GPS None

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Our review

The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is an incredibly well-built (but heavy) camera with excellent image and video quality. The body has numerous control points and is highly customizable. The S1's built-in image stabilization is effective, and the camera can use this system to produce ultra-high-res stills. Autofocus is speedy and accurate in most situations, though the continuous AF experience can be frustrating when using the EVF. Video quality is excellent, with 4K/60p support and numerous capture controls, and more on the way via a paid upgrade. While it's more expensive than its peers, the S1 is great for a variety of use cases, and is worth your consideration if you don't mind its size and weight.

Good for: Those seeking a stills/video hybrid camera with a solid, weather-sealed body with excellent image and video quality.

Not so good for: Photographers requiring a top-notch autofocus system. Those looking for a lighter, more portable body.

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Panasonic Lumix S1 sample gallery
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Panasonic S1 pre-production sample gallery
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